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#blogbookaday: Little Red Riding Sheep

20 May

Little Red Riding Sheep.jpgSummary:  “The beloved classic, Little Red Riding Hood, has never had a cuter, more enthusiastic star than Arnold in this witty picture book that’s perfect for reading aloud.

Arnold is an eager young sheep who is excited to be in his very first book. No problem-o! Except he’s a bit big and fluffy to play Little Red Riding Hood, and he’s a tiny bit scared of the deep dark woods. Oh, and he has a friend who would be just perfect as Granny…perhaps the author wouldn’t mind a few suggestions?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The author is all set to write a book, when Arnold the sheep decides he wants to be a part of the story, the only problem… he’s not a girl. But, the author decides to go with it, creating a really fun version of Little Red Riding Hood. This story is simple in style to Chester by Mélanie Watt. These stories are so much fun to read when the author becomes a part of the story and their characters start trying to run the show. Kids will enjoy this story, especially if they are already familiar with the original. You could even pick up a couple different versions of Little Red Riding Hood and compare and contrast the stories.

Personal Reaction: I’m a huge fan of Cale Atkinson’s work – his use of deep, rich colors and his adorable characters. He’s able to combine bright, neon colors with deep, rich tones to make great layers, very reminiscent of animated kids’ shows, which makes sense when you learn that not only is he an illustrator, but also an animator. This would be a fun read aloud for two readers – one could be the narrator and the other Arnold, the sheep.

Title: Little Red Riding Sheep
Author: Linda Ravin Lodding
Illustrator: Cale Atkinson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 8, 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: Shake the Tree!

19 May

Shake the Tree!Summary:  “Mouse spots a nut high up in a tree. “Mmm,” she says. “I’m going to gobble that up!” So she shakes the tree a little to the right, and she shakes the tree a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox, who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes (and be happy to get in on the shaking action), only to laugh out loud when their expectations are foiled at the end.” (Taken from Goodread)

Review: This falls in the same lines of Press Here by Hervé Tullet and the book I just reviewed recently Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson as an interactive book that really gets the reader involved in the story. With cute cartoon animals, each more excited than the next for a little snack, this is a fun story with a surprise ending that is sure to make kids giggle.

Personal Reaction: This would make a fun read for one-on-one or in a storytime with a large group of kids. I really enjoyed the cartoon animals and bright colors that make this book up, plus this book is read vertically instead of horizontally at times which is really fun for kids to experience.

Title: Shake the Tree!
Author: Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti, Silvia Borando
Illustrator: Silvia Borando
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: January 2, 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: The Weather Girls

18 May

The Weather GirlsSummary:  “Spring, summer, autumn or winter – the intrepid Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring! Join them as they stomp through autumn leaves, enjoy a summer swim, explore the lush green forests and climb a snowy mountain. There is so much to experience and discover when you jump up and step outside with this lively group of friends.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Sixteen girls celebrate throughout the year as each season changes with activities that work best in each season – like swimming in summer, picking apples in autumn, bundling up in winter and playing outdoors again in the spring. I really liked how the author/illustrator showed the girls all participating in outdoor, physical activities – enjoying the weather and exploring each season together!

Personal Reaction: This is a great story to learn the basics of the seasons, if you live in a temperate environment that has four distinct seasons. It would work really well in a STEM storytime about the weather or seasons and reminds me vaguely of Madeline with all the little girls standing in a row. My favorite Weather Girl has to be the one named Laura with red, curly hair, just like me!

Title: The Weather Girls
Author: Aki
Illustrator: Aki
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: March 6, 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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