Another group of reviews on a group of children’s books I read. I only read a couple with my grandchildren, so most are just my thoughts. All of these books were received from the publishers upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
A Dolphin’s Wish by Trevor McCurdie, Cinzia Battistel
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Explore
This is a cute book about a very serious topic. Daddy dolphin tells stories to his young that are fun and adventurous, but also serious. He tells his son to be aware of plastic and that it’s really bad for the ocean. He gives information about how it gets in there and why it is bad. He makes them consider positive ways people could eliminate their use of plastic. It is mind blowing to learn how long it takes to break down. This is a wonderful book for kids learning about the environment and what they can do to help save it. The text is told in a rhyming way so has an easy cadence and the illustrations are amazing, large, colourful and whimsical. They easily add much to the story and will hold the attention of the listener. I definitely recommend this one to schools and classrooms.
The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story About Friendship and Loving Our Earth by Land Wilson, Sue Cornelison
Published February 4th 2020 by Little Pickle Press
“The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon” is a precious children’s picture book that tells the story of a young girl named Sofia who visits the Moon in her dreams. She and The Moon become friends. One night Sofia notices her friend is sad, so in her dream The Moon takes Sofia on a journey to show her why he is sad. Sofia discovers that the moon is sad because the planet Earth is in danger and we need to take better care of it. The text is poetic and easy to read with a nice cadence. The illustrations are beautiful. They are done in muted tones with a dreamlike quality. This is another great book to read with children to show them what is happening to the Earth and what they can do to help protect it. There is also information in the back pages for further investigation for older children. Another great book for schools and classrooms to read during a unit on the environment.
A Tangle of Brungles by Shobha Viswanath, Culpeo Fox
Published August 28th 2018 by Karadi Tales Picturebooks
This is a fun story that has a message of be careful what you wish for, but is more a vehicle for teaching the terms for collections of nouns. The best thing about this book are the amazing illustrations. There is a coven of witches and the oldest one decides she want to marry Mr. Brungles. They need to brew up a potion to bring him to them. Into the brew goes various ingredients such as a mischief of mice, a kaleidoscope of butterflies, and a wake of buzzards, all terms that I was not aware of. This would be a lot of fun to teach them to young readers. The story is told in rhyme that doesn’t always hit the mark, but is pretty well done. Back to the illustrations. They are so well done and many are a play on words. I love that even when we have a group of animals, that each one looks different or had a different expression. A Quiver of Cobras, are actually drawn in a quiver that would hold arrows, so clever. The story itself gets funnier and funnier as it goes on with a surprise ending. This is a book that could be read over and over and with the wonderful illustrations something new would be noticed with each reading. Readers of all ages will probably learn some new vocabulary with this story. A great addition to a family, classroom, school or public library.
Finding Lucy by Eugenie Fernandes
Published October 28th 2019 by Pajama Press
This is a wonderful book for artists of all ages! Lucy is happily painting with her very supportive cat, when a rabbit shows up and gives his opinion of her painting. Soon other animals come by and give their opinions as well. They all a suggestion on how to improve her paintings. Lucy keeps changing her work trying to please everyone but herself. The more she listens to others and tries to please them, the less she enjoys her painting. Her cat reminds her that she used to paint what she liked and that made her happy. She realizes that is what she wants to feel and begins a new painting for herself. I love this message! Any artist, of any medium will be happiest when their work portrays what they want it to, not what everyone else wants it to. The big message; Stay True to Yourself. The story is told in a bright and amusing way. There is a lot of vocabulary that will be fun to explain and talk about. I loved the gorgeous illustrations. They were full of vibrant colour and detail. This is a great book to share with children whether they are artists or not. Everyone has a talent that they can enjoy.
Old Man of the Sea by Stella Elia, Weberson Santiago
Published August 22nd 2019 by Lantana Publishing
This is a beautiful multi-generational story about a young boy and his grandfather. Grandfather shares stories with his grandson about his years and travels at sea. He tells of falling in love with every continent and then moving on again before settling down to raise a family and live out the rest of his life in America. I love the comment, that every line in his face is a story. Each continent is beautifully depicted and would make a fun accompaniment to the start of a geography lesson. The illustrations are amazing. They remind of impressionist paintings you might see in an art gallery. It is nice to learn from our grandparents and take the time to listen to their stories and this book shows why that is important. I enjoyed this book, but I am not sure what age the target audience is. Younger children would not be captivated by the story, but would love the illustrations.