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Picture Books

Book Review: Dive In! A Topsy-Turvy-Say-It-Out-Loud Underwater Adventure

Dive In!  A Topsy-Turvy-Say-It-Out-Loud Underwater Adventure
Author: 
Recess Monkey
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fun and laughter we had with this book. I expected it to be lame, but it was a fun read-aloud. It's an interactive book where you end up sounding like you're an undersea explorer, holding you breath as you dive in, and participating in silly shenanigans. We had a great time with it.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Author: 
Robinson, Michelle
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Michelle Robinson has created a step by step guide to help you wash a woolly mammoth. There are some tricky parts to beware of such as the fact that woolly mammoths have terribly tickly tummies. The illustrations are wonderful and help you imagine the perils of washing a mammoth. Great fun for young readers!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Night Owl

Night Owl
Author: 
Yuly, Toni
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Night Owl loves staying up late. As he says goodbye to the daytime, he realizes that he can’t see Mommy Owl. He listens closely and hears different things, but not Mommy Owl. Finally, he hears the nicest sound of all – Mommy Owl. Using onomatopoeia and simple pictures, this delightful picture book encourages language and listening skills.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Digby Takes Charge

Digby Takes Charge
Author: 
Church, Caroline
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Digby is the new sheepdog and he's having trouble getting the sheep to do what he asks. He tries different ways until his farmyard friends teach him the value of one little word - please. It's a great reminder of the power of please (and thank you).

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

'Book Review: Little Worlds'

Little Worlds
Author: 
Collet, Geraldine
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Step into the Little Worlds of many different kinds of children with
unusual ways to look at the world. Author Geraldine Collet and illustrator
Sebastien Chebret have created a colorful picture book for children ages 3-7.
This picture book is sure to inspire some wonderful conversations about how
exciting it is to be an individual who looks at the world in a fresh, new
way.

Reviewer's Name: 
Anonymous

Book Review: Bob, Not Bob!

Bob, Not Bob!
Author: 
Scanlon, Liz Garton
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

For the parent, teacher or librarian who loves a good read aloud that can only be done with "the voices" - this is your book. A boy with a cold in his head calls for his mom, but it sounds like "Bob," and of course his dog, Bob, comes running instead. Hilarious situations will tickle reader and listener alike in Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick with pictures by Matthew Cordell. For ages 3 - 7.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barb

Book Review: Big Bear Little Chair

Big Bear Little Chair
Author: 
Boyd, Lizi
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd is reminiscent of the block cut, three color art children's books of the 40's and 50's. Very simple text accompanies the beautiful illustrations depicting size comparison. Each page is a story unto itself, and children will love filling in the details of why the big zebra has such a little broom or why the big bird is carrying a little red umbrella. Perfect for ages 2 - 5.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barb

Book Review: The Beach at Night

The Beach at Night
Author: 
Ferrante, Elena
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

“The Beach at Night” is an amazing read. The dolls tale is dark and scary but rich with life. Through words, the doll recognizes her existence, identity and family. When the thief tries to take those words from her, to sale on the doll market, she faces the potential loss of the things she values most. However, I think this story is much more than a dolls scary adventure, it is a reflection of who we are based on the words that have been given to us. In addition, to have those words taken is to be essentially silenced an existential fear for many in our world.

Reviewer's Name: 
Monique

Book Review: Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, The Very First Chicken

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, The Very First Chicken
Author: 
Rees, Douglas
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs Edna The Very First Chicken is a thoroughly enjoyable read. What caught my eye first is the adorable chicken on the cover with the very big eyes, eyes that remind me of a young child exploring their world for the first time. Inside I found Edna, who is a small thing not to be underestimated and Rex, who is a big thing intent on taking what he wants. The story demonstrates that size does not matter when you believe in yourself and stand for what is important for yourself and your community, in this case, survival. The illustrations are wonderful adding character to Rex and Edna and coloring a world long gone, a great read for children. However, the end of the story left me thinking about the impact our actions ultimately have on others, in this case Rex. He only wanted breakfast and was denied the opportunity to eat, leading to an end of the Rex.

Reviewer's Name: 
Monique

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