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 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.