A hardworking dad is briefly in charge…or is he? Mom left a list of tasks to complete but do they get done her way or at all? The daughter, Arnellia, a private school student, has alternative plans. Can Arnellia persuade dad to do things her way? A comical read with a message about parenting styles. Adults will also find humor and wisdom in this picture book. For children reading independently, My Book Eyes recommends it for readers to 10 years of age however it can be read to all ages. Illustrations are clear and colorful.
This picture book brings together three generations in an evening of simulated shopping. Evie and her grandmother create scenarios that allow them to buy items that they see in newspapers from a variety of vendors. While the mother is not in attendance, her presence is felt when we learn mom is in the army and when Evie pretend purchases gifts and places them near mom’s photo. Dialogue between grandmother and Evie is warm and leaves readers with good feelings. Illustrations are bright and contrasting making details easy to see. This book introduces it’s audience to a fun activity that can be enjoyed repeatedly using different newspapers, magazines and ads. Activity enthusiasts could also paint or draw shopping items or head to the internet and copy and paste interesting items for computer based collages. A nice way to include money management skills.
In this early reader, Pete’s family goes on a road trip across the United States. They visit New York, Georgia, Florida, Utah, California, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Washington and Wyoming. Occasional feline humor injected into illustrations and text will make readers chuckle. This book is a great way to introduce youngsters to historic sites within the United States while they learn to read. Also this title can ignite curiosity and a desire to further research places mentioned.
Sweet Dreams, Zaza by author/illustrator Mylo Freeman
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
This picture book begins with a little girl named Zaza sitting on her bed with her five wide awake stuffed animals. Since it is bedtime, Zaza places each toy in its bed where it closes eyes. Zaza caps the experience with an endearing pat, lullaby, cuddle etc. When it is Zaza’s turn for bed, her mother appears and shares those same forms of affection with her. Illustrations are vivid and are displayed on opposite pages from the text. Pages are thick and glossy. Sewn pages instead of glued ones gives this book a nice nostalgic feel.
Happy Halloween Pirates! by author W. Harry Kim and illustrator Inna Chernyak
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Clever Publishing
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
In this rhyming board book, pirates are invited to a Halloween party. They think about costumes to wear. The reader can generate discussions about past costumes worn and/or costumes to be worn. There are flaps to lift which unveil surprises. This feature can encourage turn taking if read to a group of children. Illustrations are colorful and invite youngsters to read on. Good book to read as a precursor or during a Halloween party. The sturdiness of the book will ensure that it can be pulled off the shelf and read for years to come.
Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
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.
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.
Up, Up, Up, Down by author/illustrator Kimberly Gee
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:May 7, 2019
In this picture book, children will learn to associate words with actions in a day of the life of a young childand his dad. For example, the word up means awake, climbing up and being lifted by dad. The opposite word is also depicted when dad puts the child down. Thumbnail illustrations on white background clearly represent illustrator’s intentions.
Glo Goes Shopping by author Cheryl Willis Hudson and illustrator Cathy Johnson
Age Range: 3 and Up
Publisher: Just Us Books Inc
Publication Date: October 1, 1999
Glo needs to buy a gift for her friend Nandi. She goes to the mall with her mom and explores different items in a variety of stores. Remembering that the gift should be practical and fun allows Glo to buy the perfect gifts for her friend. This book could lead to a discussion about merchandise sold in different stores and buying things for other people. Vibrant illustrations against white backgrounds.