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The Illustrations Tell the Story

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The Illustrations Tell the Story


Some of my favorite picture books are the ones that make you look very closely at the illustrations to tell the full story. - I wrote about it in this blog post and again in this one.


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

  • Pub date: 2014
  • The readers see the nearly found treasure that Sam and Dave miss, and the ending will inspire debate among those who examine the details.


My Teacher is a Monster (No I am Not) by Peter Brown

  • Pub Date: 2014
  • The teacher slowly becomes more human in the illustrations.


Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle

  • Pub Date: 2004
  • A boy wants a dog, but he has to settle for a dragon when his mom says no to the dog. Watch for signs that the boy and the dragon might be in it together.


Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

  • Pub Date: 2013
  • Readers can see that what Bernadette says is an elephant is really a teapot and the boat is really a banana. But that’s just part of the fun of Bernadette.


Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Konnecke

  • Pub Date: 2011
  • Anton thinks he can do magic, but readers can see that there is nothing magical going on.


One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo

  • Pub Date: 2012
  • The surprise ending will have readers flipping back through the illustrations throughout the book to see what they missed.


How to Catch a Mouse by Philippa Leathers

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Readers will spot the mouse on every page even as Clemmie declares the house "mouse-free."


Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • A lonely boy finds a lizard to be his friend, but readers will see a potential human friend on most pages.


Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • A boy writes letters to his grandfather about his summer, but he may be stretching the truth. 


My Mom has X-Ray Vision by McAllister

  • Pub Date: 2011
  • See also: End pages, POC on the Cover
  • A boy wonders if his mom is a superhero, but decides that she isn't. The illustrations show that he was right.


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