Polar Bear's Underwear - a cute book with a surprise ending!

By Gabrielle With photo assistance by Rose Gluck.

Well, it’s been ages since I’ve done a book post, but I think today is the perfect day for some picture book recommendations! Here are four new titles that have been a hit at our house.

First up, Polar Bear’s Underwear. It was written and illustrated by Tupera Tupera, the Tokyo-based art and design firm of artists Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa. This book is perfect for the five and under set. Polar Bear can’t find his new underwear, so he starts hunting for them with the help of Mouse. Are they those pretty patterned ones? No. That tiny, colorful pair? I’m afraid not.

Polar Bear's UnderwearPolar Bear's Underwear

Your little readers will encounter all sorts of creatures on the underwear hunt, and will laugh at the twist at the end!

Tricky Vic - the true story of how a swindler "sold" the Eiffel Tower

Next up, is this beautiful book about a real life con man. It’s called Tricky Vic — The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. I received this as an early review copy, but the book will be out tomorrow! This is a fun one for older kids — it has lots of history, new vocabulary, and factoids built in. If your family is a fan of heist stories, then this is sure to become a new favorite.

Tricky Vic - the true story of how a swindler "sold" the Eiffel TowerTricky Vic - the true story of how a swindler "sold" the Eiffel Tower

It was written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli — an author, illustrator and screen printer from Philadelphia. I don’t know Greg, but based on his clever mix-media illustrations in the book, thing he must have a great sense of humor.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Another title, I’m excited to share with you is Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt. It’s by Kate Messner, with art by Christopher Silas Neal. And it makes a great companion piece to their earlier collaboration, Over & Under the Snow, which I profiled earlier here.

Up in the Garden and Down in the DirtUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

In this book, you’ll find out about all the bugs and seeds that are living their lives in the dirt, creating good soil where plants can grow. You’ll also learn about common bugs that live their lives above ground in the garden as well. It would make a really sweet addition to an Easter basket.

I loved the simple, helpful creature index at the back so you can remember which bugs are garden heroes and which ones are garden pests.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

Last but not least today is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School, written by Davide Cali, with illustrations by Benjamin Chaud. (I’m a big fan of Benjamin Chaud’s work. You might know him from the acclaimed book, The Bear’s Song.)

Getting to school on time can be tough when there are ninjas, mysterious mole people, and time machines about. Your kids will get a kick out of all the adventures this book’s hero experiences on his “short” walk to school.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to SchoolA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

But how will he prove to his teacher that his adventures really happened? You’ll have to read the book!

Now it’s your turn. Have you read any of these titles yet? Any favorites among them? And what are your kids reading these days?

P.S. — I love picture books! You can find all the children’s books I’ve featured here.