Picture Books

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

Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon
Author: 
Slade, Suzanne
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

In the book, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Suzanne Slade and Thomas Gonzalez have created a gorgeous non-fiction book about Project Apollo and all the people who made the moon landing possible. Lush illustrations combine with informative free verse in this book for children age 10 - 14. There are photos, a selected bibliography, and website list in the back of the book.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barbara

Book Review: Over on the Farm

Over on the Farm
Author: 
Berkes, Marianne
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Over on the Farm can be sung to the traditional tune “Over in the
Meadow.” Through it, children can learn language, counting, and movement.
The activities at the end of the book help children interact with the farm
in a variety of ways. Information provided teaches about the various animals
mentioned.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: My Little Gifts: A Book of Sharing

My Little Gifts: A Book of Sharing
Author: 
Witek, Jo
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

There are so many different ways to give. This interactive book - with flaps
to open on each page - explores many of them. It also talks about sharing,
sibling rivalry, and collaboration. Learn about the importance of giving and
receiving gifts from the heart!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave
Author: 
Hische, Jessica
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This beautifully hand-lettered book encourages kids to be adventurous,
strong, smart, curious, creative, confident, and brave. It also persuades
them to keep trying and not to worry if they haven’t been able to
accomplish all of those things today. They can realize that they don’t
have to be all of those things, but they can try their best.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Water Hole

The Water Hole
Author: 
Base, Graeme
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Animals come to drink at the water hole and find it drying up. This
beautifully illustrated book is partially counting book, but it’s also a
puzzle and a story. Learn about Earth’s continents, the variety of animals
living on each continent, and the impact water has on them.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

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