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.