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Wild Ideas, by Elin Kelsey
I didn't care for the text at all (non-fiction about how to be creative using animal examples that were rather tenuous), but the pictures are very lovely.

Wait, by Antoinette Portis
A sweet and familiar story, well-illustrated, with an ending that little kids would love. I was pretty happy with it too.

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, by Robin Newman
Goofy PI-style mystery novel for 3rd-5th grade or so. Pretty funny, good pictures. I would read more.

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, by Vicki Churchill
A delightful book about all the things a young wombat likes to do. Brought the board book over to a friend's eighteen-month-old and almost lost it laughing because it was so funny how excited the little guy got about this one.

Mousetropolis, by R. Gregory Christie
I think this is my favorite of all the many versions of "Town Mouse and Country Mouse" that I've read. The illustrations are particularly vivid and it does a great job of balancing the appeals and downsides of both locales.

Beyond the Pond, by Joseph Kuefler
This picture book didn't have much of a plot, but I really enjoyed the creativity and beauty of the illustrations.

Blizzard, by John Rocco
This was a really fun, convincing story about kids in a Serious Blizzard, with great illustrations. It's semi-autobiographical and it shows (in the good way).

The Amazing Hamweenie, by Patty Bowman
A picture book about a cat escape artist. I thought it was hilarious. My husband (who also loves cats) thought it was dumb. Apparently HE is dumb when it comes to books about cat escape artists.

Body of Art, which is one of those Phaidon-edited-and-published thingers
Oooooooooooh, ahhhhhhhh. A thematic (rather than chronological) assortment of art that focuses on (or in some way relates to) the human body. Really lovely lovely stuff, beautifully printed, and I liked how the thematic arrangement juxtaposed artists I'd never thought of in concert before. Also, it is HUGEMONGOUS.
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