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#blogbookaday: Wash On!

27 Apr

37822946.jpgSummary:  “Strange things happen around Petronilla Gillis. International crises, for example.

One day when Mrs. Gillis is giving her daughter a bath, Petronilla cries, “Wash on!” “Wash off, dear,” Mrs. Gillis corrects her. But Petronilla’s words seem to have power. The blue of the washcloth has stained the girl’s cheek. And that is only the beginning.

Colours start transferring between every object Petronilla touches. And every person. And every person who touches an object that has been touched. Before long, the entire world is a spreading mess of colours, and only Petronilla can stop it. But will she?

Translated from Barbouillette by Michèle Marineau, Wash On! is a gleeful adventure with an appealingly mischievous heroine. Manon Gauthier’s mixed-media illustrations are both innovative and charming, inviting young readers into a world where the words of a child have the power to change everything.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This story is about a little girl who finds the power of words when she “colors” her family, her house, the neighborhood and the world with what the doctor calls acute coloritis. Petronilla is a little bit mischievous and a little bit naughty as she continues to say “wash on” instead of “wash off.” But, when the family’s beloved dog can’t be found because of all the colors, Petronilla knows what she must do to find her pet… “Wash off!”

Personal Reaction: I’m always fascinated to see children’s books translated from other countries as they are always extremely different from what we see published here in America. Not only are the stories different, but so are the illustrations. I really enjoyed this fun story about a little girl who’s just a little different!

Title: Wash On!
Author: Michèle Marineau
Illustrator: Manon Gauthier
Publisher: Pajama Press
Publication Date: April 27,  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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#blogbookaday: Explorers of the Wild

11 Apr

Explorers of the WildSummary:  “Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other! When Bear and Boy meet in the woods, they’re scared at first. Really scared. But soon these kings of the wild realize that no mountain is too big to conquer if you have a friend to climb it by your side.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A boy and bear are exploring the woods, each with their own text, until they run into each other! After getting over their shock, they spend the rest of the day exploring together. This is a fun story of friendship, spending time in the great outdoors and adventure. Cale Atkinson has an adorable style and I love the rich colors he chose for this titles filled with greens, yellows and oranges – it perfectly fits the tone of the woods and the animals these two explorers come across.

Personal Reaction: I fell in love with Cale Atkinson’s illustrations in his book To the Sea with the most adorable boy who finds a whale who can’t find his way home! When I came across Explorers of the Wild I fell in love again with these two brave explorers as they travel through the woods experiencing nature at its finest. This is an awesome title to read before heading out on a hike or camping trip.

Title: Explorers of the Wild
Author: Cale Atkinson
Illustrator: Cale Atkinson
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: August 2, 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!

#blogbookaday: Max Speed

5 Apr

28954119.jpgSummary:  “Max, a tiny speed racer, is off on the adventure of a lifetime in this adorable new picture book that proves all you need for a big adventure is a little imagination.

As soon as Max has finished cleaning his room, he’s off racing his super-secret car at incredible speeds, soaring over rivers of lava, sky diving, and swimming with sharks. This picture book is perfect for every young speed racer, careening from one adventure to the next. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Max’s imagination is in full speed as he goes on an adventure filled with lavas, parachutes, sharks and hidden underwater caves. Max comes up against some big obstacles and he continues to use his imagination to overcome each and every one to make his way back home just in time to meet his match!

Personal Reaction: I loved the simple text, the onomatopoeia words and Max’s imagination, plus with bold graphic illustrations – this is the perfect story for an adventure-filled storytime for toddlers and preschoolers alike!

Title: Max Speed
Author: Stephen Shaskan
Illustrator: Stephen Shaskan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11, 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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