A review of The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

The Airport Book is perfect for anyone planning an adventure particularly if that adventure includes flying in an airplane!) or anyone who is curious about what happens at the airport.  Follow a family of four as they pack for their trip, take a taxi, go through airport security, board the plane, and fly all the way to Grandma and Grandpa’s!  This is one of those fascinating picture books that takes the reader behind the scenes, and each repeat read will offer new details and more

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April 27, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

I grew up loving the work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, so I was thrilled when I discovered Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker – a picture book written and illustrated by their daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.  This cumulative story follows Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, through a series of fairy tales.  As they go from one story to another, they rescue Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty from their fairy tale fates with the more

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November 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Odd Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings

Odd, weird, and little says it all, when describing the new kid in Woodrow’s classroom. Toulouse is his name, he’s from Quebec, he wears a fancy suit and carries a briefcase, and he speaks French. Woodrow, the book’s narrator and the current odd-man-out at school, is immediately intrigued with Toulouse, but he wonders if it would be worth it befriending this unique and rather owlish new student. Woodrow defends Toulouse against the classroom bullies, and Toulouse helps Woodrow, while more

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May 2, 2014 | 0 comments
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 more

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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, more

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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 more

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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. more

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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 more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 23, 2011 | 0 comments