Showing posts from December, 2022

CHRISTMAS BOOKS: Peppa Pig and the Christmas Surprise & A Very Mercy Christmas by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Duden

PEPPA PIG AND THE CHRISTMAS SURPRISE created by Mark Baker and Neville Astley Candlewick Entertainment, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-2810-6 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Join Peppa Pig and her family for a high-flying Christmas—and a special surprise—when Grandpa Pig receives a drone from Santa. It’s Christmas morning, and Santa has left presents under the tree for everyone. But no one is more delighted than Grandpa Pig, whose gift is something he’s always wanted: a drone! Everyone rushes outside to try it out, and Peppa and George love watching where it flies. But when its battery runs low, the drone is supposed to fly home. Where is that? Could it be . . . the North Pole? As Peppa and George watch and wait, they spot friends having wintry fun while Grandpa’s gift flies farther and farther away. What kind of Christmas surprise will it take for him to get it b

CHRISTMAS BOOKS: Through the North Pole Snow by Polly Faber & Richard Jones & Jingle Bells illustrated by You-hsuan Huang

THROUGH THE NORTH POLE SNOW by Polly Faber, illustrated by Richard Jones Candlewick Press, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-2852-6 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK What happens when a little white fox meets a certain jolly old soul? A sweet, enchantingly illustrated take on how Santa spends the year leading up to Christmas. When a hunting fox pounces through the snow and finds itself inside a warm home, it's welcomed and given dinner by a kind bearded man with a big round belly. Soon yawning, the man leaves the fox to explore through piles of strewn wrapping paper and rows of empty shelves. As the man sleeps, the fox curls up, too, until sun and flowers return, luring them both outside. But soon the man gets back to work—drawing and measuring, painting and hammering, sewing and stuffing, until all the empty shelves are filled from top to bottom. Paired with Richa

REINDEER IN HERE: A Book and Plush Gift Set

REINDEER IN HERE: A Christmas Friend written by Adam Reed, illustrated by Xindi Yan Simon Spotlight, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-6659-0013-3 Source: publisher for review Ages 4 and up All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book summary & images provided by publisher through ABOUT THE SET Soon to be airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+! Start a new holiday tradition and celebrate what makes each child unique with this giftable boxed set that comes with a timeless picture book and a lovable, huggable plush. Reindeer in Here celebrates that being different is normal. This holiday legend from long, long ago is a very special story that children should know. A kind and true reindeer with one antler small miraculously changed Christmas once and for all. At holiday time, a special little reindeer with mismatched antlers shows up as an early gift from Santa to stay with each child and go on daily adventures with them. The reindeer learns the child’s true Christmas wishes (and m

BROWSEABLE NONFICTION : Just Joking Science by National Geographic Kids

JUST JOKING SCIENCE by Rosie Gowsell Pattison National Geographic 2022 ISBN: 978-1-4263-7151-6 Source: Media Masters Publicity for review (THANKS!) Ages 8-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK This hilarious new book in the kid-favorite Just Joking series—packed with 300 science-themed jokes, riddles, knock-knocks, tongue twisters, and more—is scientifically proven to leave kids laughing, chuckling, and exclaiming “Eureka!” It’s got jokes about all kinds of science stuff—kooky chemistry, funny physics, dinosaurs, space, and more—plus 10 stories of real-life scientific experiments that are so wacky you’ll hardly believe them! This book is a gut-busting party-starter or a quiet-time entertainer, great for chuckling alone or reading aloud to friends and family. It’s also perfectly portable: Toss it in a backpack or take it on the road for on-the-go giggles. The perfect read for science whizzes (and

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: All the Places We Call Home by Patrice Gopo & Jenin Mohammed

ALL THE PLACES WE CALL HOME written by Patrice Gopo, illustrated by Jenin Mohammed Worthy Kids, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5460-1266-5 Source: WorthyKids for review (Thanks!) Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book summary & cover provided by publisher through ABOUT THE BOOK Fall in love with this lyrically written and lushly illustrated exploration of identity and home that celebrates all the places and people who make us who we are. "And where shall we go?" Mama asks as she tucks me in. "South Africa. Where I was born." My answer summons Mama's stories, stories that send us soaring back in time to when I was a baby. Out my window. Down my street. Across water. Across continents. Where do you come from? Where does your family come from? For many children, the answers to these questions can transform a conversation into a journey around the globe. In her first picture book, author Patrice Gopo illuminates how family stories help shape ch

#MMGM: Novels in Verse--Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson & Garvey in the Dark by Nikki Grimes

These two beautiful novels-in-verse have a lot in common.  Both have black male protagonists who love music and play the guitar.  Both boys have fathers who have health problems.  Both books are written by BIPOC female authors who are known for their poetic abilities.  The books have their differences as well, Garvey faces isolation during the pandemic while ZJ has his family and his 'boys' to help and support him. BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020 ISBN: 978099545436 Source: school library Middle grade realistic/contemporary fiction/novel-in-verse Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Jacqueline Woodson's novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies. For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with