Posts Tagged ‘Children’s easy book’

Upside Down Babies

December 17, 2014

by Jeanne Willis

“Once when the world tipped upside down, the earth went blue and the sky went brown.  All the baby animals tumbled out of bed and ended up with very funny moms instead.”  These are the first two sentence in this clever and beautifully illustrated book, “Upside Down Babies.”  We would all be a bit shocked to see a pig falling into a parrot’s nest.  But just imagine how that parrot mom would feel.   How about a polar bear landing in the desert next to her new mom, a camel.   A cheetah faster than lightning ends up with a sloth, can anything be slower.  This cheery book brings humor to each page as each mom is faced with unthinkable challenges gazing on their new babies.  Of course, the world does turn around but the ending may surprise you as a few babies and moms actually are happier with their new arrivals.

This book is great for our toddlers as well as preschool children.  Any adult would enjoy sharing this book with a group of children as well as a fun read one on one.

Davis – (Bev)

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

December 16, 2014

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission to dig a hole in search of something spectacular.  As they try to figure out the best strategy, the reader (and the knowing dog) see the big gems that the pair are missing.  When they fall asleep and free-fall through the deeper hole, they end up falling from above, back to where they were before…or is it?  With sepia-toned illustrations, spare text and the reader in the know, children will enjoy the surprise ending.

This story reminded of that child-like belief that you can dig a hole to China, and the illustrations brought to mind that classic, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss.  Enjoy!



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Planet Kindergarten

December 10, 2014

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By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Illustrated by Shane Prigmore

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The boy in this book is training to explore Planet Kindergarten on his very first mission. He checks his plans for the next day, gets his supplies with his mom, gets two thumbs up from the doctor, and prepares for lift off! It’s difficult to explore a strange new world on his own, but he doesn’t want his parents to worry, so he stands tall. His crew mates are all strange creatures. Though he’s dealing with many unusual crew members, the boy manages to make a new friend.

Planet Kindergarten is an outrageous space-themed adventure with lots of fun characters. If your child is a fan of space, or zany books, they’ll love reading this adventure. The illustrations are extremely colorful and fun, giving hints about the normal day behind the space mission. There’s even a few Star Trek references for the grown ups! You might consider reading it to prepare your little one for his or her own trip to kindergarten!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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This Book Just Ate My Dog!

November 28, 2014

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by Richard Byrne

When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.

With a little direction from Bella, readers will turn, shake and jiggle the book until everyone’s been rescued! This Book Just Ate My Dog is a clever, funny story that can’t help but delight!

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Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)









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Zeraffa Giraffa

November 18, 2014

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By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Jane Ray

Zeraffa the giraffe was caught in Africa. No taller than the tallest hunter, she was just a baby. When she was presented to the Pasha, he was delighted. He decided that she would be the perfect gift for his friend, the king of France. Zeraffa was given to a boy named Atir, who would care for her on the long journey. They first took a small boat up the Nile River, then a bigger boat across the Mediterranean Sea, and then Atir and Zeraffa walked the great distance to the beautiful city of Paris!

Through the whole journey, Zeraffa keeps growing, and growing, and growing! By the time they reach the King, she’s taller than any animal the French have ever seen. They loved her right away! Soon, French ladies were styling their wigs to be as tall as they could and they decorated their homes with the pattern on Zeraffa’s fur. The French people made cookies in the shape of giraffes and trimmed their bushes to look like her. But the one who loved her most of all was the King’s granddaughter.

Zeraffa Giraffa is a beautiful book about a giraffe’s great journey. The soft illustrations will capture the reader’s imagination and transport them to a time long ago when no one had ever seen a giraffe in Paris.

Recommended for ages: 6-10

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Poor Doreen, A Fishy Tale

November 7, 2014

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By Sally Lloyd-Jones & Alexandra Boiger

Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts is an amply roundy fish. On her way to visit a cousin who’s just had 157 babies she encounters a fisherman (Oh dear!). She sees a dragon fly on the way and thinks, “Goody! How lucky, a snack for my journey!” but poor Doreen gets caught by the fisherman! The fisherman jerks his pole and reels her in. Instead of being scared, Doreen thinks she’s become the fastest swimmer in the world. Through a series of fortunate events, silly Doreen makes it back into the water without ever losing her cheerful attitude.

Poor Doreen comes to life with beautiful watercolor pictures and fun text that bends and changes sizes for emphasis. Even though poor Doreen goes through some scary things (like being picked up by a heron!), she stays joyful and friendly through her whole journey. She even makes pleasant conversation with the heron that’s trying to eat her!  Everyone will enjoy this fishy tale.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!

October 30, 2014

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By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

All of the other dinosaurs in kindergarten are playing so nicely together. Aptosaurus colors, Pteranodon inspects, Velociraptor glitters, but Tyrannosaurus wrecks all their hard work! He’s not very good at playing with any of the other dinosaurs, knocking over their blocks and making a mess of craft time. It’s not a surprise that none of the other dinosaurs want to play with him, but it leave Tyrannosaurus feeling lonely and sad. Can he learn to fix instead of wreck and clean up instead of make a mess?

Like many other books for this pre-school age, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! can help children understand that it’s better to be nice when playing with others. With vivid pictures and an adorable, bright orange Tyrannosaurus, it’s easy to have fun with this book. Some of the dinosaur names are challenging, but there’s a guide in the front of the book to help you out!

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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October 22, 2014

wednesdayAn educational and clever book for young readers written by Anne Bertier called Wednesday.   We meet Little Round and Big Square who get together every Wednesday to play their favorite game, turning into different objects.  They change into butterflies, flowers and mushrooms until Big Square begins to show off.   The nerve of Big Square to turn himself into objects that I cannot create  thought Little Round.  He became quite angry.  Big Square and Little Round decided to work together and create an array of shapes they both could enjoy until they both become hungry.  You’ll never guess what their new favorite shape was,  an ice cream cone, yum, yum.

With simple primary colors and different shapes this book can be enjoyed by young children everywhere.  You will enjoy watching all the unique shapes that Big Square and Little Round create as well as guessing what shapes they are using.  This book also gives a parent or caregiver an opportunity to discuss friendship, anger and jealousy with your child.  The beginning steps in learning to accept the differences in each other as well as finding a solution to your problem.

Bev (Davis)

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This Orq. (He cave boy.)

October 21, 2014


This Orq. (He Cave Boy.)  by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols

Meet Orq.  He cave boy.  Meet Woma.  He woolly mammoth.  Orq *love* Woma.  But when Orq decides to keep Woma as a new pet, his mother has a few complaints, not the least of which is the (literally) mammoth-sized dung heaps Woma leaves inside cave-sweet-cave.  What’s a cave boy to do?

But never fear.  Like many impractical pets, Woma proves her worth when she gets Orq out of a spot of danger involving a hungry sabertooth tiger.  Orq’s mother invites Woma back into the family and they all live happily ever after…almost.

Pair this book with any of a number of picture books about impractical or strange pets, and get your little one laughing.  See below for a list of great titles to get you started.


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Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay
Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey

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Color Mixing Fun!

October 14, 2014

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet is a wonderfully interactive picture book, and a fun introduction to colors and color mixing.  Directed to tap here and rub there, readers and listeners mix the colors on the pages of this book.  With its generous white space and splotches of paint color, the reader is invited to “with one finger take a little bit of the blue…and just touch the yellow.  Rub it…gently…”

And with a page turn, “see?” the reader sees the splotch of green that they’ve made!

Herve Tullet gave new meaning to an interactive picture book with Press Here, and this title follows in that same vein.

A delightfully fun reading experience that hopefully leads to some actual play with paints and colors!

Read the book, get some finger paints…and MIX IT UP!

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