Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson; Qin Leng (Illustrator)In a beautifully detailed wordless picture book, a tumbledown building becomes home sweet home for a found family. A lonely little girl and her grandparent need to fill the run-down apartment in their building. But taking over the quarters above their store will mean major renovations for the new occupants, and none of the potential renters can envision the possibilities of the space--until one special couple shows up. With their ingenuity, the little girl's big heart, and heaps of hard work, the desperate fixer-upper begins to change in lovely and surprising ways. In this bustling wordless picture book, JonArno Lawson's touching story and Qin Leng's gentle illustrations capture all angles of the building's transformation, as well as the evolving perspectives of the girl and her grandparent. A warm and subtly nuanced tale, Over the Shop throws open the doors to what it means to accept people for who they are and to fill your home with love and joy.
Robot Dreams by Sara VaronWhen dog gets lonely, he builds himself a friend from a mail-order robot kit, Soon the two are happily sharing movies, popcorn, and peaceful evenings until a summer day's swim leaves robot rusted and immobile.Robot Dreams chronicles the next year: the dog's desperate search for new friends and the robot's dreams - first from the beach, then from the junkyard - of his lost friend, the dog. Without words, Sara Varon's simple, moving, and instantly endearing artwork tells us all a story of friendship, loneliness, and forgiveness.