Picture Book Reviews: Atticus Caticus, Sophie’s Seashell Scramble, Phoebe Dupree is Coming to Tea!

Atticus Caticus by Sarah Maizes

Atticus Caticus
by Sarah Maizes (Goodreads Author), Kara Kramer (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

A cat named Atticus stretches and yawns and naps in the sunshine. His owner feeds him, and dangles string for him to play with. Atticus sees a bird out the window, but can’t get to it. At bath time, Atticus does his own style of washing by licking his fur.

The best part of this book is the silly rhyming with any word that rhymes with “cat”. Atticus “jumps splat-a-tat-taticus”, and he has a “tummy so fat-ticus”. It’s so funny to read out loud!

I like the cute crayon-style illustrations! Every page has energy and humor in the artwork.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Sophie's Seashell Scramble by Educational Insights

Sophie’s Seashell Scramble
by Educational InsightsLucia Gaggiotti (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

This board book asks the reader to help Sophie find matching seashells. Sophie looks for a blue shell with stripes, and the reader can lift the flaps to search for the matching shell until you find it.

This is such a cute book! As you search for the seashells, the text tells you “Try Again!” or “Keep looking” if you lift a flap that doesn’t have the seashell, and then “Hooray!” or “Ta-da!” when you find the right one. It’s so adorable and fun!

I love the bright illustrations! There are so many cute fish in the background of each scene. Sophie is adorable, and at the end there is a round flap that you can turn as Sophie celebrates the end of the game.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Phoebe Dupree Is Coming to Tea! by Linda Ashman

Phoebe Dupree Is Coming to Tea!
by Linda Ashman (Goodreads Author), Alea Marley (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Abby prepares the perfect tea party for her friend Phoebe. But everything goes horribly wrong, and Abby is worried that Phoebe will never want to come over again. However Phoebe might just surprise everyone!

I love the positive messages in this story that things don’t have to be “perfect” for guests to have a good time and enjoy each other’s company, and you don’t need to worry about people judging you for your imperfections.

The story is told in rhyming text that is well-written, and a delight to read out loud!

The illustrations are so adorable! The girls are so cute, and I love the soft art style. There are tons of little details in the background of each scene, and special little cakes and flowers on the tea table.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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