Posted on February 11, 2019 by Jonathan H. Liu
This is one of those weeks where I don’t have a nicely themed stack of books to present to you, but I do have a wild assortment of books that never quite fit into a themed category: some comic books, a little bit of fiction, and a picture book or two. Some have been out for a long time, and some are coming to stores soon. Enjoy this grab bag!
Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren
This picture book pays homage to hard-boiled detective stories with a pigeon detective who’s recruited by a little bird to investigate birds going missing all over town. He doesn’t want to take the case, but the kid is convincing — but where will the clues lead? The book includes some fun puns and really adorable illustrations. We enjoyed McLaren’s previous book, Rabbit Magic, and this one’s also delightful. If you like bird puns and those old “Tracer Bullet” sequences from Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll enjoy this one.
The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Cátia Chien
Turtle decides it’s time for a change, so he decorates his shell … and then goes a little overboard. It starts with just a fresh coat of paint, but then he builds a deck (“just to use up the extra paint”), and before you know it, he’s built an entire village on the back of his shell. It reminds me of any sort of house renovation: my sister just got the tile replaced in her bathroom shower and floor, and then realized that the new tile makes the cabinets look shabby. Of course, if you replace the cabinets, then the sink and toilet are going to look old … and you know how that goes.
In this picture book, though, a host of creatures from all over the world discover the new town as Turtle is sleeping and they move in, bringing cheer and friendship to Turtle. It’s a cute story and an imaginative tale of creativity.