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Baby Cakes “perfectly captures the fleeting nature of these small familiar moments of curious children” says Resource Links

Posted on December 26th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“Rating: E…Young children will be eager to try out baking in the kitchen after reading this sweet [padded cover] book. Baby Cakes is written in simple and accessible language, and delivered in a sturdy format for young hands. Recipes are included as well as lots of admonitions for baking with an adult.

For both children and adults, Renné Benoit’s adroit and totally appealing illustrations of childhood are another treat and she perfectly captures the fleeting nature of these small familiar moments of curious children… and cats!…[T]his is great for a public library or a parent/grandparent who likes to bake.”

Thematic Links: Baking
—Anne Letain

Read the full review on page 6 of the December 2017 issue of Resource Links Magazine

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo is a Quill & Quire “2017 Books of the Year” selection

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_WebsitePajama Press is proud to announce that My Beautiful Birds by award-winning author-illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo is a 2017 Quill & Quire Books of the Year selection.

Quill & Quire “is the magazine of the Canadian book trade….The magazine reviews around 400 new titles each year, offering the most comprehensive look at Canadian-authored books in the country.” Learn more here.

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Suzanne Del Rizzo, and our sincerest thanks go to Quill & Quire for their commitment to championing and promoting Canadian publishing.

Other notable acclaim for My Beautiful Birds includes winning the 2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, honor book selection for the 2017 Middle Eat Book Award, a New York Times Notable Books selection, a 2017 OneBook for Kids, One San Diego selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and nomination for the 2017 Cybils Award for Fiction. My Beautiful Birds is also a NECBA Windows & Mirrors Fall 2017 selection, and a selection among Betsy Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To”.

The Book Wars sings praises of the “smooth rhyme and consistent rhythm” of Wild One

Posted on December 16th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_WebsiteWild One by Jane Whittingham and illustrated by Noel Tuazon is just adorable….

Rhyming stories are notoriously difficult to pull off well without seeming forced; most publishers won’t touch them. Here, they flow – and still manage to surprise….Whittingham’s smooth rhyme and consistent rhythm are beautifully matched with the illustrations. Tuazon catches the expressions of a child on adventure just so, and his animals make this reader smile with every page. (That whale!) The watercolours brighten the page while suggesting the blending of everyday and imagination – watercolours, like Let’s Pretend and other imaginative games, never truly stay within the lines.

The endpages are gorgeous.”

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Wild One is “a joyful, fun and charming picture book” says Fab Book Reviews

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“Canadian librarian and writer Jane Whittingham and Canadian illustrator Noel Tuazon have teamed up to bring readers the exuberant, fun and all-around winning picture book Wild One. Written in rhyming couplets- a form in picture books I absolutely adore when done fittingly – Wild One tells the story of a young girl’s very busy, very active day, with actions mirroring those of animals. Accompanied by Noel Tuazon’s soft yet sunny and bright illustrations, Wild One is a lovely treat….

Overall, a joyful, fun and charming picture book. Perfect for a preschool age and under crowd, I think Wild One would go over tremendously well as a read aloud with busy, wiggly and active toddlers. It could even be used by a willing reader to facilitate an action/movement read aloud with everyone acting out the animal movements in the story! Wild One is a picture book that begs for reading aloud and having fun with, due its ideal compact length, clarity, perfectly fun rhymes, and complementary (adorable) illustrations.”

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Pickle Me This said “the recipe inside [Baby Cakes] makes for a nice extension of the book…inspiring the reader to try something new”

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“…when I’d recently read Iris Baby Cakes, by Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, she’d declared, ‘That’s such a good book, Mommy.’ Mostly because she’s obsessed with cupcakes, but still. Plus there was a recipe for cupcakes in the endpapers; I said, ‘We’ve got to make these.’ And so on Saturday night, we did.

This book would make a great Christmas gift from 3-5-year-olds. With simple vocabulary, a brother and sister work together to make cupcakes (with the unhelpful assistance of their pet cat). The story lists the equipment necessary—‘Here are a big bowl and measuring cups and spoons.’—and goes through the recipe, ‘Sprinkle salt, but not too much.’ And ‘Creaming the butter is hard work.’ And is it ever! The recipe inside makes for a nice extension of the book, bringing the story to life and inspiring the reader to try something new. That the brother and sister in the story bake together without the help of grown-ups (except for with the oven) inspires independence. Plus, the cupcakes were delicious.”

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Omnilibros complements the “poetic text” and “expressive artwork” in Water’s Children

Posted on November 18th, 2017 by pajamapress

waterschildren_website“The poetic text is accompanied by expressive artwork that examines the importance of water throughout the world.”

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Canadian Bookworm says “everyone looks like they are having fun [in the kitchen]” in Baby Cakes

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“This picture book shows a young child and the family cat helping mom make cupcakes….The illustrations are cute and everyone looks like they are having fun. It’s a nice idea for kids who like to help in the kitchen….[T]here has been much discussion of late of more children’s books where the children can see themselves in the books they read, requiring more diverse characters in kids’ books, especially where the characters are just themselves without commentary on race or ethnicity and I was pleased to see this book as a great example of filling that need.”

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CanLit for LittleCanadians loves the simplicity and lightness of the illustrations in Wild One

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“From morning to bedtime, this little girl is go, go, go! She’s not just a wild thing, she’s the Wild One!…

Wild One is Jane Whittingham’s first picture book and it’s a charming recount of a child’s day filled with play and activity. Kids love pretending that they are animals–how often do they imagine themselves to be bears growling or dogs barking or snakes slithering?–but here Jane Whittingham demonstrates, playfully, that we belong in the animal kingdom, sharing many attributes with animals far and wide….[Noel Tuazon’s] style here is appropriately light, subtle and simple, as complements the story of a preschooler’s life. The detail is unnecessary as the pairing of an activity with an animal is all that is needed, especially for the very young for whom this book is written.”

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Community Soup is wonderful for young readers looking to explore their culinary side” says New York Botanical Gardens

Posted on August 26th, 2017 by pajamapress

Community Soup by Alma FullertonCommunity Soup is a short fun tale that welcomes everyone, including goats to join in making the community soup! You too can join in by following the Pumpkin Soup Recipe at the very end of the book. Alma Fullerton uses bright colors and texture in excitingly visual collages throughout the book. Each page comes alive and pops right off the page! Community Soup is wonderful for young readers looking to explore their culinary side with a little help from Kioni and her friends!”

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Children’s Books Heal says “My Beautiful Birds is an excellent addition to any school library”

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_Website“…Del Rizzo’s exquisite polymer clay illustrations add depth and a life-like dimension to Sami’s story….I appreciated that the author focused on the refugee crisis that is affecting the most innocent and vulnerable, children. She doesn’t address political themes in the book, but focuses on the humanity of the situation for children displaced from their homes in Syria….My Beautiful Birds is an excellent addition to any school library. It is age-appropriate and an introductory story about children who are displaced because of war or natural disasters.”
—Patricia Tilton

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