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#blogbookaday: Hello Door

2 Apr

35297308.jpgSummary:  “In Hello, Door, kids can follow a thieving fox as he greets everything he sees in a home that isn’t his.

Hello, door.
          Hello, house.
                    Hello, mat.
                              Hello, mouse!

In this ode to the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story, kids can follow a thieving fox as he greets everything he sees in a home that isn’t his. He collects fine art and jewelry, practices his golf swing, and devours a tasty snack along the way. But just when he thinks he’s in the clear to leave with all the goods, the owners of the house—a mama bear, papa bear, and baby bear—come home. They chase him through the house, and when the mama bear catches him, she promptly throws him out. But she throws him so far that he ends up in a much nicer neighborhood—in front of a mansion, in fact—where he can begin his mischievous adventure again!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A fox burglar sneaks into a house saying hello to everything he sees as he eats and steals his way through the home. He takes everything – paintings from the walls, jewelry from the jewelry box, clothes from the closet and is about to make his escape, when the three bears come home! A chase ensues with the fox getting thrown out the very same window he snuck into and getting thrown into the next neighborhood… where there’s a lot bigger houses to steal from!

Personal Reaction: This is a fun rhyming story that will sure to keep your kids’ attention as they search the house for clues as to who lives there. I enjoyed the bright color illustrations and simple text that makes this story as enjoyable to read to a toddler as it would to a preschooler. And it’s also one of those stories for your soon-to-be reader as there is very little text on the page with illustrations that match perfectly to the words.

Title: Hello Door
Author: Alastair Heim
Illustrator: Alisa Coburn
Publisher: Little Bee 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!

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#blogbookaday: The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra

26 Feb

30687869Summary:  “Like most goats, Jayna, Bumsie, and Pep’s greatest fear is being eaten for dinner by the legendary chupacabra. (It’s common knowledge that goats are a chupacabra’s favorite food!) One night, tired of living in fear, the impetuous goats whip out their trusty candelabra and head off to find the beast and scare it away before it can find them. Little do they know that candelabras are the chupacabra’s third-favorite food . . . and he isn’t about to stop there. This chupacabra has quite the appetite, and the goats are in for a big surprise!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The goats are scared of the chupacabra eating them whole, but then Janya comes up with a great idea – scare off the chupacabra first and then they’ll have nothing to fear. When the three goats finally do meet the chupacabra, they’re in for a surprise and learn the unexpected food that the chupacabra find delicious! The illustrations are so bright and colorful in this book, the perfect way to introduce an imaginary beast!

Personal Reaction: I think that kids will find this book silly with lots of fun words to say and surprises to be had. I think the kids will be as surprised as the goats when they learn what the chupcabra’s three most favorite things to eat are! This is a great book for talking about favorite foods, not judging someone by what you’ve heard about them and maybe for trying something new, although maybe not a cucaracha!

Title: The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra
Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Illustrator: Ana Aranda
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: March 7, 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: Nobody’s Duck

21 Feb

32510371Summary:  “When a duck mysteriously arrives on an alligator’s lawn, they set off to discover just who the duck belongs to. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship.

Readers will delight in this odd couple’s wacky adventures that feature the signature wit and ingenuity of Geisel Honor winner Mary Sullivan. Like its predecessors Ball, Treat, and Frankie, Nobody’s Duck has humor and heart in spades (and quacks). ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Mary Sullivan is a wiz at a picture book with very few words and illustrations that allow you to fully understand the story with expression, word bubbles and little details. This is the perfect story for a new reader practicing words or for a picture book crowd (if you’re willing to explain some of the thought and speech bubbles in the illustrations). The kids will love this adventure-seeking duck and his reluctant partner, Alligator.

Personal Reaction: Sometimes as I read children’s books I have to remind myself that I’m an adult and most readers won’t have the same thoughts I have. As I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but wonder why the duck had to be somebody’s but the alligator didn’t belong to anyone and had autonomy of himself. Then I checked my reaction and realized, it probably doesn’t matter to kids and to just enjoy the story of a duck and alligator who go on a grand adventure together.

Title: Nobody’s Duck
Author: Mary Sullivan
Illustrator: Mary Sullivan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 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!

#blogbookaday: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

19 Feb

26158345.jpgSummary:  “Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth―and he scares all the other dinosaurs right out of the forest.

Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid. She won’t let that bully T. rex push her around! But will Edna’s mighty beak and terrible flapping wings be a match for T. rex’s mighty claws and terrible jaws?

This hilarious tale of bravery will have readers clucking in triumph!

Jed Henry’s charming illustrations accompany Douglas Rees’ upROARious tale.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This starts out like most dino books do – with the T. Rex hungry and looking for something to eat. But, then that’s where this story take a little turn – he comes across Edna, a chicken. In fact, the very first chicken there ever was and the T. Rex expects that he should be able to eat her… but he doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into as Edna is one smart chicken. I though the adorable illustrations paired perfectly with the text of a dinosaur who finally meets his match. I’m also really glad that the author included a note after the story ended explaining that chickens did not live at the same time as the dinosaurs, but that birds and dinos lived during the same time period.

Personal Reaction: I love a good dino story, I mean, who doesn’t? And this story has it all – a ferocious T. Rex, fun dinosaur names that kids will always be able to pronounce better than you and a fierce little chicken who became the protector of all dinosaurs. This story is sure to be one that makes kids giggle and maybe see chickens in a whole new light!

Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken
Author: Douglas Rees
Illustrator: Jed Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: September 26, 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: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

28 Jan

34002075Summary:  “This is a story about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.

When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anytime you pairMac Barnett and Jon Klassen together you come to expect the unexpected and love it every time. A scared little mouse gets gobbled up by a wolf, only to find a friend in the wolf’s belly. The hunter (wolf) soon becomes the hunted and with unexpected help, the animals work together to save each other!

Personal Reaction: I love Klassen and Barnett’s work both independently and together and I’ll be honest, I was not expecting this story and how it flowed, but it felt like an old story, similar to old fables and folklore with a lesson at at the end of it that brings it all together. Of course, when Barnett is writing the story, you’re bound to chuckle, if not laugh out loud and it only gets better with Klassen’s artwork! This is an unpredictable story that is so fun to read!

Title: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: October 10, 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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