16 Booklist January 1 & 15, 2016 www.booklistreader.com
From Fire Engine No. 9, written and
illustrated by Mike Austin.
very much, and she’d appreciate it if everyone
stopped giving her fuzzy sweaters. She also really wants a warhorse but, instead, gets a fat,
farting pony. She’ll still fight in the big battle,
though. Beaton’s offbeat cartoons and comedic timing make this a must.
Rude Cakes. By Rowboat Watkins.
Illus. by the author. Chronicle, $16.99
(9781452138510). PreS–Gr. 1.
A very rude cake terrorizes her fellow
pastries until her comeuppance is delivered
in an unexpected (and hilarious) fashion,
teaching the cake the value of being polite
and considerate. Watkins’ muted watercolors
bounce along with vintage whimsy as he
demonstrates the importance of good manners.
Some Things I’ve Lost. By Cybele Young.
Illus. by the author. Groundwood, $19.95
(9781554983391). PreS–Gr. 2.
Young’s intricate paper sculptures form
the backbone of this stunning picture book,
which imaginatively explores what happens
to lost objects. Each page showcases one such
object, and the facing page opens in a gatefold revealing that object expanding into wild,
jaw-dropping creations. Superbly executed
and delightfully arresting.
The Story of Diva and Flea. By Mo Willems.
Illus. by Tony Di Terlizzi. Disney/Hyperion,
$14.99 (9781484722848). Gr. 1–3.
In this charming tale, a tiny white dog
named Diva becomes friends with Flea, a
large cat who is a great flâneur wandering the
streets of Paris. Beautifully illustrated, this
simple chapter book captures the essence of
Paris as the duo explores and discovers the
meaning of bravery and home.
Supertruck. By Stephen Savage. Illus. by the
author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $12.99
No one notices a lowly, bespectacled garbage truck. But when a blizzard immobilizes
the city, he adds a plow and becomes SUPERTRUCK to secretly clear the streets. If
Superman was a truck, he would look like
this. Unrelatedly, if Clark Kent was a truck,
he would also look like this. Weird, right?
We Forgot Brock! By Carter Goodrich.
Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster,
$17.99 (9781442480902). PreS–Gr. 1.
When Phillip loses his imaginary best
friend, Brock—a barrel-chested tough guy
rendered in childlike crayon—they’re both
distraught, but Anne and her best friend,
Princess Sparkledust, save the day. Goodrich’s
masterful, hilarious illustrations, in gorgeous
watercolors and artful scribbles, are an object
lesson in the humor of contrast.