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I Spy series by Edward Gibbs

August 19, 2014

Instead of just picking one of his I Spy books to review I thought I would brag about all of this series.  These books, just in case you haven’t seen them are great.  The titles are I Spy with my Little Eye, I Spy Under the Sea, I Spy on the Farm, and I Spy Pets.  You will enjoy beautiful illustrations that are colorful and large that will capture a young child’s attention.  The content is simple but with the use of color, animals sounds and letters of the alphabet they present an early literacy tool for every parent or caregiver.  The addition of peep holes throughout the book just add to the excitement as a child eagerly awaits to see the hidden surprise waiting for them.   The books in this series are large enough to be enjoyed by a large groups of children as well as a special bonding time with your child.  Of course when I discovered these books I couldn’t wait to read them to a groups of toddlers or a younger audience as well.

The first book I discovered in this series caught my eye immediately.  I shared it with a group of toddlers and I received many requests for this title as well as others in this series.  If you want some books that your child will eagerly want to hear over and over again this series maybe just what you are looking for.

 

 

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A Mountain of Friends

July 29, 2014

If a book can be described as adorable then I would have to vote for, A Mountain of Friends.  The cover of the book will make you smile and when you finish reading the story you just feel good.  The moral of the story is about perseverance and caring.  A young penguin is sad as he is faced with an insurmountable problem, he cannot fly and will never soar about the clouds.  His friends gather to give him the thrill of his life and this sad little penguin is now on top of the world.

This easy book is great for one on one time with someone special as well as in a group setting.

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It’s an Orange Aardvark!

June 18, 2014

Michael’s Hall’s latest book, It’s an Orange Aardvark, is another charming and witty book that can be added to his collection of stories.  We greet five carpenter ants that have taken up residence in a tree stump.  Rumble, Rumble, outside noises alert them.  A curious member of the group decides to create a peephole in the stump.  What could it be?  It is obvious to one of the ants that  is a fearsome beast, an aardvark who eats carpenter ants.  As they peer out they see orange and the frightened ant assures everyone it is an orange aardvark.  Each page of this delightful book presents a new peephole with a new color and the imagination of our frightened ant only becomes sillier and sillier.

Michael Hall’s illustrations only enhance this funny story and all the peepholes throughout the book just add to the excitement of discovering the next color.  This book can be enjoyed by anyone!

Beverly (Davis)

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Sparky!

May 28, 2014

by Jenny Offill

What if you wanted a pet and your mother gave you a few rules.  “You can have any pet you want as long as it doesn’t need to walked or bathed or fed.”  What would you do?  Well I went to the library and after much research I found a perfect pet, a sloth.  Right off I knew the tree in our backyard would be the perfect place for Sparky! my sloth.  But I soon discovered there are a few problems when owning a sloth.  They sleep 16 out of 24 hours in a day so playing games with Sparky is quite challenging.  I win every game and Sparky is never enthusiastic.  It can take 2 – 3 days to even see Sparky open his eyes since he likes to wake up while I am asleep.  My friend came to see Sparky and felt sorry for me since all he did was sleep.  That was it, I decided to challenge Sparky and have a “Trained Sloth Extravaganza” with a multitude of tricks.  I put glitter on Sparky and even though we practiced and I kept yelling out commands; he just sat and looked at me.  Oh well, all in all he is a different pet but he is still my Sparky!

I loved this book.  First of all his name says it all and her dedication to Sparky just had me laugh out loud.  A silly, creative and fun book that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Beverly  (Davis)

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Shoe Dog

April 16, 2014

Megan McDonald

Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald.

All dogs love to chew and they can usually be placated by a bone, a toy or even a smelly sock but  not Shoe Dog.  How did he get that name?  We meet this adorable dog at a pet store where is is anxiously waiting for a home.  The owner has no idea what she is in for until she discovers his passion, shoes!  In fact, that is how he got his name.  He can’t seem to help himself as he discovers just the right size boxes filled with shoes.  Even though he is called “BAD DOG” and has to sleep at the bottom of the bed or on the cold downstairs floor the lure of those shoe boxes is just more than he can stand.  You would think he would have learned his lesson but when a large red bag appears he hears that familiar rustling of paper and he knows those boxes are just waiting for him.  Shoe Dog will find that bag and when he pulls it over what falls out makes him stop in his tracks.  He no longer needs shoes for his has found a new passion.

I really enjoyed the illustrations in this large colorful book.  The drawing of Shoe Dog really fit his spunky personality.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good dog adventure and this one is worth reading.

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I Hatched!

March 21, 2014

I hatchedI Hatched!  CRACK! Yep I am here.  Meet this delightful, energetic little chick as he enters the world.  Right from the start as he stretches his wobbly legs he begins to run everywhere.  Running is his favorite thing to do as he begins to discover his surroundings.  But wait, he finds a pool of water and sees himself.  He is even more amazed at how awesome he looks.  He learns he can sing and captures us with his new sounds.  He spends an eventful day running, singing and learning everything he can until mama calls.  He knows when she calls it is time to rest.  Upon his return home a new surprise awaits him; a  new baby sister has hatched.  He can hardly contain himself as he announces, “don’t worry, I know EVERYTHING!” Obviously a book that will make you smile as you read it.  Through the author’s words you can just feel this little chick love of life and  the illustrations just add to the enjoyment of this book.

Beverly  (Davis)

 

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I’m Not a Pig in Underpants

February 17, 2014

Elwood H. SmithI had no idea when this title caught my eye that I would want to write about it.
I’m Not a Pig in Underpants is a clever and quirky book.  If a child could read the name on this book a smile or possible a giggle may ensue.  What young child doesn’t giggle when you say the word “underpants”.  Throughout the book the author keeps us guessing and as he says “things are not always what they seem to be.”  The comical illustrations will keep you smiling and when you reach the end of the book be ready for a surprise.  You will just have to pick this one up and give it a read.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A good book for a small group in order to enjoy the illustrations but also fun to read one on one.

Bev W. (Davis)

 

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Dot.

January 10, 2014

by Randi Zuckerberg

Like most children Dot loves to play on her computer, phone, ipad, notepad and any electronic device she can find.  She “has learned a lot”, she can tweet, tag, surf, swipe, share, search and even talk on some of her electronic devices.  In fact, Dot has spent a good part of her day in an electronic daze.  Dot’s mother knows the cure for this ailment.  She opens the door and sends Dot out to recharge and reboot.  Nature greets her as she learns to tap, touch, share, tweet, surf, swipe and talk to her friends as he enjoys the world that surrounds her.

An enjoyable book to share with our young children as they become immersed in this world of technology.  We can’t forget to smell the flowers along the way.

Beverly (Davis)

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Abigail

December 11, 2013

by Catherine Rayner

Award winning author and illustrator, Catherine Rayner’s newest addition to her collection of unique animal books is called,  Abigail.  A giraffe named Abigail is so very proud of herself; she has learned to count.  She is going to count everything she sees.  She soon discovers that the butterflies, zebra stripes, leaves on a tree, and cheetah splotches keep moving.  She is discouraged until a butterfly takes her to a field of flowers where Abigail giggles happily.  Her animal friends want to count flowers as well so helpful Abigail teaches them all.  They count and count until night falls and they are puzzled.  How can we count when we have no light?  The beautiful ending will make you smile.

In Catherine Rayner’s true style the illustrations alone will keep you entertained. The book is also great for a young child learning to count, just a fun book to share.

 

 

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Outfoxed

November 13, 2013
by Mike Twohy

by Mike Twohy

It’s a dark night as fox’s dinner awaits him in the hen house.  His plan is foiled as guard dogs chase him, but to his delight he grabbed a chicken just in time.  At last, a chicken dinner but to his surprise he pulls out a duck.  The duck realizes he is literally in hot water and is determined to prove he is not a duck.  This humorous book, Outfoxed had me laughing out loud as this duck sniffs fox’s leg, slobbers on fox’s coat and face, wags his tail, tries to look adorable, tries to bark like a dog, pees on the carpet and even chews up everything he can find.  Will this clever duck outwit the fox?  The clever ending in this book will make you smile.

A humorous book to enjoy and I am sure a lot of parents and children will enjoy this clever duck.

Reviewed by: Beverly @ Davis

 

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