Board Book Review: Busy Day

Busy Day by Lauren Crisp

Busy Day
by Lauren CrispThomas Elliott (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

A lion and cub learn about different shapes and invite the reader to find similar shapes in the moving spinners. The sun is a circle, the house is a square, the moon is a crescent, and a kite is a diamond. An egg is an oval while the lions eat their snack. When it’s bath time, the bathtub is a rectangle.

Cuteness overload! I am so in love with this adorable book! The artwork is bright and enchanting with the cutest little lions playing and eating and washing and camping in a tent. I just love the charming illustrations!

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Board Book Review: My Book of Feelings

My Book of Feelings by Nicola Edwards

My Book of Feelings (My World)
by Nicola EdwardsThomas Elliot (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

“Feelings are never right or wrong. What matters is how we behave!”
This book explores different emotions of happiness, worry, peace, sadness, anger, and surprise. It asks the reader to identify how they feel about different places and experiences, and then use the emoji spinner to say what they feel. How do you feel about the beach? How do you feel about a trip to the dentist? What do you feel when you think about a tiger or bear? What emotion do you have if there is thunder and lightning?

This is such a fun way to get children to identify their different emotions and learn to navigate those strong feelings. This would be such a good book to read with a toddler when they are upset, and it would help them to calm down and use words to express themselves.

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Board Book Review: Sleep, Cat, Sleep!

Sleep, Cat, Sleep! by Antje Damm

Sleep, Cat, Sleep!
by Antje Damm
5 out of 5 stars

“Hey! Shut the book. Don’t you see I want to sleep?”
A grumpy cat urges the reader to leave him alone so he can sleep, then invites the reader to take a cat nap with him. This book will have you yawning and stretching along with the sleepy cat until your eyes slowly blink closed in a peaceful slumber. But then the cat cries out, “Boo!”, apologizes for scaring you, and invites you to close this book and pick up another one.

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Picture Book Review: The Greatest Showpenguin

The Greatest Showpenguin by Lucy Freegard

The Greatest Showpenguin
by Lucy Freegard (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

Poppy has been performing with her parents in the circus since she was a little penguin, but as she gets older she doesn’t really enjoy being in the spotlight. She wants to find a way to be involved in the circus magic without having to be in the center ring doing tricks. She would rather be backstage organizing the lighting and props. Even from the sidelines, Poppy becomes the greatest showpenguin with her amazing organizational skills.

I loved Poppy’s sweet story about finding your true passion and where you really fit in. This important message about belonging is smoothly woven into a fun plot that captures your heart.

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Picture Book Review: Alone!

Alone! by Barry Falls

by Barry Falls
5 out of 5 stars

Billy McGill enjoys the solitude and the perfect quiet in his home. But a squeaking mouse disturbs the serenity of Billy’s seclusion, and Billy is determined to get that mouse out of the house! He gets a cat, then a dog, then a bear to scare it away, but the animals just stay in the house causing more and more commotion. In the midst of all that chaos, can Billy admit that he might be a little lonely and in need of companionship?

As an introvert, I enjoyed this book so much! It’s perfect for people who are independent and quiet, but might need some friends every once in a while to chase away loneliness.

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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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Board Book Review: 100 First Words for Little Gym Rats

100 First Words for Little Gym Rats by Andrea Veenker

100 First Words for Little Gym Rats
by Andrea VeenkerPatrick Gray (Illustrations)
3 out of 5 stars

For the mommies and daddies who love the gym, now you can teach your toddler about getting healthy and fit! Each page of this board book has four or five words and illustrations about the gym. It covers exercise equipment, types of squats and crunches, the names of major muscles, and even nutrition and supplements.

I think this is such a fun way to introduce little kids to the importance of having a strong and healthy body! The illustrations are bright and colorful, drawing in your attention. Some of the characters in the illustrations have a funny expression, making it enjoyable and fun to read.

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Picture Book Reviews: The Little i Who Lost His Dot, and The Day Punctuation Came to Town

The Little i Who Lost His Dot by Kimberlee Gard

The Little i Who Lost His Dot
by Kimberlee Gard (Author), Sandie Sonke (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Little ‘i’ arrives at school only to realize that he has lost his dot. The other alphabet letters try to help him find a replacement for his dot with hilarious results. Each alphabet letter brings him something that begins with their letter. Letter ‘b’ brings a balloon. Little ‘p’ presents a pretzel. Little ‘d’ dashes over with a donut. Little ‘r’ races over with a ring. It’s so cute and funny to see what crazy things the alphabet letters will suggest to replace little ‘i’s dot. I loved the whole adorable story! The letters are all so sweet to want to help, but in the end, it’s up to little ‘i’ to decide what to do.

The Day Punctuation Came to Town by Kimberlee Gard

The Day Punctuation Came to Town
by Kimberlee Gard (Author), Sandie Sonke (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

The punctuation family moves into town and begins to attend school. All the alphabet letters are confused about what job punctuation is supposed to do when they all get together to make words. They learn about exclamation point, and question mark, and period. However, little comma gets pushed to the side. He just slows things down. When things get too rowdy in the classroom, the alphabet letters learn that they need comma after all. This story is so cute and funny! Poor little comma, he’s not sure where he is supposed to fit in. It’s so adorable how the letters in the classroom learn about punctuation and make words together.

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Book Review: Masterminds

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Masterminds (Masterminds, #1)
by Gordon Korman
3 out of 5 stars

The town of Serenity is not as serene as it seems. Eli and his friends begin to discover that their seemingly perfect town is hiding dark secrets.

I really liked the mystery in this book, and the gradual unravelling of the secrets that the townspeople are hiding. The adventure aspects of the story are exciting and kept my attention, but sometimes felt far-fetched and unrealistic. I was rolling my eyes a couple of times.

The characters are smart and emotional, and they all have such unique personalities. I really enjoyed getting to know each of them, and seeing how their flaws and strengths push the story forward. They each react in different ways when they discover what is really going on in the town, and I can’t wait to see what further character development they might have in the rest of the series.

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Book Review: Mistress Masham’s Repose

Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White

Mistress Masham’s Repose
by T.H. WhiteFritz Eichenberg (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars
Delightful book!!
Rereading it for the second or third time, I have enjoyed it just as much as the first time.
Orphaned Maria lives in a crumbling old palace that her ancestors built on an extensive estate full of gardens and obelisks and temples and monuments. But there is no money to repair the palace, and she lives in poverty with her governess and one old cook.

When Maria is exploring around an island in a small lake, she encounters the tiny Lilliputian people who Gulliver brought back to England after his travels. They are in danger of being discovered by Maria’s evil guardians, the vicar and governess, and Maria must use all her ingenuity to save them from being kidnapped and sold as slaves.

I love how imaginative this book is. My favorite parts are the scenes that describe how the Lilliputians make their living on the Mistress Masham’s Repose island. They fish, and hunt, and train mice as their horses. They have their little homes in the roofs and hollow pillars of the Repose cupola, and keep their tiny farm animals in stables built into the steps of the structure.

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