Monday, February 15, 2016

The Picture Book Wall (#7)

My bug turned 1 only a few days ago and something I want to really start focusing on is storytime.  I have been reading to her some already, but I want to increase it.  I think I am also going to start taking her to the storytime at our local BN.  She is still a bit too young for the crafts that they do along with them, but I think the exposure to the stories, other people reading them, and the other kids will do her some good.  I am also going to be trying to do more storytimes within my MOMs Club chapter that I started in my area.

All of these are excellent goals, I think at least.  Now I just have to actually have to take steps in achieving them.

How have your storytimes with your littles been going?  Read any fantastic books lately?  Tell me!

And without further ado, here are this months picture book reviews!

Title: Little Bitty Friends
Author: Elizabeth McPike
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

This one is really cute and relatively simple.  Great for the younger crowd as it wont take too long to read through the whole story - perfect for those shorter attention spans!

Despite the simplistic story, it was still super cute and super fun to read through.  It was all about little friends such as caterpillars, dogs, etc.  Things that are our friends even though they don't look like us.  

The pictures were not overly detailed either, but they were still very pleasant to look at.

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Title: The Importance of Being 3
Author: Lindsay Ward
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

Technically this book would be the best for a 3 year old as this story is all about the number 3 and what is so awesome about it (including being 3 yourself).  However, don't let that stop you from reading this story to kids of other ages.  It covers a lot of different things that deal with the number 3.  A great lesson told in a super fun way if you ask me.

The pictures are fun to look at too, which doesn't hurt at all either!

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Title: Mr. Tod's Trap
Author: Frederick Warne
Series: Peter Rabbit Animation
Publisher: Warne
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

Do you remember Peter Rabbit from when you were little?  Well he is still around and has some new stories!  Mr. Tod's Trap is one of those!

This story is about Peter Rabbit and a couple of his friends.  They find some radishes, but they figure it must be a trap set by Mr. Tod!  They try to avoid it, but the call of the radishes is too strong.  One of the friends actually get caught in the trap!  The friends must then work together before Mr. Tod can get a hold of them and eat them for dinner!

This book isn't technically a picture book.  It is one of those 4 x 4 square books.  However, it would still be great for a storytime or for a beginning reader.

I wasn't a huge fan of the illustrations.  They are computer graphic animation style.  That is just my personal preference though.

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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