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Whose Boat?

28 Jun

Whose BoatSynopsis: “This nonfiction ode to boats features six kinds of workers and their boats—a patrol boat, a tugboat, a car ferry, a lobster boat, a lifeboat, and a fireboat—with important parts properly labeled. The answer to each inquiring refrain lies under a gatefold, engaging the reader in an informative guessing game. With lyrical (and factual!) text by New York Times–bestselling author Toni Buzzeo, and the stylized art of Tom Froese, this sturdy board book is perfect for curious and playful young readers.” (Taken from Goodreads)

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#blogbookaday: Where Is Bear?

13 May

Where Is Bear?.jpgSummary:  “Perfect for fans of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this adventurous and endearing picture book follows a little boy searching high and low for his missing bear. Features a surprise ending!

Where is Bear?
Is Bear in the dresser?
Is Bear in the bathroom?
Is Bear on the swing?

It’s almost bedtime, and a little boy can’t seem to find his beloved Bear! Children will love joining in the irresistible search for Bear and finding where he is on every page…and they will love the surprise ending even more!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little boy searches all over the house for his beloved bear and can’t seem to find it anywhere! Kids will love being in on the joke as a big, fluffy bear is somewhere on each page that the protagonist doesn’t see, but the reader can! That is, until the ending which was an adorable surprise and one I didn’t expect! Kids will absolutely adore this book!

Personal Reaction: I love reading to a group of kids when you’ve got a book where as the reader, you know something the protagonist doesn’t know. A great example of this is Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann and this book has the same feel. Kids will be yelling, “There he is!” as you flip each page, until you get to the end and then they’ll be surprised (which is awesome)! This would make a great read aloud for preschool and Kindergarten kids who don’t mind acknowledging that they might still have a beloved stuffy at home.

Title: Where Is Bear?
Author: Jonathan Bentley
Illustrator: Jonathan Bentley
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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: Touch the Brightest Star

10 May

Touch the Brightest Star.jpgSummary:  “A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree! In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper, and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky, from sunset to sunrise.

What happens while you’re sleeping? With lush, beautiful watercolors and cut-paper collage, Christie Matheson reveals the magic of the nighttime sky, using the same kinds of toddler-perfect interactive elements as her acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. Wave good-bye to the sun, gently press the firefly, make a wish on a star, rub the owls on their heads, and . . . shhhh. No two readings of this book will be the same. That along with the gentle, soothing rhythm, makes Touch the Brightest Star a bedtime winner—no matter how many times you and your child read it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Like interactive books that come before it, this story allows children to directly interact with the book including tapping, patting, pressing, blowing and more. This is a gentle story – perfect for bedtime to relax kids and get them calm before lights out and I love that you can enhance this story in so many ways as the reader – talk about nocturnal animals, what constellations are, search for moon outside your child’s window, etc. This is a quiet story that is perfect for one-on-one reading and cuddles as well as read aloud to a large group of children ready to “help” tell the story!

Personal Reaction: I absolutely loved the beautiful color palette of this story – blues, purples, pinks all the colors you see as the sun sets and then rises. I’ve had huge success with the book, Press Here by Hervé Tullet in storytime and I’m planning on using this book for a yoga storytime next week. It’s perfect length of text, interactive capability and I love the animals in the book as well – plus, with added facts about nighttime in the back, what’s not to love?

Title: Touch the Brightest Star
Author: Christie Matheson
Illustrator: Christie Matheson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 26, 2015


#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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