If you joined us at the PJS Barnes & Noble Bookfair in December 2016, you may have had the opportunity to meet author, Greg Pizzoli. Not only did he read several of his books aloud, but he also shared some special details in his illustrations.
Pizzoli's picture book, Good Night Owl, was nominated for the first annual Undies Award for exceptional case cover design. Look beneath the dust jacket to see how the case cover functions as a hidden design feature.
Check out the following books by Greg Pizolli that are now available in the PJS Library!!
When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.
When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest.
Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at. (from publisher)
"So, you want to learn how to swallow a pig. You've come to the right place. Follow these step-by-step instructions, and soon you'll acquire the dining skills of a large snake..."
This informative nonfiction picture book uses a sequential structure to explain the steps animals take to defend themselves, hunt, and build homes. Learn how to crack nuts like a crow, how to catch a wildebeest like a crocodile, and how to disguise yourself like an octopus. After all, one never knows when these skills will be useful!!
Davies (a zoologist and children's book author) introduces a likely brand-new—and immediately intriguing—concept to young readers: that there are vast quantities of living things (microbes) that are smaller than the eye can see. She does it not with dull lists of Latin terms and classification charts but instead through creative, easy-to-relate-to analogies, and itchy-but-cool facts about the microbes that live on and in us. An emphasis on scale, particularly size and quantity, helps children grasp the abstract concepts... The tone is light and inquisitive yet also scientifically precise, covering topics such as the shape and variety of microbes, their function, and reproduction.
—The Horn Book
Read a detailed review of Tiny Creatures on the Brain Pickings book blog.
There was a sign on Rosie's door.
It read, "If you want to know a secret, knock three times."
Kathy knocked three times and Rosie opened the door.
"Hello, Rosie. What's the secret?"
"I'm not Rosie anymore," said Rosie. "That's the secret."
"Then who are you?" asked Kathy.
"I'm Alinda, the lovely lady singer."
"Oh," said Kathy.
Rosie and her neighborhood friends Kathy, Dolly, Pudgy and Sal create their own playtime adventures with imagination, simple props and no adult involvement. "That evening, when their mothers asked them what they had done all afternoon, they said they had done so much there wasn't even enough time to do it in and they were going to do it all over again tomorrow."
Take a look at the following video from Maurice Sendak's 80th birthday celebration and listen to the beginning of The Sign on Rosie's Door read by Meryl Streep.
Spoiled Princess Penelope knows exactly what she wants for her eighth birthday: "I WANNA PIG, I WANNA PIG, I WANNA PIG!" she bellows. The King issues a Royal Proclamation that commands every pig owner in the kingdom to bring one pig to the palace on Princess Penelope's eighth birthday. Lollipop the pig is no ordinary pig. She can sit, stand and roll over on command, but will she be allowed to live in the royal palace?
Open this book and see the flowery inscription that reads, "Happy Birthday Alexander! To my little birthday bunny on his special day. Love, Gran Gran"
Authors Scieszka and Barnett and illustrator Myers, break some rules and show how Alexander improves upon the original story taking it from Birthday Bunny to... Battle Bunny (cue evil laugh)!
Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation.
Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad...and Grand-mama.
Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise? (from Amazon)
Listen to author, Jim Averbeck talk about the making of the book below:
Gr 3-6–Set in the lush Sundarbans natural region of Bengal, this quiet, gripping tale emphasizes the deep but often fragile connection that exists between humans and nature ... Perkins avoids black-and-white characterizations and compassionately illustrates how dire circumstances affect a person’s choices. Young readers will revel in the vivid action and suspense surrounding Neel and his sister Rupa’s quest to locate the tiger cub. Adults will likely praise the novel’s simple and clear narrative, which belies its complexity around issues related to climate change, poor economic conditions, class structure, and gender discrimination. (School Library Journal starred review)
Visit the Tiger Boy website for more information