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 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.
It’s Not the Puppy by author J. Patrick, author Leigh Lewis and illustrator Maddie Frost
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Publisher: Amicus Ink
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
In this rhyming board book, questions are presented that seem to have answers that identify a puppy as the guilty party but surprisingly other animals and people are also capable of doing actions that puppies do. Only one deed is done by the puppy. Readers can have fun naming the culprits or adults can help young children name the guilty i.e. rabbit, raccoon, baby etc. The collage illustrations are bold and adorable.
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Goodnight Lagoon by author Lisa Ann Scott and illustrator Paco Sordo
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: little bee books
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
A mermaid says goodnight to the living and nonliving elements in her habitat in this rhyming picture book. She acknowledges things above and in the lagoon. Scenes that depict above and below water simultaneously are attractive. A glossary about illustrations expands readers knowledge. My Book Eyes was delighted to learn about a narwhal.
Stanley’s Train by author / illustrator William Bee
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
In this picture book, Stanley and his buddy Charlie share train maintenance duties prior to picking up their friends. They take a day trip. Guess where they are going from the items they bring with them. My Book Eyes adored the turn taking element inserted in this story. Vivid colors allow distinct views of items in illustrations.
Puppy Truck by author / illustrator Brian Pinkney
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
In this clever picture book, the resilience of a child is seen when he is denied a puppy. Making the best of his situation, Carter envisions a gift toy truck as his pet. Readers see the vehicle with slight puppy features and behaviors of both i.e. Leaping, resisting, running, barking, and beeping to name a few. Illustrator captures the exuberance of this age group in his pictures. An enjoyable story that will be read by many.