04.17.10

Tea for Ruby: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 2:56 am by Rosepixie

The text in this book is very simple, but it works well. You can feel Ruby’s excitement throughout the story. The illustrations are beautiful. I especially love the endpapers, which look like toile with scenes of charming people in old-fashioned costumes displaying proper manners!

04.06.10

Hip Hop Dog: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 3:51 am by Rosepixie

This was cute and made me smile. It would be fun to read aloud because it has some great rhythms. It’s really more like music than poetry, which it recognizes by celebrating different musical styles and being all about sound. The character is cute and endearing and works really well. I enjoyed this book a lot!

03.19.10

Action Figures: Thoughts

Posted in Art, Childrens, Picture Books at 7:22 am by Rosepixie

This was a great collection of paintings on a theme, like Raczka’s book with paintings of people reading was. Unfortunately, the text wasn’t as good in this one. Still, the book is interesting and enjoyable to look through.

10.25.09

Druscilla’s Halloween: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 1:41 am by Rosepixie

This was a super fun Halloween picture book! I love the endpapers. The story is interesting and funny. The illustrations are fun and have a perfect fall palette. This is just such a well constructed story and so cutely presented. The spells are great. I really enjoyed it!

09.09.09

The Clock Struck One: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 12:31 am by Rosepixie

This was a really fun book! It was sort of based on “Hickory Dickory Dock”, but told a whole new wild chase story that was super fun to read! I loved the art. It was soft and fun and had personality. I didn’t expect to, but I really enjoyed this book.

09.04.09

Elmer’s Special Day: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 12:59 am by Rosepixie

Although this book seemed gimmicky at first, it quickly proved itself to be a charming and entertaining story. It even managed to have a fun surprise at the end! The illustrations were bright and full of great details. I enjoyed this book very much!

08.23.09

Windows, Rings and Grapes: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Mathematics, Picture Books at 4:50 am by Rosepixie

This book is pretty cute. Some of the examples of real-world things in certain shapes aren’t the best, though. For example, maps, mouse pads and window shades aren’t always square (in fact, window shades almost never are). I’m afraid that might be confusing to some kids to tend to think more literally. Still, the book is cute and has the right idea. It definitely has a place, even if some of the examples aren’t great.

06.05.09

Artful Reading: Thoughts

Posted in Art, Childrens, Picture Books at 4:12 am by Rosepixie

This is a marvelous book! Not only does it celebrate reading of all kinds, but it does so with a huge variety of paintings spanning centuries! It’s so much fun to see so many different paintings of people reading. I also liked the blurbs at the end which gave more information about the artists and paintings. This is really a wonderful book.

05.06.09

How to Talk to Your Dog: Thoughts

Posted in Biology, Picture Books, Sociology at 3:36 am by Rosepixie

This is an excellent book about dogs, their behavior and how to communicate with them. It has wonderful half photograph-half drawing illustrations that clearly show what George is describing. Everything is explained, not just the “how”, but also the “why”. It’s a marvelous introduction to dog interactions!

03.26.09

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction, Picture Books at 3:29 am by Rosepixie

This was a really cute, funny book. The art was adorable and full of fun, cute details. I do really have to wonder how an elephant ended up in Chico’s laundry chute! It was entertaining how Chico managed to get it out of the chute and I loved that the process was shown in numbered steps. This is definitely a fun book that would be great to read with kids (I’d recommend one-on-one for full appreciation of the illustration details) or for monkey fans of all ages.

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