Third in the series of “Summer 2010 Picturebook Highlights” is…Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!
Mimi’s Dada Catifesto
by Shelley Jackson
9780547126814, $17, Pub. Date: April 2010
This book captured my heart originally due to the collage illustrations (one of my favorite types of art). Reading the story – an artistic cat in search of the right owner, Mr. Dada in search of the right pet – warmed my heart even more.
A Dignity of Dragons: Collective Nouns for Magical Beasts
by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
9780618862542, $17, Pub. Date: May 2010
A new bestiary for any child interested in fantastical beings, complete with a glossary and stunning, daydream-inspiring artwork.
The Famous Nini: A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star
by Mary Nethery, illustrated by John Manders
9780618977697, $17, Pub. Date: June 2010
The illustrations infuse Nini, the cat, with such personality in this picturebook about a stray cat who becomes famous in Venice in the 1890s.
Flora’s Very Windy Day
by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Matt Phelan
9780618986767, $16, Pub. Date: August 2010
National Book Award winning author of The Penderwicks has written her first picture book! Flora’s Very Windy Day is lucky to be illustrated by the talented Matt Phelan, whose first graphic novel – A Storm in the Barn – won the Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction. Don’t miss this whimsical picture book from such an award-winning duo.
I couldn’t help myself- here are some favorite Houghton Mifflin Harcourt backlist – already published!
But Who Will Bell the Cats?
by Cynthia von Buhler
Hardcover: 9780618997183, $16
A brilliantly depicted version of Aesop’s “Belling the Cat” fable. The illustrations are stunning, mixed medium with a combination of photography, collage, and illustration. The total book design helps to tell the story of one brave little mouse and his friend Brown Bat who live beneath the castle where eight cats and a princess live.
How the Nobble Was Finally Found
by C.K. Williams, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Hardcover: 9780152054601, $18
Vivid watercolor illustrations by a Caldecott Award-winning artist brings the fantastical character of the Nobble to life. The Nobble loves playing in all sorts of imaginative places but gets lonely playing alone. He goes off on an adventure and gets a little help finding a friend. This is perfect for the older picture book child.
I Like You
by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast
Hardcover: 9780395071762, $6.95
“I like you/And I know why/I like you because/You are a good person/To like.” The delicate cartoon-esque line drawings perfectly accent this simple, yet heartfelt, little pocket gift-sized book. The sweet free-flowing verse makes this a perfect gift to give to a friend, family member, or romantic love any day of the year. “You really like me/Don’t you/And I really like you back/And you like me back/And I like you back/And that’s the way we keep on going/Every day.”
And stay tuned for my favorite Houghton Mifflin Harcourt chapter books – coming up!