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#blogbookaday: Hello Hello

18 Apr

Hello Hello.jpgSummary:  “This gorgeous follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning They All Saw a Cat explores another aspect of seeing the world for young children. Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple ‘Hello.'” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: All it takes is “Hello” a simple word to acknowledge the 92 animals that can be seen in this gorgeous book about the diversity of life on this planet. With a variety of media, Brendan is able to link the animals together in a single line that shows how all living things are connected. I really enjoyed the wide variety of animals, the rhyming text and how easily this book could work for toddlers through elementary and middle grade students. Conservation is a huge part of learning about the environment and this book would be a great place to begin.

Personal Reaction: I love Brendan Wenzel’s work – his perspective in They All Saw a Cat is a great way to get kids to look at the world a little differently. This book is filled with animals that are vulnerable and endangered and he gives information about how to help them in his author’s note. I loved seeing animals I’m familiar with and others that are exciting and new! This is a great book for kids concerned with helping the environment and animal lovers alike.

Title: Hello Hello
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 20, 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: 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!

#blogbookaday: Nothing Can Frighten a Bear

9 Mar

34928699Summary:  “Daddy Bear insists he’s the scariest creature in the forest — didn’t you know that nothing can frighten a bear? When a noise in the night awakens Baby Bear, he starts to believe maybe there is something scarier out there than Daddy Bear. The bears set out to investigate. But as the monsters vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all! This hilarious, rhyming text about bedtime frights is a perfect read-aloud with a funny refrain.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A rhyming and counting book paired with bedtime theme is the perfect story for the whole family. Baby Bear is certain he’s heard a monster, so the whole family goes out into the night for an adventure looking for the monster. Along the way they begin losing family members as they get stuck in trees, the stream and the mud. Soon it’s just Daddy Bear and Baby Bear when they hear a noise behind them… what could it be?

Personal Reaction: I thought this was a fun story and really loved the dark illustrations of the woods at night, while keeping it light enough not to scare little ones. My favorite part was toward the end when Daddy Bear became frightened by the “monsters” because it shows kids that daddies can have a wide range of emotions as well. This story would work well with toddlers and preschoolers who may be frightened by monsters looming in the night and might even encourage the family to go on their own hunt to look for monsters around the house!

Title: Nothing Can Frighten a Bear
Author: Elizabeth Dale
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
Publisher: Nosy Crow
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!

#blogbookaday: Goodnight, Little Bot

17 Jan

34525426.jpgSummary:  “Little Bot, it’s time for bed. Let’s get ready, sleepyhead.” 

A sweet goodnight story with a unique hero.
Even little robots need their rest—and their parents tuck them in just like human mommies and daddies do. It doesn’t matter if young bots slip on their pjs over power packs and enjoy batteries for their pre-sleep snack; just like children, they love bedtime stories, hugs, a cuddly toy, and lullabies. This charming picture book is perfect for winding kids (and robots) down for the night.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable goodnight, getting ready for bed book that will sure to make your little one’s eyes droop. This little robot must get ready for bed and he does everything a human child does, just with a robot twist. The rhyming text is simple enough for toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy this robot story as well. With bright, digitally created illustrations filled with colors, your kids will pour over these pictures as they recognize their own bedtime routines in the storyline.

Personal Reaction: I’m a sucker for good rhyming text – text that doesn’t make you stumble or pronounce a word a specific way to make it work. And Karen is able to pull it off with a great rhythm, but also very simple for an easy read with little ones. And the Little Bot is just adorable as he gets ready for bed with his mama (and his pet – a robot cat). There are more bedtime books than I can count, but this one is definitely one I’d read as kids power down for the night.

Title: Goodnight, Little Bot
Author: Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: October 3, 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!

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Sequels

1 Aug

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I love to share my book knowledge with families at the library – especially when I get to tell them their favorite stories are part of a series! Check out these great sequels (and trilogies!)

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Max at Night
by Ed Vere
Max and Bird
by Ed Vere

I Want My Hat Back  by Jon Klassen
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Let’s Play by Hervé Tullet

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