Here’s my Perfect Picture Book selection for the week:

Too Pickley!
Written by Jean Reidy
Illustrated by Geneviéve Leloup
Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2010

Suitable for: Ages 3 and up

Theme/Topic: Food habits, picky eaters, rhyme

Opening: I am hungry!

Brief Synopsis: The book opens with such a declaration then it goes where parents and children alike don’t like to be — at odds with what’s on the plate. This little boy just won’t have any of it for various reasons like ” too wrinkly” or “too fruity.”

Link to Resources: Jean Reidy has a link to an activity guide on her website. She is also doing free Skype visits to schools. If you are a teacher or parent, you may want to check and see if she has time available for your school.

Why I chose this book: Jean Reidy’s Too Series — Too Purpley! and Too Princessy! books — are too much fun in a very, brief book. You won’t find a 1,000-word story here. Oh, no, it’s more like 47 words. The main character and his sidekick are wonderful.

For more picture books and resources, please check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.

I’m not sure how much blog hopping I’ll do this weekend as I’m attending the SCBWI regional conference in Denver. Instead of leaving messages on some of my fellow 12 x 12 in 2012 participants’ blogs, I will be saying,”Howdy” in person.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Perfect Picture Book Friday (or a weekend) than sitting in picture book workshops and being surrounded by writers and illustrators. My goal this weekend is to be a sponge and soak it all up.