Kid Book Reviews

onetrueloveTitle: One True Love
Author: Annie Auerbach
Who: Aladdin, Genie, and Jasmine
When: On the Magic Carpet
Where: Outside
Problem: The Suitor
5 happenings in the book: 1)The Genie came back. 2) Jasmine married Aladdin. 3) Jasmine found her true love. 4) Aladdin chased the kangaroo. 5) Jasmine was looking for her true love.
Did you like this book? Yes
Reviewed by Omunic, age 7


Book Weekend – Brazil in stories

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom.OneDayThis new spin on a traditional cumulative story starts with a boy playing in the jungle, getting eaten by a python! From inside the belly, the boy encourages the snake to keep eating, more animals and more! From a bird, to an ape, to a sloth, to a bee’s hive, the python couldn’t possible eat any more!  The explosive ending leaves everyone just fine, while the colorful googly-eyed cartoon style keeps the creatures playful rather than scary.

Book Weekend – Stanley the Mailman

William Bee has created a series of charmingly simple picture books featuring a friendly hamster named Stanley.  Each book features Stanley in a different community helper role. As a mailman, he gets to ride the cozy little mail-scooter and deliver packages.  But will everyone be as delighted to received as he is to give?


The simple bright illustrations make this an easy book for toddlers and early preschoolers to follow.  Adults will enjoy little details like the addresses on each package and the British flair of the design.

Look for these other books about Stanley the Hamster: Stanley the Builder and Stanley the Farmer.

Book Weekend – Flora Returns

FloraFlora and the Peacocks written and drawn by Molly Idle.

Flora, appealing and expressive,  first attempted to dance with a haughty bird in Flora and the Flamingo.  Without using words, the simple page turns and lifting flaps, told the story of glances and growing friendship.

In this book, Flora attempts to befriends a pair of peacocks.  While one is curious, the other feels nothing but disdain – and perhaps jealousy.

Young children just learning to identify emotions can work with caregivers to narrate this story aloud.   Others can enjoy the limited color palette, here summery mix of yellow, greens and teal.

For those with a love of the cold, check out her second book, Flora and the Peguins, for an icy blue burst of ice-dancing delimas.



Book Weekend – City Shapes

CityshapesCity Shapes is a new picture book by debut author Diane Murray.  This easy rhyming story is told by a pigeon, exploring all the shapes that fill his city home.   Several lines give clues about the shape, before revealing the name to young listeners.

Brian Collier’s collage artwork takes this basic kindergarten concept book to another level.  In his pictures, a young girl dances through the pigeon’s world, interacting with all the shapes as they are named.  Her joy for her city mirrors the birds own love.  On the last spread, as the bird gratefully returns to it’s nest, the true connection between the girl and the bird are revealed.

While introducing basic shapes is a foundation of math awareness, this book makes the lesson feel like a game!


Book Weekend – Origami

MoreMore-igami by Dori Kleber is a new picture book illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

An everyday ordinary boy discovers the amazing art of origami during a school visit.  How can he become a master? Through daily practice, they tell him.  But when his enthusiasm for folding takes over all paper in his house, his mother sends him outside to play.  He wanders their urban  neighborhood,  wondering if this is the end of his new passion.  Luckily the owner of the next door Mexican restaurant allows him the space to discover his own solution!

The end pages have instruction for kids to fold an origami creation of their own!  Beginners to origami may want to start with Didier Boursin’s book, Easy Origami.Origami

Book Weekend – Roadtrips

yetA humorous picture books about a long road trip turns one boy’s boredom on it’s head.  Literally.

Are We There Yet? is written and drawn by Dan Santat, who won a Caldecott Medal for the Adventures of Beekle: the unimaginary friend.  Each time the boy asked if they are at Grandma’s yet, the art turns the book around and sends the family car back in time.  When they reach the age of the dinosaurs, the boy finally realizes something strange is going on.  Readers will enjoy spotting hidden gags and jokes, including Beekle.  But when the family finally moved forward in time, have they gone too far?  Have they arrived too late for birthday party, by a century?

Sure to be enjoyed by kids of all ages, or anyone who has ver wondered why time moves so differently in the back seat.