Friday, September 16, 2016

The Picture Book Wall (#13)

Hello again everyone!

I hope you have all been having a fantastic time with story times!

I personally have been trying to decide when my bug will be ready to go to public story times like the one at our local Barnes and Noble.  I think we are getting there, but I still think we aren't quite ready yet.  She tends to prefer to run around the store over sitting there.  Also, while she LOVES crayons, I don't think she is quite old enough to really enjoy the crafts that they do along with reading the story (remember she is only 1.5).

Also, I think she might be more friendly with the current person in charge of storytime there since I know her.  And I really don't want to ruin storytime for the other kids.

And then there is the library one for kids her age.  I hear it is super popular though.  And our library has like the worst parking lot ever.

I am most likely over thinking this whole thing.  What are your thoughts on this?  If you you have already started taking your littles to public storytimes, what age did you start?  Do you have any tips/tricks on how to get your little to sit and pay attention to what is going on?

Anyways, as always, I have a couple of picture book reviews to share with you this month!

Title: Goblin Hood
Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Piper Thibodeau
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 stars

I didn't expect it upon opening this book, but this is actually a Halloween story!  How fun!!!

In the story of Goblin Hood we have little gremlins that make Halloween candy all year long.  They are protected by Goblin Hood who keeps them and the candy that they make safe.  However, this year a witch drops on by and casts a curse and takes all of the Halloween candy!

The story is quite fun and it is told in verse.  This, to me, only adds to the fun of the story.  It makes it very hard not to get into what you are reading, making it that much more entertaining at storytime!

The illustrations are gorgeous.  Absolutely gorgeous.  They are bright and fun and very well done.

This is definitely a story I will be adding into rotation come October for storytime!

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

Title: The Forgetful Knight
Author: Michelle Robinson
Illustrator: Fred Blunt
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

This story is a bit on the crazy side...  As it is about a knight who forgets things...  However, the narrator himself cannot seem to remember much about the story either!

The story is about a knight that is off to go slay a...something (dragon) because the dragon ate his best friend (maybe?).  He is planning on using his sandwich (sword) to get the job done!

A lot of the story is twisted up, but very fun to read.  It is also something that is easy to read really fast!  So be careful!  It kind of just rolls off the tongue when you read it.  But it is fun!  That is for sure!

The illustrations are also a lot of fun.  They are a bit more on the cartoony simple side, but that is ok.  It works with this story.

This is definitely a fun and some what random read!

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

Title: Me and Annie McPhee
Author: Olivier Dunrea
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Wow!  Are you ready to read a tongue twister of a book?  If so, this one is definitely for you!

Me and Annie McPhee is a rhyming book that works on counting.  You start with 1 animal and something that rhymes with it.  Then you go to the number two and add something that rhymes with that!  It just builds up from there.  You repeat each part of the story with each new number addition to the tongue twistery story.

It is also another one that will be really easy to read quickly once you get the hang of the tongue twister.  I also think that it will be a good book to not only help littles learn their numbers, but to help them learn how to read and to read out loud.  With all the rhymes and what not in the story it will help them work on their confidence as they read it to YOU!

The illustrations are also very pleasant to look at.  They have a nice water color painting quality to them.  There seems to be a lot of "blue" to the pictures which to me made them more calming to look at even if there were crazy pigs wearing wigs on the page!

All in all, a fun book that will help your little work on numbers and reading out loud!

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

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