Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend by Barbara DiLorenzo

Quincy The Chameleon


Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend by Barbara DiLorenzo

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Publisher: little bee books

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

He can grab flies with his tongue, swing with his tail and move his eyes in different ways. Unfortunately, Quincy just can’t conceal himself in his surroundings like his chameleon mates at school. In this picture book, Quincy never learns to blend however he does learn to contribute his talent to his society. The artwork is attractive and sometimes offers comic relief. Readers and listeners are never too old to benefit from this story.


Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

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Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C by author/illustrator Maree Coote

Age Range:  5 – 7 years

Publisher: Melbournestyle Books

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

This is an interesting and fun way to learn about memorable people and places associated with New York City. In this picture book, each illustration is created with letters of the pictures’ names. Readers have the task of carefully visually scanning the illustrations to find all the letters that spell the pictures ‘ names. Illustrations are appealing. Additionally, an informative poem sits beside each picture. A counting activity is included as well as Clever Kids Teacher’s Notes which supplies extra trivia about New York City. My Book Eyes highly recommends this multipurpose picture book.

Sisters & Champions

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Sisters & Champions by author Howard Bryant and illustrator Floyd Cooper

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Publisher:  Philomel Books

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

In this picture book, two sisters, determined, devoted paired with a supportive family defy society’s odds and become renowned tennis players. Encouragement to purse dreams despite obstacles that may seem insurmountable as Venus and Serena do echoes throughout the book. Well written. Illustrations are beautiful and show realistic details and ranges of emotions.

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?

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Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? By Chris Ferrie

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Information about 13 renowned scientists from a variety of countries is displayed in a rhyming picture book to satisfy young minds. The scientists are: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Ahmed Zewail, Grace Hopper, James Maxwell, Ada Lovelace, George Washington Carver, Chien-Shiung Wu, Alan Turing, Anna Mani, Charles Darwin, and Katherine Johnson. In the illustrations, near each scientist is a picture of something that represents his or her accomplishment (s). In the back of the book is more in-depth information about each scientist. My Book Eyes marveled at this kid friendly approach to science.



A Lullaby of Summer Things

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A Lullaby of Summer Things by author Natalie Ziarnik and illustrator Madeline Valentine

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

With summer still upon us, My Book Eyes couldn’t resist reading this rhyming picture book.  At dusk, a dad returns home from the beach with his four children who vary in ages. Mom beckons them with a wave as they approach the porch. Many spotlights are on one sibling’s recollections although all family members and their pet dog are depicted as they engage in their nightly routines that end in bedtime.  Words are carefully chosen and are enjoyable to read. Illustrations show loving and active folks with different skin tones, hair color and textures which are often seen amongst relatives.

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

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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

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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.