14 New Picture Books Coming in October

Here are 14 of the picture books being released this month to lots of praise!

Addy’s Cup of Sugar by Jon J. Muth

Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Blue Table by Chris Raschka

The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azua Kramer, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Eric by Shaun Tan

Lubaya’s Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philemona Williamson

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

My Rainbow by Trinity and DeShanna Neal, illustrated by Art Twink

Northbound by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illustrated by James E. Ransome

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris

A Story for Small Bear by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Richard Jones

Turtle Walk by Matt Phelan

We Will Live in This Forest Again by Gianna Marino

Pea, Bee & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith

Pea, Bea & Jay cover image

Pea, Bee & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith (9780062981172)

Energetic and silly, this graphic novel throws together an unlikely trio of new friends in the first book in a new series. The story begins with Pea, who longs to be the one in the garden who is able to roll the farthest. When he is taunted by a rude Strawberry and Cherry, he agrees to try to roll all the way to the tree with the red leaves on the other side of the fence. Unfortunately, just as he leaves the farm, a storm hits and he is tumbled along with the water. He bumps into a bee, who warns him of the dangers outside the farm, particularly the dangerous birds. That’s when they meet Jay, who returns Bee’s satchel to her and then forlornly walks away. When Jay reveals that he can’t fly because he fell from the nest and was never taught how, he joins their group. Now they must get Pea back home before his mother worries about him. But there are more dangers lurking in the bushes (literally!)

Smith has created a madcap race of a book. Filled with all sorts of puns about peas and bees, the book’s writing is pure silliness. After all, what can one expect from a book who entire title is a pun and likely the inspiration for the characters. However it was conceived, this is a book that children will adore. It’s truly funny, filled with friends and has plenty of action too.

The art is clear and comical. From a bee with glasses to a bird who walks to a pea who bounds across the pages. The pacing is brisk, helped by the snappy dialogue and the wildly fast moments of the story. The art works well, moving just as fast as a pea can roll.

About much more than the birds and the bees, you have to give peas a chance. Appropriate for ages 7-10.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by HarperAlley.