Spanish Books Giveaway!

Don’t forget to enter the Spanish Candlewick Book Giveaway at Rafflecopter!
There are two different prize packs for board books and for picture books in Spanish!
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Picture Book Review: Looking for Sleep

Looking for Sleep by Georgiana Deutsch

Looking for Sleep
by Georgiana DeutschMegan Tadden (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Wolf can’t get to sleep, and thinks that sleep must be hiding from him. He goes searching for sleep in the forest, and recruits some other woodland creatures to help him. They look in a yawn, they look in a lullaby, and they even look in Badger’s dreams. But only when they are quiet and still will sleep finally find them.

I loved this adorable story and the sweet idea of searching for sleep like a thing to be found!

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Picture Book Review: Nothing Scares Spider!

Nothing Scares Spider! by S. Marendaz

Nothing Scares Spider!
by S. MarendazCarly Gledhill (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Little Spider wants to have an adventure, but her other insect friends are afraid to be left alone. She leaves a long string of web behind her so that they can tug on it to call her back in case of an emergency. But they keep interrupting her adventure just when things get dangerous.

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Picture Book Review: The Night Walk

The Night Walk by Marie Dorléans

The Night Walk
by Marie Dorléans
5 out of 5 stars

Two children are awakened in the middle of night by their parents who lead them on an evening hike into the countryside. Through the village, past the fields of sleeping cows, and into the woodland, they walk slowly, enjoying the peace of the night and the light of the stars above them.

The graceful beauty of this simple book almost brought me to tears. I am in despair that I can never write a review that will capture the absolute glory I experienced while reading it. I wish I could give it 10 stars!

Each new landscape that we discover along the hike is like a magical new scene of wonder and beauty. The stars, the trees, the wildlife, the silence, the warm night air, and the chirping of crickets; all these things weave a spell of tranquil harmony around the reader.

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Picture Book Review: The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken
by Robert FrostVivian Mineker (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
I am in awe of how beautifully this book captures the majesty and mystery of Robert Frost’s poem. That moment of indecision- which path to take- and those moments of inspiration when you realize that your journey has led you to a place of beauty and heart’s ease; all these things are explored in this lovely picture book.

The artwork is warm and welcoming, inviting the reader into the story of a young man who is making choices in life. He grows up, gets married, and has children and grandchildren, and looks back on his journey and the choices he has made that have led him through his life. The illustrations are beautifully colored in warm yellows and oranges as the leaves fall from the trees in an autumn woodland.

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Picture Book Review: The Book No One Ever Read

The Book No One Ever Read by Cornelia Funke

The Book No One Ever Read
by Cornelia Funke (Goodreads Author) (Illustrations)
2 out of 5 stars

One little book is tired of sitting on the shelf. He longs to find a reader. The other books are content to sit and wait, but this book is ready for an adventure. I liked the concept of books wishing to be read, and I thought the story was good. The books are caricatures of famous authors like Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, and Alexander Dumas.

I found the artwork… unsettling in a strange way. The books look so weird and creepy! Their ghoulish little faces…. It was like some nightmare unreality of twisted forms and crooked illusions. I can’t put my finger on it, but I just hated the artwork. I could barely look at the page. I found it so disturbing that I just wanted to close the book and throw it away.

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Non Fiction Review: Kid Innovators

Kid Innovators by Robin Stevenson

Kid Innovators: True Tales of Childhood from Inventors and Trailblazers
by Robin Stevenson (Goodreads Author), Allison Steinfeld (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

All inventors start out as curious kids who love to learn and explore. This book gives short biographies of some famous innovators and how their childhood shaped their dreams. The bios include the stories of Steve Jobs, Jacques Cousteau, Florence Nightingale, Walt Disney, the Wright brothers, and many others.

There are sections about technology, exploring, codes, medicine, and trailblazers. It’s not just about inventing something new. It’s about revolutionizing how something is used, how art is created, or how people think. The history of computer codes, airplanes, wind turbines, rockets, nursing, hair products, entertainment, and a dozen other fields are explored.

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