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?!. . .

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Halloween Reads, whether you like it sweet or scary, I have some for you! (Book List)

Halloween Reading Recommendations on Creative Madness Mama

There are a handful of new good readers for little spooks this Halloween as well as our oldies, but goodies from other years. Hopefully you’ll find something to add to your lists from here! Most of these books are available as eBooks as well as hardcover picture books (but of course I always recommend the real thing!) I love Otter! We love Otter! Otter is absolutely adorable, truly I do not exaggerate. Otter! was a big hit, Otter in Space! was perfect for us this year, and now Otter Loves Halloween! is a great addition. While the first two books are taller 9×11″ jacket hardcovers, this seasonal special is a 9×9″ hardcover and will go great on the holiday shelf next to the Marley, Splat the Cat, and Pete the Cat books. Otter is a brave sole, just as are most children in the 4-8 age range and he is. . .

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Kinder Cottage Publishing: Peter Rabbit Books

Creative Madness Mama was sent two books in the Peter Rabbit series for review, I chose to go with Christmas and Easter as I’ve never read a Peter Rabbit story with these topics. The concept and desire of Kinder Cottage is delightful and their job is well done. Kinder Cottage has a wonderful idea and delivers it in a great little package. The quality is wonderful and the preservation of something for a new generation is a delightful concept. I do hope they will continue to publish more and more vintage titles in the future. As is the case with all publishers, I’m not going to like every single book I come across and read, but there is a good plethora of ones that I will!

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Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau

Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau Illustrated by David Walker Genre: Children’s Picture Book – Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams Ages 2 to 5 Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Those adorable bears from Bears on Chairs return in an irresistibly sweet bedtime story. It’s time for Big Brown Bear to tuck all four little bears into their beds. Then he’s ready to climb into his own bed and turn out the light. Five warm beds, holding five sleepy bears, until a sound goes whoosh in the middle of the night, and all the bears wake up in a fright. Will they ever get back into bed? Luckily, Big Brown Bear knows just what to do! A fun, rhyming read-aloud that parents will love and tired little cubs will be happy to snuggle up with. Bears on Chairs (my review) has absolutely got. . .

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The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl! {Review} by Julie Andrews

Everyone’s favorite fairy princess is going to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue’s wedding! In Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton’s THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS: HERE COMES THE FLOWER GIRL!, Gerry realizes it will be a small garden wedding instead of the lavish event of her dreams, and sets out to put her creative sparkle on everything from cakes to favors.

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Thomas & Friends: Engine Friends

Aspiring engineers will thrill at over 20 favorite Thomas & Friends® episodes on two DVD discs when Thomas & Friends: Engine Friends, comes to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand May 15, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Thomas, Toby, Percy and more favorite engine friends take you back to first meetings, learn about cooperation and discovery and realize the best adventures of all are the ones you can share with friends. Thomas fans won’t want to miss this timeless collection of Sodor’s finest moments of friendship on the tracks.

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Thomas & Friends: Up, Up & Away!

Thomas and his friends reach new heights in these high-flying adventures! Thomas and Percy have a special adventure as they try and try again to bring balloons to Mr. Bubbles’ Big Balloon Show. At the Children’s Steam Fair, Emily learns there are great rewards – and laughs — in helping others; Kevin tries his hook at Hide and Peep and Thomas has a wonky whistle! Up, Up & Away for fun and adventure with Thomas & Friends!

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Shaun the Sheep: Sheer Madness

Sheep and Pigs and Aliens, oh my! It’s madness in the meadow with Shaun the Sheep and his flock of mischievous merrymakers! Shaun expertly stops the pigs from running amuck and turning the farm into a porky paradise. He amuses his friends when he falls head over hoof for a beautiful stranger and demonstrates what happens when curiosity gets the sheep after a hot air balloon lands and causes mayhem in the meadow… From the farm, to outer space and everywhere in between, Shaun and his barnyard buddies know how to have a woolly good time!

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Biscuit’s Storybook Collection by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit’s Storybook Collection by Alyssa Satin Capucilli Illustrated by Pat Schories Genre: Children’s Early Readers Storybook Treasury Ages 2+ Pages: 192 Hardcover Date Published: December 2004 Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s The sweet, yellow puppy is here – Woof! Join Biscuit in all his adventures. Each day presents the chance to make new friends or learn something new. A collection of ten stories about the sweet, yellow puppy Biscuit. Contains: Bathtime for Biscuit, Biscuit, Biscuit and the Bunny, Biscuit Goes to the Park, Biscuit Meets the Neighbors, Biscuit’s Birthday, Biscuit’s Day at the Beach, Biscuit’s New Trick, Biscuit’s Picnic and Time to paint, Biscuit! Biscuit We have fallen in love with Biscuit from the Chick-fil-a board book and now also the Kindle Fire book apps and so we are delighted to read more. Biscuit is the original little yellow puppy story I believe and it is the first one found in the. . .

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Axel the Truck: Rocky Road by J. D. Riley (I Can Read!)

Axel is a little truck with big, big wheels, and he races off to explore the rocky mountain roads. VROOM!

In this NOOK Kids Read to Me book, children can choose to hear the story read aloud, tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.

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Little Critter Collection by Mercer Mayer (I Can Read! – 3 Book Box Set)

Enjoy three favorite adventures in this fun-filled set

Little Critter(R) has captured the hearts of readers for decades. Now you can have three books at once in this exciting set of stories featuring “Going to the Firehouse,” “Going to the Sea Park,” and “Snowball Soup”

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Fireman Sam: Rescue On the Water

On land, in water and everywhere in between, you can always count on Fireman Sam to save the day… and bring the fun along, too! Join Fireman Sam, his courageous fire brigade and the citizens of Pontypandy for all new seafaring adventure in Fireman Sam : Rescue on the Water. It’s ready, set, rescue in six thrilling episodes filled with Sam’s lessons in safety, loyalty, leadership, cooperation and friendship.

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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.

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