Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Lix Scanlon - OPTIONAL

Scanlon, Liz Garton Kate, Who Tamed the Wind, Illustrated by Lee White. PICTURE BOOK. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2018. $18. 9781101934791

One man lives all alone in a creaky house on the tip-top of a steep hill where the wind is always blowing. The wind is ruining his house and food and he does not know what to do until Kate comes and helps him solve his problem by planting trees.

I love the idea of showing how trees can be used to help in a different way than we normally see. There is also a note from the author at the end about how the reader can help make a difference in the environment. However, I think the author tries to do too many things with the story by repeating phrases, rhyming sometimes and then sometimes not and that did not flow for me as well with the inconsistency.


A Canadian Year by Tania McCartney -- OPTIONAL

McCartney, Tania A Canadian Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Canada's Kids, illustrated by Tina Snerling. NONFICTION. PICTURE BOOK. Exisle Publishing, 2017. $18. 9781925335439

Five multicultural Canadian kids take readers on a journey through their country, showing some activities and holidays based on the months and seasons. Other information includes typical Canadian meals and some of the animals the children may see.

I love the idea of this book. It's interesting to learn about some of the different cultures within Canada, and to get an idea of what life might be like there. Unfortunately, the pages seem messy and chaotic, with bits of text and illustrations placed seemingly-randomly on each spread. In addition, many of the holiday names and other details are simply dropped in with no explanation, which means the book cannot be read without ready access to either Google or a set of encyclopedias. On a more minor note, a bald eagle is labeled as a golden, which makes me question the accuracy of the rest of the book as well.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

There Was an Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock by Becky Davies - ADVISABLE

Davies, Becky There Was an Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock, Illustrated by Elina Ellis. PICTURE BOOK. Little Tiger Press, 2018. $17. 9781680100761

There was an old giant who swallowed a clock. Then he swallows knitting to muffle the clock and the list goes on. It is a fun spin off of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

I thought this was a creative rendition of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I also loved that there is a cut out of the giants stomach so when you flip the pages more of his stomach is revealed as you see what he swallows next. The ending was unexpected but fits with the silliness of the story.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

WordPlay by Ivan Brunetti - ADVISABLE

Brunetti, Ivan WordPlay. PICTURE BOOK. Toon Books, 2017. $13. 9781943145171

Annemarie’s teacher introduces them to compound words. Annemarie tries to think of as many as possible for her homework and sometimes her imagination plays with the words.

This book reads like a comic book and explores compound words in a fun and silly way. Homesick becomes a house with a temperature and a housefly becomes a home with wings. I think it is a great introduction to compound words and is a funny engaging book for kids. 


When I Am Big by Maria Dek - ADVISABLE

Dek, Maria When I Am Big. PICTURE BOOK. Princeton Architectural Press, 2016. $18. 9781616896027

This book is about all the things you can do when you get bigger. It starts with counting one item and counts up to 25. You can eat a cone with 5 scoops of ice cream, have 8 animals, build a roller coaster with 17 cars, and so much more!

This could be used as a great counting book for children. There are some good ideas that will really appeal to kids for what they can do when they are bigger. For some, the artwork will appeal because of its child-like watercolor art. Others, may find it less appealing.


A Hippy-Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer - ADVISABLE

Archer, Peggy A Hippy-Hoppy Toad, Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. PICTURE BOOK. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2018. $17. 9780399556760

In the middle of a puddle, in the middle of a road, on a teeter-totter twig, sat a tenny-tiny toad. These are the adventures of a hippy-hoppy toad and what happens to him after that twig goes SNAP!

This book had very colorful and fun illustrations for the frog’s adventures. I loved the rhyming with the story and the continuous misfortunes of the frog. It was very predictable as a reader. 


Washington, D.C. from A-Z by Alan Schroeder - ESSENTIAL

Schroeder, Alan Washington, D.C. from A-Z, Illustrated by John O’Brien. NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK. Holiday House, 2018. $18. 9780823436781

This book shares fun facts about America’s capital, Washington, D.C. It takes you through every letter in the alphabet and you learn a lot about the history of this nation. From the Air and Space museum to the Zoo there are a lot of things to learn about this city. There are well done illustrations along with quotes from past presidents and influential people from history.

I thought this was a great reference book for Washington, D.C. I learned a lot of facts and I enjoyed the funny illustrations. I also liked the quotes to corresponded with the pages by theme or the letter on the page. I think this book does a great job of engaging the reader and informing them about historical events and fun facts by taking us through the alphabet.