Posts Tagged ‘picture book’

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

recommended age 3-6

hardcover 40 pages

My opinion:  The “chooser” idea doesn’t sit well with me. (I am not comfortable with this idea) I also don’t like the illustrations that shows “choosers” being represented as a furry balloon, bubble kind of critter. The writing is reminiscent of the Dr Seuss style of rhyming. I would enjoy a child’s picture book that address free will/ choice making with more emphasis on the importance of making good choices and the consequences of bad ones minus an actual “chooser” which there is not.

Confusing review? Well, that’s an appropriate word to describe this book. Confusing. Not recommended.


Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of All is Bright in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.


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Hardcover, 32 pages, ages 2-4

Meet a determined little spider who can’t seem to spin a perfect web. Whoosh goes the wind as it blows each web away. But one thing Walter can spin is shapes and one day he spins the most spectacular shape of all. It’s better than perfect – it’s a truly wonderful web.

I love this spider! This is a great picture book that my little reviewer and I both recommend. (It’s the one I pick when it’s “my” turn to choose) It entertains with a wonderful story and with beautiful illustrations. It teaches basic shapes and the concept of perseverance. Good book to choose for fall, an active spider season. More from Tim Hopgood on Amazon.


What’s your favourite book, of those that you’ve written?
Books need all the enthusiasm and energy you can give them to ever be published. So I always say the book
I’m working on at the moment is my favourite.

Tim Hopgood/ Macmillan provided these two titles 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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Where’s Walrus? and Where’s Walrus? and Penguin? are two fun picture books. No words. And none are needed for an entertaining story. Actually, I like that I can create my own telling of the plot for my listener. Both books have been read many times already. Large bold illustrations are used for a hidden but obvious hide and seek game. These titles are two book shelf keepers.

Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself.

Where's Walrus?

When Walrus escapes the zoo with his new friend Penguin, their adventures are twice the fun!

Where's Walrus? and Penguin?

Stephen Savage/ Scholastic provided these two titles 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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