Picture Book Reviews!

A Song of Fruitas by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Placios. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2021. 9781534444898.

A little girl walks with her abuelo as he sings and sells frutas from his cart. Engle’s author note explains that this Spanglish picture book celebrates los pregoneros, “singing vendors who walk the streets of Cuba describing the things they sell in poetic ways, to attract customers.” And Palacios’s illustrations make everything about Cuba’s streets feel friendly. (There’s a Spanish version of this book, too.)




One Day by Lee Juck illustrated by Kim Seung-youn. Translated from Korean by Asuka Minamoto, Lee Juck, and Dianne Chung. Enchanted Lion, 2021. 9781592703135.

A little boy misses his grandfather, a tailor, who has died. His grandmother won’t stop feeding him. (My favorite parts of this book are the glimpses Kim Seung-youn provides of South Korea’s past which seem almost entirely gone, with streets full of small shops and lines for fresh water to carry home.)



The Bird Coat by Inger Marie Kjølstadmyr & Øyvind Torseter. Translated from Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Enchanted Lion, 2022. 9781592703661.

A young boy getting a haircut is told the tale of Pierre, a popular tailor who lived in Paris. Pierre’s dream was to fly, which no one had ever done at that point. So he sewed a coat with wings in order to try to become a human bird. (Warning: the story does not end as one would expect.) (It was this and Torseter’s odd, detailed drawings made me love it.)


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