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#blogbookaday: Kings of the Castle

18 Sep

Kings of the Castle.jpgSummary:  “George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing. He wanted to build a sandcastle that would turn any monster green-eyed with envy. But when George meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: George wanted to build the most amazing sand castle ever and when he meets a stranger on the beach, the night turns out better than George could have ever expected.

Personal Reaction: I picked this up and immediately thought of Where the Wild Things Are as the cover is reminiscent of the Sendak’s cover. This story has decidedly less rumpus and much more friendship when the stranger you meet doesn’t speak the same language as you. But, George and Nepo (the stranger) draw pictures to understand each other and in the end make the most magnificent sand castle there ever was and more importantly become good friends in the process. If you wanted to offer an art project for kids – show them the two different covers and then have them create their own cover from the inspiration. A perfect end of the summer time beach story!

Title: Kings of the Castle
Author: Victoria Turnbull
Illustrator: Victoria Turnbull
Publisher: Templar Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2016


#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: Grains of Sand

17 Sep

Grains of SandSummary:  “On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they’ll go back for new grains of sand next year.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl returns from the beach with sand in her shoes and she and her brother decide to plant the sand to see what grows. Using their imagination, the kids imagine a field of beach umbrellas, windmills, massive sandcastle and more.

Personal Reaction: I really liked these pencil drawn illustrations with blue and yellow highlights that carry you through the story. I also loved the translation of this story – originally written in French, it was well done and clear and easily understood. Sometimes, things get lost in translation, but this story worked really well! It’s the perfect story for the end of summer, with a promise to visit the beach again next year.

Title: Grains of Sand
Author: Sibylle Delacroix
Illustrator: Sibylle Delacroix
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Publication Date: April 15, 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: Brave

16 Sep

Brave.jpgSummary:  “An empowering picture book for all kids that demonstrates to children that they can be real-life superheroes and that all kids have what it takes to be brave. Superheroes seek adventure, never give up, and stay calm when others are
afraid. Superheroes are brave. But they aren’t the only ones.

Kids are brave every day. When they are told they are too little, but accomplish something big. When they check for monsters under the bed, just in case. When they face something uncertain, whether a thunderstorm or a hospital visit. When they stand up for what’s right, even when it means facing consequences.

Like superheroes, brave kids can save the world, just by being brave.

Thoughtful text from Stacy McAnulty paired with vibrant illustrations from Joanne Lew-Vriethoff encourage kids to be brave in all the ways they can: trying new things, speaking their mind, confronting bullies, and more. This book will inspire kids to follow their hearts and to have courage, no matter the situation.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A guide to being brave in all sorts of situations from checking under the bed for monsters, to a hospital visit, kids can save the world just by being brave. What I liked most about this book is that there were kids from all walks of life including (more than one) child with a disability.

Personal Reaction: I think that kids can often feel helpless and it’s more and more often to see kids with anxiety disorders and books like this can help children learn how to be brave, even when they might be nervous or scared. What I really liked seeing is that this book deals with every day issues that kids may actually face in their own world – like telling the truth when you’ve done something that causes a mess or running in a race or standing up for a friend. This would make a wonderful addition to your collection of empowering books for little ones.

Title: Brave
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: October 3, 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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