So utterly beautiful that I neither remember if there was a story nor care. Really gorgeous papercrafting work.
Daily Rituals, by Mason Curry
Short bloggish pieces (it used to be a blog) about various writers' daily rituals. You'd think it would get monotonous, but as a pick-up-put-down book? It totally didn't.
We Forgot Brock!, by Carter Goodrich
Goofy but fun kid's picture book about a kid and his imaginary friend. Satisfying ending.
The Big Snow, by Jonathan Bean
Sweet, plausible story about a kid's excitement waiting for a big snowstorm to start. Adorable pictures, too.
Mother Bruce and Wilfred, by Ryan T. Higgins
Mother Bruce is one of my favorite picture books EVER. Maybe even better than some of my favorites as a little kid, she whispered cautiously. I laughed and laughed and laughed. I even snorted a couple of times, and lost it completely once. Wilfred, an earlier book of his, was good too - not nearly as good as Mother Bruce, but that just means Higgins is at the top of his game right now. I can't wait to read his next book! (And I'll probably read another of his old ones.)
Fire Engine No. 9, by Mike Austin
Picture book for very young kids, full of delicious onamatopeia and lots of bright colors.
Open Very Carefully, by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
Kind of silly meta book about a crocodile on a rampage within the very! book! you! are! reading! right! now! I am the world's hugest sucker for kid's meta books (imprinted early on The Monster at the End of This Book), so I quite enjoyed it. Not particularly transcendant of its genre.
Take Away the A, by Michael Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
My brain has a big hole where the memory of this book should go. How odd. I know I very much liked it and I remember marveling at the process of translating a book of wordplay from French to English... but that's all I got. Sorry! Even without remembering it, I do feel confident that if you like kids' alphabet books that are weird, and/or if you like wordplay, you will enjoy this too.
Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, by Stan Lee et al
Graphic memoir by Stan Lee (with help). It was a) highly entertaining and also b) complete self-hagiography. Sometimes unintentionally a, due to b, but often intentionally a - Stan Lee can certainly tell a good story. I imagine you either saw "graphic memoir by Stan Lee" and are going to read it no matter what anyone says, OR would only read it if it was actually amazing, fantastic, and incredible. It is not those things. But it was fun.
Counting Lions, by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton
Lovely lovely black and white animal photography that also serves as a pretty decent counting book for kids. I can't imagine that the kids who are the right age for needing said counting book will have ANY interest in the conservation message, which is aimed more at like 10 year olds? (or maybe at parents, I guess) But whatever was needed to get these beautiful pictures on the shelves, I will accept.