#blogbookaday: Baby Goes to Market

27 May

Baby Goes to MarketSummary:  “When Baby and Mama go to the market, Baby is so adorable that the banana seller gives him six bananas. Baby eats one and puts five in the basket, but Mama doesn’t notice. As Mama and Baby wend their way through the stalls, cheeky Baby collects five oranges, four biscuits, three ears of sweet corn, two pieces of coconut . . . until Mama notices that her basket is getting very heavy! Poor Baby, she thinks, he must be very hungry by now! Rhythmic language, visual humor, and a bounty of delectable food make this a tale that is sure to whet little appetites for story time. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mama and Baby go to the market and while Mama is busy buying food and goods for the family, Baby is getting yummy treats from the market sellers. With a counting aspect woven in, Atinuke displays a family’s trip running errands in a way we don’t see very often in the U.S. but is still very familiar to everyday life. The market is filled with bright colors and busy patterns and excitement as Baby helps Mama and gets a few snacks along the way.

Personal Reaction: I really loved this little glimpse into another culture and I really think little kids would enjoy the story line – counting up all the treats, Baby gets and helping tell the story as some parts repeat, making it feel very comfortable and familiar. Plus, for families that have come to the U.S. from Nigeria and other parts of the world where going to an open air market is a regular occurrence, this story will be extremely exciting to see on the bookshelf.

Title: Baby Goes to Market
Author: Atinuke
Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 5, 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!

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#blogbookaday: They Say Blue

26 May

They Say Blue.jpgSummary:  “Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one.

Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A young girl searches her world for answers to her questions and proof of the statements people say, “They say blue is the color of the sky.” This story (and I’ll use that word loosely) as this is much more of a poem or musings of the natural world, is about color and seasons and childlike wonder. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, full of movement even with the sparest of text.

Personal Reaction: This one took me a minute to figure out – it’s not a story about a little girl per say, but more of a poem about nature. This would make an interesting read aloud for older elementary or even middle school students about the power of words chosen for a poem or examples of similes and metaphors. If you pay close enough attention the story begins with the text – “They say blue is the color of the sky.” But the last page is a sky filled with the reds and oranges of a sunset.

Title: They Say Blue
Author: Jillian Tamaki
Illustrator: Jillian Tamaki
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: March 1, 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!

#blogbookaday: Have You Seen Elephant?

25 May

Have You Seen ElephantSummary:  “Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best – he’s VERY good! Have You Seen Elephant is an absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch out for the dog and the tortoise, too…” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable story of hide and seek with a (very) large elephant. The elephant warns the little boy that he’s very good and the boy searches high and low for his friend, but can’t find him anywhere! With the comedic timing of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, kids will be giggling non-stop as they find the elephant (and the dog and the tortoise) on every page!

Personal Reaction: I’m a big fan of books that let readers in on the joke before the main character gets it. And this is no exception as readers will find the elephant long before the little boy does. I also loved the watercolor illustrations that fill every page with gorgeous color backgrounds – this book is truly a delight to read and look at!

Title: Have You Seen Elephant?
Author: David Barrow
Illustrator: David Barrow
Publisher: Gecko Press
Publication Date: August 10, 2015


#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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