Saturday, December 16, 2017

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Greg PIzzoli / Book Review #The12DaysofChristmas


Written & Illustrated by: Greg Pizzoli
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: September 12th, 2017
Ages: 2 & up
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Rating: 4 owlets
A copy of this book was provided by Disney Hyperion in exchange for my honest review

Elephant is delighted to get a gift, but as the twelve days of Christmas continue, presents pile higher and higher! A partridge in a pear tree? Cute! But soon, her dad despairs. Two turtle doves? THREE French hens?! And just what are they supposed to do with ten lords a-leaping? Kids will love each silly spread in this raucous take on the classic carol that is perfect for reading aloud around the fireplace.

An entertaining holiday read! Pizzoli gives picture book life to a holiday classic. What's not to love about this book in picture book form. It's the perfect book for signing along to, or just reading it out loud. One of my favorite illustrations is the look on elephant's dad's face when she receives the gift of 5 golden rings. haha

Pizzoli's brightly colored illustrations, which reminded me a bit of Richard Scarry's illustrations (whom I loved as a kid), and sturdier pages will make this book perfect for young readers. I image this book will quickly become a family favorite during the Christmas season. I enjoyed this book and I love the matching festive color scheme on the cover and through out the book. It definitely adds a lot to the overall feel of the book. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Harper Collins 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids / Book Reviews @HarperCollins #KidLit


Harper Collins has some fantastic new releases this holiday season. This collection of holiday books has a little something for everyone. From beginning readers, to picture books, the classics and more. More details below. You can also read my review for a few of these titles here.


2017 HARPER COLLINS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR KIDS



Written by: T.E. McMorrow
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Released on: 9/26/18
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 5 Owlets
Where to buy details here

This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season.
In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy.
This quintessential holiday tale is brought to vivid life by debut picture book author T. E. McMorrow and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. An author’s note at the end provides additional information about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, and about the author’s inspiration for this musical retelling.
A beautiful and diverse retelling of a masterpiece. This is a Nutcracker story with a lovely reminder about how the power of music and dance can inspire and transform people. Much like it did to this story's main character, Marie. This is one of my favorite holiday books I've read this year. I highly recommend picking this one up! McMorrow's retelling is simply lovely. 



By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by: Renne Graef
Released on: 9/19/17
Ages: 6 & up
Rating: 5 Owlets
Where to buy details here

This hardcover, full-color treasury includes six picture book stories adapted from the classic Little House books.
The Little House series introduced generations of readers to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life on the frontier. Now with this illustrated storybook collection, the youngest readers can share in her world as well.
Laura Ingalls lives in a snug little log cabin with her ma, her pa, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Almanzo Wilder lives on a farm with his family and lots of animals. These pioneer children have all sorts of adventures, including trips to town, county fairs, cozy winter days, and holidays with family. 
The six stories included in this treasury were originally published as stand-alone picture books: A Little Prairie HouseGoing to TownCounty FairSugar SnowWinter Days in the Big Woods, and Christmas in the Big Woods.
A must have for Little House on The Prairie fans of all ages! This collection of six short stories is a great introduction for young readers to the series, as the wording is perfect for elementary school aged readers. I loved hopping back into a series I absolutely loved as a young reader. Graef's beautiful illustrations are reminiscent of the original series's illustrations. I loved that this book has that same feel as reading the original series. This book is definitely a treasury worth owning! 



By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by: Ji-Hyuk Kim 
Released on: 9/19/17
Ages: 6 & up
Rating: 4 Owlets
Where to Purchase details here 

Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted for younger readers from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics.


Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more!
For Laura Ingalls, Christmas means good things to eat, visits from friends, and special gifts to give and receive. As Laura grows up, every Christmas is better than the one before.
Great for younger readers, this easy to read chapter book features Christmas stories from Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Little House on the Prairie. Each Christmas is better than the last for Laura. As she grows up, celebrating Christmas takes on new meanings, and sometimes new places to live. No matter where they are, Christmas is most important being with her family. This is a wonderful new repacking of the book that features black and white illustrations through out the short book, along with some fun actives found at the back of the book, and a brief history of the author. 



Written & Illustrated by: Syd Hoff
Released on: 9/19/17
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 4 owlets
Where to buy details here

A holiday classic by the author of Danny and the Dinosaur, available again—and now with full-color art!


Milton the moose wants to help pull Santa’s sleigh. “I have never used a moose before,” says Santa, “but I’m willing if you are.” At first, clumsy Milton is not very good at landing on roofs. But when Santa’s sleigh becomes too heavy for the tired reindeer, Milton comes to the rescue. This reissued edition is a funny holiday twist on Santa and his reindeer by Syd Hoff, celebrated author of Danny and the Dinosaur.
Santa’s Moose is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
Milton The Moose loves Christmas. He loves it so much that the helps Santa and the reindeer deliver presents around the world on Christmas Eve. Just hen he starts to feel like he's not good enough to help, Milton gets a lot of encouragement from Santa and the reindeer. We loved how they all rallied around Milton. Cute, beginner reading book. The illustrations where just as I remembered Syd Hoff's from when I grew up reading his books as a kid. 



Written & Illustrated by: Syd Hoff
Released on: 9/19/17
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 4 owlets
Where to buy details here 

Celebrate Christmas dino-style with Danny the Dinosaur!

Danny’s friend the dinosaur has never experienced Christmas before, so he and Danny decide to celebrate—dino-style! But what will happen when the museum director isn’t so happy with the new museum decorations? 
Find out in this Danny and the Dinosaur 8x8 adventure, complete with 8 holiday cards, a poster, and stickers. This brand-new story is based on Syd Hoff’s beloved classic.
A fun story that teaches young kids about the traditions of Christmas as Danny teaches his Dinosaur all about Christmas, and the traditions they have. Like decorating a Christmas, hanging stockings, and more. This is an easy to read, engaging book that even toddlers will enjoy. The bright, simply illustrations add to the story's over all appeal. I love that these illustrations are similar to the original Danny and the Dinosaur I remember reading as a kid. Included with this fun read are holiday cards, a poster and stickers. This is a great book for any beginning reader and fan of dinosaurs! 


Written & Illustrated by: Gergely Dudas
Released on: 9/19/17
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 3 owlets
Where to buy details here

If you’re searching for Where’s Waldo? for the next generation, this holiday seek-and-find from internet sensation Gergely Dud├ís will have you—and your kids—busy for hours.

Bear loves the holidays, and this year he's throwing a party for all his animal friends. But there's so much to do to get ready—and he is only one very little bear! Can you help Bear find all the secret treasures he needs for his party?

Readers of all ages will find this lush, charming illustrated wonderland irresistible—and irresistibly challenging—and will return to it again and again. 


A fun, engaging holiday look and find book. Great for young readers, this brightly illustrated book interacts with kids as they help Bear find the item hidden on each page. He gives readers a clue to help them find the items he needs for his holiday party. With a repeated color scheme, and simple illustrations make it fun for kids to find the hidden objects. 



Illustrated by: Mary Engelbreit
Released on: 9/20/17
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 4 owlets
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Deck the halls with Mary Engelbreit's classic Christmas images, ready for your coloring touch!
Color ME Christmas contains Mary Engelbreit’s signature renderings of classic Christmas images, like Santa’s workshop, snow-filled nights, and stockings hung by the fireplace. This workbook will inspire not only creativity but a yuletide spirit that will the last the whole year.
Like all of Mary Engelbreit’s coloring books, Color ME Christmas features a full-color cover with glossy finish, heavy stock that can hold the ink of a marker, and forty-eight single-sided perforated pages. Whether giving or receiving, this festive coloring book will be a holiday favorite.

With New York Times bestselling artist Mary Engelbreit’s Color ME Christmas Coloring Book, you can deck the halls with the holiday scenes that have made her artwork renowned the world over.
This Color Me Christmas from Mary Engelbreit is an interactive activity style book for kids. It features black and white illustrated post cards, gift tags and ornaments for kids to color. There's something for kids of all ages to color. With heavier card stock paper make it easy for kids to pull the pages out, color and cute out their ornaments and gift tags. The post cards are made for mailing if chosen too. Some illustrations feature Engelbreit's heartfelt messages. No matter what kids choose to color, this is a fun way to decorate for the holidays. 


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Thank you to Harper Collins for this fabulous holiday gift guide. Each book featured was received from Harper Collins, in exchange for my honest review. 

JINGLE BELLS Illustrated by Susan Jeffers / Book Review #JingleBells


Illustrated by: Susan Jeffers
Published by: Harper Collins
Released on: September 26th, 2017
Ages: 2 & up
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Rating: 3 Owlets
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestselling artist of The Nutcracker and The Twelve Days of Christmas, takes readers on an enchanted journey set to lyrics from the beloved holiday song.
Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…
Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they travel to Grandma’s house. With playful animals in their path, their journey gets a bit sidetracked. But soon enough they arrive at Grandma’s—where an unexpected visitor fills them with holiday cheer!
A classic Christmas song in format, Jingle Bells will become an instant hit for readers of all ages as they read the lyrics for the song, and enjoy Jeffers illustrations. Bringing the song to life, Jeffers infused some wintery mishaps and fun on the sleigh ride journey through the woods. Kids will enjoy looking for some winter woodland animals featured on each of the pages through out the book. They'll also enjoy the surprise guests at the end of the sleigh ride journey.  This is another holiday book we'd recommend picking up this holiday season. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WHEN THE SNOW FALLS by Linda Booth Sweeney / Book Review #WhenTheSnowFalls


By: Linda Booth Sweeney
Illustrated by: Jana Christy
Published by: Putnam
Released on: October 10th, 2017 
Ages: 3 & up 
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Rating: 4 Owlets
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

A snow-day journey with Grandma highlights all of the beauty, magic, and fun of winter.

With sparkling flakes calling from outside, this sister and brother bundle up for an outdoor adventure with Grandma. In the hushed woods, they see and hear wildlife thriving under a new blanket of snow.  In the bustle of town, they help their grateful Grandpa dig out. Then, it’s time to get sledding!

Snowy scenes capture the beauty of freshly fallen snow, and the lyrical verse delights in the magic of playing in the snow and the warm comfort of family.


A delightful wintery read. This heartwarming story features all the fun that a snow day brings with it. There's so much to do when it snows! Each page illustrates that fun. Told in rhyme, and paired with cheerful, and bright illustrations, makes for a picture book we'd definitely recommend picking up this winter. 

We really enjoyed the story, and loved that the illustrations feature all the fun this diverse family has on their snow day. From a farm, to the country, the woods, a bustling city, the warmth of home and more. This story had us wishing we could share in this family's snow day fun. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A WORLD OF COOKIES FOR SANTA: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World by M.E. Furman / Book Review #AWorldofCookiesForSanta


By: E.M. Furman
Illustrated by: Susan Gal
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Released on: October 17th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
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Rating: 5 Christmas Cookies
An unbound copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

A World of Cookies for Santa takes readers across the globe to see all the treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Head to the Philippines, where children leave out puto seko cookies and ginger tea for Santa; jet to Russia for a honey-spice cookie; then set out for Malawi for a sweet potato cookie! When you've returned home, the journey's still not over—M. E. Furman provides recipes for children to bake some of Santa's cookies for themselves. 

A World of Cookies for Santa is a multicultural celebration that families will return to year after year. 



A must have this holiday season! This book is lovely celebration of the Christmas season world wide. I even learned something from this book. It's an absolute treasure to read.

This book takes it's readers on a trip around the globe, sharing not only a Christmas tradition in each country featured in the book, but also a cook that's tradition to leave out on Christmas Eve. Children will not only learn about how Christmas is celebrated world wide, they'll also learn the various names for Santa Claus, like Father Christmas, Christmas Grandfather, Pere Noel, and so much more. 

I loved that this book celebrates the diversity in celebrating the Christmas season world wide. Kids and adults will enjoy learning something new, as the story gives a brief description of how kids celebrate for each of the countries and states mentioned in the book. The illustrations are simply adorable! 

Included at the back of the book are receipes for various traditional treats left out on Christmas Eve. From Anzac Biscuits from New Zealand, Coconut Macaroons from Christmas Island, Hermit Cookies from Canada, and more. There's also a map of the world at the end of the book along with pictures for each of the Christmas Eve treats featured from the 31 countries and states world wide. So kids will be able to match up the country/state and the Christmas cookie.

I highly recommend picking up this book this Christmas season! It's perfect for in home libraries, as well as classroom/school libraries. This book is a perfect fit for classrooms who do the Christmas around the world celebration. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRIMSTAS Illustrated by Emma Randall / Book Review #TheTwelveDaysofChristmas


Illustrated by: Emma Randall
Published by: Penguin Workshop 
Released on: October 17th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
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Rating: 4 Owlets
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

With art so stunning it glistens like freshly fallen snow, this cozy Christmas tale is an essential treasure for anyone celebrating the holiday season!

Bursting with gorgeous illustrations that accompany the lyrics to this classic carol, the festive artwork and jolly characters capture all the merriment of the popular Yuletide tune. Randall’s style feels charmingly classic while also strikingly contemporary, making this particular partidge in a pear tree the perfect one for the modern reader. The joyful pictures and beloved song are sure to make this a recurring holiday favorite.


A festive picture book worth picking up! Featuring the lyrics for the Christmas classic, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Emma Randall's illustrations bring this beloved song to life. Each page features the next part to the song, along with bright illustrations to match the words. It will be hard reading this book without singing the lyrics out loud. I really like that the illustrations had a beautiful eastern European feel to them. This book is a cheerful holiday picture book that will be treasured for years to come. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin / Book Review #SnowandRose


Written and Illustrated by: Emily Winfield Martin
Published by: Random House
Released on: October 10th, 2017
Ages: 8 & up
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 owlets 
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Snow and Rose didn't know they were in a fairy tale. People never do....

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.


A fantastic mix of two of my favorite things; a wonderful fairytale retelling and it's written by Emily Winfield Martin. I have long been a fan of Martin's artwork, which is featured through out the book. Martin's Snow & Rose was just as I had suspected it would be; whimsical, magical, and enchanting. 

Rose and Snow couldn't be more different from each other, yet the bond these two sisters have is an unbreakable one. Their differences are what make each of them who they are. I loved that they're written in a manner that makes it incredibly easy for readers to identify with them in some way. Rose was someone I easily related to, especially when it came to being fiercely protective of her younger sister. One of the things I love about their relationship, is that no matter what they go through, they're in it together. They work through their problems, and the dangers that face them for wandering off the path in the woods. Together, they overcome a lot in this book. This ultimately makes them that much stronger both individually as well as strengths their bond even more so. I loved these two sisters and rooted for them the entire journey.

I felt like I was reading a story that was very close to the origin of the original fairy tale, but given a perfect Emily Martin twist. With it's fitting twists, and the kind of characteristics I've come to except in Martin's artwork, effortlessly brought this story to life. This is a story that is rich in detail. When it comes to the setting, characters, and lore, everything was easy to visualize. It was incredibly easy to imagine how the woods, the cottage they surround, and the various characters in this book all look like. 

I absolutely loved this book. Snow & Rose is a book that's written so that both it's intended audience and older readers will enjoy it. I'm hoping that Martin will write more fairytale retellings. This story felt like it was natural for her to do. If you haven't already, check out her online artwork store. Her artwork is just as mesmerizing as her writing is. The illustrations in this book were a perfect fit to a story I highly recommend picking up! 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

RED AND LULU by Matt Tavares / Book Review


Written & Illustrated by: Matt Tavares
Published by: Penguin Random House
Released on: September 19th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
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Rating: 4 Owlets
Source: borrowed book 

Separation and miles cannot keep a determined cardinal from his loved one in an ode to serendipity and belief that is destined to be a new Christmas classic.

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it's just the season for miracles. . . . 


From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.

Love, Christmas magic, and a bustling New York City setting help create a heartwarming story about two birds hoping for a happy holiday reunion. Readers of all ages will fall in love with Red and Lulu's story.

When Lulu and Red's beloved beautiful evergreen tree is cut down with Lulu still inside, Red desperately tries to follow the tree as it's transported from it's spot. He soon finds himself in an unfamiliar place, and quickly gets lost. New York City's Central Park is beautiful, but it's not home, and his beloved Lulu isn't there. With a little help, and some Christmas magic, Red discovers something truly amazing about the new tree that's all aglow in New York City. 

Tavares's stunning illustrations capture the magic and love of the holidays. He combines all the feel good holiday elements for a book that's worth adding to your holiday book collection. This story's message is one that definitely resonated with us. We enjoyed the notes/history of the Christmas traditions in NYC, Tavares includes at the end of this book.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Penguin Random House Holiday Gift Guide 2017 for Kids & Tweens @PenguinKids @RandomHouseKids



Looking for that perfect holiday gift, or maybe the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite reader? Penguin Random House has you covered. From board books to middle grade, and readers in between, Penguin Random House recently shared with us their 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for young readers with us. I'm thrilled to share that list with you today. There is something for everyone on this list. 

The list below features books from toddlers through middle grade readers. You can check out the YA list here. There are even collectibles, sets, color books and so much more found on this list. Check it out below:


BOARD BOOKS



PICTURE BOOKS


MIDDLE GRADE


If you're looking for more gift ideas for readers 8-12, check out the list here on Read Brightly

If you haven't found what you're looking for above, check out these other lists they have below, featuring gift sets, collectibles and more! There's definitely something for everyone on these lists. 


GIFT SETS
·         THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett (9780425289051)
·         TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson (9780425289068)
·         THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum (9780425289044)
·         ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L. M. Montgomery (9780425288993)
·         THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER by Mark Twain (9780425289037)
·         HEIDI by Johanna Spyri (9780425289020)

COLLECTIBLES
·         GEORGE’S MARVELOUS MEDICINE (9780425290101)
·         THE TWITS (9780425290095)
·         DANNY CHAMPION OF THE WORLD (9780425290088)
·         HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD #5 (9780515159073)
·         THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY #6 (9780515159080)
·         THE SECRET OF THE CAVE #7 (9780515159097)
·         THE MYSTERY OF CABIN ISLAND #8 (9780515159103)
·         DR. FIRST (9780515158465)
·         DR. FOURTH (9780515158472)
·         DR. ELEVENTH (9780515158489)
·         DR. TWELFTH (9780515158496)
·         DR. SECOND (9780515158502)
·         DR. SEVENTH (9780515158519)
·         DR. EIGHTH (9780515158526)
·         DR. NINTH (9780515158533)
·         DR. TENTH: Christmas Surprise! (9781524786236)

STOCKING STUFFERS 
  • WONDERFUL, WICKED, AND WHIZZPOPPING: The Stories, Characters, and Inventions of Roald Dahl
  • THE FLOWER FAIRIES COLORING BOOK by Cicely Mary Barker
  • FLOWER FAIRIES: FAIRY CHRONICLES by Christa Roberts; Illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker
  • HATCHIMALS: Magical Adventures Sticker Activity Book
  • THE MARVELOUS MATILDA STICKER AND ACTIVITY BOOK by Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake
  • MATILDA’S FANTASICALLY FINE NOTEBOOK by Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake
  • STAR WARS MADLIBS Deluxe Edition
  • HATCHIMALS: The Official CollEGGtor’s Guide by Jenne Simon
  • MUPPETS MEET THE CLASSICS: The Phantom of the Opera by Erik Forrest Jackson; illustrated Owen Richardson
  • HO, HO, HO! MERRY MADLIBS
  • BEATRIX POTTER COLORING BOOK by Beatrix Potter
  • EGGSISTENTIAL THOUGHTS BY GUDETAMA THE LAZY EGG by Francesco Sedita and Max Bisantz
  • THE EMOTIONARY: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do by Eden Sher; illustrated by Julia Wertz
  • GIRLS WHO CODE: CODE IT! CREATE IT! by Sarah Hutt; illustrated by Breanna Vaughan
Post-Holiday Gifts

We'll be featuring more Holiday Gift Guides from other publishers through out the month. Be sure to check back soon for more. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

I WANNA BE A COWGIRL by Angela DiTerlizzi #IWannaBeACowgirl



By: Angela DiTerlizzi
Illustrated by: Elizabet Vukovic
Published by: Beach Lane Books 
Released on: November 14th, 2017
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: The Publisher | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for my honest review

Grab your boots and spurs and hat—it’s time to be a cowgirl! 

Way out west, the warm winds blow. 
The grass grows high, the sun hangs low. 
I’ll find a farm, there I’ll go, 
and I’ll become a cowgirl.
 

From sun up to sun down, the girl in this story pretends to be a cowgirl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills. Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story from Angela DiTerlizzi captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!


I absolutely loved reading this book! DiTerlizzi's imaginative story telling, paired with Vukovic's simply adorable illustrations, make for a classic picture book I would have worn out as a child.  The rhyming scheme, and repetition, mixed with the classic illustrations, make for an engaging story that even short attention spans will enjoy. 

This is one of my favorite picture books of this year! This book spoke to my inner child. I wanted to be a cowgirl when I was younger, and even had a stick horse similar to one in this book. This book reminded me of when my daughter was younger. She would have paired her cowgirl hat, with sparkling boots, and pretended she was a cowgirl in a similar fashion as the little girl in this story does. 

This book is definitely a must read. This book would also make the perfect gift this holiday season for that special cowgirl in your life. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LINES by Suzy Lee / Book Review


Written & Illustrated by: Suzy Lee
Published by: Chronicle Books
Released on: September 5th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It
A copy of this book as provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review 

It starts with a line. Whether made by the tip of a pencil
or the blade of a skate, the magic starts there.


And magic once again flows from the pencil and imagination of internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee. With the lightest of touches, this masterwork blurs the lines between real and imagined, reminding us why Lee's books have been lauded around the world, recognized on New York Times Best Illustrated Books lists and nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international honor given to children's book creators. 


This seemingly simple story about a young skater on a frozen pond will charm the youngest of readers while simultaneously astounding book enthusiasts of any age.

Visually stunning, Suzy Lee's newest, wordless book is a treasure to have through the winter months. I absolutely loved feeling like I was transported into a wintery scene with the story's ice-skater. This book illustrates a powerful message about not giving up despite mistakes. The end result is stunning. Definitely another Suzy Lee classic that readers of all ages will enjoy. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WILLIAM'S WINTER NAP by Linda Ashman / Book Review #WilliamsWinterNap


By:Linda Ashman
Illustrated by: Chuck Groenink
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: October 10th, 2017
Ages: 3 & up
Purchase from: Publisher | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 4 Owlets - We Loved It!
A unbound copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. “There’s room for two–I’m sure we’ll fit.” The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: “Do you have room for just one more?” William tugs the door to see who’s there . . . only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to share? Kids will delight at each new guest’s arrival and enjoy counting along as the animals keep scooching over to fit in William’s bed. Linda Ashman’s clever rhymes set up each page turn with suspense and humor, and the expressions on Chuck Groenink’s characters are perfect. This is must reading for the dark time of year when everyone wants to hibernate!

A heartwarming bedtime story that's sure to become a new favorite. Ashman's engaging storytelling and use of rhyming and repetition will appeal to young kids. Paired with Groenink's warm, and delightful illustrations make for a book that's worth adding to your bedtime story collection.

We really enjoyed the sweet story of a young boy and his neighboring woodland animals working together so that everyone had room to come in from the cold and take a winter nap. Kids will easily pick up on the message of sharing and being kind. Reminiscent of the classic Mitten by Jan Brett, this story is a pure delight, and the perfect read on a cold winter's night. We enjoyed the way this story was told, and loved the illustrations. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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