Dragon Was Terrible

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Dragon Was Terrible

by Kelly DiPucchio

Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

September 2017

Ok. This book is hysterical in the best way possible. I loved every second! The fun thing about this book is that I didn’t pick it out. My son brought it home from his school on library day. At first I was like, “a terrible dragon? Oh boy!” But then I started reading and I could barely keep a straight face. I mean, this dragon is adorable and seriously terrible!

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My son’s favorite part was the burping in church. He laughed so hard and told me to take a picture of that page. The list goes on and on for how terrible this dragon is. There’s even a reward for anyone who can tame the dragon. Many people try and fail.

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But then a resourceful little boy writes a story and starts reading it, capturing the attention of the dragon. This goes on for a bit, the dragon getting more and more intrigued.

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The dragon learns to be kind and is officially tamed. Of course, everyone is happy! 🙂

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Seriously, this book is wonderful. I love how the dragon is tamed and the creativity of the little boy. This book combines humor and kindness and so much creativity!

Summing it up: I highly recommend Dragon Was Terrible and I hope you enjoy it as much as my boys and I did!

All the best, Abbey

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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti

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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti

by Anna Grossnickle Hines

June 2017

This book took me down memory lane. My parents read this one to me when I was a little girl and I loved it! Now I’m reading it to my two boys and they love it! I was so happy after I’d read Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and my boys said they liked it. It’s a very simple story of a little boy’s night. It starts with him and his dad making spaghetti (because his dad makes the best spaghetti).

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Then after he helps his mom do the dishes, his daddy gives him a bath.

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Once bath time is over, it’s time to get in pajamas. I love how silly the dad is in this book (definitely like my own daddy)!

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Finally it’s time for stories and bed with mommy and daddy. I love the roles of the mom and dad and how they divide chores and childcare. It’s such a silly book to read and I’m so happy I found it at the library!

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Summing it up: this book is funny and fun to read. I highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

 

Trainstop

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Trainstop

by Barbara Lehman

June 2017

My little boy, Lime, picked out this book the other day. He loves trains (well, he loves anything that ‘goes’), so he was naturally drawn to this one. I hadn’t read it before and was pleasantly surprised by how endearing this little book is! It is wordless book and the illustrations are delightful.

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The story follows a girl and her parents as they get on a train in the city and journey into the country. The train stops when all the adults are sound asleep. The little girl gets off when she sees that these tiny people need her help.

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She rescues their friend and then gets back on the train and returns to the city.

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She’s in for a surprise because the little folks visit her with a gift of a little tree. It is a beautiful spot of green in the dark city.

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Summing it up: this book is beautiful, sweet, and perfect for teaching little ones about kindness and love.

All the best, Abbey

 

Stanley the Farmer

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Stanley the Farmer

by William Bee

June 2017

Have you heard of the Stanley the hampster books? They are adorable! The illustrations are fantastic and the writing is beautifully simple. My boys love this series and often request them at the library. In this book, Stanley is farming. The book follows him from the planting to the harvest and beyond.

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Stanley has friends as well. In this book Shamus and Little Woo help Stanley with his farming work.

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The end of each book is always the same: Stanley eats dinner, takes a bath and goes to bed!

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Summing it up: these books are super cute and I can’t recommend them enough!

All the best, Abbey

Raindrops Roll

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Raindrops Roll

by April Pulley Sayre

April 2017

Another April Pulley Sayre book! I loved Best in Snow (which I reviewed here: ). And then I found this one, Raindrops Roll, which was perfect for Spring with all the rain we get in New England. Once again, the pictures are vivid and the words simple.

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It is a sweet, delightful book, full of images that evoke all the feelings of what it’s like to be in the rain and what the earth looks like when it rains.

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Summing it up: this book is beautiful and simple. I highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

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