Kids on Fire: Gorgeous, Fun Picture Books

Here are some beautifully illustrated picture books for the little ones. All are reasonably priced—two at just 99 cents each as of this writing!—and reassuring to kids who are variously afraid of getting lost, failing, monsters or getting a toothache.

Little Lost Tiger (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $3.99)

This fictionalized story of a Siberian tiger and her hungry cub is told in spare, lyrical text and beautiful images: “Shaggy and frost-tipped, / the tigress and her cub / slip like shadows into a forest / of bone-white birches.” The tigress and her cub, Amba, are hunting for food in the forest when a wildfire separates them. Not until morning does she hear the plaintive cries of Amba, coming from where he was safely protected in a hidden cave: “Miiaaaow! Miiaaaaow!”

The watercolor, pastel, and gouache illustrations are highly atmospheric with blue night hues and orange firelight capturing the beauty of the animals and the starkness of the setting. Much like Jerry Pinkney’s The Lion and the Mouse (2009), this features a wordless front cover that is sure to entice readers. While other informational books on Siberian tigers exist, this is a handsome example of conveying animal information via a tender story with an author’s note providing further facts about this endangered species. — Julie Cummins, Booklist May 2012


Give Up, Gecko! (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $3.99)

“Elephant! Elephant! Heavy! Heavy! Heavy! Elephant! Elephant! STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!”

Elephant was shouting and stomping. But could he stomp a hole deep enough to reach water for the thirsty animals?

Maybe…maybe not. All the animals tried until tiny Gecko Gecko takes a turn.

He is small…but he is determined. And he’s not going to give up! Kids will love to chant and stomp along to this Ugandan folktale.


My T-Rex Has A Toothache (5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents)

Inspired by classic picture books like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss and Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. My T-Rex has a Toothache by Elwyn Tate is Perfect for imaginative and creative children.

26 hand painted, full page illustrations that your child will love.

Told in rhyme, this funny book tells the story of a boy whose pet T-Rex has a toothache?
How will he solve the problem?
Will anyone help them or will they have to find the solution themselves?

Pick up your copy and join in the fun!

Age Range: Preschool to Early Elementary Readers

Best read in landscape
Fully optimized for Kindle Fire and IPad


Don’t Lend A Monster Your Favorite Toy (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $1.99)

If you want interactive books and funny monsters… then enjoy this fun interactive, rhyming, pop-up picture book…

Don’t Lend A Monster Your Favorite Toy!

Monsters are naughty, they like to smash and break things… Especially toys.
This book is all about why you should never share toys with monsters.

Age Range – From Pre-School age to early elementary and developing readers.

Try a sample for free on the right of the page.

QUICK DOUBLE TAP the pink splats to reveal secret Pop-Up pages.
QUICK DOUBLE TAP the magnifying glasses for enlarged picture Pop-Ups.


There’s No Such Thing As Monsters (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents)

Our little sleepy head sees monsters everywhere in his house. He sees them under his bed, in the closet, and under the house.

His mother tries to reassure him that there is no such thing as monsters and it’s all in his imagination, but then…OH! What rotten luck!!!

Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens.

The gorgeous illustrations will captivate your child’s imagination and bring them back to read it over again and again.


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