Saturday, June 27, 2015

Picture Book Round-Up: Adopt a Pet Style

No, we are not adopting a pet.  Nuh uh.  Not happening.

BUT if you, or someone in your life, is (or might, or will, or has... whatever) then here are some really very cute picture books for you (or them).

(All received for review)

Itty Bitty Kitty
by Joan Holub
3 stars

Okay, I'm starting with my least favorite.  Not sure it's also my kids' least favorite, but whatever.

Ava wants a pet, is told no, finds a kitten, brings it home, keeps it a secret.  (You can't probably guess why it's my least favorite, right?)

Other than the obvious "great, let's teach kids to bring wildlife into the house and lie about it" and the slightly more subtle "how the heck is there a cat in your house for TWO WEEKS without you noticing, crazy book parents??" it's a cute enough story I guess.  The kitty grows to be HUGE in two weeks, gets discovered, saves the baby, and is finally accepted as part of the family.

Two Girls Want a Puppy
by Ryan and Evie Cordell
5 stars

This is one of those "this is super cute but my kids don't need any ideas" books, lol.  The two sisters want a puppy so they devise a brilliant plan and convince their dad by being persistent, responsible, smart, and creative.  Honestly, other than the persistent one (read: ANNOYING, lol) it's a great plan and if we were actually ever going to get a dog I'd be quicker to agree if my kids went about it this way.  (Not happening.  Maybe my kids could apply the plan to a lizard.  I could handle getting a lizard.)

Anyway, super cute.  I totally recommend this one.
(I am SHOCKED at the low ratings on GoodReads.  Do these people not have kids? Not like kids' books? Did they read a different book than I did??)

Who Wants Broccoli?
by Val Jones
4 stars

This one is from the flip-side.  Broccoli is a dog trying to find a family.  The lady at the shelter says there's a pot for every lid and a lid for every pot, but how will Broccoli ever find his lid??
All ends happily, though, and it's a cute tail (haha, punny) of finding the family for you and the pet for your family.

We will probably end up donating all three, but I'm glad they came across our radar!  (Well, I'd have done fine without the kitty one, but whatever.  The other two were great.)

Am I the only one getting a head start on Christmas shopping?  Is there a pet-loving little one on your list that you would get these for?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

5 stars
received for review

In case somehow I have missed saying this before (or you have missed reading it before): I LOVE Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

L.O.V.E.  Love.

So I was ridiculously excited when this one showed up.  (And not just because that was the day we got five packages from Harper Collins.  Yes, you read that right-- FIVE.)

This is a follow-up to Plant A Kiss, though it's not the kind of sequel where you must read the first one first.  (If you haven't read it, you really should.  It's cute.)

Little Miss is going to be a big sis, which is very exciting.  The journey through pregnancy, newborn, baby, into toddler and preschool years is covered quickly in Rosenthal's awesome spare prose-- all through the eyes of the new big sis.

I find myself really wishing this had come out a few years ago.... now that we are past the "new baby" stage it feels less apt for our family.

If it's apt for your family, I highly recommend it for a new big sis.  Especially one who is a little older-- preschool/young elementary age.

(Even if it doesn't seem apt, it's an adorable read!)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bathtime For Chickies by Janee Trasler

5 stars
received for review

(This is a LuLu approved review)

Oh my how we still love the chickies!

This was a "read it again?" as soon as we finished.... both times.... and she would probably have continued asking if I hadn't distracted her.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's pretty darn funny, but 3 times in a row is starting to hit my limit with even my favorite board books.

This one is more akin to Bedtime for Chickies, with the other animals (parental animals? guardian animals? whatever you want to call them) insisting in turn that the chickies need a bath.

The illustrations are great and the text is fun.

Highly recommended for the toddler/preschool crowd. :D

Monday, June 22, 2015

Spotlight- Finding Matthew by Donna Kirk

 A Child with Brain Damage, a Young Man with Mental Illness, a Son and Brother with Extraordinary Spirit

I received an email about this one a while back and while it's not really my style (and I'm just too swamped to accept anything for review that isn't so much my style) I wanted to spotlight it anyway.

This quote hit me pretty hard "During the first few weeks after Matthew Kirk was born -- brain-damaged as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery -- the doctors advised his parents, Donna and Ed Kirk, to put him in an institution, have another baby as soon as possible, and get on with their life. But what the doctors didn't understand was that Matthew was their life."

As a mother, I cannot even tell you the emotions that that quote stirred up.  Rage is right up there.

So, to help out with raising awareness for parents going through this kind of thing and for the Kirk family specifically, I wanted to share this book with you and also share some links for more information.

First, Donna's blog where you can find posts like her advice for parents of children with disabilities and her post on love and limitations.  You can also read her "true fiction" piece about Driver's Education.

Also recommended is which has a lot of stories of living with disabilities and is working to change perceptions of families living with disabilities.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Picture Book Roundup

The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles by Dave Wasson
4 stars
received for review

This possibly wasn't quite as cute as I wanted it to be, but I did enjoy it.  Very silly.  Robot dinos and ice cream mountains and more!  lol

Freddy and Frito and the Clubhouse Rules by Alison Friend
3 stars
received for review

Cute story about 2 friends who build a clubhouse and have to work out not only a compromise but also their own rules... since "no rules" isn't going so well for them!

Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom EVER! by Jeff Cohen
4 stars
received for review

Sadie is going into 2nd grade.  She knows all about school.  Eva, however, is going to kindergarten... which Sadie knows is VERY DIFFERENT from preschool.  So Sadie is going to make sure Eva is READY.  This is a cute story great for sisters.  MeiMei liked it. :)

Goose Goes to School by Laura Wall
3 stars
received for review

Sophie had a little goose.... he followed her to school one day which was against the rules....
I have mixed feelings on this one.  It's cute... probably cuter than the first (Goose) which we also received for review and didn't really impress me.  But... I don't know.  It's still just not quite as cute as I want it to be.

Little Critter: Just a Teacher's Pet by Mercer Mayer
3 stars
received for review

Kind of mixed feelings on this one too-- the new girl is not just a teacher's pet, she's a bratty bossy teacher's pet.  And that doesn't get any better.  The other kids decide she's alright when she hits the home run that wins the game though.
I guess I wanted more depth, but whatever. ;)  I've noticed I don't like the "I Can Read" ones as much as the original style.

B. Bear and Lolly: Catch that Cookie! by A. A. Livingston
4.5 stars
received for review

So... I read through this one quickly and it was a "eh, that was okay" but then I read it to LuLu and decided it was really cute, lol.  It's quite the nursery rhyme mash-up-- porridge, B. Bear, the Gingerbread Man, etc.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Find Momo!

Hey, if you're in Salt Lake, head over to The King's English today to find Momo!

Andrew Knapp and Momo will be there at 2pm TODAY.

"Join Andrew Knapp and border collie Momo for a talk and book signing to celebrate their newest book, Find Momo Coast to Coast! Come by for autographs, pawtographs, and fun Momo-themed stories!"
-from the FB event page

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Pig in a Wig

What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig
by Emma J. Virjan

5 stars
copy received for review

Oh my goodness, the giggles.

This probably just earned a spot on MeiMei's list of favorites.

With a simple text filled with rhymes, this is an awesome one for beginning readers to read themselves.  Also a great read-aloud, though.  Either way. :)

Overall, just a really cute picture book for the pre-k/k crowd.  (Not that it didn't make my older kids smile too, but there's probably not as much staying power there.  MeiMei's probably going to be requesting this one CONSTANTLY.)