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Journey trilogy

Journey trilogy
by Aaron Becker (Author/Illustrator)

The finale!

Wordless Books are not a new phenomenon in children’s picture books. But Aaron Becker has mastered the art of visual storytelling through absolutely stunning artwork.

In his first book, Journey (winner of many awards!), Aaron Beckers tells us a story about a girl who is extremely bored! Mom’s cooking, dad’s on the computer and her sister is glued to an electronic device. So when girl spots a red crayon, she starts painting a bright red door.. which magically opens to a wondrous  imaginary world. Girl goes on an adventure of a daring rescue in this fantastic world.

Aaron Becker Journey inside

What is more magical, the visual story that the author draws us into page after page, or the amazingly detailed world that you discover as you read through the book? Hard to tell! We were hooked!

So when the author’s second book “Quest” came out, we made a beeline to the bookstore to take a look. This time, girl has a friend with whom he goes on an adventure.. a mystery they must solve by collecting a few crayons and rescuing a very important person! “Quest” is equally beautifully, equally engaging and just as fantastic as “Journey”.

Aaron Becker Quest inside

Wordless picture books takes not just artistic skill but the vision to create a compelling storyline. I can imagine that it would be easy to lose the reader or to have too much on a page and distract the reader. So the skill lies in having the right balance of art and leading the reader in the right direction. Aaron Becker has done so magnificently! So ready for the last one in this series? We just had the cover reveal:

Aaron Becker Return cover

 Meant for young and old, seasoned readers and reluctant readers alike, there is really no age bar for the Journey trilogy. And when you have read the Journey trilogy, I am sure you will agree that this set is truly stunningly beautiful!

And thanks to Candlewick Press, here is how you can win a prize pack of 1 copy of Journey and 1 copy of Quest! (Open to US/CA only!)
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FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the above books from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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A Rock Can Be

A Rock Can Be
by Laura Purdie Salas (Author), Violeta Dabija (Illustrator)

Rocks are everywhere!

Laura and Violeta have done it again! The third in a series of non-fiction picture books (“Water Can Be” and “ A Leaf Can Be”), “A Rock Can Be..” is a stunningly beautiful, easy to read and fantastic non fiction reading for kids of all ages.

In “A Rock Can be”, Laura and Violeta asks the reader to imagine how and where you can find different types of rocks. A rock is not just a simple static stone lying in the backyard. It can be a Tall Mountain..

A Rock can be Tall mountain

Or a “lake skimmer

 A Rock can be cover Rock skimmer

Or even a “moon rock

 A Rock can be cover Moon Rock

This little picture book packs so much information. What is fascinating that with just a series of short rhyming couplets, the author and illustrator duo highlight that a rock can be found in so many places and can be used in so many ways. From fossilized bones and earth’s crust to a volcanic rock and cliff side home for birds, A rock can be so many many things!

The book ends with a double spread providing more detailed explanation of each of the rock presentations in the book. An absolute gem of a book, a conversation starter for classroom and home libraries!

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the above books from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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Goodnight Selfie

Goodnight Selfie
by  Scott Menchin (Author), Pierre Collet-Derby (Illustrator)

Selfie taking obsession!

 A little girl gets her brother’s old camera phone. Her brother also showed her how to take a selfie! With a few tries, she is able to take a really good selfie! There it is!!!

Goodnight Selfie inside

Now little girl can take a selfie anytime she wants. When she wakes up with and her hair is all crazy… when she brushes her teeth.. when she puts too much jam on her toast and eats it!

Little girl can’t stop taking selfies! She is trying all kinds of  poses, and in all kinds of places. After a whole lot of days of many many more selfies, mom has an idea. “Why not take a picture of others in it?” she suggests. Will little girl take the hint and turn away from selfies?

Goodnight Selfie inside2

I am not personally into taking selfies, but found this book a real fun read. My 8 year old was also mildly amused at the selfie taking obsession going on in the book. We both really enjoyed reading this one. This book reminds me of when kids become obsessed with a new game and will obsess over it for a while until something else comes along We also really liked the illustrations. The sharp lines and crayon coloring makes this a fun book for kids to read.

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FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the above books from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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Casey’s Bright Red Chhristmas

Casey’s Bright Red Chhristmas
by  Holly Dufek (Author), Paul Nunn (Illustrator)

A Christmas tale!

 It’s Christmas time on the farm. Casey and her friend Tillus, the worm, are excited about Christmas day! So many things to do and so little time! Casey has to finish her chores before she can start setting up the farm for Christmas.

Casey chores

“A-choo!” Casey sneezes. It looks like she is certainly coming down with a cold. But she has to finish her chores. So off she goes to clean the stalls. As she cleans up, she notices the box of Christmas lights. She takes them to the shed for decoration after she finishes her chores.

“A-choo!” she sneezes again! As she makes her way to the shed with the Christmas lights, she notices that the fence is broken. She immediately sets about to fix it.

She sniffles and sneezes but manages to finish the gate. Inside the shed she finds a box full of stockings that needs to be hung before tonight. “There’s so much to do!” she murmurs to herself and starts to hang the stockings. Thinking about chores, she starts to think about all the remaining chores. How is she ever going to finish and start decorating for the party?

Casey warms herself a bowl of soup as Tillus looks upon his tired friend. But Casey’s eyes are closing.. she falls asleep at the table. Its up to Tillus now to figure out how to help Casey make the best of Christmas!

Casey's Bright Red Christmas help

“Casey’s Bright Red Christmas” is a great addition to Casey & Tillus series of farm tales. Although this is a Christmas tale, the story runs a theme of team work and friendship. Bright Christmas themed colors run through the tale, making this a lovely book to read for holidays.

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the above books from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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The Not Very merry Pout-Pout Fish

The Not Very merry Pout-Pout Fish
by  Deborah Diesen(Author), Dan hanna(Illustrator)

Search for the Perfect Gift!

 

 

Mr. Fish is back in this new installment in the beloved “Pout Pout Fish” series of books. This time he is faced with a new dilemma. Mr Fish needs to find the “PERFECT” gift for all his friends. And he has a good idea of what a perfect gift looks like. In his own words:

 

A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect-
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I’ll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!

Mr Fish is ready to shop till he drops! He goes to the first store and finds many shiny things… too many things! How is poor Mr. Fish to decide?

Pout Pout Fish Christmas Inside

Its a busy shopping season. Fishes and sea creatures all around are in a tizzy crowd looking for the seasons best “thing”. Unfortunately for Mr. Fish, they are all SOLD OUT!!!

Poor Mr Fish is busy going from shop to shop. Soon its too late and stores are all closed or sold out. Whatever is Mr Fish going to do now??

In yet another fabulously silly and fun rhyme, author Deborah Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna, give us a heart warming tale of Mr Fish’s deary weary woes and how one special friend lends a helping hand to find the TRUE meaning of Christmas cheer and giving.

A wonderful read aloud (once again), “The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish” comes to us at the right time reminding us about the true holiday spirit!

A BIG Thank You to MacmillanChildren’s Publishing group for hosting a GIVEAWAY of a copy of “The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish”!!!

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FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!


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Daredevil Duck

Daredevil Duck
by Charlie Alder (Author, Illustrator)

A tale about being brave!

 Daredevil Duck has as super-duper cape, an extra strong helmet and x-ray goggles! He is the bravest duck in the whole wide world…

Well.. kind of..

Daredevil duck WANTS to be brave.. he is always dreaming of being brave.. but he isn’t exactly “brave” L As a matter of fact, he is afraid of a lot of things. Like dark things or fluttery things or things that are too wet!

And sometimes the other ducks say mean things to him and tease him.

Then one day something unexpected happens. At first this scares Daredevil duck very much. But slowly and surely, Daredevil duck finds a way to go past his apprehensions. Daredevil duck takes the plunge and realizes he feels happy and very accomplished indeed Smile

Daredevil duck tries hard

Maybe being brave is not that difficult after all! 

Charlie Alder’s Daredevil Duck is a lovely picture book for all the little kids who feel overwhelmed or fearful of new adventures out there. Whether its conquering the monkey bars or sliding down an extra high slide, kids will relate to feeling bold and being joyful in small achievements.

What we loved about this picture book is the creative “lift the flap” feature which leads to discovering the various hilarious situations that the Daredevil duck finds himself in. Charlie Adler illustrates the book in charming bright colorful spreads to keep little readers and listeners engaged. We loved the silly worried expressions of the duck and the free flowing text that leads the eye to Daredevil’s mis-adventures.

If you have a little one who sometimes needs motivation to take on challenges, then this is a perfect book to add to your collection.

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 FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the above books from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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Lost for Words

Lost for Words
by Natalie Russell (Author, Illustrator)
 

Writer’s Block!

Tapir has a brand new notebook and some nice pencils. He stares at the first blank page wondering what he should write! He stares and stares but nothing comes to mind. His page looks empty and he has no idea what to write!

Lost for words Not know

Tapir’s friend, Giraffe has some pretty good ideas about writing. In fact, Giraffe was writing an excellent poem about a tree. Giraffe sure had a way with words!

Tapir’s other friend Hippo is writing too.. Hippo is sitting in his nice muddy pool, making up a lovely rescue story with Hippo as the hero!

And then there is the lovely Flamingo. Flamingo is quite good with songs. This one poem that she currently writing about is how the sun shines brightly in the sky!

“I MUST be doing something wrong!” thought Tapir too himself. He felt quite lost for words Frown So he decides to find a nice quite spot, on the top of the hill, from where he could see a beautiful view and all his friends in it.. Maybe now he will find some ideas! Smile

Lost for words thinking

“Lost for Words” has a wonderful message. When Tapir finds himself comparing his abilities with the others, he suddenly feels quite incapable. But when he finds that nice quite corner to be alone and find confidence in what he can do.. he finds out that he could be quite unique too.. just like his friends!  I also love the three writing techniques that the author presented. Children will find inspiration in different techniques in which to express themselves.

The bright and colorful screen-print style illustrations in “Lost for Words” are very child-like and likable. The double spread art work with sunny skies, blue and green landscape will make this a fun to read book for kids.

“Lost for Words” may not be unique in its theme, but is very unique in the way the theme is presented. The surprise ending will leave a smile on every readers face Smile

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If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant

If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant
by Ellen Fischer (Author), Laura Wood (Illustrator)

What DO animals eat?? Surprised

A silly, super sweet non-fiction, “If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant” will answer this question. The picture book non-fiction gives you a peek into what different animals would order if they were to go to a restaurant.

Will they order a pizza or a sandwich? No!!

If an Armadillo went to a restaurant Giraffe

If an Armadillo went to a restaurant Ostrich

How about spaghetti with meatballs? No! No!! Smile

If an Armadillo went to a restaurant Armadillo

An Armadillo would probably prefer a plate of ants and worms (with a few beetles thrown in of course!) Wouldn’t that be delectable?? (GROSS!!)

Suited for 3+ year olds, this adorable book follows a pattern, introducing a new animal on alternate pages and asking the reader what food would best suit the palate of that animal. Find animals such as sea turtles, snake, butterflies, kangaroos and many more. We loved discovering the different types of food and playing a “guessing” game for each animal. And the “reveal” would leave the kiddo with lots of “eeeeww” and “yuuuuck” and similar sounding words!  The book ends with a question around what would the reader order if he/she went to a restaurant with a small kids menu… yum!

Gentle pacing, simple language and silly answers will keep the young readers engaged. Laura Wood’s cute kid-friendly art is colorful and eye catching. Her quirky animal renderings, pictures of various animal food on plates and adorable expressions on their faces are instantly lovable.

A great picture book non-fiction for libraries, classrooms and home reading.

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Frank!

Frank!
by Connah Brecon (Author, Illustrator)

Late for school… Again!

Frank, a helpful bear, is ALWAYS late for school!Smile

But this is really not his fault!! This happy young bear starts off for school on time. On the way, however, he finds a “reason” to stop. He tries to explain to his teacher his many “reasons”.. but somehow they always come out as excuses!

Frank First Day

On the first day, Frank reached just as everyone was leaving from school! On the second day, he arrived soon after lunch. After all, he was helping the kitten stuck in a tree. On the third day, he reached right before lunch. He couldn’t turn down a challenge to a dance-off ! Smile Frank really is trying to get to school on time, but can he manage to get there before the school bell rings?

Frank Helping Kitty

“Frank!” is a delightful picture book from the Australian Author / Illustrator Connah Brecon.  This funny narrative of a lovable bear who is chronically late to school is immediately relatable to kids and parents both! The various excuses or reasons the bear narrates are funny and charming. The tale ends with a surprise which leads you to believe that maybe there is truth in all those unusual stories!

Frank Explain

Connah’s quirky artwork draws you in. The bright colorful artwork with dialogue talk bubbles are reminiscent of Mo Willems’ work.

Overall a nice fun read!

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FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of “Frank!” from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!


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