Children’s Book Batch Review

Pat the Gnat and The Broken ChrysalisPat the Gnat discovers...Angels, Marigolds, and Zebras: A journey through the alphabetFast FreddyWhat A BraggerThe Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival

I have read and reviewed these five children’s picture books, and loved them all! These would be perfect gifts for any child aged 4-8.All of these have positive Christian messages, beautiful illustrations, and original and interesting stories! Happy REading!

Pat the Gnat and The Broken Chrysalis
Pat the Gnat and The Broken Chrysalis by Les Taupier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so enchanted with this beautiful story of a broken unborn butterfly who is still worth saving, even though his little wing is damaged! This is a charming and original way to teach children about the sanctity of life!

Pat the Gnat sees a broken butterfly cocoon and wants to destroy it, but he decides that all life matters. Later on he meets the damaged butterfly after it is born from its cocoon, they become friends, and Pat the Gnat learns that God values all life, and so should we. The positive messages and spiritual truths are perfectly blended with a cute tale of insect friendship!

The illustrations are beautifully charming, and have a soothing effect since the edges are smooth and the colors are a little muted.
Action and adventure are balanced with the more serious parts of the book in a fluid story arc, creating a well-rounded narrative.

I was immediately drawn to the various characters, especially since the illustrations bring out their unique qualities. That Pat the Gnat is just so cute!!
This book is so adorable, I can’t wait to read more from the Pat the Gnat books!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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Pat the Gnat discovers...Angels, Marigolds, and Zebras: A journey through the alphabet
Pat the Gnat discovers…Angels, Marigolds, and Zebras: A journey through the alphabet by Les Taupier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ABC book gives three words for every letter of the alphabet, and definitions of those words. Some of the definitions are too complex for children learning their ABCs, and some of the words are either too obscure or too complicated for a child that young. Many of the words are very long or difficult to spell. This might be good for an older child to learn those words in a glossary, but will only frustrate a young child just learning their alphabet.
Some of the words include “chrysanthemum”, “Wallaby”, “uvula “, and “rutabaga”. That’s just a bit much! I can’t imagine reading this to a three-year-old.

The illustrations for each word do not look professional, and some are done in different styles. It would look nicer if there were a uniform style of drawing through the entire book. Each letter is in a font that looks like slats of wood. I just think that looks weird. I don’t know.

Pat the Gnat gives little aside comments for every letter that are very cute, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what he is referring to.

I like that this book is imaginative in the selections of the words, but it might be better marketed as a glossary book for older children instead of an alphabet book for little children.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own true opinions, and are not influenced by anyone.

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Fast Freddy
Fast Freddy by Lee Ann Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so impressed with this funny and inspiring children’s picture book! The illustrations are bright and detailed, and on every page there is a hidden Christian Fish symbol that you can hunt for! How cool is that?!
All the little fish at school have their own personalities, and I loved seeing them learn from their teacher, Miss Mermaid.
The story is well-organized and follows a simple but profound story arc.
Freddy is half-shark and half-octopus, so he gets teased for being different. I loved the poignant moment when Miss Mermaid reminds the class that she herself is half-fish and half-human. The little fish learn their lesson, but the story goes on as Freddy begins to make friends on the racing team.
The best part is that Freddy prays for God to help him and thanks God for making him different.
This book is full of positive messages on so many levels!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.

What A Bragger
What A Bragger by Lee Ann Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this sweet children’s picture book, and I was so impressed with the story and the positive Christian messages! The illustrations are beautiful, and there is a little Christian fish symbol hidden on every page! How cool is that?! I had so much fun looking for each little symbol.
Each of the little fish on the playground have their own individual personalities, and the story really shows how they interact in a special way.

One little fish, Melissa, is always bragging about things and making a nuisance of herself. Her friend, Cory, decides that instead of being mad at her, he will try to help her feel better about herself. All the little fish in the class come together to help their friend, and learn a lesson along the way. It’s an age-old story, but it’s told in such a unique way and with such charm, that it actually made me cry and laugh!

I have seldom read a children’s book with such a well-organized story arc, engaging illustrations, and detailed characters. I love it!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.

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The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival
The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has the crackle of fall, the wonder of a hayride, the beauty of a sunset on a farm, and of course the rambunctious Cub Bears that we all know and love!
We join the Bear family as they attend harvest festival with their church at Farmer Ben’s farm.
They enjoy pumpkin pie, apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and of course a big meal! Through all the fun they remember to thank God for all their blessings, and give credit to the great Creator who gave them so much.

The illustrations are beautifully detailed, and full of action and cheerful emotion. We can see the delight on the Bear family’s faces as they enjoy all that the autumn season has to offer.

The story flows naturally from each activity, and each member of the Bear family shows their own unique personality through their dialogue and actions.
This story is especially fun to read aloud! The words are crisp and clear, using vivid descriptors for each autumn scene.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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