All of the books in this post were shared with my three year old granddaughter. She is very opinionated, so I have included her reactions and comments. As well all these books were  generously provided by the publisher, upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Hide-and-Seek: A First Book of Position Words by R.D Ornot, Sakshi Mangal (Illustrations)

Published September 3rd 2019 by Kids Can Press

4.5 Stars:

This is a very simple book, but done well. It has simple sentences, colourful pictures, a fun message about playing with friends and teaches about positional prepositions. The premise is strong, and the concepts are clear. Each time a character hides, the others go looking for them UNDER, BESIDE, INSIDE, OVER, etc. The illustrations clearly show the meaning of each of those words, so beginning readers would be able to use picture clues to help decode the new vocabulary. My three year old granddaughter counted together, and did a search for the animals before they were revealed. She enjoyed this story a lot. My one concern is that there appears to be a missing page and she noticed it. I hope this is corrected in the final copy, as we read an ARC. The page with owl taking a turn being “it” starts counting at 5, and it does not follow the pattern for the rest of the story. Overall, this was a successful reading experience for this grandma and granddaughter.


44786456. sx318 Brian the Brave by Paul Stewart, Jane Porter (Illustrator)

Published August 6th 2019 by Flyaway Books

4 Stars:

This is a story about friendship, racism, being proud of your differences and celebrating your similarities. Brian is just a regular sheep who does regular sheep things. He meets many new sheep, who look different from Brian. Some are a different colour, some have curly horns, and some do different things. They don’t want to associate with Brian because he does not look like them or he is different in some way. Soon, Brian finds himself sad and alone, as he is abandoned by his friends. But when a wolf comes along, Brian warns the other sheep and they band together to save themselves from the wolf. Brian is brave and risks himself to save the other sheep. They realize that it doesn’t matter what their differences are, they need to band together and be friends in order to survive.

Paul Stewart has written a story that is very timely and relevant. With all the racism, especially with all the immigration happening, this is a very important issue. Jane Porter’s illustrations bring the sheep to life in a colorful and attractive way. Their book teaches that coming together because of their similarities is better than being apart due to their differences. My granddaughter thought this was a good story but that the sheep were mean. The underlying message was there, but she is pretty accepting. Children aren’t born racist, racial prejudice is something we learn. Maybe adults reading this will understand and undertake the message.


Dinosaurs Count by S. J. Bushue, Cassie Allen (Illustrator)

Published August 15th 2019 by Star Bright Books

3.5 Stars:

This is a cute counting book featuring baby dinosaurs. There is only one of each dinosaur per spread, but they have various numbers of body parts (i.e. 7 spines, 6 toes etc.). My granddaughter and I counted the items together and she actually knew several of the names of the dinosaurs. She also liked that they were babies and were hatching. Phonetic pronunciations are included for all the dinosaur species, which was good for the ones I was not familiar with, but I did not agree with some of the ones that were there that I already knew the dinosaur name for. The back of the book has information about each dinosaur, along with a comparative size chart. This was where the book was not sure if it was a toddler counting book or a book for young dinosaur lovers. Having said that, it was very interesting and that would be where I could share it with her older brother. The illustrations were adorable and my granddaughter and I shared a fun experience reading this one.


43352287. sx318 Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed by Bill Cotter

Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

5 Stars:

My three year old granddaughter loves monsters. She saw this book on my computer and asked me to read it to her. She knows the song so we actually sang this book together and she did all the actions that were asked in the story. It took us a few verses to sing “Larry called the doctor” instead of mother, but we really loved this book. The illustrations were wonderful and she loved the monsters. She loved this book so much, that I read it over and over to her. I was ready for her to nap so I could get a break. I am rating this five stars because she loved it so much. I will definitely be buying this one for her when it is published.


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My Monster Friends and Me by Annie Sarac

Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Wonderland

4.5 Stars:

Once again, my monster loving granddaughter wanted me to read this to her. She watches a short children’s video about a brother and sister who think monsters are everywhere but they turn out to be everyday things, so this storyline was very similar to her. She liked this story and kept guessing what the “monster” really was. She enjoyed this story and this was another one that she had me read a couple of times. When she asks for a reread right away, I know I have a winner. This is another that I will buy when it is published. Fortunately, her birthday is in the new year. The illustrations were very eye catching and were an integral part of the story.


46167259. sx318 I Love You Like No Otter by Rose Rossner, Sydney Hanson (Illustrations)

Expected publication: January 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Wonderland

4 Stars:

Just like the cover shows, this book is full of beautiful illustrations depicting a parent and their child. The text is made up of a cute play on the animals’ names or attributes as puns. As an adult, I was groaning with some of them, but my grandson thought they were pretty funny. I read this to my granddaughter as a bedtime story when I put her down for a nap and she loved the illustrations. I’m not sure if she got the puns, but she liked the book. It can also be used as a beginner or early reader book with repetitive patterns. This is one that I would recommend for family libraries. Both grandchildren liked this one, so it is a winner for us.

I hope you enjoy Angela’s and my reviews of these books we enjoyed together.