Up to Seven, 2011 List
In this wordless picture book, children draw with enchanted chalk to make the sun, butterflies, and a tyrannosaurus rex come alive. Realistic acrylic and colored pencil illustrations create exaggerated facial expressions that emphasize the excitement of this extraordinary adventure.
“There are many kinds of quiet . . .” Some familiar—“Sleeping sister quiet.” Some more subtle—“Best friends don’t need to talk quiet.” Softly colored pencil drawings and a small trim size make this gentle book all the more intimate.
In this exploration of creativity, Wiesner deconstructs art itself—layer by layer and line by line—with the help of two lizards, a fan, a vacuum cleaner, and a whole lot of havoc.
Dog and Frog meet in the golden-green days of spring and embark on an unlikely friendship. Spare, poignant text and lush, seasonal watercolors take the reader from the joyful exuberance of summer to the bleakest days of winter and then back to “spring again.”
Hurray! Piggie and Elephant are back and up to their usual hilarious antics. In this installment, Elephant's anxiety is assuaged when he discovers Piggie is only going to get lunch, and a picnic ensues. Another perfect beginning reader about this mercurial friendship.