Picture Books

Book Review: Big Bear Little Chair

Big Bear Little Chair
Author: 
Boyd, Lizi
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd is reminiscent of the block cut, three color art children's books of the 40's and 50's. Very simple text accompanies the beautiful illustrations depicting size comparison. Each page is a story unto itself, and children will love filling in the details of why the big zebra has such a little broom or why the big bird is carrying a little red umbrella. Perfect for ages 2 - 5.

Reviewer's Name: 
Barb

Book Review: The Beach at Night

The Beach at Night
Author: 
Ferrante, Elena
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

“The Beach at Night” is an amazing read. The dolls tale is dark and scary but rich with life. Through words, the doll recognizes her existence, identity and family. When the thief tries to take those words from her, to sale on the doll market, she faces the potential loss of the things she values most. However, I think this story is much more than a dolls scary adventure, it is a reflection of who we are based on the words that have been given to us. In addition, to have those words taken is to be essentially silenced an existential fear for many in our world.

Reviewer's Name: 
Monique

Book Review: Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, The Very First Chicken

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, The Very First Chicken
Author: 
Rees, Douglas
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs Edna The Very First Chicken is a thoroughly enjoyable read. What caught my eye first is the adorable chicken on the cover with the very big eyes, eyes that remind me of a young child exploring their world for the first time. Inside I found Edna, who is a small thing not to be underestimated and Rex, who is a big thing intent on taking what he wants. The story demonstrates that size does not matter when you believe in yourself and stand for what is important for yourself and your community, in this case, survival. The illustrations are wonderful adding character to Rex and Edna and coloring a world long gone, a great read for children. However, the end of the story left me thinking about the impact our actions ultimately have on others, in this case Rex. He only wanted breakfast and was denied the opportunity to eat, leading to an end of the Rex.

Reviewer's Name: 
Monique

Book Review: Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?
Author: 
Barrow, David
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

An adorable tale about a small boy and a very large elephant combined with an exciting game of hide and seek. This elephant is very good at hiding as you will see in the subtle but wonderful illustrations. This story ends with a new friend and new game, and will have your kiddo delighted with giggles. This is a very worthwhile, silly, and fun story. (JEasy...Grades PreK-2)

Reviewer's Name: 
Alicia

Book Review: Claude in the City

Claude in the City
Author: 
Smith, Alex T.
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Claude is an adorable dog that wears a beret, a red sweater, and loves adventure. When his owners go to work the fun begins. Claude and Sir Bobblysock, his best friend, visit the city for the very first time. They have an exciting time going shopping for more berets, and having tea, but the most fun happens when they visit a museum. This charming adventure continues and more antics ensue. Claude in the City is a joy to read and sure to entertain. (Grades 3-5)

Reviewer's Name: 
Alicia

Book Review: 'Twas Nochebuena

'Twas Nochebuena
Author: 
Thong, Roseanne
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

This is a really well-done version of Clement Clarke Moore’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” that incorporates the traditions of Guatamala and Mexico by using key words in Spanish. Even this non-speaker can easily interpret the Spanish, as it is woven so seamlessly into the text. The bright illustrations add to the overall enjoyment of this multi-cultural portrayal of Christmas celebrations. A nice addition to all your Christmas favorites! Best for 5+.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: You're All My Favorites

You're All My Favorites
Author: 
McBratney, Sam
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

What a fabulous way to assure your little ones that they are all your favorite! Three bears wonder if their mom or dad likes one of them better than the others. But the parents give really good answers to their questions. A perfect book to snuggle up with and comfort all your little bears.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone
Author: 
Ferry, Beth
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

COMPLETELY ADORABLE! Stick and Stone is so simple and accessible for shy, retiring children. Stick and Stone start out alone. But when Pinecone comes and Stick defends Stone, a friendship blossoms. With lovely illustrations and clever text, Stick and Stone will worm their way into your heart – and you will become friends with them, too.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin

Book Review: The Lump of Coal

The Lump of Coal
Author: 
Snicket, Lemony
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

With the snarkiness that we’ve come to expect, this is a story of miracles – sort of. It’s a story of a lump of coal that can think, walk, and talk – which is a miracle – sort of. We read this out loud and couldn’t stop laughing; which is a certain kind of miracle. Pick up The Lump of Coal to laugh while you discover miracles – despite the omnipresent snark of Lemony Snicket.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin B.

Book Review: Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine
Author: 
Whelan, Gloria
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A great, rolling doggerel accompanies this story about finding a way to allow the queen to enter the sea without any part of her being “seen!” Funny and factual, this will be a fun read for you and yours.

Reviewer's Name: 
Kristin Brown

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