Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Picture Book Wall (#8)

As always, I have more picture books to share with you this month!

I am starting to find myself really liking picture books and reading them.  I, personally, think I need to get a bit more into it when I read them out loud, but I am doing so much better than I used to.  I guess I just need more and more practice!  Yay for storytimes with littles!  Storytime gives you plenty of practice.

Also, the kids don't judge.  They just listen.  So don't be afraid.  Go for it! Have fun!

And without further are this months picture book reviews!

Title: Mr. Mischief and the Leprechaun
Author: Roger Hargreaves
Series: Mr. Men and Little Miss
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

Mr. Mischief and the Leprechaun is an incredibly fun read!  In this book Mr. Mischief - who loves to create mischief -  meets a leprechaun.  And guess what?  The leprechaun ALSO loves to make mischief.  So they team up and pull pranks on Mr. Mischief's friends.

It is quite fun.  However, this book may give your child some prank ideas, so you may want to be ready to be pranked or to atleast have a conversation about pranking people when you read it.  Unless you are okay with getting a pepper sandwich for lunch one day that is!

Also, this book is actually pretty small.  So it isn't going to be the easiest book to use for a group storytime.  However, it would be perfect for a one on one or one on two storytime.  Also, if you have a reader, feel free to have them read this story to you!  It may be a bit of a challenge depending on their reading skill, but practice and quality time will be had!

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

Title: Raybot
Author: Adam F. Watkins
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Publication Date: March 26, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

Raybot is a lonely robot in search of a friend.  Actually, he is specifically in search of a puppy.  However, he doesn't know what a puppy looks like.  He only knows that a puppy "barks". 

Throughout the course of this story, Raybot meets a lot of different animals.  He asks every one of them if they "bark".  In turn, we the reader, get introduced to a lot of different animals and the sounds that they make.

And there are a lot of animals in this book, some of which I had no idea how to make the noises of.  It really stretched my imagination!  A great way to work on my storytime skills for sure.  And of course my little Bug loved it and giggled quite often while I read through the story!

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

Title: Hoot and Peep
Author: Lita Judge
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

Hoot and Peep! So so cute!  This book is about an older brother owl (Hoot) and a little sister owl (Peep).  Peep is finally old enough to go out at night with her brother, but she has the desire to sing to the night.  Yet Hoot tells her that she can't do that.  That owls only "hoot."

This is a great story.  I think it is perfect for siblings.  It teaches them that even though they might do things differently, that neither one is necessarily wrong.  Also, it shows you that doing something outside of the normal can actually be fun and enjoyable!

Oh and the artwork.  The artwork is gorgeous.  I could look at the pictures all day!

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

Title: Echo Echo
Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: Josee Masse
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 Stars

Echo Echo is perfect for fans of mythology.  However, these mythology stories are not written in the normal fashion.  They are written in poetry form - reversos in fact. 

What is a reverso?  It is actually a poem that reads differently depending on how you read it.  You read it one way, and then you flip it over and read it in reverse and it tells the story in a different way!  It is really quite creative and very interesting!

That being said, each mythology covered in this book is told in two stories.  Sometimes the poems are from the same character, other times they are told from differing characters.

This is not necessarily a book I would use for storytime.  However, I would possibly consider it as reading before bed.  It is a longer book, but easy to find a place to stop in.  So you could potentially read a couple poems a night and everyone would end up happy.

Or if you have an older child that is not quite ready for chapter books, but likes to read and likes mythology - they would enjoy reading this one.  There are ample enough words on the pages that they wont feel like they are reading a "book for babies."

Also, the artwork is gorgeous!

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


  1. I love this. Hoot & Peep sounds adorable. And I always did love a good Mr. Men book. :)

  2. I love this series of posts! Most of the blogs I read focus mainly on YA and NA, but this is unique, and it gives your blog something special. :)

    1. Thank you! I figured I am already reading picture books to my kiddo that I may as well review them and put them up on the blog too :)