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Author: Libby Walden
Illustrator: Clover Robin


Each hard cover book offers 12 pages of of information and illustration about nature and the natural world.

Animal introductions come by rhyming text and pop-up illustration. A few additional facts are also included. Text is age appropriate and catchy.

This is an excellent first information book. The illustrations go beyond any age limitations; they are beautiful and captivating! The amazing pop-ups by Clover Robin bring each animal scene to life.

Expect rhyming text, pop-up illustrations, animal and habitat facts. Provides STEM applications. Highly recommend.

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.




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By Don Freeman Bestselling illustrator and creator of Corduroy

Words by Linda Zuckerman

Published by Zondervan: Reissue edition (April 14, 2015)

Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy, was one of the most beloved and popular author/illustrators of picture books for children. After Freeman’s death in 1978, colleagues and his wife decided to use his never before published artwork and make a commemorative book using his wonderful illustrations. Paired with Linda Zuckerman’s thoughtful rhyming text, The Day Is Waiting takes readers on a tour of our big, wide world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.

This classic tale is imbued with Freeman’s gentle humor, spontaneity, and his appreciation of the variety and complexity of human experiences, creating a book that children will enjoy reading again and again.

My Review:

I love it! And I’m hoping my young reader will, too. It’s a TERRIFIC story for all (listed for ages 4-8). The Day Is Waiting has both top notch illustrations and also a great rhyming story.  There are delightful discoveries for the reader with the reassurance that comes from returning home. The copyright page is at the end of the book with a short paragraph on both author and illustrator. This page also includes the verse:

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands

Isaiah 55:12

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 


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Tomi Ungerer

Phaidon Press

Hardback, 32 pp

An intriguing visual game for children aged 2‐5 to find the simple shape of a shoe in Ungerer’s charming and retro illustrations

Not what I expected. Even putting my expectations aside, it just doesn’t have any wow to it. Only the first and last page of the book has text. The illustrations are simple and drawn to hide a shoe(s). Aside from a few, most of the “shoes” don’t really look like shoes. At least not to me. I wouldn’t recommend this title. (giving this one the boot)

Phaidon provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


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Beautiful picture books by international authors & illustrators

NorthSouth Books

North South Publishers sent me several of their terrific titles. Here’s the books and my thoughts-

New in the North South Spring 2014 catalog, Call Me Jacob.

When Matthew decides that he wants to change his name, he soon discovers that it’s not an easy choice. ‘Jacob’ is a great skateboarder, ‘Lucas’ is the best at sports . . . and ‘Evan’ is a math wiz. Matthew tries each name—expecting that his life will better. That is, until Anna sends an invitation addressed to one very special boy—and its not Jacob, Lucas, or Evan.

A hardcover picture book that particularly boys would like; this is a good story about self-acceptance.  Marie Hübner (author), Iris Wolfermann (illustrator)

Lindbergh. The Tale of a Flying Mouse, on book shelves May 1st! 

One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.
These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers—young and old—with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.
This picture book is longer than average with 96 pages, many with full page illustrations. Probably better for kindergarten and up, it is a picture book of interest to both boys and girls. It can lead to a discussion about history, inventors, aviation (flying/airplanes), and also problem-solving and perseverance. The illustrations are done in browns and grays which adds to the history feel of the book. The ending reveals that the heroic mouse inspired Lindbergh. I don’t think the title best suits the story since the story is about the mouse, not Charles Lindbergh.  Torben Kuhlmann (author/illustrator)

One of several mice books by Japanese author Haruo Yamashita, Seven Little Mice Have Fun on the Ice, is a cute family story.  The mice siblings are not mentioned individually in the text but the illustrations show their expressions/personalities and I think this adds a lot to the story. Haruo Yamashita (author),  Kazuo Iwamura (illustrator)

“I Have a Little Problem”, said the Bear, is a story with a good lesson on listening and learning why communication is important. Young readers will notice the repetition in the story as the bear tries to tell his problem. Happy ending for little readers. The illustrations add to this paperback picture book. Her work is in full color and with a lot of attention to detail. Heinz Janisch (author), Silke Leffler (illustrator)

Pitschi. My favorite book of the bunch. 

On Lisette’s farm all the animals are happy except Pitschi, the smallest kitten. Pitschi wants to be something different. It takes a night time adventure and a warm homecoming for Pitschi to discover that what she really wants is to be a kitten after all.

Pitschi the kitten’s attempts to be a rooster, goat, rabbit, and other kinds of animals on the farm almost bring her to harm, but she finally discovers how to enjoy being a kitten.

This is another book that addresses self-acceptance. The story of Pitschi presents inquisitiveness, kindness for others, and contentment. Hans Fisher excels at both writer and illustrator. His fondness of cats is evident in the story and illustrations. Simple lines and scribbles come to life. Love this book! Hans Fisher (author/illustrator)



This review gives you a sampling of the many titles available from NorthSouth. Click here to see their Spring 2014 Catalog.

These books were provided by NorthSouth Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. 

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VanitaBooks publishes books for children ages 4-8 that are short tales teaching a moral or value. Each book presents a dilemma or fear that a child may have, and resolves those issues through the loving and reassuring guidance of a parent, or through the plot of the story itself. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to charities where “people help people help themselves.”


VanitaBooks sent me several terrific children’s titles. Here’s the books and my thoughts-

Magic Words 

Magic Words is available this September. This is the only book story of the bunch that I didn’t like. It is “a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field.” While I do like to share fantasy and make-believe with children, I think this myth feels more serious and maybe confusing to small children.  It is beautifully illustrated by Mike Blanc however and he does a wonderful job making this a visually entertaining book.

Ariel Bradley 

Also available this fall is Ariel Bradley. This is a 56 page paperback chapter-book. It offers kids a great story and great art, both rich with history. A glossary is included at the end of the book for learning some of the history terms pertaining to the story. All net profits from this book go to Fisher House Foundation.


A great book for educators and parents, Knees explains dyslexia in a way kids can understand. The art is done in a big, eye catching coloring-book style. It was “designed taking into consideration the needs of the reader with dyslexia. The font Lexia Readable was chosen for that purpose along with the use of a cream colored paper to minimize contrast and show-through.” The VanitaBooks website is very informative and with this particular book, their is a link to the Mayo Clinic for a definition of dyslexia. All net profits from this book go to Lawrence School.

I Came From the Water 

“The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.” 

I came From the Water makes a perfect read-aloud book. The end of the book includes an interview with Moses and real photos from Haiti. VanitaBooks will donate 10% from each book sold to Father Rick and Sister Judy for their work at St. Damien and St. Helene.

Mike Blanc illustrates this one, too, with bold colorful images. You can read about how the art was created for each of the VanitaBooks on the website. 

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries

And last but not least, LIfe is a Bowl Full of Cherries. Big page illustrations by Robin Hegan go along with this book’s idiom learning lesson. The meaning of the idiom is explained in small print upside down. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to The Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis and other charities where “people help people help themselves.”

Books provided by VanitaBooks in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. 

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