Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bear's Adventure Book Review


Bear's Adventure
Bear's Adventure  by Brian Wildsmith #Bear'sAdventure #NetGalley  #PictureBook #ChildrensLit 
Brian Wildsmith
(Author & Illustrator)
Star Bright Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 31, 2018


Bear finds a recently landed hot-air balloon and takes a nap in its basket. As he sleeps, the hot-air balloon takes off, and Bear's adventure begins. Landing at the beginning of a costume parade lets everyone assume that Bear is just a man in a costume, so he is able to go from event to event (from being interviewed by a reporter to riding on a motorcycle and more). Bear, however, is still a bear and is easily spooked by loud noises and too many people around him. He eventually makes his way back home, but truly has an adventure along the way.

Overall, Bear's Adventure had potential but something was a bit off. It may be the longer text or the odd situations bear found himself in, but I was hoping for more out of the text. The illustrations, on the other hand, are quite unique and interesting and helped carry the story.

If you’re interested in reading Bear's Adventure, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I Am a Tyrannosaurus Book Review

I Am a Tyrannosaurus

I Am a Tyrannosaurus is a sweet story that sends a very positive message about helping others, even those you might not normally be friends with.  #Tyrannosaurusseries #Museyon #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLitTatsuya Miyanishi
Museyon
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: July 1, 2018


As a young pteranodon grows up, he learns lessons from his parents. Dad shows him how to fly and warns him of the nasty tyrannosaurus. Mom tells him to be kind and always help those in need. When the young pteranodon is almost full-grown, his parents leave the nest as pteranodon parents do. 

As the young pteranodon sleeps, a tyrannosaurus climbs up the mountain to snatch him, but a nearby volcano explodes sending the tyrannosaurus tumbling down the mountain and he lays hurt in a pile of rubble. Pteranodon remembers his father's warning and is worried about the nasty tyrannosaurus, but he also remembers his mother's advice to be kind to those in need, so the pteranodon decided to help the badly wounded tyrannosaurus who can't see him because of his injuries.

I Am a Tyrannosaurus is a sweet story that sends a very positive message about helping others, even those you might not normally be friends with. Thick, black-line illustrations with bold colors combine with the text to make a very engaging and thought-provoking story.

If you’re interested in reading I Am a Tyrannosaurus, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, June 15, 2018

Fox and Raccoon Book Review


Fox and Raccoon

In Juniper Hallow friends like to help friends out, and that's just what Raccoon does for Fox. Raccoon goes to Fox's house to play, but Fox has too many projects to do to play right away. Raccoon doesn't seem to mind at all, and quickly lends a helping hand. After each project is complete, another one starts, and Raccoon just keeps helping. When he returns to Fox's house after one errand, Raccoon can't find Fox. Where could he be? Raccoon is in for a big surprise!  #FoxAndRaccoon #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLitLesley-Anne Green
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 19, 2018


In Juniper Hallow friends like to help friends out, and that's just what Raccoon does for Fox. Raccoon goes to Fox's house to play, but Fox has too many projects to do to play right away. Raccoon doesn't seem to mind at all, and quickly lends a helping hand. After each project is complete, another one starts, and Raccoon just keeps helping. When he returns to Fox's house after one errand, Raccoon can't find Fox. Where could he be? Raccoon is in for a big surprise!

Fox and Raccoon is a charming book with stunning illustrations made out of needle-felted wool, balsa wood, and fabric. The story is cute and the illustrations are fantastic!

If you’re interested in reading Fox and Raccoon, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

STEAM Play & Learn 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math! Book Review


STEAM Play & Learn
20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!

STEAM Play & Learn is filled with engaging projects perfect for preschool and early-school aged children. #SteamPlayLearn #STEAM #Nonfiction #ChildrensLit #NetGalleyAna Dziengel
Walter Foster Jr
Children’s Nonfiction, STEAM

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


STEAM Play & Learn is filled with engaging projects perfect for preschool and early-school aged children. One of my favorite parts of this book is that it is simply broken down into three sections: easy projects (put out the materials and let kids work), medium projects (some adult assistance will be needed), and difficult projects (adult-led). As a parent and a teacher, I love that I can quickly choose what will work best for me and my kiddos. The images and illustrations are colorful and attention grabbing and each project has clear, easy-to-follow directions. From Frozen Goop to Salty Circuits kids are sure to have a blast learning and exploring!

If you’re interested in reading STEAM Play & Learn: 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lulu Is a Rhinoceros Book Review


Lulu Is a Rhinoceros
Though Lulu looks like a bulldog on the outside, she knows she's a rhinoceros on the inside! Lulu's journey can be read in two ways, either as a children's story about a dog's adventure to be herself or as a metaphor for people who are transgendered. Either way, there are clear messages: stay true to yourself, don't judge other people by their looks, and be yourself no matter what others say. #LuluIsARhinoceros #NetGalley #PictureBook #ChildrensLit 
Jason Flom, Allison Flom (Authors)
Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator)
Wicked Cow Studios
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: June 12, 2018


Though Lulu looks like a bulldog on the outside, she knows she's a rhinoceros on the inside! Lulu's journey can be read in two ways, either as a children's story about a dog's adventure to be herself or as a metaphor for people who are transgendered. Either way, there are clear messages: stay true to yourself, don't judge other people by their looks, and be yourself no matter what others say.

If you’re interested in reading Lulu Is a Rhinoceros, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Harriet Tubman Little People, Big Dreams Series Book Review


Harriet Tubman
Little People, Big Dreams Series

The Little People, Big Dreams Series celebrates the lives of important and influential people. Each book is filled with interesting illustrations and extra biographical information in the back of the book. #HarrietTubman #LittlePeopleBigDreams #NetGalley #Nonfiction #ChildrensLitIsabel Sanchez Vegara (Author)
Pili Aguado (Illustrator)
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Children’s Nonfiction, Biography

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


The Little People, Big Dreams Series celebrates the lives of important and influential people. Each book is filled with interesting illustrations and extra biographical information in the back of the book.

Harriet Tubman obviously explores the life of Harriet Tubman, from her childhood in slavery in Maryland to her escape and her bravery to repeatedly helping others escape slavery and more. This book (and all others in the series) is a great and rather thorough introduction to Harriet Tubman and her inspiring life.

Other famous women highlighted in the Little People, Big Dreams series include:


If you’re interested in reading Harriet Tubman, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pluto Is Peeved! An ex-planet searches for answers Book Review


Pluto Is Peeved!
An ex-planet searches for answers

In this comic-book-style picture book, Pluto doesn't understand why he was demoted from his former status as a planet, so he sets out around the museum to find out. #PlutoIsPeeved! #NetGalley #ComicBook #Pluto #GraphicNovelJacqueline Jules
Dave Roman
Seagrass Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Comic Book

Publication Date: June 5, 2018


In this comic-book-style picture book, Pluto isn't just peeved. He's kind of wallowing in self-pity. Pluto doesn't understand why he was demoted from his former status as a planet, so he sets out around the museum to find out. He runs into other exhibits like the Dinosaur Hall, Our Microscopic World, and the Geology Hall where he learns a lot about how science works and what caused his demotion.

In the end, he learns that scientists are always adjusting and evolving their theories based on the evidence and data they find. Even though he isn't a planet anymore, scientists are still very interested to learn a lot about him.

If you’re interested in reading Pluto Is Peeved!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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