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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.

WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB

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. http://www.timhopgood.com/about/

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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We Found A Hat

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Hat Trilogy #3 on shelves in October.

I read this story and was sorta at a loss to describe it at first. I like how it had “parts” to the story like a chapter book but the story felt creepy. These turtles, illustrated with shifting eyes, are bad? Yes. In this children’s picture book, deception is meant to be humorous. I haven’t read the first two books in this trilogy (which are so popular with awards and all) so I decided to take a look at the reviews. Only a few negative reviews but I agree completely with what the negative reviewers are expressing.  I would say that these are stories with disturbing humor. Not for my bookshelf. Gonna lose this one!

Candlewick Press provided this book 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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D Is for Dress-Up

hardcover, 36 pages, Chronicle Books

Children’s picture book for ages 3-6 years

Maria Carluccio’s playful fashion alphabet celebrates the fun of getting dressed—and getting dressed up! From a sophisticated bow tie to a warm wool hat, this diverse celebration of what we wear from A to Z invites kids to get creative and embrace their own unique style.

The ABC’s of What We Wear. No story, just letters and words. Each letter of the alphabet has a clothing match of an item you wear or a clothing related word such as A -apron, Z- zippers.  The illustrations give this alphabet compilation a story feel. The scenes are relaxing.  My reader and I like to think of additional words for the letters (like P- pants, pajamas, poncho or paisley). This is a cute book especially for little girls.

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Chronicle Books

Maria Carluccio/ Chronicle Books provided this book 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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A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

Hardcover, 32 page picture book, from Kids Can Press September 2016

Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Enjoyable. This story is an inspirational and helpful way to explain the writing process and to encourage young writers to develop stories of their own. A great book for home and classroom. I like that the big sister is the boy’s mentor in this story. I didn’t like the illustrations.(not a fan of this illustrator’s style ) I felt they were lacking and I can imagine more detailed and intricate illustrations to visualize the boy’s simple – or not so simple- story. 

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Andrew Larson/ Kids Can Press provided this book 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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Hardcover, 32 pages, April 2016

A silly, fun version of the game “telephone”—in which a grocery list committed to memory goes playfully awry.

Great story & great illustrations by author-illustrator Jo Empson. This book will be enjoyed many, many times. When Vincent’s list gets blown away, we can spot the bird that has it on all the pages. This story is full of fun. Great rhythm for reading. And I liked the ending. (last page has mom’s feet up being served tea)

Jo Empson/ Philomel Books provided this book 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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Hardcover, 32 pages, April 2016

I am very happy to tell you about the publication of my latest picture book, The Lending Zoo.

I got the idea for this book several years ago when I took some kids to the local zoo.  While we
were having our lunch I asked them what they were going to do next.
“We’re going to library,” was the answer.
“Too bad you can’t checkout animals from the zoo like you can check out books from a library,”  I said to my young friends.
On the way home I started imagining what such a zoo would be like:  What would the Zooberian be like and what adventures would happen in a place like that?   Now, several years later you can visit The Lending Zoo!  I have many more adventures in mind for Miss Perkins and Mr. Woozle who run the Lending Zoo and the many animals that live there.   But this book is where all those adventures start!
I hope you have as much fun reading The Lending Zoo as I did writing and illustrating it.
Review: I liked it !!
I noticed some reviews on the goodreads site for this newly published book and was surprised by many unfavorable comments. Personally, I found it a sweet story. It has just the right amount of words per page. The illustrations show simple details that follow the story. The missing tiger can be spotted on several of the pages if you look closely. Encourages conversation, imagination, and inspiration.

And if Miss Perkins were to ask me, I’d request a polar bear ʕ´ᴥ`ʔ

Want to write for kids? Frank Asch has started a writer’s support group. Per his request, this invitation is for all interested, whatever your writing skills. The group will do writing exercises with feedback from the group and from Frank, too. Visit Frank’s website to contact him regarding this group.

Frank Asch provided this book 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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