Book Review: Groundhug Day By Pace & Denise

Happy Groundhog Day! I have always been rather fond of this silly holiday, and my interest in it grew exponentially this week when I discovered this beautiful book. A clever and stunningly illustrated story about forest friends determined to have everyone attend Moose’s upcoming Valentine’s Day party, especially Groundhog, whom they have to first stop from seeing his shadow! Delight in Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by Christopher Denise, 2017.

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25 Days – Book 7: Can I Touch Your Hair?

Today’s book is one of the most powerful picture books of the year for me. A book of poems, written from the perspective of two classmates – a white girl and a black boy.  This book is required reading in my opinion. It will make you uncomfortable, inspire you, make you laugh, and stay with you. Take a look at Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, 2018.

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Book Review: Papillon, The Very Fluffy Kitty By A. N. Kang + Giveaway!

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I’m so excited to share this adorable book about a very fluffy kitty today. Papillon is so incredibly light and fluffy, he can float and fly in the air – a delightful trick that annoys his owner and creates the greatest adventure of his life. It is a silly story, full of darling illustrations, ending on a note of  friendship. Allow me to introduce you to Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty by A. N. Kang, 2016. And check out the end of the post for a fun giveaway sponsored by Disney-Hyperion! Read the full post…

Book Review: Ballet Cat By Bob Shea + Giveaway!


Back from a surprise and unintentional break, I have not one, but two books to share today. They are adorable, hilarious, glittery, and have sweet messages about friendship, with a side of ballet. Disney-Hyperion sent me these books and a surprise plush friend, and they are also providing a prize pack for one lucky winner! So stay tuned for details at the end of the post.

I’m just starting to come around to the Beginning Reader category of books, not having needed them yet for my own kids, and never really finding them appealing. But, I have a daughter who loves ballet. And these are quite fun, as well as not painful to read. Ha! Early readers are obviously not intended for 100% adult reading so they often are dry, boring, and preferably avoidable unless the child is learning to read. But nothing Bob Shea puts out is ever boring! I appreciate the cleverness and simplicity put into this cute little series about a cat who loves ballet, but her friends even more.

Let’s talk about Ballet Cat in her book from last year, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea, 2015; and also her newest book just out this February 2, Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea, 2016. Read the full post…

Wordless Wednesday: Bluebird And Interview With Bob Staake!

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Welcome back to Wordless Wednesday, a fairly recent little series I am doing on the beautiful art of wordless books. If you missed my tips on how to read a wordless book, start there. But today I want to share a heartwarming, powerful, moving, thought-provoking book with you. It is a story of loneliness, friendship, bullies, restoration, and so many more things that it is shocking to believe they can be handled and wrapped up so beautifully in a 40 page picture book. I am also thrilled that the creator of the book took the time to answer my questions and I have that little interview too! Let’s look at Bluebird by Bob Staake, 2013. 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…