Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?

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Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? By Chris Ferrie

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Information about 13 renowned scientists from a variety of countries is displayed in a rhyming picture book to satisfy young minds. The scientists are: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Ahmed Zewail, Grace Hopper, James Maxwell, Ada Lovelace, George Washington Carver, Chien-Shiung Wu, Alan Turing, Anna Mani, Charles Darwin, and Katherine Johnson. In the illustrations, near each scientist is a picture of something that represents his or her accomplishment (s). In the back of the book is more in-depth information about each scientist. My Book Eyes marveled at this kid friendly approach to science.



A Lullaby of Summer Things

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A Lullaby of Summer Things by author Natalie Ziarnik and illustrator Madeline Valentine

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

With summer still upon us, My Book Eyes couldn’t resist reading this rhyming picture book.  At dusk, a dad returns home from the beach with his four children who vary in ages. Mom beckons them with a wave as they approach the porch. Many spotlights are on one sibling’s recollections although all family members and their pet dog are depicted as they engage in their nightly routines that end in bedtime.  Words are carefully chosen and are enjoyable to read. Illustrations show loving and active folks with different skin tones, hair color and textures which are often seen amongst relatives.

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop

Murilla Gorilla and the Missing Mop by author Jennifer Lloyd and illustrator Jacqui Lee

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Simply Read Books

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

More mayhem in Mango Market. This time, Mandrill is missing a mop and enlists the services of bungling detective Murilla to crack the case. Youngsters tracing hints will be surprised to find out who is guilty in this innocent mystery. The neon colored illustrations are attractive and add hilarity to this easy reading chapter book.

The Doll Hospital

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The Doll Hospital by author Kallie George and illustrator Sara Gillingham

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

What does a doll doctor do when she is overwhelmed with too many toy patients? In this picture book, she gets assistance from her crew of course! This is a satisfying story which can lead to conversations about doctor’s visits, teamwork, occupations and imaginary play. The illustrations are large, textured and contrasting.  When listening and viewing this book in a group, children will not feel like they missed seeing something when the storyteller turns the page.

Mabel and Sam at Home

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Mabel and Sam at Home by author Linda Urban and illustrator Hadley Hooper

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books  

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Through dialogue, the author brings readers into the relationship between an older and a younger sibling on moving day in this picture book. Mabel and Sam spend their time pretend playing from morning until night in three different escapades. My Book Eyes enjoys the witty dialogue, creativity and revealing illustrations.

Through with the Zoo


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Through with the Zoo by Jacob Grant  
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
In this children’s picture book, a cute goat feels stifled in his current occupation at a petting zoo. Time away from the job allows goat to create a new option for himself which makes work more bearable when he returns. Illustrations project goat’s emotions as he stresses through scenes. My Book Eyes chuckled from beginning to end. On a serious note, this book could spark a conversation with children about how to treat animals.


Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis

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Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Age Range:  4 – 7 years

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Publication Date: June 18, 2008

With spring upon us and indoor and outdoor markets displaying a variety of scrumptious fresh foods I decided to review this book. Just viewing the pictures and reading the text makes My Book Eyes feel well nourished.  Edna Lewis, a famous chef, grew up in the south.  This book concentrates on Edna’s younger years as she works with her family on their farm gathering nature’s bounty throughout the seasons and preserving foods to eat during winter. There is an author’s note and recipes included. Boldly colored illustrations add to this book’s appeal.


In the Land of Words

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In the Land of Words by author Eloise Greenfield and illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition

Publication Date: December 23, 2003

This is a children’s book of poetry that will inspire youngsters to find their own land of words and write poems about memories that they treasure. The illustrator’s fabric collages complement the words.  A welcomed addition to any bookshelf.

Be Brave, Little Penguin

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Be Brave, Little Penguin by author Giles Andreae and  illustrator Guy Parker-Rees

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

In this rhyming picture book a mama penguin assuages the fears of young  Pip-Pip who needs to learn how to swim. My Book Eyes relished the interaction between mother and offspring as Pip-Pip is led to dive into independence.  Illustrations are vibrant and will surely be visited often.

The Koala Who Could

The Koala Who Could

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.