I don't think I've explained what it is I'm looking for in picture books.
- I have to like the artwork. I find that I'm pretty picky about it. It's the first thing that attracts me to the book, so it doesn't matter how cute the story is, I'm not going to read it if the artwork is ............yuck. It can't be to abstract or what I like to call "messy" I'm a strait forward kind of person, Ruth likes a clean looking picture to, otherwise she makes me put it down.
- The story has to have a nice, natural flow. We usually get 10 books every 2 weeks and end up putting 5 in the closet till our next visit because of choppy, disjointed flow. I'm pretty shocked at the amount of crappy books there are out there that made it to print. I know these go through editors first, so what is the deal with the crip-crappy books? I think I'm going to protest by making a Crip-Crappy List now.
We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins. I love this because it reads aloud well. It's even fun and has a good rhythm.