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Today, I am presenting mini-reviews of some Toddler books I read to my three year old granddaughter. I have included her reactions to these stories. All of these books were provided through netgalley. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Monsters Are Afraid of Babies by Nicholas Tana, Jessica Abbott, Elise Leutwyler
Published October 7th 2019 by New Classics Books
Of course I had to read this to my granddaughter who loves monsters. She thought this one was funny. She has a baby brother and didn’t think monsters would be afraid of babies. The things that bother her about her brother; the smells, the sounds, the spit-up and drool, are the same things that keep monsters away. She thought the monsters were cute and colourful. As we read this short, rhyming story, she laughed and wanted me to read it again and again. I guess if you know a child who is afraid of monsters in the closet or under the bed, this might give them a laugh and the confidence to not be scared. I think this would make a cute bedtime story as well.
Christmas in 100 Words by QED Publishing, Sophie Beer
Published October 15th 2019 by words & pictures
I did not realize this was a series, but I am going to check out others in this set. This is an adorable book that teaches young ones new vocabulary surrounding Christmas. They are similar to a picture dictionary, but they concentrate on one topic. There are a few words on each page with wonderful accompanying illustrations. They are done in two page spreads with topics such as Decorating, Christmas morning, Nativity etc. Not only are nouns shown but also verbs, adjectives, and feelings. The child friendly illustrations are attractive to children and we had detailed conversations about what our family does at Christmas compared to the book. A great book for toddlers, but also for older children to use as a picture dictionary when writing about the season.
Leo’s Monster by Marcus Pfister
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by NorthSouth Books
I was attracted to this book because it was written by Marcus Pfister. My granddaughter was attracted to it because, you guessed it, it is about a monster. This was not a scary story at all, but rather funny. City Mouse, Leo is off to the country to visit his friend Zoe. She leaves him to explore and he runs into a monster. It has a all the characteristics of a monster; gigantic, enormous tail, horns, loud, smelly and more. Of course it turns out it is not a monster at all. Can you guess what Leo saw? My granddaughter thought Leo was funny thinking he saw a monster. She guessed right away what it was and why Leo thought it might be a monster. This did not mean she didn’t like the book. We read it three times back to back. The illustrations were delightful. They were large and colourful and will definitely have young readers and listeners engaged. A wonderful book for a family library, preschool classroom or public library.
It’s Easter! (Luke and Lottie) by Ruth Wielockx
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Clavis Publishing
Luke and Lottie celebrate easter with a visit to the farm for an easter egg hunt. This is something we do at Easter out in the backyard, so my granddaughter was familiar with this activity. She liked that they were with other kids and that they dressed up in costumes. I liked that the whole family got involved and even daddy was in a costume. There was not a lot to talk about with this book, except we discussed that it is not a good idea to go into a chicken coop or yard without an adult and that they should not touch or break open chicken eggs. There was not a lot to this story but it was cute. Thies was not one that I was asked to read again, so probably not one I would buy for the family library.
The Button Book by Sally Nicholls, Bethan Woollvin
Expected Publication: January 14, 2020 by Tundra Books
This is a cute, interactive book for toddlers. Each page shows a button of different colours and shapes. Animals come upon the buttons and ask each other what they think it might do. Of course they press the button and they all cause you to do different things; tickle buttons, rude noise buttons (blowing raspberries), clapping, singing, hugging etc. After going through all the buttons, the animals do it again. This is a cute book that had my granddaughter and I laughing and being silly. It is definitely not one that I would read before bed, but when you are trying to have fun, or cheer a child up, this is a great choice to do that. The illustrations are not the best and did not really attract the eye, but it didn’t seem to matter to her. We read it a few times until grandma had enough. This is one I would definitely recommend for a family library. The publisher generously provide me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.