Itty Bitty Kitty by Joan Holub {Review}

Itty Bitty Kitty cover

The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty… Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Joan Holub!  There is a plethora of rhymes in these pages and the story is poetic in style. Itty Bitty is a kitty on nearly a ‘Clifford’ scale. Ava’s parents are in a no-mood to the idea of a new kitty addition, however, she just might be a hero. I love Holub’s books and the illsutrations of James Burks are creative and colorful. I love the idea of a ‘giant’ Itty Bitty Kitty, but the premise of an escapee baby makes this mama cringe. I’m also not a fan of the suggestion to my little people to hid a little kitty. — but then maybe I take picture books too seriously. Coming in March 2016!

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In the Waves by Lennon & Maisy Stella {Review}

In the Waves cover

Grab your ol’ flip-flops and your sunblock, too, for this sing-along story told to the tune of the debut original song from Lennon and Maisy of the hit TV show Nashville. Based on a song by Lennon, Maisy, and Mary Lynne Steall and Carolyn Dawn Johson. Singing duo and stars of the TV show ‘Nashville’ have a debut picture book and a download for the song is available at HarperCollins.com/IntheWaves (embedded below, click through to the blog to be able to play the audio file). While I have to confess I am not a watcher of reality TV shows, I have seen commercials of it. Apparently, In the Waves is their first released original song as well, though they scored a Top 40 hit with a rendition. Steve’s illustrations are vivid and colorful. The repetition, or chorus I suppose, adds to the book and overall it is fun. I love the ending.. . .

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