I know better than to judge a book by its cover, but I do it ALL THE TIME, especially with picture books. And since we're being honest here, we all know kids do it too which puts a lot of pressure on illustrators to make a great first impression. These three books have been added to my favorites list and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that all three of them have something pretty cool in common: they are all 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Award honors.
Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins holds a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for new illustrator. Look at that cover! I was laughing before I even opened the book. That big pink cake you see? She's very rude to all the little sweets until someone bigger is rude to her. Well, obviously she didn't like THAT one bit, and begins to see why being a nice cake is so very important.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins also holds a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for new illustrator. Bruce is a cranky bear who likes to cook gourmet meals from fancy cookbooks. One of his recipes calls for goose eggs, and after stealing the eggs from a nest, he puts them in a pan and before he can cook them they hatch! Naturally the goslings think he is their mother, but the cranky old bear will not stand for that so he marches them back to the nest only to find that mama goose has already flown south for the winter and he's forced to care for them.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach holds a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for new writer and the illustrations are worthy of their own award, let me tell you. It's about a bear who gets lost in the city and happens to find an unattended sandwich...could that really be true? Or is someone spinning a tale? Hmmm....I'd love to hear what you think really happened to that sandwich.
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Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach