Picture Books

Book Review: The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
Author: 
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

So glad this book was added to the PPLD collection! The illustrations are incredible. The glossary is amazing! Must read!!!

Reviewer's Name: 
Aisha

Book Review: Five Trucks

Five Trucks
Author: 
Floca, Brian
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Using simple language, this book shows the jobs that five drivers and their trucks do. It also introduces counting backwards and ordinal numbers. Learn about the different jobs that people have to get an airplane ready for take off. Watch the boy and his suitcase prepare for their trip. A fun book for those who are interesting in airplane travel.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Rough Patch

The Rough Patch
Author: 
Lies, Brian
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Evan and his dog did everything together. They shared many adventures and created a beautiful garden, but when the dog passes away Evan is devastated. The Rough Patch, by author/illustrator Brian Lies, would be a wonderful place to begin a discussion about death and grief with young children. Children and adults will identify with Evan and how he works through his sorrow. This beautifully written and illustrated picture book for ages 3 - 10 is a 2018 Caldecott Honor winner.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
Author: 
Lloyd-Jones, Sally
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

My boys and I loved reading this book over and over. The story line begins with Doreen the fish heading off on an adventure to visit a family member. She ends up where she wanted but there were many unusual adventures along the way. We laughed at the cleverness of the author's story and enjoyed learning some of the alphabet that was hidden the illustrations. The pictures really enhanced the story and the kids interacted with the story as we read. It was delightful!

Reviewer's Name: 
Julie

Book Review: Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse
Author: 
Blackall, Sophie
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

From the cutaway of the inside of a lighthouse to the rescue of shipwrecked sailors, Hello Lighthouse, a beautifully designed book by Sophie Blackall, is sure to fascinate children and the adults who read to them! Intriguing illustrations and information illuminate the daily life of lighthouses and their keepers. Hello Lighthouse is the 2019 Caldecott Medal winner. It is just right for repetitive readings for children ages 4 - 10.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike
Author: 
Clarke, Maxine
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Mom is fed up with her rambunctious kids but somehow she silently supports their active play as they build a bike out of junk and proceed to ride it up and down, all around and even through the house. Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Than Rudd is a vivacious celebration of childhood play. The illustrations are created with paint on a cardboard box and the texture and motion they create is the perfect complement to the sparse but active text. Take a look at the end papers to see how a stroke of paint can create vibrant motion. This is a fun read for kids 3 – 7.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

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