cover image Books for Me!

Books for Me!

Sue Fliess, illus. by Mike Laughead. Amazon/Two Lions, $14.99 (28p) ISBN 978-1-4778-2036-0

The exuberant hippo from Shoes for Me! and A Dress for Me! reveals that her interests extend beyond fashion as she delivers a rousing tribute to the many types of books available at the library. “Books on jungles, lion kings,/ monsters, creatures, wild things,” reads Fliess’s unflaggingly upbeat verse as Laughead shows a Sendakian monster peering out from a book, one of several literary references in his vivid mixed-media artwork. While the story doesn’t stand out from other similarly themed titles, it’s an effective bit of literary cheerleading. Ages 3–8. Author’s agent: Jennifer Unter, Unter Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Jan.)