The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy - Beatrice Alemagna
Originally published in French as Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit, Alemagna's sweet and enticing tale recently won the Batchelder award for translation from the American Library Association in January of 2016. The plot is high energy, and little Eddie is totally sympathetic, adorably desperate to find her mother a perfect gift for her birthday. The cast of secondary characters are a mixture of blunderingly and unknowingly helpful. The illustrations are bright and exuberant, Eddie always standing out in each image due to her bright pink coat and spiky, unkempt hair.
I definitely recommend this book, not only for the fantastic illustrations, but also because of the fun plot, the colourful characters, and the absolutely brilliant English title (not that I'm saying the French title isn't good, but I don't know enough French to make any comment.)