Book Reviews

25 Days – Book 1: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

First up on our Christmas children’s book advent list is this charming classic by Robert Barry, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, from 1963.

This is a dear favorite of mine that I discovered a few years ago. It all begins with a rich old man, Mr. Willowby who acquires the biggest Christmas tree he had ever seen. Read the full post…

Book Review: Balloons Over Broadway By Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway
Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet | 2011

This book review is sadly overdue. I had it mostly ready with pictures and all, and then we had a death in the family and our holiday looked different than anticipated. But I still wish to highlight this book as it is so fun and can be loved anytime, even though it is about the Thanksgiving Day parade. Balloons Over Broadway is a condensed illustrated history about Anthony “Tony” Sarg, and how he came to be the creator/puppeteer of the gigantic balloons of Macy’s parade. Read the full post…

Book Review: The Monsters’ Monster By Patrick McDonnell

The Monsters’ Monster
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell | 2012

Today’s book review is a brand-spanking new book by Patrick McDonnell. This is a little later than I anticipated, but I feel it should still be highlighted as I really like it! I’m not a big fan of Halloween. However, I recognize that a lot of people enjoy this holiday and I do like to highlight books that I actually like and fit well with this theme. So, from the marvelous creator of the MUTTS comic strip, and many other lovely picture books, comes this new tale about The Monsters’ Monster. Read the full post…

Book Review: I Must Have Bobo! By The Rosenthals

I Must Have Bobo!
Written by Eileen Rosenthal | Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal | 2011

This is the second book we read a few weeks ago for storytime. Another tale about a beloved stuffed friend and his reoccurring disappearance. In this book we have a little boy named Willy, a sock monkey named Bobo and a mischievous cuddling cat named Earl. Read the full post…

Book Review: Knuffle Bunny By Mo Willems

lovely chalkboard by my husband

This weekend was the best storytime yet at Union Ave Books! Had a great group of kids and we read two delightful books about misplaced stuffed friends. Yes, I surprised the group with two books. This may be a regular thing from now on, depending on the length of books and the attentiveness of the listeners. I’m going to do a review of each book, so stay tuned for the second one, hopefully tomorrow.

First up, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by the fantastic Mr. Mo Willems. (According to the author whom I met a few years ago, you are supposed to pronounce the “k” like “ku-nuffle.”)

This book was actually my first introduction to Mo. I fell hard for the images created with a combination of real photographs and fun, cartoon characters. Not to mention an exciting and hilarious story. So let’s get to that. Read the full post…

Book Review: Leaves By David Ezra Stein

My apologies for missing a large post on Monday. I had intended to create a favorite fall book list in celebration of the first day of fall, but alas, my bookshelves are alarmingly empty of great fall books. I’m looking into this, wondering if it is a lack of great fall books in general or just in my possession. I do however have a few that I plan on highlighting this season and perhaps that list will still come.

I’m also working on a new format for book reviews, as I’m just not in love with my current method. Thanks in advance for your patience as I figure this out and let me know if there’s something you’d love to see here. I’d be interested to hear. Now on to a fall book review! Read the full post…

Book Review: Little Boy With A Big Horn by Bechdolt & Battaglia

This is a book I picked up at a used bookstore over the Labor Day weekend, Little Boy With A Big Horn, by Jack Bechdolt with pictures by Aurelius Battaglia. I had never seen it before, but the artist name caught my eye, not to mention his gorgeous illustrations. With a musical mayhem, people in lovely period dress, and an eventual saving-the-day moment, it has all the pieces for a fun and charming classic. Read the full post…

Storytime Book Review: Ginger Jumps By Lisa Campbell Ernst

For storytime this past Saturday, I chose a book written in 1990, Ginger Jumps, by Lisa Campbell Ernst. This book was one of my absolute favorites when I was younger and still holds a dear place in my heart. It is a thrilling story of wishes, searching, overcoming fears, and family. Read the full post…

Book Review: Toot & Puddle You Are My Sunshine By Holly Hobbie

Sometimes a bad mood finds you. It is hard to explain, but the day just doesn’t feel right and finding a smile is incredibly difficult. This happens to everyone, but adults are usually better at realizing it, understanding it, and working it out. For children, moods and emotions are tough to master. This is where books like Toot & Puddle You Are My Sunshine come in. This book is part of a series about two pigs named Toot and Puddle by author/illustrator Holly Hobbie. Read the full post…