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Saturday, June 20, 2015

From Tails of Mystery to Tales of picture books

I wanted to advertise my upcoming book of children's animal mysteries, so I collected together the pictures I'd drawn and made a quick video. It's not terribly professional, and it's nothing to write home about. But I'd love to know what you think, so here it is:

Of course, Tails of Mystery isn't a picture book: it's a book of children's stories where Fred and Joe (and sometimes Cat and Kitcat) solve mysteries. But here are some reviews of children's picture books to go with the pictures above. Find a brew to match the reading style you choose:

Ernie the Elephant and Martin learn to share by Leela Hope uses short and simple rhymes to tell how not sharing hurts both parties at once. It's a very short book, but it might make a quick bedtime read when there's no time for more. Enjoy with some light crisp one-star coffee.

Little Brown Animal by DiMari Bailey is a nicely surprising picture book. At first I wanted to guess what the brown animal was, but it's best to wait, enjoying instead the mythically musical tones of an enjoyable childrens read. Smooth artwork with glowing tones complements the writing beautifully, and nymphs and dryads call. Enjoy with a rich complex four-star coffee.

For both younger and older readers and listeners, and for their parents, Nuts about Nuts by Shir Guez offers lots of bright photographs, plus graphics, and the odd kid-oriented illustration, together with a wealth of well-researched information about nuts. I learned about what happens to nutrients at high temperatures--not something I expected to learn from a children's book. I'm nuts about nuts, so I enjoyed learning, and this is a neat short book to learn from. Enjoy with (nuts and) a lively easy-drinking 2-star coffee.

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