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#blogbookaday: Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast

8 May

Little Mouse's Big BreakfastSummary:  “Hungry Little Mouse is looking for some breakfast and he knows just where he can find it. Scampering into the kitchen, he finds a bright blue blueberry – that will do nicely! But hold on a minute, just before he leaves, he spots a rosy red apple! Little Mouse loves rosy red apples! And as if that’s not enough, then he finds big brown biscuits, a chunk of cheese, a plump pickle …the list goes on and on! Delicious! But as he finally finds something that’s just perfect, Little Mouse quickly discovers he’s not the only one looking for breakfast!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mouse is so hungry, he travels far and wide to a kitchen where he finds the perfect breakfast – a bright, blue blueberry, then an apple and with a nod to The Very Hungry Caterpillar  he gathers up more and more food, until he finds a sunflower seed. Then he comes across someone else looking for breakfast and must run away as fast as he can with his sunflower seed, back to his home where he’s safe. I loved the illustrations with watercolor and colored pencils. I love how tiny the little mouse is compared to all the food he tries to carry home.

Personal Reaction: My personal caveat to this book is that I’ve just spent the better part of a month humanely trapping and releasing mice that had taken up residence in my house! That being said, this is an adorable story of a mouse whose eyes are bigger than his stomach, until someone else wants breakfast too! This would make a great read aloud for storytime about food, breakfast, mice or just a fun read aloud with your family!

Title: Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast
Author: Christine Pym
Illustrator: Christine Pym
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd.
Publication Date: July 7, 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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#blogbookaday: Stack the Cats

7 May

Stack the CatsSummary:  “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This simple book of adorable cats is perfect for cat and math lovers alike. I could definitely see a way of photocopying a few pages and cutting out the cats so kids could stack different cats on top of each other. There’s not too much of a story line, much more of a concept book with both counting and addition and would be a perfect introduction for a small child.

Personal Reaction: A counting and adding book filled with cats is the perfect way for a little one to learn about both math and science concepts, in an easy to read way! I love the extremely basic text and how if you have too many cats stacked on top of each other, they fall over, but if you make them into smaller groups it works better. I’d love to pair this with a balancing activity that kids to try out as well! This would make a perfect story for a STEM storytime at home or at the library.

Title: Stack the Cats
Author: Susie Ghahremani
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 2, 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: Vincent Comes Home

28 Apr

Vincent Comes Home.jpgSummary:  “Spouses Jessixa Bagley (Boats for Papa) and Aaron Bagley (Rocking Fatherhood) collaborate on a story set on a container ship that sails the world’s oceans. “I can’t wait to get home,” says the first mate. “Whenever I go home, I never want to leave,” adds the cook. “Where is this Home place?” wonders Vincent, the freighter’s cat. Vincent soon understands, when the ship docks and he follows the sailors to their houses, watching as their loved ones greet them. “Home is where the people who love you are,” Vincent realizes. Maybe he doesn’t have a home, he worries—until the freighter’s concerned captain finds him and brings him to back to the ship (cleverly named the Domus). The Bagleys’ pen-and-watercolor spreads offer all kinds of visual information: views of Vincent’s changing emotions, portraits of the crew members, and sweeping vistas of coastal scenery. Families and homes don’t all look alike, the Bagleys conclude, but they are equally valuable. A bonus: setting this domestically focused tale aboard a ship draws transport-loving readers into conversations about the inner lives of the people who make them go. ” (Taken from Publisher’s Weekly)

Review: This cute little story of a cat who travels the world on a cargo ship has seen beautiful places, but has never left the ship. One day he hears the crew talk about a magical place called home and decides then and there that he must find it. Soon he realizes that home is not a port, but people you love. I really enjoyed the watercolor scenes showing life at sea – it’s a perfect medium to use when illustrating the sky and ocean. And those large swatches of color are equally paired with intricate drawings of souvenirs, the cargo ship and the town the sailors call home.

Personal Reaction: A wonderful story that shows that home is not a geographical location, but a place filled with love. I also liked that this book would work well for kids who have family members who travel a lot for work and may not be home every night for dinner and bedtime. Plus, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a picture book about a cargo ship, which is pretty cool!

Title: Vincent Comes Home
Author: Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley
Illustrator: Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: February 13, 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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