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17 spectacular picture book sequels + zombie in love sequel giveaway

What must a sequel do to gain our affection?

I think it needs to have the stuff we loved about the first, but then a new spin that makes it fresh. It should also be a good book in its own right. For whatever reason, that can be tough to pull off (in any genre). But I think these picture book sequels (or quasi-sequels) do just that.

zombie-in-love-sequelIn the first installment by Kelly DiPucchio with pictures by Scott Campbell, Mortimer is alone until he finally finds true love.

In just out Zombie in Love 2+ 1, Mortimer and Mildred are new parents. Of course! Only having a non-zombie baby is pretty baffling. Until he starts to act more like them (aka shrieking and staying up all night). And then the whole family smiles, like this! (Remember that gag?!)


In honor of this brand new sequel, I give you 16 more spectacular picture book sequels!


It’s astounding how Molly Idle followed up one stunner with another. And Flora and the Penguin is just that. (I guess the only explanation is Idle’s brilliance!)



There have been a lot of Scaredy Squirrel follow-ups and let’s face it: they’re all awesome! Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is a personal favorite.


blackout-sequel-blizzardI adore the first and admire the second. Yin and Yang, that’s Blackout and Blizzard by John Rocco.



Mix It Up is proof that genius begets genius!



Not an exact sequel, but hats, right?! Also, the same ironic humor, the same visual clues.
This is Not My Hat is a favorite.


pomelo-sequelPomelo Explores Color is just as fun-loving and sometimes hilariously awkward as the first.



I’m breaking some rules here. While these two aren’t related by character or much else necessarily, they’re just begging to be read side by side! If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead.



The Loud Book is a perfect complement to the first magical installment. It naturally flows from it and relates to in strategy, specificity, and even the way some loud things are only loud when quiet surrounds them. Just perfect.


rosie-revere-engineer-sequelSame team, similar theme, and look at those covers. I’m gonna call sequel on fabulous Rosie Revere, Engineer.



Betty Bunny has had a number of installments, but this one might be my favorite. In Betty Bunny Wants a Goal, we get the great stuff about the original—Betty herself, the family characters, the laughs—in a new, inventive situation.


spoon-sequel-chopsticksAgain, more of a follow-up than a direct sequel, but Chopsticks wouldn’t exist without Spoon. How I love these utensils.


garmann-stian-hole-sequelsThere are three in Stian Hole’s Garmann series and all as engagingly rendered in story and illustrations as one another. Garmann’s Street follows Garmann’s Summer perfectly going from first day of school fears to bullies and people who aren’t what they seem.


rocket-picture-book-sequelSweetness for word-lovers times two. Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills.



All three in the Henry series by Saro O’Leary and Julie Morstad are charmers. When I Was Small is a wonderful denouement!


bats-at-the-library-sequelThere’ve been a few bat books by Brian Lies, but Bats at the Ball Game, in my view, hits a home run.



This boy/penguin pair is charming in any story. It’s hard to follow such a perfect first book, but  Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers satisfies.



I’m giving away a copy of ZOMBIE IN LOVE 2 + 1

over on twitter, courtesy of Atheneum.

Come see!




Now you go! What’s your favorite from this list? Or any spectacular sequels I’ve left out?





flora and the flamingo/all things pink



Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.

It’s no wonder this was a 2013 Goodreads Choice Award nominee.

A girl. A flamingo. A dance. A friendship.

This magical book manages to capture all that. And without words. It’s also very wonderfully pink, in the most non-sacchirine way, especially since the backgrounds are so bare and white save for the frame of pink blossoms.

Behold, the balletic flamingo.


And adorable Flora, following along.


The ups and downs of any blossoming duet.


One of the secrets of this book’s magic is the fold-down cut outs on many pages, which capture movement and character responses. But you’ll have to see that for yourself!

Thanks to Chronicle Books for the images!

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In honor of Flora and the Flamingo, I give you, pink things. From  movies to objects to  illustrations.

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1.) Pretty in Pink, my favorite movie in high school. (Was it yours too?); 2.) The Pink Ladies from Grease. I always thought Rizzo was the coolest. Because she was.


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1.) Pink Chestnut Paper Origami Lampshade by nelliana.; 2.) Fujifilm Instax Camera. 3.) Moxi Lolly Strawberry skates.


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1.) The Baking Bird’s Vegan Strawberry Rose Cupcakes (with recipe!); 2.) I hope this is the correct image credit for these bathing beauties.

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1.) “Bubblegum Twins” by Ofra Amit. 2.) “Collective Dream” by Maria Hergueta.



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