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Coming Soon: A Hilarious Picture Book!

February 25, 2021

Cow Says Meow written by Kristi Call and illustrated by Brandon James Scott, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, March 16, 2021.

If you like animals, wordplay, and serious silliness, this is the book for you! Cow Says Meow written by Kirsti Call and illustrated by Brandon James Scott will have you and young readers meowing, clucking, and belly laughing with each page turn. The illustrator’s bold art will appeal to the youngest of readers who can practice identifying the animal pictures and matching the animal sounds to the proper animal. The clever text with a young boy as the narrator combined with the humorous illustrations make this book a winner! “Ewe” will love it!

Join the free virtual book launch on Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm EST. Kirsti Call will be singing a song written by her daughter especially for Cow Says Meow. The illustrator will be there, too, for a fun evening. You can register here. https://www.anunlikelystory.com/event/cowsaysmeow  Once at the site, click on the date above the pictures of Kirsti Call and Brandon James Scott in the big black box.

See you there!

PB Review: Little Dandelion Seeds the World

February 4, 2021

Little Dandelion Seeds the World written by Julia Richardson and illustrated by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell, Sleeping Bear Press, March 15, 2021

Dandelions!

Children love them. Lawn enthusiasts not so much.

Where do dandelions come from? Why do they seem to pop up everywhere?

Julia Richardson has the answer to these questions in her delightful book about the adaptability of the dandelion in Little Dandelion Seeds the World. With the use of repetition, rhyme, and alliteration, the author’s lyrical text is music to readers’ ears. Each page turn engages readers as they follow the path of one little dandelion seed. The wind twists and turns the seed, taking it to far-off places where it plants itself. Down with a root. Up with a shoot. And when the yellow flower fades, POOF! The seeds take flight once again. It slowly travels across the world. It finds its way to each continent by hitching a ride with the weather, indigenous animals, and human beings. Readers will enjoy the bright and colorful illustrations created by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell as they follow the journey of the dandelion seed to unusual places. This book is informative, entertaining, and provides room for discussions about seeds, animals, and continents. Little Dandelion Seeds the World celebrates resilience and deserves a prize bouquet of — dandelions!

PB Review: Bird Hugs

January 7, 2021

Bird Hugs written and illustrated by Ged Adamson, Two Lions, 2020.

Bernard, the bird, has a problem. His friends have all left the nest and flown away, but Bernard can’t. He is different than his bird friends. His oversized wings hang to the ground. They’re too heavy to fly. Bernard tries everything to get his wings working, but he has no luck. One day he hears a sob from none other than an orangutan. Bernard uses his oversized wings to give him a hug. The orangutan immediately feels better – much better. Soon everyone wants a hug from Bernard. They tell him their problems. Bernard listens and gives them a hug. With each hug, Bernard’s wings become stronger. With his new strength, he knows he can fly. Bernard tries again and again with no luck. He finally has the strength to realize flying isn’t everything – especially when you have friends. Ged Adamson‘s text and humorous illustrations are filled with heart and include a surprise ending that readers won’t want to miss!

PB Review: SOAKED!

October 8, 2020

Soaked!

It’s raining and Bear and his friends are not happy. Bear, a bit of a grump, finds nothing is fun in the rain. He and his friends retreat to Bear’s cave, but Hula-Hooping Moose is taking up too much room playing with his hula- hoop. Back outside in the rain, Bear wants his umbrella, but it’s missing so he grumps on his log. All the while, Hula-Hooping Moose entertains himself with his hula hoop until it lands in the branches of a tree. Bear, Badger, and Rabbit manage to build an animal tower to retrieve it, but they topple to the ground with the hula hoop. The friends encourage Bear to give it a try. He is surprised how much fun hula-hooping, splashing in rain puddles, and getting Soaked! with his friends can be. When the rain stops, what do you think happens? You’ll have to read this hilarious book written and illustrated by Abi Cushman. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Hello Hello – Picture Book Review

July 16, 2020

Hello Hello! Welcome, welcome to an exotic collection of animals of all shapes and sizes. Brendan Wenzel has written and illustrated a fascinating book depicting the similarities and differences between animals.

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In spare rhyming text, the author introduces readers to a variety of animals. Some are small. Some are large. Some are brightly colored. Some are not. There are animals with patterns, animals with unique body parts, animals that are loud, and animals that are quiet. The illustrations are bold and bright rendered in a combination of cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker, and computer. The animals included in the book are favorites of Brenden Wenzel. Readers will delight in his illustrations and how he gives each animal a personality of its own. At the end of the book, Wenzel lists all the animals, noting which ones are endangered, critically endangered, threatened, near threatened, and vulnerable. This is a joyous book that celebrates the natural world of animals. The author note encourages readers to become familiar with the animals and let others know about them and how they can help keep these animals safe. Enjoy. Enjoy.

The Home Builders – PB Review

July 9, 2020

Have you seen The Home Builders? It’s not an HGTV program. It happens to be a delightful picture book about animals and their homes written by Varsha Bajaj.

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Accompanying Bajaj’s lyrical tale are colorful illustrations by Simona Mulazzani, depicting animals building homes for their new family members. The mixed media art includes acrylics, colored pencil, and collage on paper. Varsha Bajaj’s rhyming text asks questions of the reader “Do you see the builders work? Do you see the homes? Do you see the babies? Do you see the families?” The text and illustrations encourage readers to become an active part of reading the book. The author’s choice of verbs such as “burrow and hide, shovel and plow, slumber, swarm” adds a lively dimension to the book. With each page turn, readers learn a bit more about each animal. The final spread shows the animals snugly in their homes as nightfall arrives. This is a perfect book to snuggle up with your child and read together.

Thanksgiving Treats

November 14, 2019

There’s nothing better than reading a great book. With Thanksgiving on the way, I’d like to share some of my favorite holiday books.

Thank You, Sarah! The  Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

A cleverly written and illustrated book about Sarah Hale who fought to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She persisted and Abraham Lincoln listened.

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Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story 

A delightful story in which a family works together to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving feast.

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Bear Says Thanks

If you’re a fan of Karma Wilson’s Bear Books, you’ll find this one a delicious treat.

Bear

Thanksgiving Mice!

Written in rhyme, youngsters will enjoy perky mice putting on a Thanksgiving play for their friends and then inviting everyone to celebrate together.

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A Turkey for Thanksgiving

When Mrs. Moose tells Mr. Moose she’d like a real turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, he obliges. But Turkey doesn’t want anything to do with it in this hilarious Thanksgiving turkey tale.

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How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story

A family is forced to flee their small country when the government police come. They board a small boat bound for America, but there are a host of setbacks. After many days at sea, they finally reach the shores of America where they are welcomed and invited to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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I hope you’ll take a bite out of these delicious books!

 

 

MAKING A FRIEND Tammi Sauer’s Way

September 19, 2019

More than anything, Beaver wants a friend, but he doesn’t know how to make one. Things always seem to go wrong. Readers will fall in love with Tammi Sauer’s adorable book, MAKING A FRIEND, that has delightful illustrations created by Alison Friend.

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When “an idea fell from the sky” (snow), Beaver goes to work, making a friend. Raccoon happens along, and soon Beaver and Raccoon are working together to make a snowman friend. But something is missing. Pizzazz! Beaver and Raccoon add just the right accessories to create a snowman with pizzazz. Reader’s will love the end result as much as Beaver and Raccoon do. They celebrate their success, but when the snowman doesn’t say anything both are disappointed in their new friend. That’s when they realize that they had fun making a snowman, but the best part was making friends with one another. Clever repartee between Beaver and Raccoon along with bright and colorful illustrations make this story of friendship a perfect book to add to your reading list.

 

BEAR CAME ALONG

September 12, 2019

If you’re looking for a story that has hilarious illustrations and is a delightful tale, BEAR CAME ALONG is the book for you!

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Richard T. Morris’ raucous cumulative story begins with a river that “didn’t know it was a river” until Bear comes along and falls into the river. Morris keeps adding animals to Bears’ adventure – Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons, and Duck. Until…their adventure takes a turn for the worse. In several wordless spreads, the reader sees what looms ahead for the unlikely crew of animals. LeUyen Pham’s colorful illustrations are addictive. Kids will love the animal antics and their facial expressions as they cling to one another and brave the approaching disaster. And all this happened because “the river came along.”

This is a story of friendship and fun that happens when you’re least expecting it. It’s sure to entertain everyone!

Poetry Sings!

April 4, 2019

April is National Poetry Month.

Meghan Trainor sings, “…I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass…” She’s got the rhythm. She’s got the beat. So does poetry. It’s all about using language to create rhythm and sounds that have the ability to elicit emotions. Meghan Trainor sings and so does poetry.

Poetry can be many things —evocative, lively, joyful, whimsical, humorous. During National Poetry Month, take some time to find your favorite type of poetry and enjoy!

Below are some delightful poetry book suggestions for young readers.

Sing a Song of Seasons

My First Book of Haiku Poems

Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

More poetry book suggestions:

4 Great Kids’ Books for National Poetry Month

Other websites to check out for National Poetry Month.

Reading Rockets

30 Ways to Celebrate — A Poem A Day and More

 

 


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