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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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Water’s Children “serves as a palpable reminder about the necessity to protect and conserve this fragile resource throughout the world” says Canadian Children’s BookNews

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by pajamapress

waterschildren_website“Gérard Frischeteau’s vibrant, digitally rendered illustrations aptly portray the landscapes and components of daily life in each country visited. Of added interest is the inclusion of the phrase ‘water is life,’ which has been translated into each child’s language and script and placed within watermarks on each two-page spread. Even the swirls depicting water in this publications endpapers serve as a palpable reminder about the necessity to protect and conserve this fragile resource throughout the world.”
—Senta Ross

Read the full review on page 33 of the Winter 2017 issue of Canadian Children’s BookNews

Woodrow at Sea “is a delight” says Quill & Quire

Posted on December 8th, 2017 by pajamapress

WoodrowAtSea_WebsiteWoodrow at Sea is another ocean-faring adventure story, this time about an elephant and mouse on separate but strikingly similar journeys…The characters are likeable in their animation and the ‘plot’ finds just the right mix of silly and scary….With this book, [Wallace] Edwards is moving in a different direction, forgoing his rich, deep-coloured palette for one much brighter, and embracing simplicity in his drawings rather than detail and subtext….[T]aken on its own, Woodrow at Sea is a delight.”

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Wild One is a Toronto Public Library’s First and Best selection!

Posted on December 4th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_WebsiteWild One by Jane Whittingham and illustrator Noel Tuazon has been selected for the Toronto Public Library’s 2017 First and Best list.

The First and Best list is Toronto Public Library’s “top picks of the best Canadian children’s books for building reading readiness in kids under five.” Click here to see all the First and Best selections of 2017.

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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Wild One is “a sweet read-aloud” says Kirkus Reviews

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“An exuberant little girl, the titular ‘wild one,’ romps energetically all day before finally collapsing into a well-deserved slumber….The rhyming text flows smoothly and has a jaunty rhythm that lends itself well to reading aloud. The playful watercolors start off saturated with bright colors that become muted as the child’s day comes to a sleepy end. A sweet read-aloud featuring a fearless and athletic girl to share with funny little monkeys.”

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Kirkus Review calls The Night Lion “A comforting, enabling, picture-perfect bedtime read.”

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by pajamapress

TheNightLion_Website“Following a scary nightmare, a little boy receives a toy lion, and that makes all the difference…The final spread of Morgan confidently raising his sword echoes Sendak’s Max as king of the wild things. A comforting, enabling, picture-perfect bedtime read.”

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Wild One is praised by Booktime for being “a cute story” that also “feels and looks” great

Posted on November 8th, 2017 by pajamapress

WildOne_Website“[A] cute story by Burnaby, British Columbia, librarian Jane Whittingham…The illustrations look like they have been done in watercolour, which I love, and the little girl, and the animals she turns into, are realistic and cute. I can see how a child would stretch like a cat or hang like a bat.

What I also like about this book, and Pajama Press does it often, is the actual feel and look of the it. It has nice weight to it, padded cover, rounded corners and extra-heavy paper.”

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School Library Connection calls Water’s Children a “quietly engaging picture book”

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by pajamapress

waterschildren_website“This quietly engaging picture book depicts how different children around the world feel about water through the lens of what it means to their communities. The illustrations are lovely and add a bit of cultural flavor as the reader travels throughout the world….This book is a worthwhile addition to collections where there is a need for materials on a global perspective—especially on the role of water—or where primary classrooms study water and the water cycle.”
—Melinda W. Miller, PK-12 Library Media Specialist, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton, New York

Read the full review in the November/December 2017 issue of School Library Connection

Children’s Books Heal calls A Good Trade an “important book”

Posted on October 29th, 2017 by pajamapress

AGoodTrade_Jacket_Aug28.indd“Alma Fullerton’s text is rich, spare and beautifully crafted. Her narrative is strong and lyrical as she shares Kato’s daily trip to get drinking water for his family…. This important book shows children how difficult life can be for kids living in war-torn areas and in drought….It addresses tough issues in a hopeful and age-appropriate manner and is an excellent read-aloud for the classroom. Karen Patkau’s digitally rendered illustrations are colorful and lush. They work beautifully with the text and illuminate the message in the story.”

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