Up to Seven, 2012 List
A trio of pint-sized knights, a bouncy rhyming text, and gloriously detailed illustrations add up to a tale of fearsome beasts, fabulous feasts, and backyard bravery.
Wearing his backpack, Bailey walks to the school bus, admiring a stick along the way, anticipating the wind ruffling his fur through the window, and waiting to plunge into the lunch room garbage pail. Humorous illustrations capture his unusual but clearly doglike adventures.
Delicately detailed watercolors on luxuriously thick cream-colored paper reveal a brave little mouse’s encounter with a fearsome feline in this retelling of Aesop’s famous fable. Generous use of white space lets readers focus on and delight in the world as this tiny hero sees it.
Vibrant collages on high gloss paper assembled from zippers, wood, buttons, twine, metal, tree bark, screws, and textile fragments brilliantly convey the droll story of a young pet-owner’s belief that dogs really can talk.
Drawings on textured surfaces change from dark night to dawn yellow as slaves move through the Underground Railroad to freedom. Emphasizing the silence of their journey, the simple text contains only the words necessary to map their way.
A perfectly happy red square finds new shape and purpose as it is cut, torn, and crumpled, reforming itself each time into something new, beautiful, and even more colorful. The simple text combined with striking illustrations will encourage creative play.
Fat outlines, rounded shapes, and soft colors depict a little white rabbit on an outdoor adventure. His imagination hops along with him as he wonders about being green as grass, tall as a tree, or hard as a rock, but never wondering who loves him best.
A winter moon and a snowy hill form the serene backdrop for this almost wordless tale of a bear who co-opts a child’s sled and takes his animal friends on a wild midnight ride . . . only to have the sled’s owner join them in the end.
The bear wants his hat back and asks other animals if they have seen it. They have not, but a deer’s question sets him on the trail of the thief. Clear, spare digital illustrations underscore the dry humor as well as the ambiguous ending.