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Crimson Review of Children’s & YA Literature says French Toast “invok[es] comfort and good feelings…”

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by pajamapress

Crimson Review of Children’s & YA Literature

“Phoebe and her grandmother, Nan-ma, are out for a walk when Phoebe is teased by two kids about the color of her skin. They call her ‘French toast’…Phoebe likens their skin tones to “warm banana bread” and “maple syrup poured over French toast,” invoking comfort and good feelings as she thinks about her family, allowing her to embrace the beauty in diversity and self-acceptance. With Thisdale’s beautifully decadent and dream-like illustrations of the food described, this may be a story best read before snack time.”
—Joi Mahand

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Manhattan Book Review calls the illustrations in The Night Lion “charming and engaging…”

Posted on November 14th, 2018 by pajamapress

Cover: The Night Lion Author: Sanne Dufft Publisher: Pajama PressManhattan Book Review

“Instantly endearing, The Night Lion tackles nighttime fears with an adorable and creative solution. With the simple notion of giving a stuffed lion and adding in imagination, nighttime fears can be conquered. With illustrations that are charming and engaging, Sanne Dufft’s beautiful artwork instantly draws you in. There’s a delightful, fast-paced storyline that shows the main character to be strong and confident while also empowering young readers to feel that they can conquer their own fears, making this a perfect book for any little one in need of their own night lion.”

—Amy Shane

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“Beautiful full-page watercolor illustrations perfectly accompany this tale of a child conquering his/her fears” says Youth Services Book Review of The Night Lion

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 by pajamapress

TheNightLion_WebsiteWhat did you like about the book? Morgan has a tall Robin Hood hat and a wooden sword. He is ‘wild and fierce and frightening.’ But at night Morgan is still afraid of robbers until his Nana brings him a stuffed lion. And, as with Calvin with his Hobbes, Morgan dreams of the adventures he and his lion experience in the woods where he is always brave and fearless. Beautiful full-page watercolor illustrations perfectly accompany this tale of a child conquering his/her fears….

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good tale for children having problems with bad dreams and might be shared with the classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.”
Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

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Booklist says Under the Umbrella is full of “moody, stylish artwork”

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by pajamapress

undertheumbrella_website“[T]he moody, stylish artwork is full of such expressive movement…Artistically inclined children will likely be charmed by this French import.”
Sarah Hunter

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The Night Lion is recommended by Winnipeg Free Press for “any child who has problems sleeping at night”

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 by pajamapress

TheNightLion_WebsiteThe Night Lion by German author and artist Sanne Dufft (Pajama Press, 32 pages, $18, hardcover) should make any child who has problems sleeping at night feel easier.”

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess receives praise from Becky’s Book Review for “wonderful” characterization

Posted on December 9th, 2017 by pajamapress

MacyMacMillan_Website“My thoughts: I loved this one. I really liked Macy. But I loved, loved, loved Iris. Together these two make for a GREAT read. I also enjoyed the other characters in the book. (Her best friend, Olivia, her mother, her step-father-to-be, Alan, her step-sisters-to-be, Kaitlin and Bethany.) Macy is a flawed heroine–my favorite kind. So in terms of characterization, this one was wonderful. The language–the writing–was great….I would say the writing was lyrical and poetic in places.”

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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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Winnipeg Free Press recommends Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess for readers ages 8-12

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by pajamapress

MacyMacMillan_Website“Written in blank verse, this pre-teen novel is easy to read with an almost poetic rhythm. Good for ages eight to 12.”

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Under the Umbrella “[shows] young readers that something wonderful can happen when one least expects it” says Canadian Children’s BookNews

Posted on June 24th, 2017 by pajamapress

undertheumbrella_website“Through lyrical rhyme, Catherine Buquet writes of a man who, by chance, finds happiness in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Out of the commonplace grows a deeper significance….

Marion Arbona’s sophisticated pencil, ink and gouache illustrations ably contrast the wet and bustling streetscape with the bright, warm colours enveloping the boy and the patisserie, as if they were in a world of their own. By the story’s end, this vibrancy surrounds the man, showing young readers that something wonderful can happen when one least expects it, even on the most melancholy of days.”
—Senta Ross

Read the full review on page 32 in the Summer 2017 issue of Canadian Children’s BookNews

Imagination Soup encourages French Toast as a “book to talk about differences, similarities, and kindness”

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by pajamapress

FrenchToast_Website“Phoebe’s grandmother, Nan-Ma, helps her talk out why the kids call her ‘French Toast’ then helps Phoebe celebrate her own skin tone as well as the variety of skin tones in her Jamaican, French-Canadian family using with beautiful food metaphors. Use this book to talk about differences, similarities, and kindness.”

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