Monday, November 16, 2015

The Picture Book Wall (#4)

Hi everyone!  I hope you have been having some excellent storytime sessions with the littles in your life.

If you celebrate any of the holidays, remember that picture books make excellent gifts.  And that they are something that can be enjoyed over and over again.

Also, if you happen to celebrate Christmas, instead of doing an advent calendar with your little to count down to the big day, you can do a book a day instead!  It will be a great way to help your little one unwind at the end of the day and to also build up the excitement at the same time!  For a little bit more information on this fun tradition visit HERE

Title: Home Alone - The Classic Illustrated Storybook
Author: Based on the story written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus
Illustrator: Kim Smith
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4 stars

This is a fun little book based off of the Home Alone movie.  That being said, it doesn't have a lot of what the movie does.  This book is a much much shorter version.  It is cute though.

The illustrations are very nicely done.  Very bright and fun to look at.

I am sorry that I don't have too much to say about this one.  I thought it was very nicely done.  I haven't watched the movie in a very long time, but I know that this book doesn't have most of what goes on in the story.  It is a picture book though, so having the entire story it in would make it insanely long and tough to get through for story time.

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Title: The Midnight Visitors
Author: Juliet David
Illustrator: Jo Parry
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Candle Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 stars

This picture book is actually a story of the birth of Jesus and the Wise Men visiting.  However, it is more than that.  It is also a story about sharing and kindness.  

The main character, more or less, is a cow who is trying to sleep in the barn.  However, other creatures keep coming and asking if they can come spend the night as it is really cold out.  After a small bit of consideration the cow decides to share.

It is a pretty cute book, and the illustrations are really bright and colorful.  Very fun to look at.

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Title: Why Horses Are...
Author: Tana Thompson
Illustrator: Debbie Lentz
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Carpenters Son Publishing
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 stars

This one is a very touching story.  It is actually about a girl who is in love with her horse.  However, she learns about a place that brings handicapped kids and horses together and that they are in need of horses or not all of the kids can ride them.  After some serious thinking she decides that her horse can be well used and very loved there.  So, despite how hard it is, she gives up her horse.

This is a great book.  It has a lot to teach the littles.  This one could be used for storytime, or it is great for those who can read on their own.  I think that they will get a lot out of this one.

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgally in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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