Hank’s Big Day The story of a bug by Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Age Range: 3-7 years
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
This picture book is about a slice of life for a pill bug named Hank and his friendship with a little girl who pretends to be Amelia Earhart on this particular day. A long shot illustration alerts the reader that Hank lives close to the little girl’s yard where they meet. My Book Eyes inspected details of Hank’s outdoor world through close ups of his activities, scenery and other bugs that he encounters such as a beetle, ant, grasshopper, cricket and worm as Hank journey’s to the area of the yard where the little girl is playing. After they travel around the yard together and have a snack, Hank returns home. The message of looking both ways before crossing is cleverly included and could lead to further discussion as well as a discussion about women aviators.
Where Do Pants Go? By Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Chris Robertson
Age Range: 3-12 years
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
This picture book is about getting dressed. It asks where each article of clothing goes beginning with underwear and sequentially and repetitively continues to jacket. The text is to the point yet silliness included make young children laugh. My Book Eyes eagerly turned pages to find answers to questions. Questions make this a page turner. Illustrations are bright and warmhearted. The payoff for getting dressed? Going out to play!
Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green
Age Group: 5-8 years
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
This graph novel also includes two-page spreads. An amusing story about a red panda and a hippo that leave a dilapidated zoo in search of a better life on the outside. They try various occupations in order to survive. My Book Eyes applauds the plethora of careers introduced to this age group. Bankers, plumbers and art restorers are not as common in children’s books as other occupations are. While red panda and hippo aren’t great at every career, especially red panda, they both find their niches and give back to their community.