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A review of Night Knight by Owen Davey

A wonderfully illustrated book about going to bed! Owen Davey has given us a great little story about a boy who imagines he is a knight as he is doing his nightly, or should we say knightly routine. This fun mix of dragons, castles, baths, and beds makes for a great nighttime tale.  ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
September 13, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty

Peter McCarty is back at it with another wonderful picture book. The Monster from Jeremy Draws a Monster has returned -- what will Jeremy and his friends do? I won't spoil it for you -- I'll just say that there is a big surprise waiting for the Monster (and readers) at the end of this story! As in the other Monster book, McCarty's one-of-a-kind illustrations make this a truly special book. ...read more

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August 9, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Island by Marije Tolman

This is a beautifully illustrated wordless book by the father daughter team of Ronald Tolman and Marije Tolman. The child and adult drawings meld perfectly in this story that will have any reader full of words to describe the animals great adventures. For other amazing wordless picture books, check out: Chalk by ...read more

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June 7, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of My Dog Thinks i'm a Genius by Harriet Ziefert

While his master paints, Louie the dog watches enthusiastically. When it's time for school, Louie gets inspired himself to try his paw at painting. The fantastic illustrations in this book mix pencil, crayon and paint masterfully, while giving kids a good feel of what an artist's studio really looks like. With nicely done art historical references, this is a great story for any budding artist or art enthusiast. ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
December 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee

Orange, blue, white and black are the only four colors needed in this beautifully illustrated new picture book. The bold, graphic images are the perfect backdrop for a day in the life of Elizabeth, who is a perfectly normal girl with a bit of a sassy streak. If you have a name that can be shortened, you'll enjoy watching Elizabeth try to navigate a day as Lizzy, Liz, and WORST OF ALL Betsy! ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
December 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

I'm a huge fan of Oliver Jeffers' illustrations and stories, so when I noticed this on the shelf, I had to take a look. Jeffers again comes through with a laugh-out-loud story about a boy whose kite gets stuck in a tree. As the boy attempts to get the kite out, he throws everything at the tree, including the kitchen sink... although the kitchen sink is really just the beginning! This is a ridiculously silly and funny book that adults and kids will both love. I think I've actually found my new ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
November 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Three By the Sea by Mini Grey

From the creator of the wonderful Traction Man books comes this mystifying little tale about a cat, a dog, a mouse and a mysterious visitor. The three unlikely friends live a quiet existence in their little seaside house until a strange fox shows up at their place and introduces them to everything they have been missing in life. All of these new and exciting options cause some rifts among the friends but also teach them to work together. This book does a great job of presenting a lot of ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
April 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Birds by Cybele Young

In her new book, writer, illustrator and artist Cybele Young tells a fanciful tale of ten funny little birds who are trying to get to the other side of a river. Young's beautiful black-and-white illustrations are “Exceptional,” “Outstanding,” and the birds might even call them “Highly Satisfactory.” More than just a simple counting book, this very clever little fable shows that the simplest solution to a problem can sometimes be the best. For fans of: ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
October 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator by Mo Willems

Mo Willems, who has charmed us all with pigeons, bunnies and elephants, turns to a funny little alligator for his latest book. Willems's illustrations are spot-on and full of life. It’s amazing to see how he can capture such a broad range of emotion with just a few simple lines! In Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! we get 6 -- no make that 6 ½ -- silly tales that continually surprise and amuse. Amanda likes to spend her day with her nose in a favorite library book, while Alligator ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
July 15, 2011 | 1 comment