Picture Book Review: The Haircut

The Haircut by Theo Heras
The Haircut
by Theo Heras, Renné Benoit (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars
A little boy’s hair is falling in his eyes, so he takes a trip to the barbershop with his father. He is a little scared at first, but he sees other customers getting their hair cut and he likes the way the chair goes up high. He holds his father’s hand and has his hair cut. He gets a lollipop after his hair cut, and is glad that his hair is out of his eyes.

This book is so adorable! The little boy is so cute and cuddly. The story is very simple for little children, but has a charming plot.

I love the sweet illustrations with a soft art style.

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Picture Book Review: Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes

Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes by Jef Aerts
Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
by Jef Aerts, Sanne te Loo (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars


Adin and Dina are best friends “like twin cherries on the same stem”. They love to climb the cherry trees on the family fruit farm and pick cherries together. When Adin’s family moves away to the big city, the two friends start to plant cherry pits along the road, and in the spring the cherry blossoms create a trail leading the two friends back to one another.

This is such a sweet book about friendship and loyalty. I just love how close Adin and Dina are. They like doing everything together and can almost read each other’s thoughts. Such a precious friendship! I love how this book deals with loneliness and disappointment in such a healthy way. The two friends are separated, but they still can remain connected. A beautiful story!

The illustrations are truly special. Such gorgeous colors and soft lines! The artwork is so delicate and enchanting. The scenery of the fruit farm and the beautiful cherry blossoms is absolutely exquisite. Even the setting in the city has a kind of urban charm.

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Picture Book Review: The Walrus and the Caribou

The Walrus and the Caribou by Maika Harper
The Walrus and the Caribou
by Maika Harper, Marcus Cutler (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars
In this traditional Inuit story, an old woman begins to create some animals when the world is first being formed. She makes a walrus with antlers, and a caribou with tusks, but these cause too many problems. The walrus’ antlers overturn all the kayaks in the water. The caribou use their tusks as weapons against the hunters. How can the woman correct her creations?

I loved this funny story! The silly illustrations really make it hilarious and fun. The poor woman is so frustrated with her unruly creatures, but she is determined to do whatever it takes to make them behave.

I loved the cartoony artwork. The caribou and walrus have such silly expressions! The art really tells the story in an engaging way.
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Picture Book Review: The Stone Giant

The Stone Giant by Anna Hoglund
The Stone Giant
by Anna Hoglund

3 out of 5 stars
The daughter of a knight goes on an adventure searching for her lost father. All alone, she travels to the desolate land of the stone giant, knowing that anyone who looks in the giant’s eyes will be turned into stone. She is clever and brave, and has a plan to defeat the giant and save her father.

I really liked this fairy-tale story, especially because it is a brain vs. brawn kind of story. The fearsome giant doesn’t stand a chance when the knight’s daughter uses her clever mind to devise a plan for defeating the giant. I liked her character. She is resourceful and smart! The plot line is simple, but with whimsical details that make it fun to read.

I didn’t like the illustrations though. It has a very amateurish look. The artwork is not polished or consistent. The characters’ hands and feet look lumpy. If the illustrations were more professionally done, I would have enjoyed this book more. Continue reading

Picture Book Review: The Sand Elephant

The Sand Elephant by Rinna Hermann
The Sand Elephant
by Rinna Hermann

4 out of 5 stars
Paul outlines the shape of an elephant in his sand box, and is delighted when his sand elephant comes to life and takes him to the magical Sandcastle Land. There he meets other children and their sand animals, and they all play together in the castle. But a storm blows up and and washes the sand flat, and the children must call to their sand animals to revive them.

I loved this whimsical and imaginative story! It speaks to me so strongly of my childhood playing with imaginary animal friends in a fairy tale castle. Anything can happen in a child’s world of dreams.

The elephant is such a robust and steady character, and I love how he leads Paul through all their adventures. The whole story is just delightful! Continue reading

Baby Board Book: Five Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks by Ailie Busby
Five Little Ducks: First Book of Nursery Games
by Ailie Busby (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars
This board book is so adorable! It’s full of sweet rhymes from childhood like “This Little Piggy”, “Hickory Dickory Dock”, and “Polly Put the Kettle On”, but also has new rhymes included. The rhymes all have hand motions or other activities that can be done along with the rhymes. This can help young toddlers to learn to hold up a certain number of fingers as we count down from five, or to move their arms or legs as the rhyme instructs. It’s so cute!

These rhymes go way beyond the simple “Peek-a-boo” style that I always found so boring. These are really interesting and fun! There are ducks, dinosaurs, trains, bunnies, and lions. There is roaring, tickling, hopping, clapping, and flying fingers.

I really appreciated that the bright illustrations show all kinds of children; young babies, older toddlers, disabled children in wheelchairs, children with glasses, African, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic children. Plus every kid is so cute! I love the art style in this book. Continue reading

Children’s Picture Book Review: This is My Daddy!

This is My Daddy! by Mies van Hout
This is My Daddy!
by Mies van Hout

4 out of 5 stars

Each page of this book shows a young animal who asks the reader, “Who is my Daddy?” There are four choices of adult animals, and the reader has to guess which one is the grown-up version of the little animal. A little tadpole joyfully declares, “This is my Daddy!”, when reunited with his froggy father. A baby rhino frolics with his large rhino Dad, and a baby beaver chomps on some branches with his beaver Dad.

This is such a fun way to get children thinking critically and noticing the details. It also stretches their memory capabilities, and helps them to predict what will come next based on the previous pattern. Plus it’s just fun! Continue reading

Board Book Review: Wild Week

Wild Week by Teresa Porcella
Wild Week
by Teresa Porcella

4 out of 5 stars


Each of the animals are doing something different each day. “On Monday, the hen lays an egg… On Tuesday, the shark cuddles a pillow in the living room.” The koala likes to draw, the panda wears a scarf to stay warm, a bird builds a nest, and the skunk combs his hair. They all wait for Sunday when they can play together all day long!

The best thing about this book are the flaps that open up to reveal the animals doing their activities around the house. It’s so much fun to open the flaps and peek into the wild house where these animals are living.

I like the illustrations okay, but I feel like the animals’ eyeballs are staring at me. Their eyes are just so big and bulging. It weirds me out. I do like the colors and the general art style though. I like the design of each scene and some of them are funny and clever, like having a shark chilling on a chair in the living room. How does a shark SIT in a chair? It’s silly and hilarious! Continue reading

Board Book Review: Mummy, What’s in Your Tummy?

Mummy, What's in Your Tummy? by Bernardita Romero
Mummy, What’s in Your Tummy?
by Bernardita Romero

5 out of 5 stars

This board board is so sweet and adorable! A child wonders what could be growing inside their mother’s tummy for 9 months. Is it a watermelon, a bunny rabbit, or a penguin? Is it a lion or crocodile, an elephant or a mouse?

The rhyming text is well-written and has a nice flow to it. The illustrations are bright, and I like the clarity of the artwork. I can’t stand when picture book are cluttered with too much stuff on each page, but this book is wonderfully clear and clean, putting the focus on the main characters that matter.

I love the heart-felt and emotional storyline, all about family connections and building relationships. Even before the baby sister is born, she can hear her older sibling singing to her and reacts by moving in the womb. “It dances and wiggles when I sing. It must be a very special thing.”
I love that this book shows a relationship already being established with the unborn child. So sweet!
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Board Book Review: The Wolf and the Fly

The Wolf and the Fly by Antje Damm
The Wolf and the Fly
by Antje Damm

5 out of 5 stars

This board book is adorable! A hungry wolf eats up some of his toys and animals because he is so hungry. But the reader has to guess what he has eaten based on what toy or animal is missing from the page. As he gobbles up each item, the reader has to search the page to see what is missing from the previous page.

This is such a fun way to get children thinking critically and noticing the details. It also stretches their memory capabilities, and helps them to predict what will come next based on the previous pattern. Plus it’s just fun!

I loved the cartoony illustrations and the funny wolf character. He’s such a cute little guy!

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