New York City Monsters by Anne Paradis

New York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find BookNew York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book by Anne Paradis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monsters in New York City!? Yep, and they just happen to like all the same destinations as us humans. This book is a great travel guide for kids. It makes New York City interesting and fun. Great illustrations and pretty well hidden monsters. Not to mention it is an interactive book that helps kids be more perceptive as they try to find all the monsters.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher. In no way does that affect my opinions.

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How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

How to Catch a MonsterHow to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s a kid to do when they have just landed the role of Ninja Warrior in their school play? Why catch the monster who lives in their closet of course. In this delightful picture book a little boy uses all his Ninja tricks to catch the monster who lives in his closet. It is a fiercely fun battle between boy and monster. When the monster is finally caught the boy learns surprising details about the monster.

This book has a wonderful rhythm that makes it really fun to read out loud. The illustrations are imaginative and fun. This is a perfect book for story times and by the end everyone will be giggling and wondering how the monster in their closet says hello.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.
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Stinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

Stinky Spike the Pirate DogStinky Spike the Pirate Dog by Peter Meisel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spike has the best sniffer in the seven seas and it takes him all the way from the dock yard to a real treasure hunting pirate ship. In order to get home he agrees to help Captain Fishbeard and his crew find treasure. While they don’t always agree on what counts as treasure many interesting and smelly things are found.

I absolutely adored this book. It is a fun little chapter book with detailed full color illustrations. The characters are wonderfully written and have the best names. It kept me laughing and I am sure it will keep kids who are just starting to transition from picture books to chapter book entertained as well.

On a side note, I think I have met Stinky Spike when I lived on a sailboat for a year. He was sweet, loved to sniff things, was very good at scaring birds away from the boats, and was of course smelly.

Note: The publisher gave me this book to review. In no way did that affect my opinions.

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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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