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Back? Good, 'cause today we're talking favorite picture books. Yippee!
Not many people know this, but picture books are actually my favorite kind of book for pure joy. I have novels that I've read and loved, (more on that in a couple of weeks), and I re-read them when I can and talk about them with other people, but a great picture book can make me crack a smile so big it's a wonder my jaw doesn't just drop right off. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites, in no particular order.
THE GRUFFALO, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. I love this book - I love the story, I love the rhythm of three, I love that it's in verse, I love that it circles back on itself, and I LOVE the twist at the end. I also love reading it - the language in this book is superbly done. And don't even get me started on the artwork - it's perfectly pitched for this age group.
I could go on, but I think I should stop at three and hand the floor over to you guys.
What are some of your favorite picture books? What sets them apart from the rest?