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A Perfect Day is Carin Berger’s latest contribution to picture books (Greenwillow, $16.99). Berger employs an interesting collage style, by using common pieces of paper as the background to her illustrations. You can see the way that used notebook paper, composition paper, graph paper, and even receipts have been recommissioned in her art. The vestiges of the papers’ past lives are clearly visible, which provides an interesting depth to the images. She has utilized this technique in her previous books, such as The Little Yellow Leafbut for some reason I think it works better in this one. Maybe because of the color scheme. The various shades of white paper are suited to convey snowy landscapes. I also think this book is better because there is a clearer narrative. You can follow the various townspeople’s activities throughout the day and see how some of their stories overlap. The best image is the double page spread of everyone making snow angles (also the jacket illustration). The story opens with a soothing, “It snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed” (another one of my favorite illustrations from the book), and ends with, “The perfect end to a perfect day”. yep.

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Here’s another non-Halloween book that’s still appropriate for this time of year. Bob Barner’s Dem Bones depicts dancing skeletons teaching the familiar African-American song (Chronicle Books, $16.99). The illustrations are comprised of colorful torn collages and bring the song to life, if you will. Interesting bone facts accompany the text, making this picture book a one-of-a-kind crossover Halloween/science book (impressive, huh?) And who better to teach lessons about bones, than a band of skeletons?

The skeleton playing the trombone on the front cover cracks me up. Is s/he closing her/his eye sockets?!? That’s one passionate skeleton. No cuddling for this book; break out whatever instruments you have laying around, or make your own, and rock around the house/classroom singing and learning about bones. Your skeletons will appreciate the party.

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