Picture Book Reviews!

Butts Are Everywhere by by Jonathan Stutzman, pictures by Heather Fox. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020. 9780525514510. 32pp.

Tired of poop books getting so much attention? Need to help the butt obsessed child in your life build their vocabulary? This is the book for you. Adorable illustrations! Fox also illustrated the amazing Llama Destroys the World.



Scaredy Snacks by Terry Border. Philomel Books, 2020. 32pp.

On cleaning day, Sprinkles and her friends go to welcome Dr. Nuttenstein to the neighborhood. After they watch him bring a “monstrous” cookie to life, they get a little freaked out.

Border creates the characters and props mostly from common household items (including snacks, of course). They’re hilarious and sure to inspire art projects.


Julia’s House Moves On by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2020. 9781250191373. 40pp.

So many lost creatures live at Julia’s house, but it’s time to move on. And Julia has plans, as she always does. Which is great because as things go wrong, she’s going to need them all. But what will happen when her plans aren’t enough?

Ben Hatke’s drawings are always wondrous, and every creature in this book wowed me from the goblins to the trolls to the ghost and robots and all the amazing sea creatures! Note: It’s a sequel to Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.


Window by Marion Arbona. Kids Can Press, 2020. 9781525301360. 32pp.

A girl walks home from school, looking up at the windows she passes. The pages with the windows unfold to show incredibly detailed scenes of what’s going on behind each: lush jungles, bath time with whales, vampires flying with their bats, gnomes having a contest, and more. It’s surprising, a little insane, and really cool. My favorite is room full of masks where a crazy looking guy is having tea with his dog. You may prefer the room full of books. (At the end the girl makes it home and we get to see her room, too.) All drawn with glorious, highly detailed, old school black ink.


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