Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Perfect Pumpkin

by Kallie George, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Books is about

Feather, Flap, and Spike are looking for the perfect pumpkin because… what else do you do when it is fall? Look for pumpkins of course.

Feather and Flap do a good job of looking for a perfect pumpkin. But Spike has other ideas… Whenever Feather and Flap find the perfect pumpkin, Spike squish it by jumping on it, using it as a bowling ball and juggling it. Whatever he does, he ends up squishing it, which frustrates Feather and Flap.

But in the end, Feather and Flap, and Mama makes him understand that pumpkins are for decorating for fall and Halloween. The other pumpkins that Spike squished? They’re good for a pumpkin pie! Continue reading

Opposites by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Story

“Opposites” doesn’t really have a story in the strict sense. Rather, it presents a lot of animals doing silly things and presenting opposite concepts: Up and Down; big and small; wet and dry; hid and seek (although I was thinking if hid and seek are really opposites?); cold and hot; brave and scared; naughty and nice; alone and together; happy and sad; normal and crazy; fight and make up; and lastly asleep and awake.

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Who Done It by Olivier Tallec

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Who Done It?
Author: Olivier Tallec
Published by: Chronicle Books San Francisco
Copyright 2014 by Actes Sud, Paris. English translation copyright 2015 by Chronicle Books LLC.

About the Author

Here’s the author’s bio from his Amazon page:

Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 50 books for children. He’s fascinated by textiles and by all forms of popular culture. An avid traveler, he divides his time between Paris, where he lives, and far-flung adventures. November 2008 brought him to both Chicago and San Francisco, where he visited schools and promoted his books.

You can check out his website at http://www.oliviertallec.fr/

Story or What It is About

This book does not really have a story in the strict sense. Rather, it is more of a visual puzzle or quiz for kids. As the title implies, the kid reading the book needs to identify the answer to the question in each page. It’s like a multiple choice question because there are 5-10 character illustrations to choose the answer from.

The questions are simple such as “Who didn’t get enough sleep?”; “Who ate all the jam?”; “Who is in love?”; and “who is in disguise?” among others.

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Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylang & Steven Henry

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Herbert’s First Halloween
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Steven Henry
Published by Chronicle Books San Francisco
Text Copyright 2017 by Cynthia Rylant
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Steven Henry 
No. of pages: 29

About the Author & Illustrator

from the back flap jacket: Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newberry Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at http://CynthiaRylant.com.

Steven Henry (formerly Steven D’Amico) has illustrated several children’s books, including the award-winning Ella the Elephant series and It’s Raining Bats & Frogs. He lives in West Seattle, Washington, with his wife, daughter, and a cat named Wini. For more information, visit http://StevenHenry.net. 

Story

Herbert’s First Halloween tells the story of how Herbert, a pig, and his father prepared for Halloween. Herbert’s father shows Halloween photos from his own childhood to encourage Herbert and prepare him for his first.

After asking if he can be a cowboy like his dad, he decides to dress up as a tiger, instead. His father took his measurements then prepared his costume. Father pig sewed Herbert’s tiger costume. Herbert practiced his roar. When the last day of October arrived, he and his father went around the neighborhood and gathered candy while meeting a lot of other kids in costume.

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Frank the Seven-Legged Spider

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Story

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider tells the story of Frank, a spider who is happily doing whatever Spider’s do. But one day, he woke up missing one of his legs. Spiders are supposed to have 8 legs. Now that he only has 7, what is he? Is he still a spider? His friends weren’t even sure.

So Frank sets out to look for his missing leg. He searched far and wide and practiced moving around with only 7 legs. Then he found a group of ants who tells her about one of them who lost her antenna. But she eventually became their queen.

He then rediscovers other things and activities that any spider could do like make webs and move around. Knowing that he is still a spider, he goes back to his spider friends and resumes his jolly, happy spider self. Continue reading

Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster 
Author & Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Published by: Holiday House
Copyright 2014 by Mike Wohnoutka

About the Author & Illustrator

Mike Wohnoutka has illustrated many books for children, including Moo! You can check out his website at http://mikewohnoutka.com.

Story

“Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” by Mike Wohnoutka is a simple story about a dog who is looking for someone to play with. It encounters different possible playmates but they are either busy, lazy, mean, boring, or preoccupied.

Then it set its eyes on a big green monster reading a book on a bench. At first the monster refuses to play and appeared to be mean. But the dog persists. Eventually, the big green monster plays with the dog and they both have fun together. Finally, the big green monster wanted to go home but the dog thought it wanted to race. They both get to the house and rest.

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Troto and the Trucks by Uri Shulevitz

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Troto and the Trucks
Author & Illustrator: Uri Shulevitz
Published by: Farrar Strauss Giroux Books for Young Readers
Copyright 2015 by Uri Shulevitz

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Benny Shark Goes to Friend School

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Benny Shark Goes to Friend School
Author: Lynn Rowe Reed
Illustrator: Rhode Montijo
Published by Two Lions, an imprint of Amazon.com, Inc
Text Copyright 2017 by Lynn Rowe Reed
Illustration Copyright 2017 by: Rhode Montijo
No. of pages: 30

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Moo! by David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Moo!
Author: David LaRochelle
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers (An imprint of Bloomsbury)
Text Copyright 2013 by David LaRochelle
Illustration Copyright 2013 by Mike Wohnoutka

About the Author & Illustrator

David LaRochelle was born in Minneapolis and grew up in New Brighton, Minnesota. He served as an elementary school teacher and eventually became a children’s books author and illustrator. Check out his website at http://davidlarochelle.com/

Mike Wohnoutka started drawing when he was a kid. His high school art teacher encouraged him to pursue art as a career. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. Check out his website at http://mikewohnoutka.com/

Story

“Moo!” is a simple book about a cow who saw a car, rode that car over the hills, then downhill and crashed into a police car. Then it had to go back up the hills and be confronted by his farmer.

The book does not have any other dialogue except ‘Moo!” with varying amounts of the letter o. But it’s a fun read when you pronounce ‘moo’ using different intonations and taking a cue from the situations described by the illustration.

My son was laughing as we read it using different intonations and pronunciations of “Moo!” It was just a fun read.

Values

This book can help you talk about speeding in a car, bicycle or any vehicle for that matter, and the importance of being careful and mindful while riding a kid’s toy vehicle.

Caution

When you read this to your child (especially those who are 4 years old or older), though, be aware that at the end of the story, the cow says “Baaa!’ and points to a sheep

The most obvious interpretation is that the cow is passing the blame to the sheep, instead of owning up to its own mistake. After all, the cow is the one who rode the car and crashed it into the police car.

That might be a good comic relief for adults. But for kids, that might teach them something you don’t want them to learn.

Artwork

The illustrations are kid-friendly, bright, and cute. The cow, itself is drawn nicely. Wohnoutka captures well the facial expressions and reactions of the cow and the other characters in the book.

Fun Factor

Our son laughed out loud while reading this book. After a few reads, he insisted on reading the book himself (he cannot really ‘read’ yet), imitating the intonations and inflections that my wife and I used.

 

PAPASaurus by Stephan Lomp

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: PapaSaurus
Author: Stephan Lomp
Illustrator: Stephan Lomp
Published by Chronicle Books San Francisco
Copyright 2017 by Stephan Lomp

About the Author

Stephan Lomp studied visual communications and has been a freelance illustrator since 1996. He started his children’s book career by illustrating books by other authors in Germany, and now both writes and illustrates his own books in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the United States. He lives with his family in Dusseldorf, Germany. Check out his website at http://www.lomp.de/

Story

The book is about Babysaurus playing hide-and-seek with his dad, Papasaurus. They are both brontosaurus. The book is a snapshot of a day in Babysaurus’ life when he had to seek his Papa, who was hiding.

Babysaurus asks other dinosaur kids if they saw his Papasaurus. Along the way, the reader gets to learn about the characteristics of other dinosaurs.

In the end, Babysaurus finds and discovers where Papasaurus hid and they get to play again with each other.

Values

As Babysaurus and the reader learns about the characters of the other dinosaurs, you can talk to your child about how people are different and unique. It can also be fun to talk about the traits and characteristics of Daddy that your child loves.

Artwork

The illustrations and colors of the characters in the book standout against the black background. The white text also helps a young reader follow the words.

Fun Factor

Our son enjoyed this book. He loved seeing how Babysaurus asked different dinosaurs where his Papasaurus was. He also pointed at the different types of dinosaurs that he can identify. He also invited me to play Hide-and-seek right after reading this book.