When Your Llama Needs A Haircut by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. Little Simon, 2018. 9781534405639. Board book, for kids who might chew on it. Very few pages.
It’s picture day and your llama needs a haircut. But of course your llama thinks its hair looks fine. What do you do? (Warning: your llama will not look good in a bowl cut. But the drawing of it in the book is hilarious.)
The Only Fish In The Sea by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Roaring Brook, 2017. 978626722828. Picture book.
Sherman tells Sadie about Amy Scott, who got a goldfish for her birthday, then walked to the end of the dock and threw it into the sea. It must be lonely, and may be in grave danger. Sadie starts calling the goldfish Ellsworth, and with the help of six monkeys she mounts a rescue operation. (The art in this is also fun. Very sketchy. And the monkeys are a hoot.)
Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon, pictures by Hadley Hooper. 9781626723528. Roaring Brook, 2017. Picture book.
Lulu climbs all the trees, even the ones other kids fall out of. Then she’s sick and stuck inside for a day and has to find a way to use her imagination to climb trees. That’s my adult explanation that’s not as fun as the book, which also looks wonderfully colorful and textured and somehow retro.
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates, cowritten with Juniper Bates (her 7th grade daughter). Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018. 9781534406582. Picture book.
A smiling, friendly umbrella loves to help, and it’s kind of magic so it gets bigger and bigger as more people gather underneath it to hide from the rain (no matter how tall or large they are). This is a great picture book idea that’s beautifully executed and destined to be a bestseller forever in a place like Seattle.