Book #263: The Dandelion’s Tale

I’m so happy to see spring that I’ve decided to devote a few days to books that celebrate the season.  The Dandelion’s Tale feels a bit springlike in that it’s about birth and renewal — the circle of life, if you’ll forgive the term…. Continue reading

Book #262: President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

Nobody knows if this is true or not, but rumor has it that President Taft, an enormous man, couldn’t get out of his bathtub one day. In Mac Barnett’s iteration of this version, Taft called upon everyone from his cabinet for advice on how to get… Continue reading

Book #258: A Fine St. Patrick’s Day

Yes, I know that St. Patrick’s Day was a while ago, but I never had a chance to share this book and now it’s due back at the library. It was such a great read, too — well-written with interesting illustrations — that I… Continue reading

Book #257: If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo

Here’s a book from 1993 that I plucked from the library display a few weeks ago. I think it’s an engaging and entertaining story, and besides that, it’s about the zoo.  What child doesn’t want to hear a story about the zoo? The book… Continue reading

Note to My Book Review Readers…

I am out of town for some days this week visiting a close friend in the hospital.  Please check back for more book talk soon…ABZ

Book #248: Sparky!

Here’s that same monochromatic illustrative style we are seeing in so many books these days, but I happen to like this style and don’t mind seeing a similar color palette from book to book. And this one is such a great book, too. It’s one… Continue reading

Book #247: Stay Tuned

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Book #246: Rechenka’s Eggs

You can’t get through a list of books for Easter without getting into Rechenka’s Eggs, by Patricia Polacco. I’ve written about her before, but I’m especially excited to tell you about this book, my favorite of all Polacco’s work. Babushka is known for painting… Continue reading

Book #245: Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs

Janet Stoeke has written a whole bunch of these inviting books about a silly chicken, and I love them all. The illustrations are bright and appealing, the writing is excellent, and Minerva Louise is sort of unforgettable. She’s naive and sweet, maybe a little… Continue reading

Book #244: The Golden Egg Book

Margaret Wise Brown wrote over a hundred books in her lifetime and was most famous for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, but here’s a little Easter story that would seem ordinary if you didn’t know who wrote it. If you look at the book… Continue reading