Zip! Zoom! On a Broom

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Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by author Teri Sloat and illustrator Rosalinde Bonnet

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: LB Kids

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

This  rhyming board book begins with one witch flying on her broom when she encounters witches two and three. Their numbers increase to ten while they continue to  do witchy deeds like haunt and chant for just two examples. Eventually all ten decide to ride one room which is catastrophic. One by one they leave the broom in different ways until only one witch is left. A Halloween way to reinforce counting skills for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Illustrations are appropriate and give children more to count than witches on some pages i.e. skeletons and spiders.

 

 

 

Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories

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Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by author Max Brallier and illustrator Letizia Ruegni

Age Range: 5 – 7 years

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Five eerie stories are in this early chapter book. These short tales are bone chilling enough to appeal to older reluctant or struggling readers in addition to the age range mentioned above. Illustrations frequently support the ghastliness. Good stories for those looking for a startle anytime.

There is a Bird on Your Head!

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There is a Bird on Your Head! by author / illustrator Mo Willems

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: July 31, 2007

In this easy reader, a mommy bird, daddy bird and eventually three baby chicks use Gerald’s head as their home. While he is irate about this matter, it isn’t until his friend Piggie offers him a suggestion that Gerald asserts himself and gets his problem solved. Illustrations and text are hilarious and show a variety of moods for both characters.

Mo Willems plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.

Pick a Pumpkin

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Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

This rhyming picture book begins with a mom taking two children pumpkin picking. They return home to dad and youngest sibling. The family participates in Halloween hoopla including making treats, carving pumpkins and trick or treating. Friends also get involved in the experience. Detailed descriptions in the text make this a good book to read around pumpkin carving time. Vivid illustrations set the autumn and Halloween mood.

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party

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Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by author James Dean and illustrator Kimberly Dean

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Pete is throwing a pizza party however many of his friends prefer different toppings than Pete’s pepperoni. With everyone’s input, they put together a combination pizza that is pleasing to all. My Book Eyes liked seeing other activities that characters do during the party i.e. bouncy house. The art is vibrant and follows the Pete the Cat style.

Thank You, Omu!

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Thank You, Omu! by author/ illustrator Oge Mora

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

A woman named Omu cooks up a fragrant stew. The aroma alerts the olfactory senses of many townspeople. Each person follows the scent to Omu’s house. She graciously gives visitors portions of her stew which eventually leaves her without any for herself. The townspeople show Omu similar kindness. The collage illustrations show varieties in occupations and ethnicities. My Book Eyes marveled at discussions that this book could generate including collaboration, helping others, occupations to name a few.

Oge Mora plans to be at Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Click on EVENTS above for information about Brooklyn Book Festival.

Thank You, Omu! was selected by Jumpstart Read for the Record 2019 to be read nationally on November 7, 2019. https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/

Apple Farmer Annie

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Apple Farmer Annie by author / illustrator Monica Wellington

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Puffin Books, Reprint edition

Publication Date: August 19, 2004

Annie is an apple farmer who grows a variety of apples. She makes apple cider, applesauce, cakes, pies, muffins, dried apples and candy apples. Additionally, Annie drives to the city where she sells her goods at a farmer’s market. Many scenes show enlarged pictures of items that are in the busier scenes on opposite pages around the text. For example, at the farmer’s market, a scale, cash box, money, apples and cider are pictured on the left page. These pictures can extend discussions about the book. Words are in large print size which is helpful for the reader. Illustrations have highly distinguishable details. Four recipes are included. They are for applesauce, apple muffins, applesauce cake and butter frosting. This book can be used in addition to cooking projects.

Hats Are Not for Cats!

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Hats Are Not for Cats! by author / illustrator Jacqueline K. Rayner

Age Range: 4 years – 7 years

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

An obnoxious, loud mouth, hat wearing dog lets a cat know on numerous occasions that hats are not for cats as a quiet yet active cat parades by him wearing a myriad of hat styles. The cat doesn’t say anything as the dog verbally abuses her time and time again. Feline finds a way to retaliate which is surprising and humorous. Dog’s ego is reduced to a humble size. The ending of this book is satisfying for all. Rhyme and short phrases make this an excellent choice for beginning readers and for those wanting to read a humorous story. Illustrations focus on the relationship between the characters which adds to the appeal of this book.

A Friend for Bently

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A Friend for Bently by author / illustrator Paige Keiser

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Bently is the sole pig on his farm. He engages in pig oriented (being in mud) and not so pig oriented (crossword puzzles) activities. One day he befriends a chick named Daisy and she learns to enjoy Bently’s world. However, chicks grow (literally) and change like friends often do. Thanks to Daisy,  Bently makes a new friend and also manages to maintain a relationship with Daisy. This is a good book to read anytime. At this time of the year when students are returning to schools, many will attend new schools and new grades. Making new friendships and dealing with changes in old friendships are situations that students will face. My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing the highs and lows of being Bently in illustrations.