Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop by author Jennifer Lloyd and illustrator Jacqui Lee

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Simply Read Books

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

More mayhem in Mango Market. This time, Mandrill is missing a mop and enlists the services of bungling detective Murilla to crack the case. Youngsters tracing hints will be surprised to find out who is guilty in this innocent mystery. The neon colored illustrations are attractive and add hilarity to this easy reading chapter book.

The Doll Hospital

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The Doll Hospital by author Kallie George and illustrator Sara Gillingham

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

What does a doll doctor do when she is overwhelmed with too many toy patients? In this picture book, she gets assistance from her crew of course! This is a satisfying story which can lead to conversations about doctor’s visits, teamwork, occupations and imaginary play. The illustrations are large, textured and contrasting.  When listening and viewing this book in a group, children will not feel like they missed seeing something when the storyteller turns the page.

Mabel and Sam at Home

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Mabel and Sam at Home by author Linda Urban and illustrator Hadley Hooper

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books  

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Through dialogue, the author brings readers into the relationship between an older and a younger sibling on moving day in this picture book. Mabel and Sam spend their time pretend playing from morning until night in three different escapades. My Book Eyes enjoys the witty dialogue, creativity and revealing illustrations.

Through with the Zoo

 

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Through with the Zoo by Jacob Grant  
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
In this children’s picture book, a cute goat feels stifled in his current occupation at a petting zoo. Time away from the job allows goat to create a new option for himself which makes work more bearable when he returns. Illustrations project goat’s emotions as he stresses through scenes. My Book Eyes chuckled from beginning to end. On a serious note, this book could spark a conversation with children about how to treat animals.

 

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

Bring Me Some Apples

Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

With spring upon us and indoor and outdoor markets displaying a variety of scrumptious fresh foods I decided to review this book. Just viewing the pictures and reading the text makes My Book Eyes feel well nourished.  Edna Lewis, a famous chef, grew up in the south.  This book concentrates on Edna’s younger years as she works with her family on their farm gathering nature’s bounty throughout the seasons and preserving foods to eat during winter. There is an author’s note and recipes included. Boldly colored illustrations add to this book’s appeal.

 

In the Land of Words

In The Land of Words

In the Land of Words by author Eloise Greenfield and illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition

Publication Date: December 23, 2003

This is a children’s book of poetry that will inspire youngsters to find their own land of words and write poems about memories that they treasure. The illustrator’s fabric collages complement the words.  A welcomed addition to any bookshelf.

Be Brave, Little Penguin

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Be Brave, Little Penguin by author Giles Andreae and  illustrator Guy Parker-Rees

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

In this rhyming picture book a mama penguin assuages the fears of young  Pip-Pip who needs to learn how to swim. My Book Eyes relished the interaction between mother and offspring as Pip-Pip is led to dive into independence.  Illustrations are vibrant and will surely be visited often.

The Koala Who Could

The Koala Who Could

The Koala Who Could by author Rachel Bright and illustrator Jim Field

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

A rhyming picture book that introduces readers to a koala named Kevin who is afraid to alter his routine despite encouraging friends.  A physical transformation in Kevin’s habitat exposes him to activities that he was too cautious to try. MY BOOK EYES feasted on the emotionally charged illustrations and the uplifting message delivered in rhyme.

This Is NOT a Valentine

This is not a Valentine

This Is Not a Valentine by author Carter Higgins and illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher:  Chronicle Books

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

In this picture book, it appears as if a girl gives out valentines to her peers at school. One of the students has a crush on the girl and thinks of inexpensive and thoughtful things to give her in return. MY BOOK EYES enjoyed reading a sweet story that embraces everyday school experiences i.e. markers that don’t work. The illustrations are appealing and large enough to see details. The book’s size makes it easy to carry around.

Malaika’s Winter Carnival

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Malaika’s Winter Carnival by author Nadia L. Hohn and illustrator Irene Luxbacher

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Groundwood Books

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

In this picture book, a young girl named Malaika shows resilience when her mother marries, not only giving her a stepfather and stepsister to live with but also thrusting her into a new country with a culture much different from the one she has lived in. My Book Eyes loves details from the text and illustrations that beautifully depict cultural differences. A very relatable story. In some ways all of us have experienced the sentiment of loss for people, places or things due to circumstances beyond our control and have learned to adapt.