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#blogbookaday: My Pet Wants a Pet

3 May

My Pet Wants a PetSummary:  “Once there was a boy who wanted something to take care of. Something of his very own. He begged his mother for a puppy. Until she said YES!
The boy loved his puppy. He fed him and played with him and cuddled him. But soon, the dog wanted something to take care of–something of his very own. So the dog gets a pet cat; then the cat gets a pet bird; the bird gets a pet worm; the worm gets a pet flea . . . and on and on it goes as utter chaos ensues.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little boy wants, no needs a pet and so his mother finally allows him to pick out a puppy, but the boy takes care of the little puppy so well that the puppy soon wants a pet and on it goes until the little boy lives with his mother and five pets! The little boy soon learns how important it is for everyone to have something to love and care for and spends his days playing and caring for his many pets.

Personal Reaction: I adored this book for so many reasons – I love that mom and son don’t share the same skin color, I love how much the mom loves her son to let him have so many animals and I love how much the son loves the mom and realizes how much she needs to take care of something too! I loved seeing the little snippets of daily life as the boy asks his mother for each new pet (and the illustration of the little dog in a wheelchair was so sweet). The repetitive text and adorable illustrations are sure to make your little one want to read this one again and again.

Title: My Pet Wants a Pet
Author: Elise Broach
Illustrator: Eric Barclay
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
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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#blogbookaday: Hello Hello

18 Apr

Hello Hello.jpgSummary:  “This gorgeous follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning They All Saw a Cat explores another aspect of seeing the world for young children. Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple ‘Hello.'” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: All it takes is “Hello” a simple word to acknowledge the 92 animals that can be seen in this gorgeous book about the diversity of life on this planet. With a variety of media, Brendan is able to link the animals together in a single line that shows how all living things are connected. I really enjoyed the wide variety of animals, the rhyming text and how easily this book could work for toddlers through elementary and middle grade students. Conservation is a huge part of learning about the environment and this book would be a great place to begin.

Personal Reaction: I love Brendan Wenzel’s work – his perspective in They All Saw a Cat is a great way to get kids to look at the world a little differently. This book is filled with animals that are vulnerable and endangered and he gives information about how to help them in his author’s note. I loved seeing animals I’m familiar with and others that are exciting and new! This is a great book for kids concerned with helping the environment and animal lovers alike.

Title: Hello Hello
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 20, 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: Look Out, It’s a Dragon!

13 Apr

Look Out, It's a Dragon!.jpgSummary:  “Saffi isn’t like other dragons. She doesn’t enjoy crushing castles and capturing princesses. But when she finds the perfect new home, how can she persuade her new neighbours that she is a helpful sort of dragon? Written and illustrated by the award-winning Jonny Lambert (Little Why, The Only Lonely Panda and Tiger Tiger), this is a humorous and heart-warming tale about bravery, overcoming prejudices and finding new friends.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is the adorable story of a dragon named Sapphire who is looking for a new home and gets judged on her outward appearance by the animals in her new neighborhood. How will she convince them that she’s not a scary dragon, but a nice one? The animals learn that you can’t judge someone’s appearance, but by their actions and Sapphire proves her bravery and worth in this story about friendship.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this sweet story about a dragon who didn’t fit in. I loved the soft color palette and Sapphire’s beautiful blues and greens. I loved that Sapphire causes a few accidents along the way making the animals believe that she is a destructive dragon, only to redeem herself and prove her bravery. This is definitely a heart-warming story of friendship to share with your little ones.

Title: Look Out, It’s a Dragon!
Author: Jonny Lambert
Illustrator: Johnny Lambert
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Publication Date: March 1, 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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