Familius Picture Book Reviews

The Boy Who Loved the Moon by Rino Alaimo

The Boy Who Loved the Moon
by Rino Alaimo
4 out of 5 stars

A young boy falls in love with the Moon and tries to win her heart by offering her lavish gifts. He slays the dragon and travels down into the deepest ocean, but the Moon is unimpressed. Finally the boy finds one thing that will touch the Moon’s heart and win her love.

This book is so imaginative! The plot is like a dream and it doesn’t quite make sense. The magic is mysterious and strange. You never quite know what is going to happen, but if you can just let the enchantment wash over you and accept whatever wild things come along, you will enjoy it.

The illustrations are dark and beautiful. The moonlight truly appears to glow and shimmer on the page. I love the soft art style, and the lovely designs for the boy and the scenery. It has a soothing quality, like a soft dreamy pillow. It gives me the feeling that you would have to whisper if you were reading it out loud. It’s the perfect bedtime book!

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.

Flamingo Flamenco by Brooke Jorden

Flamingo Flamenco
by Brooke JordenAlex Zhdanov (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Each type of animal has their own special type of dancing that they are best at, but none of them compare to the flamingo’s flamenco. The bears have ballet. The tigers have tap. The hippos can hip-hop, but none of them are as fantastic as the flamingo’s flamenco.

This book was so funny and cute! I love the clever way that each animal’s dance is alliterative. The camels can-can, and the sloths slow dance. It’s so much fun to read!

The illustrations are adorable and brightly colored! I love the cute designs for each animal in their dancing costumes.

The writing is excellent in this book! The rhyming text has a nice little rhythm to it, and all the rhymes are good. I am picky about rhymes in children’s books, but these are a delight!

I appreciate that this board book is sturdy and well-made to withstand the destructive forces of little hands.

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.

Music Train by Christopher Robbins

Music Train
by Christopher RobbinsSusanna Covelli (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

This board book folds out to be 56″ long! The reader learns the styles for each type of music on the train. There are musicians playing and singing country, rap, jazz, opera, mariachi, blues, classical symphony, and a bunch more! And of course, the conductor’s baton pulls the train along fueled by music.

This is such a cute book! I just love the adorable illustrations and cool musician characters. It’s colorful and full of interesting little details in the background of each scene.

This would be so much fun to read with a child, and teach a toddler all of the sounds for the different styles of music. Any kid would be crazy excited to play with this train and unfold all the pages!

Although the board book is sturdy and well-constructed, there is a possibility that little hands might tear the train at the hinges of each page where the structure is a little more vulnerable. But even the hinges are sturdy and thick. It would have to take a lot of damage before it could be torn, but hey, we all know how destructive toddlers can be. haha! Still I think this board book would hold up pretty well.

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.

Unicorn and Horse are Friends by David W. Miles

Unicorn and Horse are Friends
by David W. MilesHollie Mengert (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Horse is plain and frumpy. He’s the opposite of the gorgeous Unicorn, who eats pink cupcakes and makes rainbows. Unicorn dances around spreading cheer and sunshine. Horse eats hay, and farts. But despite their differences, they become friends.

This little board book is hilarious! This is a simplified version of the more lengthy picture book Unicorn( and Horse). I love that this sweet story is available for little readers too!

I laughed and laughed at the situations poor Horse has to deal with. The illustrations are a big part of the humor, with silly expressions on the character’s faces and background details that make the story even funnier. I just love the soft cartoon style of the illustrations. The artwork is bright and vibrant with adorable animal characters and plenty of cuteness!

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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