problem|solution…a list of five

Every problem…

“So for a week Christopher Robin read that sort of book at the North end of Pooh, and Rabbit hung his washing on the South end…and in between Bear felt himself getting slenderer and slenderer.”

… has a solution.

Check out the surprising solutions in these great stories.

Another Way to Climb a Tree, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
published in 2017, a Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press

Problem: Lulu, whose joy in life is climbing preposterously tall trees, is sick. Gazing out her window at those unapproachable branches, she makes a sorry figure indeed.

Solution: A miracle of light and shadow present a remarkable possibility to Lulu that spreads sunshine to her and readers alike. Hadley Hooper’s divine retro prints bring such class and comfort to these pages. A tiny slice-of-life that’s surprisingly inspiring. Ages 2 and up.

The Knish War on Rivington Street, written by Joanne Oppenheim, illustrated by Jon Davis
published in 2017 by Albert Whitman and Company

Problem: Benny’s mama, Molly,  bakes the most delicious knishes on Rivington Street. Flaky pastry parcels, plum full of kasha, cheese, and potatoes. Yummm. But Mr. & Mrs. Tisch set up shop right across the street with loud signs selling her famous fried knishes at a penny less than Molly’s! This can only mean one thing: war!

Solution: With prices a-tumbling, brass bands a-tootling, angry voices arguing…what can be done to restore peace and friendship to Rivington Street? Find out, plus bake your own batches of Molly’s and Mrs. Tisch’s knishes and pick your favorite! Ages 4 and up.

Counting with Tiny Cat, written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz
first U.S. edition 2017 by Candlewick Press

Problem: One playful and, shall we say, overconfident cat encounters way more balls of red yarn than he’s prepared for! Yikes!

Solution: Napping. And let’s face it, isn’t that often the best solution?! Darling mayhem, graphic brilliance, a hoot for ages 18 months and up.

Dogosaurus Rex, written by Anna Staniszewski, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
published in 2017 by Henry Holt and Company

Problem: The dog Ben brings home from the shelter, name of Sadie, seems…uh…quite strange for a dog. Smashingly large. Ravenously hungry. Possibly entirely too much trouble?

Solution: Sadie saves her own neck by proving that a burly body and powerful hunger can come in pretty handy under the right circumstances! Humor and adventure in a sort-of second generation Clifford the Dog scenario, for ages 3 and up.

You Must Bring a Hat!, written by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley
published by Sterling Children’s Books in 2017

Problem: One young lad receives an invitation to the snazziest party ever. The directive says he must bring a hat. And try to be on time. The problems he encounters in fulfilling that decree and a whole botheration of addendums to it — phew! Enough to try the patience of a saint!

Solution: Would you believe monkeys, monocles, and piano-playing badgers are all preludes to a most surprising, easy-pie solution ushering us into the liveliest of parties? You better hold onto your hats for this silly caper. A jolly spot of nonsense for ages 2 and up.