by Rebecca Solnit
illustrated by Arthur Rackham
I really loved this modern take on an old classic. Everyone knows the story of Cinderella but have you read Ella’s story. This book was fun to read and full of so many great messages. They talk about how beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone thinks different things about what is beautiful and what makes them happy. They talk about following your dreams and not conforming to who everyone around you wants you to be, and so much more. This book while it’s a picture book is really for the older reader. I don’t see a young reader or listener getting the messages out of it. They would like the story yes, but that is it. The middle grade, teen and even adult reader will get so much more out of this tale! If your younger reader/listener is looking for they get married and live happily ever after than this is not for them. One thing that the author did that is so different from the original is she had Cinderella aka: Ella’s parents be divorced and off on their own grand adventures. Her mom is a sea captain, sailing the big blue ocean. Her dad is off being a judge somewhere far away and so she is stuck at home taking care of her Evil wicked stepmom and her mean stepsisters.
I have so many quotes and thoughts written down from reading Cinderella Liberator. I’m glad I took the time to read it and it is one of my favorites this year. The illustrations are great to. I love that their is no detail just the silhouettes of what everything is. They color scheme inside is the same as the color scheme outside baby blue and black. I hope you take the time to grab a copy from your local library or bookstore and read this gem.
About the book: In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.
by Nathan Bryon
illustrated by Dapo Adeola
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Publication Day: June 25, 2019
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Rocket Says Look Up! is a sweet story about a big brother and little sister. Rocket is interested in all things space, knowing one day she will be just like her idol Mae Jamison. I think the characters were written very realistically. Jamal being a sterotypical teen in behaviors and actions – on the net, not really wanting to run errands for mom and hang with his little sister. Rocket enthusiastic and excited about up coming meteor shower that night, telling everyone and anyone who will listen. Even handing out flyers about it while with Jamal on an errand that day. I loved all the fun meteor facts that were sprinkled through out the book. Jamal comes through when his sister is sad about meteor shower and they have a great bonding moment. Rocket Says Look Up! is a great picture book – a fun story, educational science facts, bold bright illustrations, great characters and the perfect message: When you Dream – Dream Big!
About the book: Meet Rocket–a plucky aspiring astronaut intent on getting her community to LOOK UP! from what they’re doing and reach for the stars in this auspicious debut picture book. A comet will be visible tonight, and Rocket wants everyone to see it with her–even her big brother, Jamal, whose attention is usually trained on his phone or video games. Rocket’s enthusiasm brings neighbors and family together to witness a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Perfect for fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and young science lovers excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Look Up! will inspire readers of all ages to dream big as it models Rocket’s passion for science and infectious curiosity. Author Nathan Bryon, an actor and screenwriter, and Dapo Adeola, a community-minded freelance illustrator, bring their fresh talents, passion, and enthusiasm to the picture book medium.
Thank you Random House for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Rocket Says Look Up! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Karen LeFrak
illustrated by David Bucs
Publication Date: January 15th 2019
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First thing I thought of when I saw and read the title of this book was one of our favorite family movies: Night at the Museum! We love the whole series and watch them a lot. This book is adorable and sure to be a hit with kids. I know my girls would have read this one over and over. Sleepover At The Museum is fun because you get to solve the clues along with Mason and his two best friends. The clue is given in bold type and then you flip the page to find out answer is along with information on the answer and room in the Museum of Natural History. You could wait to flip the page till after your reader/listener has given their answer or just flip the page right away. I really liked the fun educational mystery riddles part of this book. At the end of the book you get to find out what room Mason picked to have his sleepover in and I have to say he picked a good one. This book really makes me want to have a sleepover at the Museum of Natural History even as an adult! That would be so much fun. The illustrations are bright and full of bold colors and really captures the rooms in the museum. This picture book is definitely on my top 10 of 2019 and I’m pretty sure it will stay there.
About the book: Mason couldn’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover at the museum of natural history–his favorite place to visit.
Armed with headlamps for the dark hallways, a map, and a list of clues, Mason and his two best friends take off on a scavenger hunt through each hall of the museum. But they aren’t just trying to solve the clues. They’re scouting for the best place to spend the night.
Sleeping next to a T. rex in the Hall of Dinosaurs felt too scary. And sleeping with the monarch butterflies would probably tickle. This decision isn’t as easy as Mason thought it would be….
Wherever they end up, the museum at night is the best place for a birthday adventure!
Thank you Random House Kids and Crown Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of Sleepover At The Museum. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone Roach
Publication Date: January 8th 2019
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I read The Bear Ate My Sandwich and it was so cute. I love her fun stories and bright vibrant illustrations. In There Are No Bears In This Bakery you follow a cat as he investigates the source of a loud noise at his bakery. He assumes it’s a mouse or two. To his surprise he finds a cute hungry baby bear, so Muffin helps baby bear out by giving him some yummy baked goods to curb that growling stomach. Problem is where there is a baby bear there is a momma bear…
This story is cute and sure to tickle the youngest listener to older listener. Loved how she made the colors of the illustrations really put the emotions into the illustrations. When Muffin was scared the colors in the illustrations are dark, happy feelings lighter colors in the illustrations. This would be a fun book for storytime, and great for a book to craft activity at home – making some muffins, cookies etc…
About the book: A tough gumshoe of a cat–the name’s Muffin–protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin’s watch.
One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin’s got this case solved–clearly this bear needs some donuts.
In this wonderfully noir-tinged tale, Julia Sarcone-Roach gives us another funny story of a hungry bear in the wrong place at the right time. This tale is sly and sweet, with sprinkles on top.
Thank you Alfred A Knopf and Random House Kids for sending me a copy of There Are No Bears In This Bakery. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters
by Rachel Kolar
illustrated by Roland Garrigue
Borrowed on HooplaDigital
I loved this book and wish it had been around when my kids were little I would have bought this in a heartbeat. I think I still will just for me. I love picture books they are just so magical. The stories or in this case nursery rhymes combined with beautiful illustrations really bring this fun Halloween book to life. The dark deep purples and blacks with pops of color really set the mood for a funny semi spooky book. The nursery rhymes are all funny and while I say semi spooky they are very calm and tame. They include ghost – zombies and graveyards all very much associated with Halloween but the funny nursery rhymes take away the fear factor. Some of my favorite nursery rhymes: Mary Mary Tall and Scary – Twinkle Twinkle Lantern Jack and Wee Willie WereWolf . To be honest I really loved them all but these 3 I can’t get out of my head and loved the rhymes and illustrations so much. If you have little bookworms are home or even at school this would be a cute one to have out for the next few weeks. I would gift this one for moms to be or for a fun themed birthday gift for a fall little bookworms birthday. I am so glad I found this book through Hoopla and was able to read it. On a side note have you checked out Hoopla? It’s a great e-book library that has no waiting list some of the hot new releases that have huge waits on overdrive for me I’ve been able to read right away through Hoopla! It’s free to join and has a pretty good selection, so check them out if you don’t mind e-books (I linked to Hoopla right above the book picture.)
About the Book: From “Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary” to “Wee Willie Werewolf,” this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills–and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Boo!
in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art
by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin
A Pile of Leaves is such a cool concept in a picture book. It’s completely wordless with see through pages. As you flip the pages it’s like you are digging through the leaf pile. Most of the art in the books are the fall colors of red – orange – and yellows with some green thrown in for good measure. They also include fallen acorns as well as other surprises throughout the pile. I think it’s fun that they create a realistic leaf pile. Sometimes while flipping through A Pile of Leaves you come across a line of ants, or a grasshopper. While other times you come across a lost forgotten mitten, a key and a worm. Want to know what makes this book even cooler? As you flip through the book and move the see through pages your are recreating a new leaf pile on the left side as you take apart the leaf pile on the right side. The author’s include an answer key of sorts labeling all the different leaves as well as non leaf items included in this fun – colorful and artistic book. This book would be great from infant through preschool. A perfect addition to a sensory table created just for the A Pile of Leaves book including all the items that were in the book as well.
About the Book: Readers explore the concept of layering and collage with this interactive exercise in composition. Each clear acetate page features a single element in the leaf pile, though some are not leaves at all! As readers turn the pages, the leaf pile is deconstructed piece by piece on the right side, and reconstructed on the left. Younger readers will enjoy the seek-and-find aspect of the hidden objects, while older readers might experiment by adding their own images between the pages. A key at the back provides the names of each kind of leaf shown. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.
Thank you so much Phaidon Press for sending me a copy of A Pile of Leaves. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
Girls Who Code: Baby Code! series
by Sandra Horning
illustrated by Melissa Crowton
There are 4 books in the series: Play, Music, Art and Baby Code. They are board books so sturdy enough for infants and young toddlers to have. The pictures are simple, bold and colorful. The sentences are simple 1 sentence per page. My husband who is a coder really thought the idea was cool and wished they had been around when our bookworms were little so he could have read these instead of the tongue twisting books they loved. 🙂 For me I liked the regular story parts but really think the code part was more for parents, especially parents that work in coding and programming. The coding part explains what is happening on the page and how it is used in every day living and activities. I found it interesting but not sure if I’d read that part if it was reading the book aloud. The Baby Code book explains coding a bit better. Some examples: Baby needs a nap, code tells computer to go to sleep. Overall I think it’s a cute board book series but the coding part in my mind is way over the babies, toddler and preschool bookworms heads. Maybe it’s just me my husband starts to explain something from work and I’m lost. I get science and math but coding always trips me up. I think these would be a great gift for a new baby who’s mom, dad or both are programmers. They would really love the series.
About the series: It’s never too early to get little ones interested in computer coding with this unique series of board books!
How do you explain coding in art to a baby? By showing how it’s all around them, and how they can take part in it, of course! By using items in a baby’s world, like a camera or a block made from a 3D printer, this charming board book full of bright, colorful illustrations is the perfect introduction to coding in art for babies and their caregivers–and is sure to leave them wanting to learn more!
Thank you Penguin Random House for sending the Baby Code! series. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.