After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske

Book Review: After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske

After Squidnight by Jonathan E. Fenske

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BOOK INFO

Title: After Squidnight
Author: Jonathan E Fenske
Illustrator: Jonathan E Fenske
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Publish Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

From the creator of the award-winning A Pig, a Fox, and a Box comes a sly, silly picture book about artistic squids that will get every reader giggling!

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor-winning author and illustrator Jonathan Fenske’s appealing illustration style and clever text make this intriguing book a must-have for every young reader’s shelf.

When the clock strikes midnight, a squad of squids creeps out of the ocean–and over to your house! Their mission? To leave their inky mark by drawing on walls, the floor, and even your toys. This rhyming tale showcases a crew of creative creatures as they make art (or maybe just a mess) and leave you to deal with the consequences!

After Squidnight by Jonathan E Fenske
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MY REVIEW

While people are sleeping at night, squid creep out of the ocean and into homes. The squid leave behind their inky marks around the house, including on the floors, walls, and toys.

A fun rhyming picture book. The mischievous squid leave their inky artwork all over the house. Fantastic illustrations. Silly and humorous.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

Book Review: A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Perfect Day
Author: Sarah S. Brannen
Illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A seagull and a crab find friendship and compromise in this sweet and humorous story about the meaning of perfection.

The sky is blue, the sun is warm, the breeze is cool–it’s a perfect day for Seagull, perched on a rock in the sea. That is, until crabby Crab comes along and points out all of the day’s flaws! There’s a cloud in the sky, a smelly boat in the distance, and the rock that they’re sitting on is covered in barnacles.

In this sweet and funny story about finding happiness amidst flaws, Seagull and Crab learn that nothing is more perfect than spending time with friends.

A Perfect Day by Sarah S. Brannen

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MY REVIEW

Seagull is having a perfect day until Crab comes along. Crab is being crabby and keeps finding things to complain about. Seagull doesn’t let it get her down though.

A cute story about happiness and friendship. Seagull has a positive attitude and enjoys the day. Crab complains about everything. Crab’s negative attitude doesn’t make Seagull like him any less though. Lovely illustrations. Sweet and humorous.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone

Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone

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BOOK INFO

Title: Knot Cannot
Author: Tiffany Stone
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Publisher: Dial Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A pun-packed look at friendship, jealousy, and being yourself

Knot is a piece of rope who longs to do the same things as Snake. Snake can slither and swim and hiss. Sadly, Knot cannot! But when Snake finds herself in a pickle, Knot discovers there’s one thing he can do that Snake cannot. Knot can knot–a lot!

With wordplay a-plenty, this uproarious read-a-loud encourages readers to find–and celebrate!–whatever it is they do best.

Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone
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MY REVIEW

Knot is jealous of Snake. Snake can do all kinds of things that Knot cannot. There is one thing that Knot can do though, and it helps Snake a lot.

A fun story with wordplay and colorful illustrations. A great read-aloud book. Cute and silly.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler

Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler

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BOOK INFO

Title: Sorry (Really Sorry)
Author: Joanna Cotler
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

A sweet and thoughtful picture book about how one act of kindness can change the world, written by publishing legend Joanna Cotler and illustrated by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss.

Cow was in a nasty mood. When Duck came along Cow kicked mud in her face.
“Why’d you do that?” asked Duck.
“I felt like it,” said Cow. “And I’m not sorry.”

Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm?

With a charming text by Joanna Cotler and beautiful artwork by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss, this is a picture book about the power of reactivity and how to diffuse it with love. Being sorry (really sorry) can make a world of difference and make your world different too.

Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler
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MY REVIEW

The day starts with Cow in a bad mood. When Cow is mean to Duck, the bad mood spreads, and nobody is sorry for their behavior or hurtful words. When Dog responds with kindness, the other animals learn to be sorry, really sorry, about their behavior.

A sweet story about being sorry for bad behavior. The animals on the farm are quick with their bad behavior when things aren’t going their way, but a positive attitude and saying “sorry” goes a long way. Adorable illustrations. Cute picture book with a positive message.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan

Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan

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BOOK INFO

Title: Theodore the Unfortunate Bear
Author: Cory Q. Tan
Illustrator: Cory Q. Tan
Publisher: The Luminous Cat
Publish Date: May 8, 2019
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Theodore was an unfortunate bear. Exquisite, knowledgeable, well-mannered and immaculately dressed (with his impressive red bow tie), he was what you would call a ‘gentle-bear’. For a teddy bear of his pedigree, one would expect nothing but the best of what life had to offer. But luck should have it that he would end up in the worst possible place on earth- the Chow family! Loud, unrefined and even barbaric, this family brought him nothing but misery, day after day… Poor Theodore had no greater wish than for the whole family to disappear from his life. One day, Theodore’s wish came true… Targeted at 6-8 year olds but suitable for all ages, this is a book that teaches children to treasure their family and loved ones, as ultimately they are the ones who will always be there for us. It also reminds us that only by accepting our loved ones for who they are, for all their imperfections, will we be able to find true joy and happiness.

With 36 beautiful illustrations by the author, this mesmerizing Children’s Picture Book will take you on an adventure far beyond your imagination.

Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan

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MY REVIEW

A children’s picture book about a teddy bear and his unruly family. The bear, Theodore, believes himself to be better than the Chow family. He even wishes that they would just disappear. Then, they do.

A creative story with a some humor. Theodore even learns something… that his family was pretty great. A lovely picture book with fantastic illustrations.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Dream by Cory Q. Tan

A Dream by Cory Q. Tan

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Dream
Author: Cory Q. Tan
Illustrator: Cory Q. Tan
Publisher: The Luminous Cat
Publish Date: January 20, 2019
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

There’s a new addition to the family – it’s a baby boy! All seemed well and perfect but Mum is feeling rather on edge… Baby is healthy and normal like any other newborn, except that he’s way too small! Day after day, Baby’s (small) size became Mum’s only obsession. Then one night, she had a strange dream…

A Dream by Cory Q. Tan
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MY REVIEW

A children’s picture book about a mother and her baby. The mother worries her baby boy is too small, and compares him to the other babies she sees. Her worrying starts to influence her dreams.

An imaginative story that includes a lesson about accepting things the way they are. Lovely illustrations in this charming book.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick

Book Review

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BOOK INFO

Title: What If Everybody Said That?
Author: Ellen Javernick
Illustrator: Colleen Madden
Publisher: Two Lions
Publish Date: August 1, 2018
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: What If Everybody? #2
My Rating: 3/5



BOOK BLURB

What if everybody chose to be kind?

If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought before they spoke, so the world would be a kinder place?

With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the power of words and shows kids that the things we say matter.

What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick,
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MY REVIEW

The main character is basically a bully and consistently says rude things. Everyone else in the story (parents, teachers, etc.) always respond with “What if everybody said that?” Then examples are shown of the chaos that would happen if everybody said mean things.

A picture book with a message. I like the message that people should be kinder to each other, but this book falls a little flat on delivering that message. Great, colorful illustrations.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

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BOOK INFO

Title: Ivy in Bloom
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publish Date: April 1, 2009
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

Ivy In Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a
long winter. “”I stare out the window,”” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “”looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.”” But then Spring comes when “”March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.”” And Ivy’s “”heart dances with daffodils.”” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy In Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’s eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager
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MY REVIEW

A story of a young girl enjoying the changing seasons, using selected verses from well-known authors.

Loved the bold, colorful artwork. The story starts in winter and is depicted in browns and grays. As the season’s change from winter to spring, the color gradually emerges until it explodes across the pages.

A bibliography is included in the back of this book that lists the author and works used to create Ivy in Bloom.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

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BOOK INFO

Title: Fish-Boy
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Mike Blanc
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures. The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.

In Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit. It’s an origin story involving a little magic and a very odd boy with a large heart for friendship. On a journey with his new father, he must confront misfortune and the malice of cold hearted villagers. But he has a way…and a lesson for all in the virtues of kindness and hospitality.

Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager
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MY REVIEW

An Inuit folktale. While out fishing, a fisherman comes across Fish Boy. The fisherman adopts Fish Boy, and together they encounter rejection and angry villagers. The tale of Fish Boy involves a lesson in kindness and hospitality.

Colorful artwork. A charming story to introduce children to another culture. This book is geared toward older children. As a nice touch, a list of new words and their definitions was included in the back of the book.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Where Is Bear Going? by Mark Janssen

Where Is Bear Going? by Mark Janssen

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BOOK INFO

Title: Where Is Bear Going?
Author: Mark Janssen
Illustrator: Suzanne Diederen
Publisher: Clavis Publishing
Publish Date: April 11, 2018
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Where is Bear going? To see some sleepy little eyes.

Where are Bear and Squirrel going? To see some cute little ears.

Where are Bear, Squirrel and Fox going? To see a little pink nose.

There’s a new baby in the forest!

A sweet little story about animal friends and a new baby. For toddlers ages 18 months and up, with a focus on the child’s daily life.

Where Is Bear Going? by Mark Janssen

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MY REVIEW

Bears walks through the forest on his way to see something special. Along the way, some friends (Squirrel, Fox, Rabbit, Cat and Goat) join him on his walk.

A sweet story with simple wording and cute artwork. A good book for toddler age and up.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.