#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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#blogbookaday: Sleep Train

14 Jul

Sleep Train.jpgSummary:  “A little boy climbs into bed with a book and starts counting the train cars in it, between the engine and caboose. “Ten sleepy cars going clickety-clack,” reads the refrain. But as the boy counts cars and gets sleepier and sleepier, his room looks more and more like one of the train cars from his book–the sleeping car, of course!

Rhythmically told by the author of the Froggy books, Sleep Train is also stunning to look at. 3D illustrator, Lauren Eldridge, has sculpted an entire train full of intricate details. Part bedtime story, part counting book, part children’s fantasy, Sleep Train is a magical ride to dreamland.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A counting, bedtime story filled with intricately created train cars as a young boy gets sleepier and sleepier counting the train cars. With dark colors and soothing, rhyming text this is a perfect bedtime story for train lovers.

Personal Reaction: The illustrator actually sculpted the entire train from household parts making this a unique way to illustrate a book. The little boy, our main character, is sculpted from clay and each image is a photograph that is then manipulated on the computer. This would be a great book to use when talking about illustration style and technique as it is different from a lot of other artists’ styles. This is truly a work of art with text that reminds you of the clickety-clack of train tracks as you settle into sleep.

Title: Sleep Train
Author: Jonathan London
Illustrator: Lauren Eldrige
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 3, 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: Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur

13 Jul

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur.jpgSummary:  “From Cirocco Dunlap (This Book Will Not Be Fun) and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed) comes a charming, giggly read-aloud that illustrates the particular art of making a friend!

Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend!

This picture book is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new, who is perhaps a bit different from you. Lessons in friend-making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another’s hobbies) are delivered so subtly that children will absorb them unconsciously as they delight in Crunch’s silly hat and dance moves!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Learn how to make a friend with Crunch, a shy dinosaur who takes a little while to warm up to you! This story also looks at personal space, hobbies and how to talk with someone else – not too loudly and not too quietly. Created in the interactive format that has become extremely popular and encourages readers to connect with the story.

Personal Reaction: There are so many books out there that stress the importance of being a good friend, but few talk about how to actually do that – the skills you need, the actual way to go about it. This is a delightful look at making friends and understanding what you should and shouldn’t do. Readers can expand on any part as necessary to explain to little ones how to go about making friends at the playground, at school, in the library, at their place of worship – wherever they see kids their age.

Title: Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur
Author: Cirocco Dunlap
Illustrator: Greg Pizzoli
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: March 29, 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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