"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

4/10/15

Don't Turn the Page! - Perfect Picture Book Friday

Here's this week's fabulous pick for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Don't Turn the Page!

Author: Rachel Burk

Illustrator: Julie Dowling

Publisher: Creston Books, 2014, fiction

Age Range: 3-8 years

Theme/Topics: bedtime, rhyme, story within a story

First Page: "How about a bedtime story?" Mama asked.
Sami shook her head. "I don't want to go to bed. I'm not tired yet."
"All right," said Mama. "Why don't you pick out a book to read later?"

Synopsis (from Amazon): Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear's bedtime ritual inspires Sammy, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don't Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it's bedtime for everyone.

Resources:Rachelle Burk has several activities to go along with the book (including coloring pages, a maze, and creating your own "bedtime buddies") at her website. Check them out!

Why I LOVE it: It is SUPER creative. It's a bedtime book that is actually calming - AND fun (VERY hard to do!). The illustrations are beautiful. The book within a book is sweet. The kids' delay tactics are SO typical. Mama is clever. The end is cute. It's lovely. What's NOT to love.

Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog - and Susanna's ever-growing list of wonderful picture books

 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

16 comments:

  1. This looks so cute! We love hedgehogs, even have a small collection, including puppets!

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    1. It really is, Julie! And hedgehogs are ADORABLE. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oh. A calming bedtime book? I'll need to find this one.

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    1. You sure do :) It's lovely. Thanks for stopping by, Stacy!

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  3. I like your review of this book! I'm interested and will check it out. Sounds like a great gift book for young kids.

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    1. I think you're right, Patricia. I may need to pick up a few and send them to my friends with youngsters. I'm glad you enjoyed my review - and that you enjoy the book even more. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I like the cover art of Don't Turn the Page! Thanks for sharing a rhyming PB. I need to read this story for RhyPiBoMo too.

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    1. The art is gorgeous throughout. And Manju - the whole books doesn't actually rhyme - only the "book within a book" - but Angie said it counted ;) (This was the fave I shared LAST Friday) . Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I just read this a couple of weeks ago - what a sweet bedtime story. also... hedgehogs!

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    1. Can't beat sweet and hedgehogs. :) Thanks for stopping by, Sue!

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  6. Such a sweet story, what's not to like! Thanks Joanne!

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    1. Exactly :) Thank YOU, Diane, for stopping by!

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  7. Sorry if I'm repeating myself but my comments haven't been showing up on a number of blogs so I'm not sure if they are being received. I laughed when I saw the title as usually the kids all say, "Turn the page, turn the page!". Adorable illustrations.

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    1. I only got one comment - so for here at least, you're good. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. This is our s econd book about writing! And I love picture books about writing. Thanks for this selection, Joanne. I'm getting it. :)

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    1. Enjoy it, Clar :) Thanks for stopping by!

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