Doug’s Dung (Once Upon a Garden) – Picture Book Review

By Jo Rooks
Published on: March 21, 2020

Dung Beetles! After reading this, I had a little bit of fun looking up on the Internet fun facts about this cute little beetle.

Doug’s Dung is a story about finding what you love and are good at and accepting those who are different.

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Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! – Picture Book Review

By Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Alice Carter
Published on: March 15, 2020

Who knew making a sandwich could be such a great adventure? But, when you’re with your best friend nothing is as it seems. When Pierre and Paul decide to climb the Himalayas they realize they have gotten hungry. Good thing explorers always come prepared. Good thing one of them also has a refrigerator nearby to help them build a sandwich. A giant sandwich.

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Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom – Picture Book Review

By: Heather Tekavec
Illustrated By: Susan Batori
Published On: March 3, 2020

Cute! Cute! Cute! Do you want your kids to learn some animal facts, but need to disguise it in a way that they don’t know they are learning? If so, then this is book for you.

In Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom, Detective X is investigating thirteen animals with mild to moderate bad behavior. As the book begins Detective X introduces us to each suspect, what they are wanted for, their criminal behavior, top secret information, and known aliases. For example, the first suspect is an anglerfish (Ms. Jagged Jaws). She is known for luring her dinner to her (the actual description is much longer and more creative). She has several aliases (monkfish, her latin name….) and is known to prowl the deep, dark part of the ocean. She is known to live for 24 years and her gang is called “School.”

Gang fact from the book: A group of cuckoos is called an “Asylum of Cuckoos.’

Each animal has their own set of illustrations, which includes their arrest photo and a ‘photo’ of them caught in the act of their bad behavior.

Overall, a fun book that kids and adults will enjoy and a good way to learn a few new things that you may not have known before.

Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to provide an honest review.

What’s My Instrument – Picture Book Review

By: Johnny Oddsocks
Published on: November 30, 2019

What’s My Instrument? is a fun little rhyming story. Marilyn the Mongoose wants to be in a band. First she tries the piano, then the drums, the trumpet, but nothing goes the way she wants. She even tries to be a DJ. Finally she figures out her spot in the band, but now she needs more members.

Little ones will enjoy this cute little picture book. It’s message is simple – have a dream, find a way to make it happen and then find friends to share that dream with. Angus was probably my favorite friend in the band as he runs across the stage as guitarists sometimes do. I also found the rhymes to have a nice cadence to them and didn’t struggle with finding the right rhythm.

Description:

Marilyn the Mongoose is keen to start a band – but she can’t play an instrument!

“What’s My Instrument?” introduces children to a variety of musical instruments as Marilyn tries to find the one which is perfect for her.

It is a humorous and delightfully illustrated children’s book ideal for toddlers and early readers.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes – Picture Book Review

By Jef Aerts
Illustrated by Sanne te Loo
Published on: January 28, 2020

Words fail me in my attempt to provide a review that captures how moving and sweet this story is. Whether you were the friend that had to move away or the friend that stayed when someone else did, the loss is real and difficult. But, Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes shows how distance in miles does not mean distance in heart as we watch Dina and Adin work through their loneliness and grief when Adin’s family moves away.

Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Floris Books for the reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

Description:

Adin and Dina are best friends. They live in the beautiful countryside surrounded by cherry trees. Their favorite game is to plant cherry pits around their little village – in the cracks in the sidewalk and in the flowerbeds outside the post office. Then one day Adin and his family move away to the city. Will Adin and Dina’s friendship survive the new distance between them?

In this beautifully lyrical book, one story fractures into two when the friends are parted. But their lives continue to be linked as Adin finds a way to feel connected to his friend – throwing paper planes filled with cherry pits from the balcony of his apartment building.

Held together by their love of cherry blossom and paper planes, Adin and Dina’s roads finally lead back to one another.

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes is a touching story of true friendship, resilience, belief – and a little bit of magic – illuminated with stunning artwork full of seasonal detail, light and hope.