Book Trib Children’s Picture Book Reviews

The Lost Astronaut by Diana Bella

The Lost Astronaut
by Diana Bella
5 out of 5 stars

An astronaut is lost in space and the reader must help him to find his way back to his spaceship and eventually home to earth. The reader has to shake the book, tilt the book, push “buttons”, and blow on the pages to get the astronaut home.

I loved this cute book! It’s so clever the way the interactive instructions make the reader feel like they are part of the story. It just proves that you don’t need a bunch of bells and whistles and fancy things attached to a book to make it interactive and fun!

One of the things I liked about this book is that there is a “happiness meter” at the bottom of the page, showing the astronaut’s mood. I actually felt happier when I saw that the astronaut was happy and safe!

The illustrations are minimalistic and colorful. The simple designs are attractive and cute! Even though we never see the astronaut’s face, I felt connected to him or her, and wanted to help them get home. Such a simple design thing, but this way you can imagine for yourself how the astronaut looks.

What a delightful book! It’s so fun and imaginative and clever!

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.

Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down by Lindsey Rowe Parker

Wiggles, Stomps, and Squeezes Calm My Jitters Down
by Lindsey Rowe Parker (Goodreads Author), Rebecca Burgess (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

This is such a sweet book about a young girl with autism, who uses wiggles and stomps to calm down her nerves. It provides a close look at how her heightened senses make getting dressed, eating a meal, and playing on the playground a different experience for her. Sometimes she gets overwhelmed, but she uses a hum, or a hug, or a tapping to help her calm down again.

What a beautiful book! I love the sweet characters, and the funny writing style. It makes the whole story really fun and relatable.

The illustrations are really cute and colorful! I love the jumping action on every page, and the sweet expressions on the character’s faces.

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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