Age Range: Toddler There is a Froggy  story for almost every occasion or circumstance, but unlike some other such prolific authors, Jonathan London manages to maintain the entertainment value throughout this series of familiar situations, with sound effects that will keep toddlers giggling non-stop.

Bad Cat

“Hey, you, bad cat! How dare you do that?” Bad Cat–evil feline genius, or just a well-intentioned but misunderstood kitty?  Either way, Bad Cat (the book) is a wildly entertaining tale of mischief and misunderstanding that I highly recommend. The story of a grinning cat with a twinkle in his eye, who is constantly stirring […]

Donna O’Neeshuck Was Chased By Some Cows

Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows, And also by mooses and gooses and sows. It happened one day When Donna at play Patted a cow on the head. Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose […]

The Gifts of Wali Dad: A Tale of India and Pakistan

“No shame can come to such as you,” said one of the peris [to Wali Dad]. “Thought your clothes are poor, in your heart you are a king.” Although my absolute favourite picture books tend mostly to be the funny or silly ones, throughout my life I’ve always been enchanted as well by folk tales.  […]


Arrowville was never slow—a constant go, go go! In a manic panic people hustled to and fro. Every pointed person had a pointed point of view, and every point in Arrowville was always just askew. With Arrowville, author/illustrator Geefwee Boedoe has created a keen, insightful story about prejudice while maintaining a sense of playfulness that […]

Pecorino’s First Concert

Before the day is out, Pecorino will furmuzzle a man with a long mustache, wamboodle himself down into a tuba, and cause the most Brobdingnagian blast of a note that anyone has ever heard.  It’s all in a day’s work for Pecorino. How does one even begin to describe the best things about the story […]

The Pink Refrigerator

“Try to do as little as possible.” This was Dodsworth’s motto. This is a fabulous story about inspiration, curiosity, and trying new things. It is the story of Dodsworth, a lazy mole who gets by in life doing as little as possible. Dodsworth is not necessarily unhappy, but isn’t particularly happy either.  He just sort […]

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

What I loved right from the very beginning of That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown was how utterly realistic it was for such a ridiculously fanciful story. What struck me by the end was how special this book was in that it actually transcended its intended message to provide truly heart-grabbing entertainment.