Picture Books

Book Review: Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine
Author: 
Whelan, Gloria
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A great, rolling doggerel accompanies this story about finding a way to allow the queen to enter the sea without any part of her being “seen!” Funny and factual, this will be a fun read for you and yours.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin Brown

Book Review: Spot, the Cat

Spot, the Cat
Author: 
Cole, Henry
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole, is a beautiful wordless pen and ink book. An open window allows Spot to escape out into the city and a wonderful adventure ensues. Wordless books are a lovely opportunity to have a conversation about what is on the page. You may be surprised by what your little one notices that escaped your attention – just like Spot escaped!

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin B.

Book Review: Rivers of Sunlight: How The Sun Moves Water Around the Earth

Rivers of Sunlight: How The Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
Author: 
Bang, Molly
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

"I am your sun. My energy warms your days. I light up your world." So begins a lovely book about how the entire Earth's water system works. The illustrations are the sort you can sink into and perseverate over. This book is so beautiful, in fact, that you will absorb the complexity of our Earth's hydrology without even realizing it. Check out Rivers of Sunlight and pour yourself into knowledge and beauty.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Pi-Shu, the Little Panda

Pi-Shu, the Little Panda
Author: 
Butler, John
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

There is no better way to describe Pi-shu than to say, "It's Pukin' cute!!" Follow a new panda through his day by poring over John Butler's luxurious illustrations. Heartwarming and very dear, you will enjoy reading this one over and over!

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Wolves

Wolves
Author: 
Gravett, Emily
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

What a fun book! Rabbit checks a book out of the library that's all about wolves. As he becomes lost in the text, he doesn't realize that real wolves are lurking about him. The book ends with a mystery: did Rabbit get eaten? Or is the alternative ending the truth?

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Loss and Suicide

Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Loss and Suicide
Author: 
Smid, Emmi
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Luna’s Red Hat is a children’s book to help with loss and suicide. Though these are topics from which we wish we could always shield children, the reality is that there are times that you might need such a book.

This one is written with knowledge, compassion, and a deep understanding of children. I highly recommend Luna’s Red Hat if you find yourself facing such a difficult time as having to explain to a child the realities of death and suicide.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Book Review: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Author: 
Steptoe, Javaka
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This is a beautiful book. It won the Caldecott Medal, so that's saying something. The artwork is fantastic. The book tells the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat's life in a free form jazz-inspired style. I'm not familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat's work and now I want to see it for myself. There's a biography in the back. I only read this book once to my daughter. If I had read it more than once, I'd probably give it 5 stars.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos
Author: 
Rubin, Adam
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

This story has it all, from tacos, to laugh out loud humor, to dragons, to colorful illustrations, and most importantly you also learn about why NEVER to give dragons totally mild salsa with jalapenos. The results are action packed, disastrous, and hilarious. Luckily, the dragons make everything right in the end.

This book is just plain old fashioned silly, and even a bit absurd, fun! The pictures in this book really capture the tone and elevate and enhance the story rather than get in the way. I'd even argue that they might be the main draw of this already entertaining book. The illustrator, Daniel Salmieri, didn't take the illustrations too seriously and you can tell they had as much fun making the book as you will reading it. Enjoy this lighthearted, humorous romp and feel free to enjoy a few tacos along the way when reading!

Reviewer's Name: 
Will

Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Book Review: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Author: 
Santat, Dan
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

My daughter and I just LOVE this book. Beekle is beautifully illustrated, it's the 2015 Caldecott Award winner, but even more so, the story is wonderful. You feel for Beekle as he searches for his person, and rejoice when he finds her. Little details in the book make it interesting for adults when read multiple times. Beekle is sweet and beautiful, bittersweet and inspiring. A must-read picture book.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

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