Picture Book Reviews Batch

Hugo no puede dormir by Davide Calì

Hugo no puede dormir
by Davide CalìAnna Aparicio Català (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

Hugo no puede dormir. Recorre la jungla preguntando a los animales si saben por qué no puede dormir. El elefante, el mono y el tigre están muy molestos porque los despiertan en medio de la noche. Incluso la gacela está molesta, aunque es educada con Hugo. Finalmente, el cocodrilo le dice a Hugo la verdadera razón por la que no puede dormir. ¡Es un murciélago nocturno!

¡Me encantó esta linda historia! Hay mucha repetición en la historia cuando Hugo despierta a cada animal, lo cual es perfecto para lectores jóvenes que aman la repetición.

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Picture Book Review: Dakota Crumb

Dakota Crumb by Jamie Michalak

Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter
by Jamie Michalak (Goodreads Author), Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

Little Dakota the mouse goes on a dangerous journey through the museum to search for the long-lost treasure. Along the way, she finds a beautiful painting (a postage stamp), a historic statue (an action figure toy), and at last the shining treasure. But what will she do with the amazing prizes she has gathered?

This is such a cute book! Dakota is full of courage and resourcefulness. I just love stories about little mice making their way through a big world. I love all her funny adventures in the museum! The story encourages using your imagination.

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Comic Review: Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness

Narwhal's School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton

Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness
by Ben Clanton (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

Narwhal follows a group of fish to school, but the teacher is out sick, so Narwhal decides to substitute teach the class with Jelly as the supervisor teacher. The fish learn about waffles and math and science. They have a scavenger hunt to find fun facts about the sea creatures living in the ocean.

The cuteness!! The adorableness!! The sillyness! I can’t get enough of Narwhal and Jelly. They are so cute and lovable!

Each chapter is so delightfully funny! I laughed my head off, and smiled and chuckled with glee. I love the simple yet striking illustrations, and the bright colors. I love the sweetly imaginative dialogue and storylines.

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Picture Book Review: Noah’s Seal

Noah's Seal by Layn Marlow

Noah’s Seal
by Layn Marlow (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

Noah wants to go sailing to look for seals, but Nana says that she has to repair the boat. While he waits, Noah crafts a seal out of sand, putting in pebbles and seaweed for the eyes and mouth. A storm sweeps in, and Nana and Noah have to take shelter. When the storm is over, Noah’s sand seal is gone! Will he ever see his seal again?

I loved this sweet book! The ending is so emotional and clever. Noah is such a cute little guy with a big imagination. I love that his Nana is kind and understanding. They have a special relationship.

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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.

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Spanish Picture Book Reviews: Una Tarde Super Increible, Al Carnaval!, Daniela y las Chicas Pirata

Una Tarde Súper Increíble by A.H. Benjamin

Una Tarde Súper Increíble
by A.H. BenjaminAnne Vasko (Illustrator), Luis Amavisca (Translator)
5 out of 5 stars

Una niña y su abuelo dan un paseo y se encuentran con unos animales súper increíbles que hacen cosas increíbles. El mono los invita a trepar a los árboles, el cocodrilo los invita a chapotear en el agua, la cebra los invita a bailar, el hipopótamo los deja levantar pesas con él, y el tigre los invita a jugar en la cama elástica. Cuando regresan a casa, la niña le cuenta a su abuela sobre su increíble día, pero la abuela no le cree, ¡hasta que todos los animales se presentan a cenar en la casa!

¡Este es un libro tan lindo! Durante la mayor parte de la historia, pensé que la niña y su abuelo solo estaban fingiendo hacer cosas con los animales, ¡así que fue una sorpresa divertida cuando todo resultó ser verdad!

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Spanish Picture Book Reviews: Un Poco Perdido, Un Regalo para Amma

Un poco perdido by Chris Haughton

Un poco perdido
by Chris Haughton (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

El pequeño búho se cae del nido y una ardilla amigable intenta ayudarlo a encontrar a su madre. El pequeño búho dice que su madre es GRANDE y Ardilla cree que el oso debe ser su madre. El pequeño búho dice que su madre tiene orejas puntiagudas y Ardilla piensa que el conejo debe ser su madre. El pequeño búho dice que su madre tiene ojos grandes y la ardilla piensa que la rana debe ser su madre. ¿Pueden encontrar a mama búho?

Me encantó la dulce historia de este libro. ¡El pequeño búho es tan lindo! Este es un gran libro para leer en voz alta y la historia es divertida.

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Comic Review: La Matadragones

La Matadragones by Jaime Hernández

La Matadragones
by Jaime HernándezF. Isabel Campoy (contributor)
4 out of 5 stars

Este cómic cuenta tres historias tradicionales de Latinoamerica sobre varitas mágicas, dragones, tontas amas de casa, y terceros hijos perezosos.

Me encanta la estructura tradicional de los cuentos de hadas y los giros imaginativos que toman las historias. Cada historia tiene elementos emocionantes y cierta repetición al igual que las historias tradicionales. Y, por supuesto, hay una lección moral al final. Las historias mantuvieron mi atención y aprecié los personajes interesantes que encajan en los roles de los viejos cuentos de hadas.

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Board Book Review: Next Stop: Kindergarten!

Next Stop by Brooke Jorden

Next Stop: Kindergarten!: A Preschool Graduation Affirmation
by Brooke Jorden
5 out of 5 stars

This board book encourages the young reader that they are ready for kindergarten. They know the colors and shapes. They know all their numbers and letters. They know how to listen and obey. There’s no reason to be worried about starting kindergarten, because these little readers are ready to learn!

This is such a cute book! I love the positive messages about being proud of all you have learned, and being willing to take on new challenges.

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Spanish Picture Book Reviews: Cucu en el Mar, Vivan las Uñas de Colores, La Frontera

Cucu! en el mar/Peekaboo in the Ocean by Cocoretto

Cucu! en el mar/Peekaboo in the Ocean
by Cocoretto (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

This cute board book asks the reader, Who is hiding there? The illustrations first show an ocean creature covering their eyes to play peekaboo, then when you lift the flap you can see them diving through the seas or digging through the sand.

This is such a sweet book! I love that it is bilingual in Spanish and English for little readers who are learning two languages. The flaps are very sturdy to withstand the destruction of little hands. I love the adorable art and the bright colors! Every page is charming and fun!

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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