Picture Books

Book Review: Sleepover at the Museum

Sleepover at the Museum
Author: 
LeFrak, Karen
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Mason and his 2 best friends are celebrating his birthday with a sleepover at the museum of natural history. They begin with a scavenger hunt through the museum. While they figure out the clues, they are also figuring out the best place to sleep for the night. You can help solve the clues and learn facts about various exhibits while you explore with them. Would you choose the same place to sleep as they do?

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Cookiesaurus Rex

Cookiesaurus Rex
Author: 
Dominy, Amy Fellner and Evans, Nate
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven with a huge attitude! He starts out happy with his green frosting until he realizes that other cookies are getting sprinkles and more. Is he happy with his new look? See the different ways he’s decorated and find out what happens to him in the end. This is a fun book with colorful illustrations that help tell the story.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Author: 
Scarry, Richard
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

The pig family is going on a picnic. Join them on this interactive journey and learn about all sorts of vehicles – some real and some made up. In addition, you can find that tricky Goldbug on each page. You’ll learn a bit about transportation, hunt for Goldbug, learn new vocabulary, and see some funny things. You’ll see new things each time you read this book. It’s destined to become a family favorite!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Right This Very Minute

Right This Very Minute
Author: 
Detlefsen, Lisl H.
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Do you know where your food comes from? Each meal (or snack) you eat comes to you compliments of a farmer. This simple book details the stories of the varied food that children are eating. You’ll learn about the breakfast of pancakes, orange juice, and maple syrup and the trail mix snack. You’ll also learn about the lunch, dinner, and dessert and where they come from. This book doesn’t stop there. It encourages you to think like a farmer and begin to grow your own food.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
Author: 
Winstanley, Nicola
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

It’s not easy to give a cat a bath as you will soon realize when you read this book! Mr. Flea, the cat in this book, is NOT agreeable to having a bath. The five simple steps that start the book turn into much more work than Mr. Flea’s owner is expecting. Enjoy this book and its pictures and learn what might be the best way to bathe a cat.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: What Is Inside THIS Box?

What Is Inside THIS Box?
Author: 
Daywalt, Drew
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Monkey and Cake are asking big questions in this easy reader. They are curious about the magical cat that’s inside the box. Why does it disappear when they open the box? How do they know if the cat is really in the box when it is closed? When the box is closed, they can think about anything they want to be inside. It’s a dilemma, isn’t it? See what happens when Monkey & Cat walk away from the box. This is a beautifully illustrated fun book for those who are learning to read.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Be Brave Like Batman!

Be Brave Like Batman!
Author: 
Hitchcock, Laura
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

There is no need to be afraid of the dark. You have all the tools to be brave like Batman! Just use your gadgets, get help, and use your wits. Don’t let your fear stop you from doing what you need to do. Think like Batman and conquer your fears!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
Author: 
Newman, Lesléa
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This is the story of Gittel. She is supposed to travel with her mother to America. At the last minute, her mother is unable to board the boat because of health concerns and so Gittel must travel alone. Read the story of tis young Jewish girl and her journey to America for a better life. Will she find mama’s cousin when she reaches America? Will her mother be able to join her in the new country? Read this beautifully illustrated picture book to find out. It’s loosely based on stories handed down in the author’s family.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

Book Review: The Color of Us

The Color of Us
Author: 
Katz, Karen
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Karen Katz celebrates diversity in The Colors of Us. Seven-year-old Lena thinks that brown skin is brown skin until she takes a walk with her mother. They admire the different shades of skin on the people they see and compare the colors to foods and other natural things. It’s a colorfully illustrated book that helps kids see that we are all both different and the same.

Reviewer's Name: 
Carol

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