Tag Archives: pets

#blogbookaday: I Love Cats!

4 Apr

33930079Summary:  “Cat lovers of all ages will revel in this delightful ode to feline friends!

By bestselling author-illustrator duo Sue Stainton and Bob Staake, this companion to the wildly popular I Love Dogs! is full of hairy cats and scaredy cats, dancing cats and prancing cats—all of them ready to steal your heart through vibrant illustrations and energetic text.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl states all the different types of cat that she loves and (spoiler alert) she loves them all!

Personal Reaction: Although the stigma is that librarians are cat people, I’m more of a dog person, but I’m not anti-cat by any means, and this book just made me smile throughout it as the cats of all colors, patterns and shapes could be found across the pages. I also loved that the little girl has a darker complexion – it really has nothing to do with the story, but everything to do with it as well. A little girl will be able to see herself in this story and that is a very powerful thing.

Title: I Love Cats!
Author: Sue Stainton
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 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!

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#blogbookaday: Charlotte and the Rock

24 Mar

30764984.jpgSummary:  “Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Instead, she receives a rock. Rocks can’t cuddle, fetch, or even help her eat her vegetables, but that doesn’t stop Charlotte from loving her rock as if he were real. If only he could love her back…or can he?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This sweet little story about a girl who wants a pet in the worst way. When she gets a rock as pet, she’s a little disappointed, but does her best to be the best pet owner she can be. The ending of the story has a great surprise and a reward for Charlotte who loves her pet rock, Dennis with all her little heart.

Personal Reaction: The 70s vibe of the illustrations fit in with the pet rock phenomenon of that era. With sweet ink drawn shapes and swatches of watercolors makes these illustrations absolutely adorable. With the idea of kindness rocks being a fun programming idea for libraries, this would be the perfect story to accompany the program!

Title: Charlotte and the Rock
Author: Stephe W. Martin
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 14, 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: Cat on the Bus

20 Mar

28869877.jpgSummary:  “This nearly wordless book uses onomatopoeia and striking bold illustrations to tell the story of a homeless cat who meets an Asian grandfather on a bus and finally finds a home.

A cat enters a grocery store in search of food, but the proprietor shoos her away. A bus approaches offering shelter, but the large-handed, scary-faced driver shouts SCRAM! When another bus approaches, the cat runs in with a WHOOSH and meets a grandfatherly gentleman who changes the cat s circumstances forever.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A cold and hungry cat searches town for something to eat and a place to warm up, but sadly she is shooed away from the grocery store, yelled at by the first bus driver, but finds a friend in the second bus driver who lets her on. Next, an older man sits down next to her and gives her his scarf and makes a decision to change her life for the better.

Personal Reaction: As part of a family that has rescued most of their pets since I was child, this sweet, almost-wordless picture book tugged at my heartstrings. I really enjoyed how well the pictures told the story of this cold and hungry cat looking for a warm place to stay and something delicious to eat. The illustrations of the cat reminded me of a maneki-neko or a beckoning cat found in Japanese culture as a sign of fortune and good luck. This is a sweet debut picture book and I’m excited to see more from author/illustrator Aram Kim.

Title: Cat on the Bus
Author: Aram Kim
Illustrator: Aram Kim
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: July 30, 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!

#blogbookaday: Big Cat, Little Cat

12 Jan

26158605.jpgSummary:  “There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.

This is a poignant story, told in measured text and bold black-and-white illustrations about life and the act of moving on.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Well, this one hit me right in the feels. It is a simple story of cat with simple text and simple drawings until you turn the page and then it becomes the powerful story of loss, grief and new beginnings. If you ever need a title to suggest to someone who has recently lost a pet, then you definitely need to suggest this book, it’s absolutely perfect in it’s simplicity with simple ink drawings and a message that you won’t soon forget.

Personal Reaction: I’m a librarian that prefers dogs to cats, not to say I dislike cats, I just prefer dogs. But, I’m sure you can imagine the number of comments and jokes one hears about being a cat-lady. That being said, I began this story, not knowing where it was headed, in fact, enjoying the friendship of the cats, until you turn that page and BOOM – the truth hits you in an unexpected way. And honestly, I almost started tearing up. It’s amazing how just the right words, written in just the right way can ring so true and profound, but that’s what Elisha Cooper was able to do in this book.

Title: Big Cat, Little Cat
Author: Elisha Cooper
Illustrator: Elisha Cooper
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 14, 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!

#MGBookmas Day 12: A Book With Love As a Theme

24 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

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