#blogbookaday: If the S in Moose Comes Loose

22 Sep

If the S in Moose Comes Loose.jpgSummary:  “Rollicking, clever, and a great way to have fun with letters, If the S in Moose Comes Loose is a seriously wild ride from start to finish.

When two of Moose’s letters come loose, he vanishes. Poof! But his best friend, Cow, has an idea: she’ll find a G, an L, a U, and an E and glue M-O-O-S-E back together, better than ever! But it’s not as easy as it sounds….

Author Peter Hermann is not only a debut picture book author, he also plays publisher Charles Brooks on TV Land’s hit show Younger. Matthew Cordell is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the 2018 Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow and has written and/or illustrated dozens of other books for children.

If the S in MOOSE comes loose
and the E breaks free . . . what’s left?
M-O-O!
” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: When the S and E in the word moose come loose, cow will do anything to get her moose back… including steal some letters from some other words to help her out. This is a fun spelling adventure that is sure to make kids giggle with delight as they try and figure out what a Bear Chair will become when you start swapping letters!

Personal Reaction: This would be a perfect read aloud for an older elementary or even middle school classroom. Little ones will get the humor too, but I think older kids will appreciate it more! This story would be a perfect story about spelling and would make a fun project to work on… try to create a word but swap letters to make it work!

Title: If the S in Moose Comes Loose
Author: Peter Hermann
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 13, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Rainforest

21 Sep

Rainforest.jpgSummary:  “Travel deep into the rainforest – what elusive, fascinating creatures will you find there? Delicate, colourful and distinctive, Julia Groves’ illustrations introduce us to the animals that live in this precious and endangered habitat.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A close up look of animals that live in the Amazon rainforest. With simple test and beautiful printmaking illustrations that celebrate the wide variety of animals in the Amazon. The book also includes additional information at the back of the book for those super, curious kids in your life!

Personal Reaction: I really love nonfiction titles geared toward a young audience and this one reads like a story, but also include facts about each of the animals as well. This would be a great story to share before heading to the zoo or for using during a lesson in endangered environments – I can see this working for one of our STEM storytime programs at the library!

Title: Rainforest
Author: Julia Groves
Illustrator: Julia Groves
Publisher: Child’s Play International
Publication Date: September 1, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Weekend Plans: Princeton Children’s Book Festival

21 Sep

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I’m excited for some fun weekend plans after a really crazy week at work (think budget entries, interview questions, and policy updates). This Saturday, September 22 is the annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival from 11am – 4pm.

With over 80 authors and illustrators, it’s an amazing way to get to meet so many children’s book people all in one space. I love seeing kids so excited to meet a favorite author, families choosing which books they want to purchase and for me, I get the chance to get a number of titles signed for Christmas and birthday gifts for the littles in my life.

When my grad school roommate was the first of my close friends to start having kids, I got her daughter signed copies of books for Christmas and her birthday. Now, I’m up to eight kids I buy for (plus for my own personal library) and I love being able to pick out some great titles for a special gift. The kids get something that they most likely won’t receive from anyone else and a curated, signed library as they get older.

Each year for the festival, I create a list of authors and illustrators I want to visit and the titles I’m looking for and pair them with the kids I’m buying for, plus there’s always a good number of authors and illustrators I want to add to my personal library.

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