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A review of Let's Go Baby-o by Janet McLean

There is so much going on in baby’s world! In Let’s Go, Baby-o!, baby wakes from his nap and immediately gets busy. Baby bumps and bounces. Baby thumps and pounces. And after each activity, baby and his cousin return to the window to observe the world outside, while the reader returns to the refrain “Look out the window. What can you see?” The McLeans' delightful picture book mimics a day in the life of a busy baby and encourages the reader to share words and conversations as well as ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

A precocious little girl does not want to go to sleep. After some gentle coaxing from her patient parents, she settles into the bed she loves, climbing in and asking if everything in the world goes to sleep. Her parents tell her about many animals – from tiny snails to whales and the strong tiger, too – and how they sleep. The little girl gets cozy in her own bed and drifts off, thinking of those animals snug in their beds. With its soothing flow of words and soft, dream-like illustrations, ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
March 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin

If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate your belly, check out Fran Manushkin’s latest ode to a body part, The Belly Book. Every person, every animal – even aliens in outer space – has a belly, and no matter what it looks like or where you find it, bellies are beautiful, useful and fun. The Belly Book encourages children to be proud of their bellies. Regardless of size, shape or color, everybody’s got one, and they’re all pretty fantastic. Told through a series of clever ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
February 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Etre the Cow by Sean Kenniff

““Moo, Cow!” they shout, and I try not to turn. But I do, and as always, I am humiliated.” Thus begins Sean Kenniff’s poignant novel about a cow named Être. This bull is like no other cow in the pasture. He thinks and feels, tries to express himself, and knows there must be more to life than munching grass. When Être is confronted by the reality of a cow’s existence and the fact that there may be no escaping his life on the farm, he unexpectedly acts out in a violent way, like any other bull. ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
December 9, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blackout by John Rocco

“It started out as a normal summer night” begins John Rocco’s latest picture book. The city is loud and hot, and a family is predictably busy – dad cooks dinner, the sister talks on the phone, mom taps away at the computer, and the lonely brother plays video games – until the lights go out. Without power, nothing is normal, and the family reconnects, eventually discovering parties on the roof and in the streets as neighbors escape their hot apartments. When the lights do come back on, the ...read more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 23, 2011 | 0 comments