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#blogbookaday: Petra

15 Apr

PetraSummary:  “Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Petra is a huge, unmovable mountain, until she gets scooped up by a dog which goes to show just how small she really is. Soon she’s off on an adventure becoming an egg, an island and even a pet rock! I absolutely adored Petra’s facial expression, especially as she got more and more frustrated with what was happening to her. This is an adorable story about accepting where you are and imagining the possibilities for tomorrow!

Personal Reaction: I was surprised to see that this was a translation because it translated so smoothly into English. Sometimes books written in other languages don’t translate well do to idioms and the like. But, I loved this little book all about perspective and going with the flow.

Title: Petra
Author: Marianna Coppo
Illustrator: Marianna Coppo
Publisher: Tundra Books
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!

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#blogbookaday: Go Big or Go Gnome

26 Mar

29102844.jpgSummary:  “Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance — and beards!

A beard is the biggest point of pride for a Gnome, but poor Al can’t sprout a single whisker. Each year, Al feels left out of the Beards International Gnome-athalon, B.I.G.

So Al decides to go BIG or go Gnome! It’s a close shave, but with a hidden talent and the help of his friend, Gnorm, Al learns accepting that you are different is the key to fitting in.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Al, the gnome is the only gnome without a beard, which means he can never win first place at the Beards International Gnomeathalon (B.I.G.). But, Al learns that he’ got a talent for haircutting and beard design, which might just win him first place after all. This sweet story about friendship and and acceptance doesn’t just have a great message, it’s also a joy to read!

Personal Reaction: I’ve said it before – I love a good pun and this book is full of them. It’s definitely chuckle-worthy and is a lot of fun not only to read but to look at as well as each gnome has their own particular beard style. And I’ll be honest, these gnomes are much cuter than the garden variety gnomes that you often see in a person’s backyard!

Title: Go Big or Go Gnome
Author: Kirsten Mayer
Illustrator: Laura K. Horton
Publisher: Imprint
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: Dear Girl,

6 Feb

34605803.jpgSummary:  “From the New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and her daughter Paris Rosenthal comes the heartwarming and inspiring Dear Girl,

Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life. Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s perfect—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops. This book encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are—inside and out.

Dear Girl,
This book is for you.
Wonderful, smart, beautiful you.
If you ever need a reminder, just turn to any page in this book and know that you are special and you are loved.
Amy and Paris” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A book to truly celebrate girls in every way shape and form, inside and out. In a world where you feel obligated to be something, do something, look a certain way, this book is a celebration of being you and one that is empowering and understanding and realistic all at the same time. The text is conversational and relaxed while the simple illustrations with textured patterns works perfectly to reinforce the message. This is a girl power book if there ever was one!

Personal Reaction: I knew that as soon as I picked this book up, it would be special. Sadly, Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away just about a year ago and this book most likely is the last book that will bear her name as she worked on this one with her daughter. If you never saw her column in The New York Times, “You May Want to Marry My Husband” then get ready for the waterworks because it is truly a piece of love in a way only Amy could express. I don’t have a daughter of my own, but I plan on buying this for every single one of my friends’ girls as well as my niece and making sure I add it to my personal collection as well. I think this is a title that every young girl should have on their shelf, given to them as a gift from a loved one!

Title: Dear Girl,
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal
Illustrator: Holly Hatam
Publisher: HarperCollins
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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