Princess Lila Builds a Tower by Anne Paradis

Princess Lila Builds a TowerPrincess Lila Builds a Tower by Anne Paradis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Princess Lila really wants to see what is outside the castle walls, and she really wants to make new friends. Her parents will not let her leave because it is too dangerous so she has to think up a way to stay in the grounds but see beyond the walls.

This is a great story showing kids how to problem solve and that problems usually have more than one solution. The illustrations are beautifully done. This would be a great story time book that could be accompanied by a craft… maybe a popsicle stick tower, or even a spyglass.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher. It does not affect my opinions in this review.

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A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

A Pattern for PepperA Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pepper needs the perfect dress for a special occassion. She goes to the dressmaker with her mother and learns about various different patterns and finally finds the one that fits her perfectly.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The book is also a wonderful resource for young children and adults who want to know about fabric patterns. It also shows how if you stay true to yourself you will find a perfect fit, because we all have our perfect pattern.

Note: The publisher gave me this book to review. In no way it that affect my opinion. (Publisher: Tundra Books/ Publication Date: August 1, 2017

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You Can’t Win Them All Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow FishYou Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rainbow fish likes to win and most of the time he does. One day while playing hide and seek he is unable to find any of his fish buddies. Disappointed, Rainbow fish decides he will win the next game by hiding so good that Little Blue will not be able to find him. But Rainbow fish loses again, in fact he is the first one found!

“You Can’t Win Them All Rainbow Fish” is a great book to start a conversation with young kids about being good sports. The colorful illustrations will grab their attention and they will easily be able to identify with the way Rainbow fish feels. Who knows it might even bring on a great game of hide and seek.

Note: I was given this book my the publisher. In no way did that affect my opinions. (Publisher: North South Books /Publication Date: June 1, 2017)

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Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

Argyle FoxArgyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Argyle Fox wants to go outside and play, there is just one problem… it is really windy! Everyone tells him it is not a good idea but Argyle Fox insists. He tries various games outside in the wind. Unable to successfully play most of his favorites, Argyle Fox becomes upset and wants to give up and stay in his room the entire day. His mother encourages him to keep thinking and finally he comes up with the perfect windy day game.

This book is sweet and shows that creativity and persistence pay off in the end. The illustrations are fantastic. They are beautiful, detailed and easily depict the action in the story. This book would be a great read for a story/craft time.

Note: I was given this book to read and review by the publisher. In no way did that affect my opinions. (Tanglewood Publishing/ March 14, 2017)

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems

Dont Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!Dont Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Finally a book you can say no to!” This book was enthusically recommended to me by a fellow librarian and after reading it I can see why. The bus driver needs to step away from the bus and asks the reader if they would mind looking after the bus. Just one thing… you cannot let the pigeon drive. As soon as the bus driver steps away the pigeon shows up and asks to drive the bus. The reader has to tell him no over and over again. In the end the pigeon finds a new vehicle he wants to drive… a semi.

The illustrations are simple yet engaging and the book encourages interaction. It also gives kids practice standing up to peer pressure, I mean that pigeon can be very persuasive. Really fun book for story time, but beware kids will be yelling “No!” through the whole book.

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Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

Lending a Paw (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery, #1)Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The secret to finding a good cozy mystery series is finding one where the hero/heroine does something you are deeply interested in and what could be better than a librarian who drives the bookmobile? Minnie Hamilton is a diminutive librarian who just so happens to have a cat with the knack for sniffing out crime. On their first outing with the brand new bookmobile Eddie the cat discovers the murdered body of their bookmobile benefactor, Stan Larabee. The lists of suspects is long , so long that even the librarians are under suspicion. Minnie with Eddie’s help, vows to find the killer before the wrong person is sent to jail.

This is the first in the series but like many cozies it can stand alone as well. Fun to read, full of possible suspects and has a satisfying conclusion. Plus our heroine is a librarian! Recommended to those who like cozy mysteries, libraries, bookmobiles and cats. Or if you just want something quick and fun to read.

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Sloppy Wants a Hug by Sean Julian

Sloppy Wants a HugSloppy Wants a Hug by Sean Julian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sloppy is a tree dragon who really wants a hug from his fairy friend Dewdrop. Dewdrop however does not want to give him a hug and will only justify it by telling Sloppy “You know why.” Sloppy acts like he no longer wants a hug but becomes jealous when he sees Dewdrop giving everyone else but him a hug. Sloppy goes on with his life and finds a bird in need of help. Sloppy doesn’t hesitate to help the bird and Dewdrop sees it. Because Sloppy was so nice Dewdrop decides to give him a hug… but she ends up regretting it when Sloppy gives her a big yucky lick.

This book is worth having for many reasons, but first and foremost the illustrations. They are detailed and beautiful, and they alone will attract and keep a child’s attention. Second, although a somewhat silly story it has a wonderful lesson for kids… Kindness should be given and rewarded. I highly recommend this book.

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