Review: Be Quiet!

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Be Quiet!

Author: Bryan T. Higgins

Publisher: Disney Hyperion, 2017

Source: Personal Purchase

Be Quiet! is a wordless picture book. At least, Rupert the mouse is thinks it is supposed to be one. His friends, Nibbs and Thistle, love the idea. They think it should be a visually stimulating book, filled with plenty of strong-but-silent characters. The trouble is this: they just can’t stop talking about it.

In actuality, this book is filled with lots and lots of words – and just as much fun. Nibbs and Thistle might be mice, but I am sure everyone will be able to visualize plenty of folks (and maybe even themselves) in their places. The illustrations add to the entertainment. Be sure to check out the end papers when reading this book. It will provide plenty of amusement for both the reader and the listener.

If you are not familiar with Higgins’ work, be sure to check our Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce.

Review: Odd Dog Out (And Kevin Giveaway Winner!)

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Odd Dog Out

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017

Source: ARC

In Odd Dog Out all the dogs are just the same except for one. She marches to the beat of a different drummer. While the others seem all prim and proper, she’s unique with a funky cap and colorful ribbons twisting around her body. However, the fact that she is different makes her sad. Shouldn’t she be someplace where she fits in?

She decides to leave and go to another town (Doggywood) where the other dogs are more like her. In fact, they are just like her. She thinks that this must be the ideal place for her. That is, until she meets someone who is also different – and his opinion of his dissimilarity gives our doggy friend a new perspective.

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: I am excited to announce this week’s giveaway winner. Congratulations to Susan at Susan Loves Books! You’ll receive a full set of all of Rob Biddulph’s books, including Kevin!

Well, that’s the end of the Rob Biddulph book reviews (for now – I certainly hope to enjoy more of his work!)

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opnions are my own.

Review: Blown Away

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Blown Away

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2014

Source: ARC

For those of you who loved Sunk!, here is another Penguin Blue adventure.

Penguin Blue has got a brand new kite and a wonderfully windy day to try it out. The problem is that the wind is a little more than Penguin Blue can handle. Alone, anyway.

Penguins Jeff and Flo try to help – but end up going along for the ride, too. Wilbur the seal and Clive the polar bear (in his raft, of course) try to weigh in, but once again to no avail. The group sails along until they spot a soft-looking island where they drop off.

The island is a nice place and the adventurers make new friends, but it is not home. Unfortunately, they are stranded – or are they? I love the little twist that gets them back to their polar home. And the little stowaway? But no, once again no spoilers – you will just have to get the book and look for yourself.

Don’t forget! There’s a giveaway going on this week where you can win your own copy of all of Rob Biddulph’s books! All you need to do is follow Two BookWorms Blog and like any of this week’s posts for your chance to win. Best of luck!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Review: Sunk!

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Sunk!

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017

Source: ARC

Since this week is devoted to reviewing Rob Biddulph’s picture books, and I am still so into the pirate theme mode, I am going to dive into the book Sunk!

Penguin Blue and his penguin friends Jeff and Flo are off on a pirate adventure. Along comes Polar Bear Clive with his raft, so the friends can set sail looking for treasure. Alas! The raft gets punctured and our friends could be in real trouble. Down they drop in the deep, blue sea – only to discover a real pirate galleon.

One of the things I love about Rob Biddulph’s books is the humor. I love how when they are sailing the seven seas, the seas are so conveniently numbered. I love how the captain of the sunken galleon is Captain Walker Plank. And yes, I love the surprise way in which they get home (no spoilers – you will just have to get the book and look for yourself.)

And speaking of getting the book: don’t forget the giveaway that is going on!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review: GRRRRR!

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GRRRRR!

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2015

Source: ARC

Fred is the three-year champion of the Best Bear in the Wood Contest. He is great at fishing, hula-hooping, scaring humans and especially growling. He’s got the loudest GRRRRR of all. All his prizes and medals give him a lot of comfort.

Then along comes a new competitor: Boris. Rumor has it that Boris has it all, including the loudest GRRRR. Fred isn’t worried – at least not until he loses his roar! He searches high and low. Other woodland friends help with the search, but Fred’s GRRRRR is not found. The competition goes on, with unexpected results for both Fred and Boris.

For more information about Rob Biddulph: http://www.robbiddulph.com/

Don’t forget! I’m hosting a giveaway on Two BookWorms Blog all throughout this week. All you need to do is follow the blog and like any of the posts throughout the week to win a set of Biddulph’s books for yourself! Winner to be announced on Friday. Best of luck!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Review: Kevin

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Kevin

Author: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2017

Source: ARC

Sid Gibbons – aka “Innocent Sid” – has gotten into a spot of trouble in his time. He’s been known to do things like have a piggy bedroom and dry out pens by leaving the caps off. But it’s not really Sid’s fault. Oh no, it’s Kevin’s fault.

Kevin is Sid’s friend. The one with the pink spots and the fur of vanilla who visits Sid from his home in the hatch in the ceiling whenever Sid is feeling lonely or sad. Whenever Kevin is in the picture, it’s a beautiful, bright, and sunny day. Sid thinks Kevin’s presence means it is time for intentional mischief and mayhem. But after a bit Sid begins to question: is it really fair to blame everything on a friend, even if he’s only an imaginary one?

I loved Kevin because Sid behaves like a real kid – curious, mischievous, but still totally lovable and charming. Kevin is just as wonderful. I just wanted to cuddle him! This may be a picture book, but it is really meant for all of us to celebrate our imaginary friends (even ones we have supposedly outgrown).

Good news! I’ll be sharing some of Biddulph’s other books throughout this week! Even better news? I’ll be hosting a giveaway where you’ll have the chance to win those books for yourself! Keep an eye out tomorrow for an update!

 

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Review: Bartleby

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Bartleby

Author: Kate Celauro

Illustrated by: Christy M. King

Publisher: Remember Me Mission, 2016

Source: Public Library

Bartleby is a barnacle. He lives on a pier in the Atlantic Ocean and feels that despite the complaints of the other barnacles, nobody has it better than he does. One day Bartleby is knocked off the pier by boy in a rowboat and he floats away to new adventures. No matter where he lands, Bartleby is convinced that there is no one that has it better than he does.

This book strongly reminds me of the work of an old favorite author, Leo Lionni. Both the story and the illustrations brought back happy memories of being read his stories and later reading those same stories to my own children. Needless to say, this feeling of familiarity made this book exceptionally popular with me. I think readers – even those unfamiliar with Lionni’s books – will find the same feeling of contentment when reading Bartleby.

You can learn more about Kate Celauro at: https://katecelauro.com/

You can also learn more about her nonprofit, Remember Me Mission, here: http://www.remembermemission.org/

 

Review: Mouse House

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Mouse House

Author: Rumer Godden

Illustrated by: Adrienne Adams

Publisher: The New York Review Children’s Collection. 1957

Source: Public Library

I always enjoy reading classic stories, but there is one thing that always concerns me when reviewing an old children’s book. Will children today still be able to connect with the story? Does it seem out-of-touch with a world dominated by electronics of all sorts or can the story somehow rise above the differences in a way that makes it timeless?

Mouse House tells of girl named Mary who had a mouse house. It was like a doll house, but instead of “people” dolls, it had mouse dolls inside.

Now in Mary’s house, there was a real mouse family living in the basement in an old flowerpot. This mouse house was crowded, too crowded for the family of mice who lived there. One little mouse, Bonnie, could not find enough room inside and catches a cold because she is always sleeping on the cellar floor.

One day Bonnie creeps up the stairs in search of a better place to stay. When she does, she finds the mouse house. The mouse dolls are strange to her, but the house – which has a bed – is much more comfortable than the cellar floor. So she sleeps in the mouse house, unaware of the dangers that exist. Likewise, Mary is unaware that her mouse house has been taken over by a new resident.

Mouse House presents a story which, despite having been written sixty years ago, will still charm today’s audience.

Review: Hey, That’s My Monster!

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Hey, That’s My Monster!

Author: Amanda Noll

Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam

Publisher: Flashlight Press, 2016

Source: Public library

Do you look under your bed for a monster? Does that monster have a name? Ethan has his own private, personal monster named Gabe. That is, until Gabe decides that someone needs him more than Ethan does. Ethan’s little sister, Emma, is in desperate need of a monster so that she can get to bed and sleep each night.

If Emma now has Gabe, what is Ethan going to do? He’s got to take action and Gabe gives him the opportunity. He’s got three chances to find just the right monster for Emma or it is so long to Gabe on a permanent basis. However, it is tough to find just the right monster for a boisterous and not terribly sleepy little girl. Perhaps Gabe is just the right monster for her. Or is he?

This is one of those charmingly twisted little stories that both parent and child will want to share again and again. I love the illustrations, too. The monsters are delightful! (Be sure not to miss the ones on the end pages. They are loads of fun.)

Look HERE for the Two BookWorms Blog review of the first book in this series, I Need My Monster!

Check out Amanda Noll’s website at: http://www.freewebs.com/amandanoll/

You can learn more about Howard McWilliam and see some of his other works at: https://www.amazon.com/Howard-McWilliam/e/B0052270CW

 

 

Review: We’re All Wonders

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We’re All Wonders

Author/Illustrator: R. J. Palacio

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017

Source: Public Library

R. J. Palacio brings us a picture book version of her best-selling book Wonder! You can check out my review of Wonder HERE.

In this new book, there is a little boy who, though he does ordinary things, does not look ordinary. Sometimes other people point or laugh or stare at him. They don’t see that he is a wonder; they see only that he is different.

As the young character explains, he is not truly different. He finds a way to look at other people – people who are all different in so many ways – and realizes that we are all wonders.

I like this book. I can see many uses for it in a classroom. However, I feel that this is probably one of those books which adults will love and children will say, “meh.” They’ll listen politely but will not pick it up on their own, crawl into your lap and cry, “Read it again! Again!”