Picture Books

Book Review: How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
Author: 
Winstanley, Nicola
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

It’s not easy to give a cat a bath as you will soon realize when you read this book! Mr. Flea, the cat in this book, is NOT agreeable to having a bath. The five simple steps that start the book turn into much more work than Mr. Flea’s owner is expecting. Enjoy this book and its pictures and learn what might be the best way to bathe a cat.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: What Is Inside THIS Box?

What Is Inside THIS Box?
Author: 
Daywalt, Drew
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Monkey and Cake are asking big questions in this easy reader. They are curious about the magical cat that’s inside the box. Why does it disappear when they open the box? How do they know if the cat is really in the box when it is closed? When the box is closed, they can think about anything they want to be inside. It’s a dilemma, isn’t it? See what happens when Monkey & Cat walk away from the box. This is a beautifully illustrated fun book for those who are learning to read.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Be Brave Like Batman!

Be Brave Like Batman!
Author: 
Hitchcock, Laura
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

There is no need to be afraid of the dark. You have all the tools to be brave like Batman! Just use your gadgets, get help, and use your wits. Don’t let your fear stop you from doing what you need to do. Think like Batman and conquer your fears!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
Author: 
Newman, Lesléa
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This is the story of Gittel. She is supposed to travel with her mother to America. At the last minute, her mother is unable to board the boat because of health concerns and so Gittel must travel alone. Read the story of tis young Jewish girl and her journey to America for a better life. Will she find mama’s cousin when she reaches America? Will her mother be able to join her in the new country? Read this beautifully illustrated picture book to find out. It’s loosely based on stories handed down in the author’s family.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Color of Us

The Color of Us
Author: 
Katz, Karen
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Karen Katz celebrates diversity in The Colors of Us. Seven-year-old Lena thinks that brown skin is brown skin until she takes a walk with her mother. They admire the different shades of skin on the people they see and compare the colors to foods and other natural things. It’s a colorfully illustrated book that helps kids see that we are all both different and the same.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken
Author: 
Stein, David Ezra
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Papa is trying to read little red chicken a story at bedtime, but she keeps interrupting. She can’t help herself! She inserts herself into the story of Hansel & Gretel. She jumps into the story of Little Red Riding Hood. She changes the story of Chicken Little. Will little red chicken ever stop interrupting and go to sleep? Find out when you read this story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing
Author: 
Spires, Ashley
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

A girl comes up with a magnificent thing and hires a canine assistant to help create it. No problem! They gather supplies and get to work. Things do NOT go as plans. They try and try again, but are unable to make the magnificent thing. Then the girl gets mad and then she hurts herself! Things are not going well and she want to quit! Her assistant suggest a walk and then off they go. As they reach the end, the girl realizes how to make her magnificent thing and she gets to work. With persistence and creativity, they truly are able to make the most magnificent thing.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: That Is Not a Good Idea!

That Is Not a Good Idea!
Author: 
Willems, Mo
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A very plump goose is met by a hungry fox who invites her to dinner. Will dinner go as planned? This humorous book by Mo Willems reminds us to listen to our inner gosling and expect the unexpected. The book involves simple text and a minimum of words allowing readers to explore the pictures to understand the story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

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