Stanley’s Train

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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

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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.

Peg + Cat: The Puddle

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Peg + Cat: The Puddle by author Jennifer Oxley and illustrator Billy Aronson

Age Range: 3 years – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick Entertainment

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Peg and Cat love playing in puddles but Cat needs to know how deep puddles are to prevent his tail from getting wet. This is a fun story that addresses measurement. Page numbers are depicted as addition equations i.e. 2+1=3 is page 3. Illustrations are appropriate for the text. Stickers are included for added enjoyment.

From Grapes to Jelly

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From Grapes to Jelly by author Bridget Heos and illustrator Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Age Range: 8 years – 12 years

Publisher: Amicus

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

Jelly is so regularly consumed that My Book Eyes decided to read this nonfiction picture book. From viewing grapes dangling from vines to preparing to eat a jelly stuffed sandwich, readers examine actions and employees involved in creating this sweet spread. Detailed information coupled with revealing and inviting illustrations enhance the learning experience. My Book Eyes gained knowledge about a harvester. A glossary, websites and information to investigate further are included.

Up, Up, Up, Down

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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 child and 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.

Pig the Stinker

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Pig the Stinker by author/illustrator Aaron Blabey

Age Range: 3-5 years

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

The pug with personality named Pig loves filth but hates taking a bath. His unsightly ways are irritating to those around him. After Pig causes a major catastrophe, will a bath for Pig be prevented? The characters facial expressions and Pigs actions made My Book Eyes roar with laughter.  This rhyming picture book is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. Illustrations are appropriate for the text.

Easter Bunny School

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Easter Bunny School by author R.I. Redd and illustrator Genie Espinosa

Age Range: baby – 5 years

Publisher: Cottage Door Press

Publication Date: January 15, 2017

What does the Easter Bunny do when he has more work to do than he can handle? He finds helpers of course. In this padded board book children can identify different animals and learn about jobs associated with this holiday. Jovial characters illustrated make this a book that children will return to time and time again. The text is just enough for this age group.

Everybody’s Welcome

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Everybody’s Welcome by author Patricia Hegarty and illustrator Greg Abbott

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

In this rhyming picture book, forest animals loose their homes for a variety of reasons. They agree to work together to build a home where all are safe. A good book to read to children in a host of settings. My Book Eyes savored the way some  of the pages were shorter than others allowing the artwork from the previous page to add to the next scene.

D is for Dress-Up

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D is for Dress-Up by Maria Carluccio

Age Range: 5 – 6 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

This ABC’s of what we wear picture book tackles items that children are familiar with like glasses and mittens. It also introduces children to unfamiliar words such as ensemble and  x-stitch. Illustrations are large, textured, vibrant and diverse. This book could generate discussions about a variety of topics.