Reviews of books

Bikes for Sale Written by Carter Higgins Illustrated by Zachariah OHora 40 pages – ages 4+ Will Be Published by Chronicle Books on April 2, 2019 Synopsis from Publisher- “New Friends Ride in Right When You Need Them Maurice rides his bike to his shop every day. Lotta rides her bike to collect sticks every day. Both go about their separate routines, unaware of the friendship that awaits them just a few blocks away. But what happens when a branch and a lemon peel get in the way? This delightful friendship meet-cute from acclaimed picture book creators Carter Higgins and Zachariah OHora celebrates the power of coincidence to lead us to the friends we're meant to meet all along.” What I Thought- This was such a fun, sweet book! The book focuses on happiness and friendship – the characters go about their day doing what makes them happy which then makes others happy too. Higgins creates a world where people are good, where accidents can happen, and where friendship can succeed before anything else. OHora's illustrations bring the whimsical story to life, filled with creative animals living their interesting lives. There are so many details that you can find “hiding” in the background. I loved this wholesome story and I [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The Lost Girl By Anne Ursu 368 pages – ages 9+ Published by Walden Pond Press on Febuary 12, 2019 Synopsis from Publisher- “Once upon a time, there were two sisters, alike in every way, except for all the ways that they were different. When you're an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they've never left each other's side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together. When fifth grade arrives, however, it's decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both. Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace. As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it's up to her to find a way [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
It's time for another edition of Perfect Picture Book Friday! Oskar can… by Britta Teckentrup 32 pages – ages 3+ Published by Prestel Junior on October 2, 2018Theme/Topic: Self-esteem, Positivity Opening: “Oskar can jump almost as high as Mo…” Synopsis from Publisher: “Oskar the raven is back, and this time the beloved young bird is finding out all the things he can do. Britta Teckentrup has established herself as one of the most popular children's book authors today. Her vibrant, collage based illustrations have made her books a favorite in homes, schools, and libraries. And her character, Oskar, based on her family cat of the same name, is the perfect companion for young readers. This new book sends a simple, positive message that will empower kids to claim their own accomplishments. Tie a shoe? Brush their teeth? Wash their dishes? Bounce a ball? If Oskar can do it, they can too. Fans of Oskar's adventures will be thrilled to discover their friend is back with a new story. And readers meeting Oskar for the first time will discover a delightful, relatable character who makes them feel good about themselves and the world around them.” What I Thought: I love the simplicity of this book – the text is [...]
Sat, Feb 09, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Today is another edition of Creative Kid Thursday! I want to introduce you to a fellow kid-reviewer – Bridget Smith I found Bridget on Twitter when she was running a giveaway and I hopped over to check out her blog – Bridget and the Books and you should too! Bridget is a 9 year-old, 4th grade student who is a self-described penguin-phile and book lover. What made you want to start a blog? – When I was in first grade, a classmate's sister's best friend had a vlog so popular that it even has an app, Cookieswirl. I wanted a vlog but my mom decided a blog would be easier. I was already friends with Salina Yoon so reached out to her with my idea. She not only supported the idea but shared it with her author friends! And almost three years later, it is everything I had hoped for! I don't even know if that kid still has her vlog. With Salina Yoon when I was in first grade and finally met her! We have been friends since I was 3 and found her books! Well, let's hope she does! I like to see kids out there expressing themselves. If you could [...]
Thu, Feb 07, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten Written by Laura Veirs Illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh 40+ pages – ages 6+ Published by Chronicle Books on January 16, 2018 Opening and Synopsis from Publisher:Opening- “Libba Cotton heard music everywhere.”Synopsis- “Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers (it was her big brother's), and it wasn't strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By age eleven, she'd written “Freight Train,” one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people everywhere—from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England—knew her music.” What I Thought- This was such a powerful, story! Veirs crafts a lyrical picture book, with words bouncing across the page. Fazlalizadeh's stunning illustrations perfectly match the story, evoking the feelings of the folk movement and of the time period. The book details Libba Cotten's life and how she kept true to the music in her head. The most remarkable aspect that I thought was that she didn't come to national acclaim until she was in her [...]
Mon, Feb 04, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Daddy Depot Written by Chana Stiefel Illustrated by Andy Snair A Feiwel and Friends Book 5/16/2017 978-1-250-05889-8 36 pages Ages 2—5 . Themes: Father's Day, Daddies, Choices Genre: Children's Fiction Picture Book, Fantasy Synopsis • • • Come to • • • Daddy DEPOT The Dad Megastore! “From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the … [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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