Talk It Up Tuesday!

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I’m calling today Talk It Up Tuesday.

Here’s a quick shout out to ten picture book blasts from the not-so-recent past.

Book 1:


Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell

This book features a zombie’s quest to find the perfect ghoul.

It’s stinking great.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 2:


Another Brother written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Davy is a much doted upon only child. Then he gets a brother. And another. And another…. The next thing Davy knows he has twelve brothers, and they are intent on copying his every move.

I am crazy about the heart and silliness and pure freshness of this book.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 3:


Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed written and illustrated by J. C. Phillipps

This book has ninjas!

Even better, it has Master Zutsu. Master Zutsu has wisdom. He has high expecations. And he has the world’s best lines.

“The loudest cricket is the first to be caught.”
“The blossom that flaunts its color is soon plucked!”
“Free-flowing water will always find its way.”

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 4:


Chicken Butt! by Erica Perl, illustrated by Henry Cole

This book BEGS to be read aloud. It’s fun. It’s interactive. It’s the one book my son is really bummed I didn’t write.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 5:


Vote for Me! written and illustrated by Ben Clanton

This book has humor! It has energy! It has flair! I vote for Ben Clanton!

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 6:


I’m Not by Paula Smallcomb, illustrated by Robert Weinstock

Oh, how I love a good friendship book. Especially a funny one. Especially a funny one that also celebrates the discovery of what one is good at in this world.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 7:


It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

I have always been a huge fan of David LaRochelle AND a huge fan of Jeremy Tankard. But the two of them together?! Well, let me pause a moment to swoon.


This book makes an excellent read aloud. It also comes with humor. And…A TIGER!

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 8:


Jump! written and illustrated by Scott M. Fischer

It’s wild. It’s fun. It BEGS for audience participation.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 9:


Itsy Mitsy Runs Away written and illustrated by Elanna Allen

This book has it all:  heart, humor, drama, fabulous art, and the positively irresistible Itsy Mitsy.

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK.

Book 10:


Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon

This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE picture books. I fell for its understated humor and its surprise ending hook, line, and sinker.

If there are any books YOU would like to give a shout out to, please include your Talk It Up Tuesday in the comments.

Happy reading!

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. She has more than 30 published picture books and has many others on the way. Her books have received awards, earned starred reviews, made lists, been made into musicals, and been translated into many different languages. Most importantly, kids really like her books! To learn more about Tammi and her books, please visit and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.


  1. •My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman
    •Shrinking Violet by Kari Best
    •The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
    •The New Girl … And Me by Jacqui Robbins
    •The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst
    •This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
    -Possum Magic by Mem Fox

  2. Thanks, Tammi and Pat, for the list of books! I’ll definitely search for these!

  3. These look great! Thanks for a fun list, Tammi!

  4. Thanks Tammi and Pat for promising new reads. I did a review on Chicken Butt! and agree it’s hilarious.

    My current favorite is Annie’s Plaid Shirt, by Stacy B. Davids. It is so ‘favorite’ I carried it around the house with me, and back and forth to work, for the first 3 weeks I owned it! Annie loves her plaid shirt and wears it everywhere. When her mother says she must wear a dress to a family wedding, she doesn’t want to. They buy a dress, but Annie finds ‘her’ way to wear her plaid shirt to the wedding. (See book review at San Francisco Book Review, Every once in a while you find a book that was written just for you–this one’s mine.

  5. I just requested half of these from the library. THANK you.

    My two absolute favorites are Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Guess Again? By Mac Barnett and Adam Rex. Both delightful and brilliant – each in their own ways!

  6. An excellent list. I’ve only read three of them, so I’d better get to work. Thanks, Tammi!

  7. Great lists, Tammi and Pat! Here’s some more fun ones:

    The End by David LaRochelle & Richard Egielski
    The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington & Shelley Jackson
    Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltin & Bob Kolar
    Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee
    Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
    Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming & Nancy Carpenter
    When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach & David Small
    Don’t Forget To Come Back by Robie Harris & Harry Bliss
    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

  8. LOVE Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Heather.
    My most recent favorites are You are (not) Small and That’s (not) Mine, both by Anna Kang, illustrated by her husband, Christopher Weyant.

  9. Oh, I have so many faves. One of my all time faves is
    A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

  10. What an honor to have a book on this list, Tammi! Thank you! Roarrrrrr!

  11. Sooo many on my all-time-favorites list. But one I’d fight to keep on my shelves is I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. 🙂 Thanks for the list!

  12. I have zillions of favorite picture books, but here are a few:

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