Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away – book review

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina illustrations by Sonia Sánchez Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) This picture book celebrates the friendship between two young girls – Daniela and Evelyn Del Rey – who live across the street from one another in similar buildings/apartments. They are best friends, but everything is about to change because Evelyn is moving away. They play among the moving boxes and Daniela thinks about the … Read more

Crossing Niagara – Read It and Rate It

Crossing Niagara by Matt Tavares Biography Nonfiction Picture book Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Crossing Niagara is a nonfiction story about a guy named (called) Great Blondin.  He crossed Niagara on a 3 inch wide rope and never fell.  He did many tricks, including carrying a man on his back and standing on a chair.  He finally left Niagara because he felt there was nothing left to accomplish.

Paul Meets Bernadette – book review

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) 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 … Read more

Carnivores – book review

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds illustrated by Dan Santat Funny Picture book * * * Stars (Pretty good) 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 … Read more

Hippospotamus – book review

Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis Picture book * * * Stars (Pretty good) Hippopotamus discovers a red spot on her bottom(us) and tries to do something about it. Her friends and acquaintances all have ideas about what may have caused it and how Hippopotamus can cure it. To no avail – none of their treatments work. Hippopotamus remains be-spotted until a boy makes a positive identification. Not a spot after all, it’s a…well, that would be … 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

Stardines – book review

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky Picture Book Poetry * * * * Stars (Great!) Jack Prelutsky’s poetic field guide to some neologistic creatures – carefully documented in the collages created by artist, Carin Berger – offers much to delight. From the titular “Stardines” which light the night skies and grant wishes, to the ChOrMOranTs who spend all their time engaged in pointless (but very important to them!) tasks … 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 – book review

Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Deeney Murguia Picture Book * * * Stars (Pretty good) 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 … Read more

This is Not My Hat – book review

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Picture Book * * * * Stars (Great!) 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 … Read more

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