Door By JiHyeon Lee
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From the moment your eyes take in the cover of this wordless picture book you will be enticed inside its magical pages. A boy finds a key and follows a flying bug through the human world to a door. Inside, he finds a new land and unique creatures. He plays, picnics, swings, climbs trees, and even attends a wedding with his new friends. And discovers that there are many doors and many unique communities still to be explored.
Language and appearance are not barriers to making friends here, everyone is welcoming and accepting. A perfect message for an exquisitely illustrated book. This is a work of art to keep forever.
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Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli & Mariachiara Di Giorgio
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Professional Crocodile by Zoboli and Di Giorgio is an absolute delight. The crocodile starts out getting ready for what appears to be a typical day at the office. But his final destination is far from a traditional business setting. A wonderful ending awaits!
Readers will be eager to turn the pages to see what happens next in the crocodile’s day and thanks to a clear story sequence, will easily be able to follow the plot. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and small details will capture the imagination and hold attention.
My early-reader loved this story; the wordless element gave her the confidence to tell a story to match the illustrations, without any concern about struggling to read difficult words. My pre-reader loved the wordless aspect too as it gave him the confidence to read like a ‘big kid.’