Ben Loves Bear by David McPhail {Review}

Ben Loves Bear

  Ben Loves Bear is an amazing book and I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny! Ben Loves Bear is a lot of things under these durable covers. It is an early reader that is just right for my budding preschooler. It is a board book with absolutely adorable images that delights my toddler. The sentences are short enough (Ben Loves Bear. Bear Loves Ben.) that my toddler tries to mimic it and soon I think my preschooler will have it memorized. This is wide like a board book, (6×8 dimensions) but a bit taller so it almost fits in the early readers section near the I Can Read! books. I’m totally in love with it and if there were a dozen or so similar I’d race out to get them all. Did I tell you that I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny?!. . .

Continue reading

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure {Review}

In this humorous twist on a classic tale, Paul Bunyan and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox, leave life on the farm to work for a logger who pays them with their favorite thing: pancakes! Paul and Babe tromp across the country with the logger, filling valleys with pancake batter (forming the Rocky Mountains) and chasing down pancakes blown away by the wind (creating the Grand Canyon). But when Babe starts to feel sick from eating too many pancakes, the two realize that maybe the farm, with its variety of foods, is really the best place for them after all.

The engaging typography and illustrations, combined with the humorous and lighthearted tone, show kids the importance of eating their veggies without giving heavy-handed lessons. An author’s note explains the origins of the Paul Bunyan story.

Continue reading

Hit the Road Jack by Ross MacDonald {Review}

In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals-from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.

Continue reading

Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show {Review}

From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. Narrated by Kel himself as he attempts his “stunts” with Evel Knievel-like flair, the story unfolds as a performance in which readers themselves become part of the audience, encouraging Kel to get dressed all by himself (without a net!), eat new foods like broccoli (eww!), and take a bath (gasp!). Bold, interactive, and downright silly, this is a book to make kids cheer and attempt some “stunts” of their own.

Continue reading

Meet Me at the Art Museum: A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes {Review}

*This post is updated with my new format on May 7, 2015, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. A Whimsical Look Behind the Scenes Meet Me at the Museum is a cute behind-the-scenes field trip in a book. Full of imagination and fun, adventurous readers can learn bits and pieces of what an art museum is for as well as spark an interest to go see one in person. Full of vocabulary to learn who is who and what is what at the museum. It would be a fun resource for school.   Praise for Meet Me at the Art Museum: “An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike.” –Kirkus Reviews “The googly-eyed characters make it quite enjoyable to pick up the book and get a feel for what makes a museum work, explaining both public and private areas.” –Booklist “The volume offers an adequate overview of. . .

Continue reading

The Princess of 8th Street by Linas Alsenas {Review}

Jane, the Princess of 8th Street, has many royal duties to attend to. Between having tea with her “ladies-in-waiting” (her doll collection), keeping up with her studies (Math for Monarchs and Pink Power are two of her favorite books), and dealing with her horrible toad of a brother, Jane doesn’t often have time to venture from her palace or socialize with other young royals.

Continue reading

Because You Are My Teacher {Review}

One devoted teacher will stop at nothing to show her class the wonders of the world. From soaring over the Great Wall of China to hang gliding in the Australian Outback, the class has all kinds of adventures, across all seven continents.

Because You Are My Teacher, a companion to Because You Are My Baby and Because I Am Your Daddy by the dynamic author-illustrator team of Sherry North and Marcellus Hall, is an exciting introduction to geography and makes a touching gift for any teacher who has broadened your child’s horizons. The book includes a note about the seven continents and each of the places or creatures mentioned in the book.

Continue reading

My Birdie and My Bunny Puzzle Books

An extraordinarily beautiful pair of first puzzle board books. Remove a piece per spread, make a puzzle at the books end!

Oh my goodness, we love these!! More please!

Abrams Appleseed, the new imprint for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers from Abrams Books, introduces My Birdie Puzzle Book and My Bunny Puzzle Book, written and illustrated by Jessie Ford. These beautiful, boldly colored animal-themed board books offer a pop-out puzzle that enriches the reading experience and introduces young minds to the challenges puzzles offer.

In My Birdie Puzzle Book and My bunny Puzzle Book, counting and identifying the sense are presented in a simple yet stylish way. In reading a straightforward yet fun story with a problem-solving activity, young children are encourage to methodically put together the pop-out pieces that accompany each spread to create a complete picture at the end. And with decorative textured art and a bright color palette, both books convey the delightful tones of springtime.

Unique twists to the puzzle board-book concept, My Birdie Puzzle Book and My Bunny Puzzle Book offer a whimsical celebration of spring while encouraging children to discover new problem-solving abilities, one piece at a time.

Continue reading

Crocodile’s Tears by Alex Beard {Review}

Black Rhino and Tickbird want to know why Crocodile is crying. They search the African landscape for other animals who might know the answer. The few they find suggest Crocodile is sad that so many of them face extinction. But when Black Rhino finally asks Crocodile why he’s crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn’t really crying; he’s wetting his eyes in the hot, dry sun like all crocodiles do. And Black Rhino learns something else about crocodiles: they can have you for lunch if you don’t watch out!

Including a photo of each animal featured in the story along with a description of its current status on the list of endangered species, this picture book is a great educational tool. A share of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Shompole Community Trust, a land and animal reserve in Kenya.

Continue reading

The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen {Review}

In this spirited reworking of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brother—and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and he’s on the verge of taking over the whole holiday. Joy’s patience runs out as the baby’s mishaps pile up. A sweet surprise turns the tables on Joy, who eventually appreciates what her baby brother adds to the holiday.

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Ryan Wood pair perfectly for this funny holiday book with a sibling-appreciation message that will make readers laugh and sing along with every reading.

Continue reading

Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss {Review}

This fast-paced, high-energy picture book tells the true story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who at age nineteen disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. She took the name Frank Thompson and joined a Michigan army regiment to battle the Confederacy. Sarah excelled as a soldier and nurse on the battlefield. Because of her heroism, she was asked to become a spy. Her story comes to life through the signature illustrations and design of John Hendrix and the exciting storytelling of Marissa Moss.

Continue reading

The Quite Contrary Man {Review}

In early-nineteenth-century New England, folks considered a clean chin a sign of godliness. Born into this buttoned-up, strict society, Joseph Palmer stood out from childhood as someone who liked to do things his own way. A friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Alcotts, Palmer lived by his own code and grew a belly-flowing beard that made his neighbors so crazy that they tried forcibly to shave him. He fought back and ended up in prison for a year. His cause became a local sensation, and a few short decades later a president of the United States—Abraham Lincoln—would wear a beard.

Continue reading

What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson {Review}

When the National Animal Choir performs the latest song by renowned composer and conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, nothing goes exactly as planned. Mr. Timberteeth has some preconceived notions of what animals like to do that are reflected in his song. But it turns out that lions prefer flower arranging to prowling and shrimp would rather ski than swim! With all the dissension and mayhem, will the show still go on? This hilarious picture book delivers a subtle message about stereotyping that kids, who are so often pigeonholed, will appreciate.

Continue reading

Buried Treasures by Stéphane Compoint {Review}

Through the captivating images of acclaimed photographer Stéphane Compoint, Buried Treasures takes readers on a worldwide exploration with today’s most esteemed archaeologists as they search for traces of civilizations presumed lost forever and ancient animals that once roamed the earth.

Continue reading