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#blogbookaday: My Family Four Floors Up

9 May

My Family Four Floors Up.jpgSummary:  “This friendly, rhyming story follows a child and her father–as well as their cute pets, a puppy and a cat–through the day. From morning ritual to bedtime story (and all the fun in between!), life in the fourth floor walk up and on the city streets and parks below is sweet and filled with tender moments between parent and child.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl spends the day with her father and her sweet little pup from breakfast to bedtime in rhyming couplets filled with color concepts words. I loved how the little girl lives in an apartment and it’s not made to be a big deal, but just another place to call home.

Personal Reaction: Pair this book with Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats for a great storytime featuring apartments that are more common homes in some communities and would be a welcome sight at storytime. Plus this story is also a concept book about colors which makes it accessible to so many toddlers.

Title: My Family Four Floors Up
Author: Caroline Stutson
Illustrator: Celia Krampien
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: January 15, 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: 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!

A Rambler Steals Home (and My Heart)

19 Jan

24680250.jpgSynopsis: Derby Christmas Clark is a rambler – she travels around the country selling Christmas trees and hot cocoa in the winter and hot dogs and sweet potato fries in the summer with her father and brother in their RV. Derby loves summertime because it means parking in one spot – a small town called Ridge Creek where she spends her days at the creak, hanging out with her best friend, watching the Rockskippers’ baseball games and getting grease stains in the food truck.

But this year, sadness plagues the small town after the death of a well-loved townsperson. Derby learns what it means to be a friend, how to help those she loves and a few secrets along the way.

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