Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

Paul is a fish who spends his days swimming around and around his bowl.  Then, one day, Bernadette drops in and shows him the Whole World outside their bowl.  She’s very creative and Paul is very smitten.  Thereafter, Paul’s new purpose is to swim around Bernadette.  This is a very sweet story of friendship and the power of imagination.  Paul and Bernadette and their bowl are featured prominently on every page, and rendered brightly in … Read more

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Dan Santat

A trio of carnivores form a support group because of hurt feelings – the animals they prey on make them feel bad.  They try to become vegetarian.  They try to disguise themselves and blend in.  Finally, they invite the Great Horned Owl to come and speak to their group.  He suggests that they accept who they are and embrace their identities as meat eaters.  So they do.  And then they eat the owl.  And anyone … Read more

Christmas Quiet Book – book review

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood Illustrated by Renata Liwska Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) Experience these carefully selected, quiet moments of Christmas through, “The Christmas Quiet Book.”  There are all kinds of quiet: Hoping for a snow day quiet, Knocking with mittens quiet, Shattered ornament quiet, Listening for sleigh bells quiet, and more.  Readers of all ages will enjoy the memories, feelings, and emotions they evoke. Sometimes, when a picture … Read more

Three Ninja Pigs – book review

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz illustrated by Dan Santat Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) This book gets points for being an excellent (and funny) story that actually uses rhyme to good effect (unlike a lot of the picture books I’ve been reading lately).  A retelling of the Three Little Pigs, these 3 pigs decide to go on the offensive and prepare themselves for a wolf attack by taking classes … Read more

Zoe Gets Ready By Bethanie Deeney Murguia

It’s Saturday and it’s Zoe’s day to pick out what she wants to wear (instead of having to wear what other people choose for her).  But she’s having trouble deciding.  What kind of day is it going to be, and how does she want to spend it?  One must, after all, be prepared for anything (and everything).  After her mother calls her for the last time, Zoe knows exactly what to do.  Dressed in pretty … Read more

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

A small fish has stolen a hat from a much larger fish.  As he swims away he recounts all of the reasons why he will “probably” not get caught.  And, just behind him, the big fish wakes up, notices his hat is missing, figures out who has taken it, guesses where he’s going, confirms this with someone who saw the little fish pass by (and told the big fish), and follows him into the place … Read more

Terrible Plop – book review

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) A group of bunnies is picnicking by a lake when they hear the most terrible plop.  They flee from the noise and are joined by every other animal they encounter as they try to get as far away from the plop as possible.  When the animals nearly trample a bear, however, he grabs the tiniest bunny – the one who can’t … Read more

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum

A killdeer chick hatches and starts exploring the world. Everything is new and he is full of curiosity about himself and all of the things he encounters as he races around on his gangly legs at full speed. Fun, rhyming text, and adorable illustrations capture the essence of these busy birds. Young readers/listeners will likely have similar energy and enthusiasm for the world around them and will find it easy to relate to this story. … Read more

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf by Michael Escoffier, Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf By Michael Escoffier Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo The narrator of this book asks Rabbit if he is familiar with the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf. When Rabbit draws a picture of the wolf on his blackboard, the narrator guides him in making alterations until he has it just right. And that’s when the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf shows up and Rabbit must RUN and HIDE. He doesn’t hide very well and the wolf catches … Read more

My Snake Blake by Randy Siegal, Illustrated by Sergei Bloch

My Snake Blake By Randy Siegel; Illustrated by Sergei Bloch Picture book A little boy receives a pet snake for his birthday. Blake the snake is long and green and perfectly mannered – also, he can write (with his body), cook, and answer any homework question. He is the best of pets and the best of friends. Charming and funny story, with messy, hurried illustrations in black, white, red, and green – perfect for this … Read more

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