This is one of those soft, sweet books that you can enjoy while having a snuggle/reading time (especially if it is just before bedtime or naptime). Wi...moreThis is one of those soft, sweet books that you can enjoy while having a snuggle/reading time (especially if it is just before bedtime or naptime). With rhyming text and a calming rhythm readers find out where all sorts of little ones “lay their sleepy heads.” Such as bears, otters, or puppy dogs. But where is the missing sleepyhead that is missing from the bed with the teddy bear? Potentially where the young readers will be as well–“Asleep in Mama’s arms!”
Even though the text and the rhymes are great, the illustrations are as sweet and calming as a warm blanket. The colors on the animals aren’t just one solid color. For example the white bunny has dark brown/black bits shaded in to show which part of the bunny is in shadows and to help enforce the idea of it being nighttime. Also, there are dark lines going out from the moon to help show the light halo that is around light sources at night. Plus all the little animals just look hugable and like something that little ones would love to look at and cuddle. I seriously need to add this to my bedtime story time. Such fun.(less)
Nadine is a cow who claims to not be afraid of anything. The other cows ask her to prove it. So with a big glup she and the other cows venture into th...moreNadine is a cow who claims to not be afraid of anything. The other cows ask her to prove it. So with a big glup she and the other cows venture into the woods. At first she is scared. Then she realizes that the woods aren’t all that scary. She and the other cows have fun exploring. But when the other cows head home for the night and Nadine decides to explore just one more place (a dark cave) she gets nervous. And now it is dark and she is in the woods all alone. With loads of energy for getting back safe and sound Nadine takes off. And finds her lost cow friends in the process. No other animals suspect that Nadine was ever scared…but they might when the cow friends start up their next scheme–tours of the woods at night, guided by Nadine.
This is a fun book. I like how Nadine shows similar emotions to many kids I know (the whole I’m not scared…but really they are once they stop and think about it emotions). Plus there are fun elements to the illustrations. (I love seeing Nadine and her other cow friends climbing trees or having the “hay” cake sit on a crate with “books” labeled on the side. Just fun details that make me like the book all the more.) The fact that Nadine really was scared and the others didn’t really suspect might go over some kids’ heads. But those that get it will think it funny that this clever bovine was able to fool all the rest of the farm.(less)
If you happen to have a dinosaur but don’t know quite what to do with it…there are a lot of options. From being a handy can opener to being a kite, An...moreIf you happen to have a dinosaur but don’t know quite what to do with it…there are a lot of options. From being a handy can opener to being a kite, And some of the suggestions are quite fun to imagine (like a large dinosaur looking at a robber’s face when being a “burglar alarm” to the dinosaur stomping on coffee, nuts, and potatoes to grind, crack, or mash them all). In fact, the illustrations are so fun that readers will need to look through the book multiple times just to see all the fun details. And then there is the fun bit at the end when readers are invited to think about what they would do if they didn’t have a dinosaur around (or if they happened to have a different pet like an octopus or a porcupine or Sasquatch or whatnot). This would be a fun story to read at a dinosaur story time (especially if paired with When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach).(less)
With sweet little rhymes readers will learn all about books. How they come in all sizes and shapes and can be read anywhere. There are only small bits...moreWith sweet little rhymes readers will learn all about books. How they come in all sizes and shapes and can be read anywhere. There are only small bits of text on each page, so it is perfect for little ones with small attention spans. Also, there are lots of details and bits of contrast in each illustration which will keep readers looking at where all the books can be. Plus the message of books being perfect for “everywhere” will reinforce the idea to love books. This would be a great book to read in a baby or toddler story time as well as just before nap or bedtime (or anytime you want to cuddle with a little one). Such fun.(less)
The pesky wolf from The Three Ninja Pigs is still hungry (after all he didn’t get anything to eat in the previous book). But because he was beaten by...moreThe pesky wolf from The Three Ninja Pigs is still hungry (after all he didn’t get anything to eat in the previous book). But because he was beaten by the Ninja Pigs (and quite a few other animals) he decides to sneak into ninja school and train. And train he did. Eventually he mastered everything and was ready to go out and look for a meal. While looking for some food he runs into Riding Hood. He redirects her to pick some flowers and then sneaks into Grandma’s house to wait for her. But unlike other versions of Little Red Riding Hood Red is equipped to deal with a ninja wolf…because she is a ninja too.
This is another great ninja book. The little ones I read this to loved the ninja references and the fact that Red and the wolf were so well-matched. And Granny is seriously awesome (who wouldn’t love a granny who does tai chi?!?). I also love the illustrations and how the book is layed-out. The different pages have panels of illustrations (similar to graphic novel panels) only they are angled and slanted (no boring rectangular panels here). This helps give a feel of movement and action, which is especially great when Red and the Wolf are fighting. Plus the expressions are pure genius. (I can’t tell you how much one little kiddo laughed when seeing the lipstick and Granny’s robe on the wolf.) This story has enough meat on it that even elementary school kids will enjoy reading or listening to it. And the preschool story time kids will all want to be ninjas after reading this book. Brilliant. Just brilliant.(less)
A little yellow bird is sitting on a perch in the middle of a swamp. Along comes a big white bird who says “pardon me” and wants to share the place to...moreA little yellow bird is sitting on a perch in the middle of a swamp. Along comes a big white bird who says “pardon me” and wants to share the place to sit. Then a frog and a turtle join them with a couple more exclamations of “pardon me.” When a fox tries to interrupt the group with another “pardon me” but the little bird interrupts before the fox can say much more. The bird does not want any more people to join him. In fact, he wants everyone else to leave so he can enjoy his spot all on his own. Only…his perch might not be all that safe.
This is a funny story of a bird who is so caught up in his own problems that he doesn’t pay attention to what is really going on. The colors of the illustrations are bright with the little bird being a bright yellow that stands out on each page–even when a little squished by the other animals. The words “pardon me” are always calm and separated from the rest of the words. The little yellow birds responses are always squished and crowded (just like how the bird feels). And as a bonus the book also teaches kids the polite way to excuse yourself by saying “pardon me.” Some youngsters might not totally get what happens at the end of the book, but those grownups and kids who love This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen will surly enjoy this book too.(less)
This is another edition of “The Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Homes.” This story is of Sherlock’s case of finding the missing Priory School boy...moreThis is another edition of “The Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Homes.” This story is of Sherlock’s case of finding the missing Priory School boy. Of course like any other Sherlock mystery this is a lot of observation of subtle clues ending with Sherlock and Watson solving the case and saving the day. At the beginning of the book there is a “Cast” of characters that help young readers identify which characters look like what. This is a great tool for those who are just learning how to read graphic novels and need to know each character by sight in order to completely understand the story. Also, there are thick black and white lines to separate each panel on the various spreads. This will also help novice graphic novel readers understand how each panel is the next piece of the story. There is also a “How to Draw Dr. John Watson” page and a glossary of potentially unfamiliar words. With Sherlock Holmes being quite the revived sensation, this is a good book for the younger readers to understand who this famous detective is and why he and Watson will always be a part of society’s culture.(less)
This book opens up with pictures of all sorts of animals (and snowmen and people) with green faces looking like they are just about ready to barf. In...moreThis book opens up with pictures of all sorts of animals (and snowmen and people) with green faces looking like they are just about ready to barf. In fact, the green around the face is normal for illustrating that awful feeling you get when you want to barf. And as this book explains, everybody barfs. Archie, a little girl’s dog, shows some signs of what happens when you are about to barf. Then the girl starts to get sick at school and readers can see what some of the signs of needing to barf are for kids (and grownups). The one thing that is sad about this book is that it only explains one reason for why a kid might barf (getting a flu bug). But there are kids I know who might barf because they get car sick or might eat something that doesn’t agree with them. And babies barf all the time. The book does do a good job about helping kids realize that barfing is a normal part of a person’s (or an animal’s) life. But there is only one explanation given as to why to barf. The illustrations are great. The barf doesn’t look so gross that readers will barf because of seeing the barf (and thank goodness this isn’t a scratch and sniff kind of book) but it is gross enough that boys will like the gross factor of looking at the green faces and the “barf.” For any of the young readers who are nervous about being sick or barfing, this is a perfect book to read. And then they can barf with confidence (when the time is right) and hopefully “[w]ith any luck, [they] will barf on your math test.”(less)
Silly Lilly is simple comic book for beginning readers. Lilly believes that “Every day is a new day to play!” Readers can watch what Silly Lilly prete...moreSilly Lilly is simple comic book for beginning readers. Lilly believes that “Every day is a new day to play!” Readers can watch what Silly Lilly pretends to be (or what she plays) each day of the week. Each section starts with telling which day of the week it is and what Lilly is being. For example it says “So, on Monday Silly Lilly is a cook.” Then there are numbered panels that tell what Lilly is “doing” each day. The panels are simple. They are all the same shape and size and are read from left to right—which is perfect for teaching kids how graphic novels work in a simplified way that won’t confuse beginning readers who have just learned the fundamentals of reading left to right. At the end of the story there is a recap of what Silly Lilly did each day of the week and tells what Lilly did on Sunday (the day that didn’t have its own story). Also, when Lilly is talking the word bubbles have longer tails leaving no question as to the fact that those words are what she is saying (even though there aren’t any other characters in the story). Basically this is a basic graphic novel perfect for beginning readers (of traditional text or graphic novels). Although the story is so basic that those who enjoy just a bit more of an advanced storyline will find this a bit dull.(less)
I loved Keith Baker’s LMNO Peas. And the 1-2-3 Peas was good too. And so I’m not surprised that I really loved Little Green Peas. Basically this is a...moreI loved Keith Baker’s LMNO Peas. And the 1-2-3 Peas was good too. And so I’m not surprised that I really loved Little Green Peas. Basically this is a fun book with those cute little peas doing all kinds of things that have to do with colors. Each page has a large color with little green peas and objects that are the mentioned color. For example, on the page that features “RED” there are “red fences, red trees, red kites, and…little green peas.” One of the things that I love about this book is that the colors are large and bold. And kids that don’t really know about reading can guess the pattern of what colors will be mentioned at what time (and thus can help “read” even if they can’t read). And the little ones especially love looking at the “little green fellas” and what they are doing with each color spread. Basically this is a solid color book that does more than just the colors of the rainbow. It is one that can be read over and over again.(less)
Elephant and Snake are talking to each other. Their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat just met for the first time and they are playing. At first Eleph...moreElephant and Snake are talking to each other. Their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat just met for the first time and they are playing. At first Elephant and Snake aren’t worried. But then they start to wonder if their best friends will become best friends and leave Elephant and Snake out in the cold. This is another great Elephant and Piggie book. Especially because it deals with something that many youngsters wonder about: will my friends always be my friend and like me best of all? It is an important thought, and Willems deals with it in a clever and amusing way. Those young kiddos who are just learning to read will become best friends with Elephant and Piggie if they haven’t already.(less)
Just in time for Halloween I found this fun new book. It starts off by asking what the different colors of Halloween are. When I first read this to on...moreJust in time for Halloween I found this fun new book. It starts off by asking what the different colors of Halloween are. When I first read this to one of my nephews, he started naming specific colors: orange, black, purple. But then when we got into the story he, along with the rest of the readers, realize that there are so many more colors that are associated with Halloween. There is the white of a ghost or the blue of a wizard. Pretty much any color can be associated with a cartoon (and non-frightening) creature which is associated with the monster of all holidays. Plus the cadance is just right for reading to youngsters. Each page starts out by saying, “Halloween is ____” and lists a color. Then there is the rest of the text which dares any reader to not read it in a rhythm that almost sends the readers through the book like a runaway Halloween train that everyone is happy to ride. Seriously, this is a fun look at colors for any young fans of monsters, dressing up, or trick-or-treat fun.(less)