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Wild Illustrations in Big Books for Little Readers


Fats here.

Today’s post features gorgeous illustrations from two oversized picture books that I borrowed from our children’s collection at the library. This is in keeping with our current bimonthly theme, Into the Wild. All photos were taken online.


My Wild Family

Written and illustrated by Laurent Moreau
Published by Chronicle Books (2015)
ISBN-10: 1452144230
ISBN-13: 978-1452144238

“Sometimes there is more to family than meets the eye…” Indeed, there is. In My Wild Family, a little girl introduces readers to her family. Her descriptions of them are comparable to the characteristics of the animals highlighted on each spread.

My Wild Family touches on diversity and what makes one special. This book is a great visual study guide to help kids familiarize themselves with colors and animals. The vibrant illustrations and bold text will captivate little readers.


The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have

Written by Edward van de Vendel
Illustrated by Anton van Hertbruggen
Translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson
Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2013)
ISBN-10: 0802854516
ISBN-13: 978-0802854513

“Nino had a dog that he didn’t have…” So begins the story of a young boy named Nino and his dog that wasn’t there. This dog, the dog that Nino didn’t have, behaved as squirrels did, jumped on Nino’s grandmother’s lap, and even dove into the water. Nino was the only one who saw this dog (that he didn’t have, yes). When a different dog  — a dog that everyone could see — came into Nino’s life, the dog that Nino didn’t have disappeared. But there was more to the story than the dog that Nino didn’t have! Be sure to find out!




The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have had my heart the moment I laid eyes on it. The gorgeous cover reminded me of the amazing talents of Luke Pearson (Hilda and the Midnight Giant) and Dave McKean (The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Golfish). There is darkness. There is loneliness. There is also light that takes the form of imagination.

Be sure to read Myra’s review of the book!

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