Life On Mars

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Life On Mars

by Jon Agee

June 2017

This. Book. It’s amazing, hilarious and clever. My older son, Lemon (side note, that’s not his real name, but I wanted to preserve some privacy for the boy, and my husband and I actually use it as a code name), picked this book out at the library. I’d never heard of it and didn’t read it before checking it out, so I got the best surprise when I read it. This book is a must read. It is fun for children and downright hilarious for the adult reading it. I’m an instant fan of Agee and I really hope he’s written other books (just looked it up . . .he’s written a ton . . .awesome). The illustrations are simple and pleasing, yet dynamic, enhancing the story and giving it a layer of complexity which adds to it’s humor.

Life On Mars is about an adventurous little boy who flies to Mars hoping to find life. He knows he’s right and he’s determined to prove it.

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Before long he realizes he was wrong after all and that there is no life on Mars. And even worse, he’s lost his spaceship. But is he wrong?

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There is life (more than he thinks)! He happily returns to earth to show the flower as proof of life on Mars. There’s also a clever side story about a chocolate cupcake which is amazing!

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Summing it up: I highly recommend this book for young and old and hope you can get a copy to read really soon!

All the best, Abbey

When I Grow Up

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When I Grow Up

by Emma Dodd

June 2017

Emma Dodd is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her stories are simple, sweet and always have a beautiful message for little ones. This one is about growing up.

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The little bear wants to be just like his dad and talks about all the wonderful things he’ll be when he grows up, like wild and free. Dodd’s words are endearing and uplifting.

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Her illustrations are just as sweet and beautiful! They are simple and there are delightful textures and layers like the shimmery sun above. My boys love these books: reading them over and over!

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Summing it up: I love this book and highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

Best in Snow

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Best in Snow

by April Pulley Sayer

March 2017

Throwback Thursday to when we had snow on the grown! This book is a delight to read and view. The pictures are all of real life plants and animals that are simply stunning. The writing is clear and minimal, making reading to little ones easy and fun. My boys were captivated from page one.

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Summing it up: I highly recommend this beautiful, simple book.

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All the best, Abbey

Hiccupotamus

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Hiccupotamus

by Steve Smallman

illustrated by Ada Grey

March 2017

What can I say about this silly, yet perfectly delightful book? My boys (particularly my oldest who is 4) are obsessed. We read it all the time, so I’ll have to add it to our collection soon. Hiccupotamus is about a group of animals who dance to their own combined beat.

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The words are silly and before long you’ll find yourself reading to a distinct beat. At the end, the animals wonder who to thank for starting the whole thing and are surprised when the hippopotamus jumps up announcing he’s the one to thank.

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Turns out he drank a fizzy pop and his hiccups started the beat.

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Summing it up: this book is hilarious and absolutely worth reading!

All the best, Abbey

Love is You & Me

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Love is You & Me

by Monica Sheehan

Happy Valentine’s Day! This sweet book is one of my favorite books about love. Love is so dynamic and varied and can be hard to explain, but this book does it. It’s perfect to read all year, but especially around Valentine’s day!

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Sheehan’s cute illustrations bring to life both love’s complexity and simplicity.

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Summing it up: I highly recommend this book for you and your little one!

All the best, Abbey

Miss Rumphius

 

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Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius is a sweet story about making the world a more beautiful place. That message is one I share with my boys and one I think we all should hear and practice. When Miss Rumphius is a girl, her grandfather tells her that the most important thing in life is to make the world more beautiful.

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At first she doesn’t know what she could possibly do because the world is so beautiful already. She grows up to become a librarian and then travels the world. When she is old she finally decides what she can do: she can plant lupine flowers all around, making her home and town more beautiful.

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All the little children in the town come to her and hear her stories, including the narrator, her great-niece, Alice. The last conversation is the sweetest:

“When I grow up,” I tell her, “I too will go to faraway places and come home to live by the sea.”

“That is all very well, little Alice,” says my aunt, “but there is a third thing you must do.”

“What is that?” I ask.

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

“All right,” I say.

But I do not know yet what that can be.

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Summing it up: This book is sweet and beautiful. I highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

88 Instruments

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88 Instruments

by Chris Barton

illustrations by Louis Thomas

I’m so excited to start sharing children’s picture books with you. I read to my two boys all the time and now I get to share my favorites. I hope you enjoy this new addition to my blog!

I love music and I’m especially drawn to books highlighting the piano as that is the instrument I play as well as teach. So, I’m a little bias to this book. That being said, this book is clever, sweet and fun. The words are silly and fun to read and the illustrations are humorous to both children (and to the adults reading to them).

The little boy in the story gets to pick one instrument to play and he has no idea what to choose.

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He tries out all sorts of instruments (which I loved because you get to see all of them), and in the end he decides on the piano because of its 88 keys and the fact that it is the right fit for him. Even though it’s intimidating, he’ll take it one note at a time, until he’s ready for all 88.

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Summing it up: I love the exposure to all these musical instruments and the focus on learning one. This book is fun to read and I highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey