Monday, November 20, 2017

Picture Book Palooza


Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am looking at three different picture books that younger readers will enjoy. To check out the other stops that do Middle Grade Monday check out our new hub at Always in the Middle... by Greg Pattridge.

Sam & Eva
by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, published by Simon & Schuster Children's

This book is adorable! Sam and Eva are two friends who like to color and paint. One day Eva visits Sam and a picture war begins. Their wall drawings begin interacting until the mayhem is too much. Then, they draw a door in the wall, crawl through and begin on a clean white wall.

This book is full of imagination. Our two main characters are both done in black and white, while every thing they paint or color is bright and bold. Their characters come to life, reacting to each other and their drawer's moods. I enjoyed watching the story on the wall evolve and change and then when they draw a small door and go through the wall- priceless! 5 stars.




Polly and Her Duck Costume: The true story of a little blind rescue goat (GOA Kids - The Goats of Anarchy)
by Leanne Lauricella, Jill Howarth (illustrator), published by The Quarto Group


This story is full of warm fuzzies and kindness. It is a true story based on the author's animal rescue work. Polly is a blind goat that is rescued when her mom goat abandons her. Leanne saves her and brings her home to her farm. Polly looks to Leanne as her new mom and follows her everywhere, getting very nervous when she can't hear her. To help Polly's anxiety, Leanne puts her in a duck costume that she bought for Halloween, and it works miracles. Polly thrives, and when a new goat rescue, Pippa, shows up, she lets the new goat have her costume while she gets a bigger size.

The story is so fun and since it is real life it is even more exciting. You couldn't have thought up the idea of a nervous, blind goat that only wants to wear a duck costume.  It is a bit wordy, and I put that down to this being a real life telling rather than a picture book fiction. After the story, there are real life pictures of Polly and Pippa, which is an added bonus. I think it shares the great morals of love, care and acceptance. 4 stars!

Papillon Goes to the Vet 
by A.N. Kang, published by Disney

This book is all about a fluffy cat named Papillon, and guess what? He can fly! Which is really cool because the first thing I noticed was his name, Papillon, which means butterfly in French. This cat is so big, white and fluffy, he looks like a cloud, and I just wanted to hug him. He loves to play catch with his best friend, a bird (strange relationship there, lol). One day, Papillon swallows the toy mouse they are playing with and gets sick. He is stricken with the hiccups and can no longer fly! His owner rushes him to the vet, where he meets other cats who can do amazing things. He feels left out and sad. But then, after a violent hiccup, the toy pops out of his mouth and he is fine. Then he gets to play with the other cats and show them his talents.

This is a cute, simple book. The story is not very deep, but it does teach kids that when they are in a strange situation they can put their best foot forward. I love the illustration on the way home from the vet, Papillon is wearing his blanket like a cape, now feeling confident after having made many new friends. A fun, feel-good book for young readers. 4 stars!

Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me
by Ainsley Earhardt, Ji-Hyuk Kim (Illustrations), published by Aladdin


This book stole my heart! Not just the beautiful story of a mother and daughter, but the absolutely brilliant and colorful illustrations. They are very impressionistic with soft, blending images, and bright, warm colors. Hats off to illustrator Ji-Hyuk Kim.

The story also took my breath away, perhaps because I am a mother and could relate to every detail, but also because one of my motto's in life is, Be Still. This book brings that idea to the forefront of learning. We begin with a mom who has a list of things she wants her child to see and do, but one day, as she watches her child play at the park, she realizes that her child is already seeing and doing amazing things just by interacting with the world around her. She teaches her mom new ideas about feeling, being, hearing and seeing. The main idea being, "To slow down, take small steps. Make each moment last. The world is a blur if you're spinning too fast." Such a touching point and one every parent can relate to as their children grow by leaps and bounds. This is a book to share with those you love! 5 stars!


Buy them now on Amazon-

Sam & Eva

Polly and Her Duck Costume

Papillon Goes to the Vet

Through Your Eyes




6 comments:

  1. Dorine, these are perfect Christmas gift books for all seasons! Will Sam and Eva encourage little ones to draw on walls? :) Through Your Eyes is perfect for my niece and great niece. Thanks.

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    1. I don't think it will. It is a lot like that book from my childhood, Harold and the Purple Crayon. It expands your imagination.

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  2. I love list reviews! This post was actually very helpful to me because I'm currently tutoring a girl who loves picture books, so I'll definitely check these recommendations out to see if my student likes them. Through Your Eyes sounds like a beautiful read -- I've just put it on my TBR shelf to read soon. I enjoyed reading your post! ��

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    1. Thank you! I think you will enjoy Through Your Eyes. It is fabulous.

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  3. Thanks for the book suggestions. My grandchildren love to read before bed.

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    1. My pleasure. I hope your grandchildren will love them.

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