PLAYDATE – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Playdate

Author: Maryann Macdonald

Illustrator: Rahele Jomepour Bell

 Publisher: Albert Whitman and Co, 2019

Ages: 1-3,

24 pages

Themes: play date, rhyme, common words





A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as portrayed through both the well-chosen words and the fun-filled, evocative illustrations.

Why I like this book:

Charming, rhythmic one syllable rhymes about friendship, fun and games at home and in the park. Maryann’s simple text makes a wonderful read-aloud (on repeat loop!) And Rahele’s illustrations enthuse every page with vibrant, diverse kids enjoying daily romps. I hope this comes out in board book format too.

I have reviewed a Middle Grade historical novel by Maryann and had the privilege of interviewing Rahele a few years back as she was setting out on her illustration career. It is always a pleasure to review stellar creations by kidlit friends.


This is a vocabulary rich text for young children and physical responses and pointing will naturally ensue.

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9 Responses to PLAYDATE – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Andrea Mack says:

    This looks so sweet! Just from the opening I can tell there is a nice read aloud rhythm!

  2. Sarah Tobias says:

    I love the cover illustration. Can’t wait to read the story.

  3. What a delightful picture book. Perfect for young children who live to play. Would pair nicely with a Band of Babies. I’m always looking for beautiful and fun stories for my young great grandchildren.

  4. I already know I’ll like this book from the opening lines and the sweet illustrations. Thanks for reviewing it. I hope my library owns a copy. 🙂

  5. The cover is adorable. I look forward to seeing the rest of the illustrations and the rhyme. Glad you highlighted it. I too hope they make a board book of it.

  6. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Interesting. I’m surprised that it didn’t come out as a board book to begin with. It looks quite sweet, and rhyme is so perfect for play.

  7. Barb says:

    Looks very sweet 🙂

  8. Patricia Nozell says:

    What an inviting cover & the first lines make me want to clap along & join in the fun. What a perfect book for younger children.

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