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#blogbookaday: Escargot

21 Jan

29102801.jpgSummary:  “Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With his distinct voice, adorable French outfit and his staunch stand on no carrots, kids will love Escargot! All Escargot wants is a nice salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette and absolutely no carrots – it’s a long way across the table to the salad bowl, but there’s just enough time to really get to know Escargot and have a little fun. This is a great story for kids who are having trouble trying new food on their plate, or a little shy about new experiences. And if you have a particularly horrible French accent – all the better!

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story with a unexpected star – a snail! Escargot is sassy, knows what he wants, but is also willing to try something new (which is a great lesson for all kids)! I really loved Escargot’s very French outfit, his French words and how the author breaks down the fourth wall to interact with the readers. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with watercolor washes of reds, blues, yellows and greens – perfect for a summer picnic. This is the perfect story to talk with kids about new experiences and be brave enough to try something new!

Title: Escargot
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 11, 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: Blue Sky White Stars

20 Jan

31626023.jpgSummary:  “Wonderfully spare, deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation, beginning with the American flag. Each spread, sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson, depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Library at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A beautiful tribute to the American Flag, our history, people and landscapes that make America uniquely beautiful. Regardless of where you stand in this charged political environment, this book filled with sparse, yet strong text and images that are absolutely breathtaking is a book that needs to find its way into everyone’s home, school and library. This book celebrates where America has come from, since the 1700s to the rich tapestry that has been woven together as immigrants have traveled across thousands of miles to make this country their home bringing their own unique cultures, religions, and beliefs, sharing them with the others who call America home. This was my co-worker’s top choice for our Mock Caldecott and I can see why. But what’s even more surprising is that with a bunch of 1st-4th graders who sifted through 20+ titles, they chose this as their choice as well. And for that, I can say I have faith in the next generation.

Personal Reaction: It’s amazing the kind of power words hold. Sarvinder Naberhaus evokes such strong feelings in so few words – a talent so few people have. This book is sparse in text, but so full of meaning and the images do an amazing job comparing the text on each spread. I’m a huge fan of Kadir Nelson’s artwork, he is an extremely talented artist and his oil paintings are just so rich and realistic. I can’t imagine this text paired with any other art – it was the perfect choice. A mini-history lesson about our country and our flag, this would be the perfect picture book to share in a social studies or history class with older children and a perfect read aloud for younger children.

Title: Blue Sky White Stars
Author: Sarvinder Naberhaus
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: June 13, 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: Bagel In Love

19 Jan

35100549.jpgSummary:  “Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake! And more than anything, he wants a partner who will spin and swirl, tap and twirl with him in the dance contest. But Pretzel sniffs that he doesn’t cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnut’s eyes just glaze over. Can a cute cupcake save the day for our would-be Fred Éclair? Witty and pun-filled, this picture book really takes the cake.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: There have been a host of children’s books in the past few years focused around anthropomorphous food – and I  love it! This story if filled with puns that made me smile and laugh throughout the text. I did feel as though it had a fairly abrupt ending as the author tried to add too much to the end – the dance contest, introducing a new character, falling in love, etc. I really enjoyed the illustrations with great characters to dress up and obviously lots of pink and purple. Plus, if you’ve got a little one who loves glitter – the cover and the last page definitely sparkle.

Personal Reaction: I loved the puns and the cute illustrations, but in a world filled with really great breakfast food books, this one didn’t stand out as much as I had hoped. Never the less, I think kids will enjoy the illustrations and might inspire some to get in the kitchen to create their own dancing cupcakes!

Title: Bagel In Love
        Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Helen Dardik
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
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: Dough Knights and Dragons

18 Jan

34525408.jpgSummary:  “In a mythical kingdom, a knight and a dragon cook up a delicious plan to save their friendship!

In Dough Knights and Dragons, a curious knight and an amiable dragon meet serendipitously, and instantly bond over their shared love of baking. But the friends are filled with sadness when, according to the law, the two must duel one another. Can the unlikely pair find a way to evade the law, save their friendship, and spread good throughout the land? Kids will devour this scrumptiously clever tale!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Two best friends get creative to save themselves and their friendship in this baking story of knights and dragons. I enjoyed this story, specifically how the knight and dragon chose not to fight and instead thought of way to still follow the rules, but change them at the same time! Plus, as a reader who loves to spend time in the kitchen, all I want to do now is bake some delicious desserts! This is also a rhyming story and does a great job of keeping the rhythm throughout the story, making it an easy story to read aloud. This would be a great start to a storytime before decorating sugar cookies or baking in your own home.

Personal Reaction: Our library hosts an Edible Book Contest each year as kids (or adults) can create something completely edible inspired by a book and I think this would be the perfect story to use – a unicorn cake, knight and dragon cookies, what could be better! I loved that these characters had something in common and that it shows people in the “kitchen” as I feel many people are unsure in the kitchen or feel they aren’t good cooks. Kids love to experiment and explore and this book would be a great introduction to helping in the kitchen with meals or just decorating some yummy sugar cookies too!

Title: Dough Knights and Dragons
Author: Dee Leone
Illustrator: George Ermos
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 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: Goodnight, Little Bot

17 Jan

34525426.jpgSummary:  “Little Bot, it’s time for bed. Let’s get ready, sleepyhead.” 

A sweet goodnight story with a unique hero.
Even little robots need their rest—and their parents tuck them in just like human mommies and daddies do. It doesn’t matter if young bots slip on their pjs over power packs and enjoy batteries for their pre-sleep snack; just like children, they love bedtime stories, hugs, a cuddly toy, and lullabies. This charming picture book is perfect for winding kids (and robots) down for the night.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable goodnight, getting ready for bed book that will sure to make your little one’s eyes droop. This little robot must get ready for bed and he does everything a human child does, just with a robot twist. The rhyming text is simple enough for toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy this robot story as well. With bright, digitally created illustrations filled with colors, your kids will pour over these pictures as they recognize their own bedtime routines in the storyline.

Personal Reaction: I’m a sucker for good rhyming text – text that doesn’t make you stumble or pronounce a word a specific way to make it work. And Karen is able to pull it off with a great rhythm, but also very simple for an easy read with little ones. And the Little Bot is just adorable as he gets ready for bed with his mama (and his pet – a robot cat). There are more bedtime books than I can count, but this one is definitely one I’d read as kids power down for the night.

Title: Goodnight, Little Bot
Author: Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 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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