Thursday, August 14, 2014

Children Book Reviews

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog 

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog 
Author: Carlos Luis Montalvan and Bret Witter
Photographer: Dan Dion
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Description: As narrated by Tuesday,  Tuesday Tucks Me In  is a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world.  The book  takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking Luis in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep.

This is a sweet and touching book about a service dog named Tuesday who helps a wounded vet with his injuries and PTSD. I felt it was very well written to help children understand the role of a service dog, but also to help them have empathy for veterans.  The pictures are very nice and show Tuesday's various roles.  I also liked that it is narrated by Tuesday. 

Little Boo 
Little Boo

Author: Stephen Wunderli
Illustrator: Tim Zeltner
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Description: The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn’t scare anyone . . . not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can!

The wind tells him to be patient—he’ll be scary soon enough. But waiting is hard. Will the little seed ever be really, truly scary?

This simple story is more than a fun Halloween read—it is a heartwarming tale perfect for any child who can’t wait to grow up

This book was adorable and perfect for Halloween.  Little Boo starts out as a seed and really wants to scare people, but first he had to be patient and grow into a pumpkin.  I loved the whimsical illustrators.  They really stand out and are very memorable.  The story is also very cute and I think children can relate to having to be patient.  This was my 4 year old daughter's favorite.


Oh So Brave Dragon
Author/Illustrator: David Kirk
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Description: Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave—because that’s what dragons do. He’s so brave and valiant, he’s ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise, and to help him be brave.

Young readers will relate to Dragon’s fears, and delight in his quest to be brave. Bestselling author/artist David Kirk, creator of the popular Miss Spider series, has created another beautiful, meaningful picture book to follow Oh So Tiny Bunny

This is kind of the perfect book for kids that are maybe a little scared of dragons (like my daughter).  The dragon is very cute and non-threatening, especially when he lets out a roar, doesn't realize he was making the noise and thinks there is a monster in the woods.  He becomes scared and gathers up his friends to help him be brave.  The illustrations are very bright and colorful and the story is short and simple.  I think this would be perfect for younger toddlers, but older kids may also like "roaring" with the dragons and his friends.  


1 comment :

  1. These are so cute! I want to find a nannying job so I can push all the books on the kids I nanny haha



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