Saturday, 12 November 2016

Picture Book Parade!




MARGO THINKS TWICE
Written and Illustrated by Monica Arnaldo

October 2016; 32 Pages
Owlkids Books
Genre: anxiety, picture book, children's

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
 

★★1/2

Margo's mother warns her to be careful in her activities, and Margo thinks about the worst-case scenario.  Over the day she becomes anxious until her mother admits that they are allowed to be messy.  I really like the pictures in this book and the message the author was trying to come across.  I do not think anxiety in kids is discussed much in mainstream.  Having had anxiety as a child I wish there books to say you are not alone.  However, I don't think the message came across that great in the story.  There is not much build up and has an abrupt ending. 


MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH
Written by Peggy Janousky
Illustrated by Meghan Lands
October 2016; 32 Pages
Annik Press
Genre: picture book, children's, school anxiety

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
 

★★★★

It is the first day of school and Miss. Macintosh does not want to teach kindergarten.  The principle and all the teachers come over and get her out of the door - dressed and ready to catch the bus.  When she gets to school she realizes she may not be the only one who is nervous about the first day.

Love the illustrations in this book!  I like the twist in the story where it is the teacher, instead of the student, that is nervous about attending school for the first time.  It is a cute and fun story for any tot heading to school.


MAGGIE MCGILLCUDDY'S EYE FOR TROUBLE
Written by Susan Hughes
Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
October 2016; 32 Pages
Kids Can Press
Genre: picture book, children's

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
 

★★★★

Maggie McGillcuddy is unlike anyone in the neighbourhood.  She has an eye for trouble that no one else can see.  Then Charlie moves in next door and has an imagination as big as Maggie.  Maggie and Charlie are able to keep the bad things away that are in their imagination, but it is Maggie to the rescue when there is real trouble for Charlie.

I loved the relationship between Charlie and Maggie - reminds me of me and my Bibi.  I think sometimes the elderly and children have a special bond because they have the ability to see beyond the usual. I highly recommend this book!


SOLUTIONS FOR COLD FEET AND OTHER LITTLE PROMBLEMS
Written and Illustrated by Corey Sookocheff
October 2016; 48 Pages
Random House Publishing; Tundra
Genre: picture book, children's

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
 

★★★

This is a cute book looking at how kids can problem-solve.  The pictures are just okay - they are very simple and might not engage children.  The story is also very simple, but is a great conversation starter with kids.   


MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY
Written by Pamela Hall
Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
October 2014; 32 Pages
Tanglewood Press
Genre: picture book, children's

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)
 

★★★★

 As Walnut eats his cereal in the morning he asks his mother if they can stay home together.  He regales her with all the fun things they could do.  Walnut's mother explains to him that she needs to go to work to pay for their home, and all the things he loves.  She also tells him that when she misses him at work she has pictures of him everywhere.  So in compromise he asks for his mother's pictures when he is at school and misses her. 

Soooooo adorable!  I love the illustrations in this one - it fits the characters and story.  I also liked that this book has a single mother that is the breadwinner in the family.  Just an adorable book for kids who have wondered what mom/dad does without them.


k (My Novelesque Life)

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