Leo grew up in the sea. He has a family of sea lions he loves. He’s happy, but he has always known he was different. Then Leo’s suddenly reunited with his human parents, and he finds he loves them too. But he still feels like a fish out of water. Being from two worlds and having two families isn’t so easy. Leo has a lot to figure out…
Splashed with humor and grounded in heart, this brightly illustrated story explores ideas of family, home, and belonging in a way that’s as relatable as it is unique.
“An entertaining story with an underlying message of finding acceptance and family.” - Booklist
“This lighthearted tale of a child reared by sea lions is completely outlandish yet manages to capably address very real feelings about belonging and identity… Not explicitly about transracial adoption or blended families, this is about a child longing to belong, and the simultaneous feelings of happiness and alienation here ring true.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will enjoy this method of visual storytelling, as bright colored images and careful use of white space separate elements of the story perfectly. The inclusive cast of human characters have large, round eyes full of cartoon charm which complements the endearing humor. Leo’s story will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a bit out of place in the world and will reassure that life will be just fine.” - School Library Journal
"Bob and Joss return for another hilarious adventure as they hike in circles through the woods (without a clue about where they are going)
From dynamic author Peter McCleery and esteemed children's book illustrator Vin Vogel comes a fun, rib-tickling escapade where this unmatched pair of best buds climb trees, get itchy bites from bugs, and hike a never-ending trail to find their way back to their camp site. Full of bold illustrations and clever one-liners, Bob and Joss Take a Hike is sure to have young readers laughing along."
“A story whose message of joie de vivre, especially in adverse situations, is worthwhile...” - Kirkus Reviews
Escrito por Keka Reis; Companhia das Letrinhas; 2017
"Mia estava tendo um dia normal, mas tudo vira de cabeça para baixo quando recebe um convite inesperado, acompanhado por um chocolate de Bereba, um menino que até então era só um amigo. Isso desencadeia uma sucessão de eventos engraçados e inusitados - e, mais do que decidir qual é a sua resposta, Mia precisa lidar com a chegada nem sempre tranquila da pré-adolescência."
"Snuggle up with this sweet bedtime story about friendship and bravery that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark. Unless, of course, he can summon all his courage to stage a dramatic rescue—Yeti-style!"
"A good choice for young ones who are overcoming nighttime obstacles, from lost bedtime companions to fear of the dark." - Kirkus
"The digital illustrations...remain adorably entertaining as wide-eyed Yeti races around. This won’t calm kids down before bed, but it will certainly have them asking for more." - Booklist
"Introducing Yeti, a fuzzy and sweet new character whose story is perfect for summer, winter, and all the seasons in between! Everyone knows yetis love winter. They love snowball fights and hot chocolate and sledding and building snow castles. But even yetis get the shivers, and even yetis get crabby from all the cold. So here’s a secret about yetis: sometimes they miss summer. Sometimes, they have to bring a little bit of summer to the coldest of winter days. Those yetis, they're just full of surprises."
"The writing has a delightful confiding tone that adds warmth to [Vogel’s] bright, softly madcap illustrations. … sweet and funny.” - The New York Times
"Vogel narrates with gentle humor as his yetis—and the human kids they play with—remind readers that there’s plenty of fun to be had in every season." - Publishers Weekly
"Out in time for the chilliest season, this offers a solution to winter blues while adding to the growing list of yeti protagonists." - Kirkus
"This ode to seasons is sure to make a cozy—and comforting—companion" - Booklist
"The digital cartoon artwork sets the perfect tone for this romp through the seasons...A solid addition any time of year." - School Library Journal
Written by David Weinstone; Farrar, Straus and Giroux-Macmillan; 2015
"Hooray! Music class is underway!
As soon as the teacher starts to play his guitar and sing, the kids are whirling and twirling and having a blast. But for one hesitant little music maker, it is all a bit overwhelming at first. With energetic and bright illustrations, this reassuring story about the courage it sometimes takes to try something new will resonate with children everywhere."
“[A] friendly, stylishly illustrated rhyme-fest.” ― The New York Times Book Review
“Weinstone...certainly knows what makes a class tick (or rock). The children in the class are wonderfully diverse...[and] the mannerisms of the kids are spot-on. Listen to Weinstone sing the song (available for download from the publisher). It will become addictive. Reassurance for wallflowers everywhere.” ― Kirkus
“Children will ask for repeated readings to catch all of the action in Vogel's boldly colored, expressive illustrations . . . A welcome addition to picture book collections.” ― School Library Journal
"With humor and warmth, this children's picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger. Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia's fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi's house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi's family doesn't have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she'll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she's faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi's empty fridge. Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included."
"Though undeniably purposive, this title is notable. The bright, friendly illustrations soften the topic while still conveying the characters’ difficult feelings, such as worry and embarrassment. Gentle, age-appropriate humor releases the tension, keeping readers engaged as Sofia discovers how to best help her friend…. A thoughtful and well-executed look at the challenge of childhood hunger." — Kirkus
" This is more than a book about child hunger in America—this is a story of friendship. Maddi’s empty fridge and Sofia’s full one are juxtaposed in a subtle way, while scenes of modern New York elapse across the background: taxis and tofu, hipster cyclists and yoga studios. Maddi and Sofia take center stage in this adorably rendered tale, and that they are put so expertly in a social context with a definitive sense of time and place confirms that Brandt and Vogel are masters of their medium." — Forward Reviews
"In her debut picture book, Brandt addresses an important issue: childhood hunger... Vogel's digital illustrations portraying the smiling, wide-eyed girls in their city neighborhood are filled with warmth and a sense of community." — School Library Journal
"Cartoon-style illustrations, depicting a vibrant and diverse city neighborhood, help soften the difficult issues raised. Food insecurity, childhood hunger, and poverty are treated with tenderness and humor." — Booklist
International Literacy Association (ILA) Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award Winner, Primary Fiction 2015
Christopher Award Winner, Books for Young People, 2015
10 Best Indie Picture Books of 2014, Foreword Reviews
Michigan Mitten Honor Book, 2015
Nevada Young Reader Award list, 2016
WA Children’s Choice Award list, 2015-16
Selected as one of 30 books that embody the six core tenets of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (food, health, safety, education, shelter, and participation) and included in the Human Rights in Children’s Literature exhibition at the University of Connecticut in 2016