Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

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Book Description

Release date: January 22, 1990 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years |
Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery, high school, or college grads! With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.
“Don’t be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it’s not ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss’ familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss’ message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.'”—(starred) Booklist.
Review –
Wonderful book for kids of all ages and adults too.

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black

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Book Description

Release date: September 4, 2012 | Age Range: 3 and up
There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black.Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn’t going to let a vegetable tell her what’s what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Too bad the potato is anything but interested….

This tongue-in-cheek twist on a familiar topic is sure to entertain anyone who’s ever been bored—or had to hear about someone else being bored—and is filled with comedian Michael Ian Black’s trademark dry wit, accompanied by charismatic illustrations from newcomer Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

 

Review –

It’s a cute book and that’s about all I’m willing to say.

 

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon

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Book Description

Release date: February 5, 2013 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years
A classic tale with a timeless message gets a hugely hilarious twist.He’s big. He’s funny. He’s not real. Or IS he?

This clever twist on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is told from the point of view of an unexpected narrator and, through snappy text and lighthearted illustrations, demonstrates the value of telling the truth, the importance of establishing trust, and (of course!) the possibility that a beast you created to get attention can become a real-life friend.

Review –
I thought it was okay because it’s just a re-d0 of The Boy Who Cried Wolf  but the pictures were good.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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Book Description

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children’s book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor.
Review –
This book was offered as a free selection by Audible and it quickly brought back fond memories of childhood. I loved it.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

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Book Description

Release date: January 6, 2009 | Age Level: 3 and up
Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes (and he likes it!).   But what will happen when Grandpah, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever discovers Wilbur’s secret?
Funnyman and three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems exposes the naked truth
Review –
Very good.
Moral of the story – Don’t be afraid to be different.

Donuts by Julia Dweck

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Book Description

Publication Date:September 20, 2012
Donuts is a fairy tale with a modern day appeal. Meet Merl, a plucky, young squirrel who makes his home in a vast wilderness where all the trees have been cut to the ground. When Merl finds the very last acorn, he makes an extraordinary wish, resulting in one final oak tree sprouting. However, Merl’s wish is far from granted when the tree’s sprawling branches fail to bloom one single nut. A visit to a park turns Merl’s world upside down and his tree will never be the same. This is a majestic and poignant tale that exemplifies the beauty of loyalty in the friendship that grows between a squirrel and his tree. Donuts will touch the hearts of readers and make the most ardent cynic, smile. Stunning illustrations and melodic rhyming text make this enchanting adventure a memorable read.
Review –
I decided to read this on a fluke because I LOVE DONUTS but it surprised me and brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. It’s about friendship and loyalty and we can all take a lesson from Merl. The beautiful illustrations were a bonus and fit the characters perfectly.
I recommend this book for everyone.        
 

Surprise In The Kitchen by Mary Lee

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 15, 2012
Mia is a sweet little girl with a big imagination. While she loves adventure, cooking is not her thing. To show her mom just how much she loves her, she’ll try anything and the results are hilarious.
Review-
I didn’t find this book one bit hilarious, in fact, I thought it was rather boring.  Maybe you have to be a young child to appreciate it but…..  Seems to me it puts ideas (and not good ones) into a child’s head.  Not good.