New Children’s Picture Books – Spring 2017

It’s always fun getting children’s picture books sent to the Miramichi Reader for consideration. Recently, three colourful and whimsical picture books came across our desk and I’ll let them speak for themselves. The text below is taken from the publisher’s websites. The first two books are published by Creative Book Publishers, the third by Breakwater Books.

Prepare for adventure on the high seas! Elliot wants to catch the biggest fish that anyone has ever seen. After making a wish, he finds himself on the ocean with a chance to catch the big one. On his journey, different animals try to teach him to fish like they do. Even when things seem impossible, Elliot never gives up.Rebecca North is the author of A Picnic at the Lighthouse. Rebecca grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. She is the mother of a young child and spends many hours reading and re-reading picture books. You can find her online at Pre-order at

Until he found a park pavilion, Moose had never thought about a roof. His friends Beaver, Bear and Squirrel all seem to be roof experts. With their help, Moose decides to put his antlers to good use and soon, he has a roof of his own. But Moose finds that carrying a roof day and night makes him very tired and very cranky.His friends don’t understand, so their advice is no help at all. Can Moose learn to be himself again?  Jennifer Maruno began her publishing career at the ripe age of eight, creating captions for baby pictures in her local town newspaper.Her short stories for children have appeared in a variety of children’s magazines in Great Britain, the United States and Canada. Laurel Keating is an award-winning artist whose illustrations are familiar to Newfoundlanders.  She also illustrated Elliot and the Impossible Fish and Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure. She lives in scenic Portugal Cove, which she has called home all her life. Order Moose’s Roof at

A visually stunning, often humorous book of verse, All Around the Circle celebrates the United States and spirit of outport Newfoundland. How did Aunt Maud’s cat manage to sail across the tickle? Why is Heloise the chicken so worried? With a colourful cast of characters, tall tales, and vibrant artwork, Cara Kansala, artist of the wildly popular Grumpy Goat Gallery, offers a tongue-twisting playful read that will delight kids from five to ninety-five. Order at


James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began TMR in 2015, realizing that there was a genuine need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio and other media sites. James works as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist and lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.