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#blogbookaday: This Book Will Not Be Fun

17 Jul

This Book Will Not Be Fun.jpgSummary:  “A book is no place for tomfoolery, and this mouse assures us that his book is to be no exception. Just please ignore that Word-Eating Flying Whale, and–oh, no, the lights have gone out. Wait, what is THAT?! Nothing to fear. Everything is under control…

Readers will delight as this charming yet uptight mouse is challenged and subverted by gloriously imaginative creatures that are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Will our little mouse succumb to the attractiveness of their overwhelming exuberance?

Newcomer Cirocco Dunlap delivers an on-point debut picture-book text that dances outside the boundaries of its pages. Olivier Tallec breathes extra lunacy into this nutty little world with his absurdist palette and amusing forms.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A very serious mouse makes it well known that reading this book won’t be any fun… that is until a word-eating flying whale and a glow-in-the-dark kung fu worm become involved leading the mouse to an adventure that he finds very enjoyable. But, he knows that we, as the readers, had no fun.

Personal Reaction: I can see this being a huge hit with young, elementary school age children, especially if, as you’re reading aloud you put on a song that kids can’t help but dance to (and you dance too as you read it). I love these books that break the fourth wall and talk directly to the readers – they are usually quite engaging and interactive for kids and always seem to be very funny!

Title: This Book Will Not Be Fun
Author: Cirocco Dunlap
Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6, 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: If You Were the Moon

16 Jul

If You Were the Moon.jpgSummary:  “What would you do if you were the moon? Do you think you would rest quietly in the night sky? Oh, no. The moon does so much more than you might imagine! It spins like a twilight ballerina, plays tug-of-war with the ocean, and lights a pathway for baby sea turtles. Discover the many other roles the moon plays in this whimsical and lyrical picture book.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The moon teaches a little girl all the things that it does to help the Earth as it rotates around the planet. It includes everything from steadying the Earth’s own rotation to creating high and low tide this book is sure to enlighten budding scientists and allow them to see the moon in a whole new way.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoy reading accessible nonfiction for kids – especially when it’s written in a way that makes it easy to add more information when its wanted and skip it when you just want a good story. The book creates a beautiful story line, but also includes blocks of text that provide the reader with more information if they want to know more. Plus, with a glossary in the back and an additional resources list – this book is a great example of nonfiction for even the littlest of learners.

Title: If You Were the Moon
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Jaime Kim
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Publication Date: March 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!

#blogbookaday: Flashlight Night

15 Jul

Flashlight Night.jpgSummary:  “Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house–braver, closer, and wiser than before–to read the books that inspired their adventure.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A book that shows how your imagination can take you on an adventure when given a little help from some books, a flashlight and an awesome tree fort. Three kids are spending the night in their tree fort and go on an adventure around their yard – searching for treasure in a Ancient Egyptian tomb, battling a tiger in the jungle, sailing with a pirate captain and taking on a giant squid, until their eyes are too tired to stay open any longer.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed how the artist was able to turn everything in flashlight’s beam into an adventure, while combining it with the children’s backyard – how the pool became an ocean, under the deck became an ancient hall and tree fort’s ladder stretched up to a hot air balloon. With amazing vocabulary like “un-masks” and “tightly moored” and “craggy mountainside” this book is sure to be a hit among adventurers of all ages. You might just need to find a few flashlights as well.

Title: Flashlight Night
Author:  Matt Forrest Esenwine
Illustrator: Fred Koehler
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Publication Date: September 19, 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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