Category: Book Reviews

Exploring Outdoors

“underGROUND,” by Denise Fleming; Beach Lane Books, $17.99, 40 pages,ages 3-5. Two weeks into the first full month of fall we celebrate the harvests of the season and the changing multicolor landscape as the forests prepare for winter. Here, we peek at burrowing critters that call the forest home in this wonderfully earthy picture book

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Quick Picks

So much to read, so little time. Here are three lovely books that deserve attention and will no doubt brighten any young reader’s day.   “Tell me About Your Day Today,” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer; Beach Lane Books, $17.99 40 pages, ages 3-6. Bestselling author Mem Fox writes about a charming boy who loves

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Bon Voyage!

“A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse,” by Frank Viva; TOON Books; $12.95, 32 pages, ages 4-6.  Follow the seafaring adventure of a boy and his mouse in this second comic book by five-time New Yorker cover illustrator Frank Viva. Aboard their sturdy ship, the explorers brave bumpy waves and freezing temperatures

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Prepare to be Astounded!

“Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show,” by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Dan Santat; Abrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95, 40 pages, ages 4-6. This totally awesome tale of daredevil Kel Gilligan will amaze and astound preschool readers. Follow Kel’s daring exploits as he attempts such feats as eating broccoli, facing “The Potty of Doom,” and not

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Odes to Odd Creatures

“A Strange Place to Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats & The Animals That Call Them Home,” by Marilyn Singer, illustrations by Ed Young; Chronicle Books, $16.99, 44 pages, ages 6-10.  Mudskippers, snow monkeys and limpets are three of the fourteen remarkable animals profiled in this poetry collection by award-winning author Marilyn Singer. This

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Mid-Week Pop-Ups

The arrival of crisp weather and bright colors also heralds the arrival of vibrant pop-up books.  Below are two standout selections.    “One Spotted Giraffe,” by Petr Horácek; Candlewick Press, $15.99, 20 pages, ages 2 and up. Learning to count becomes an exciting trip into the wild in the latest book by veteran illustrator Petr

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Mini Pop-up Book

This may be the season for beautiful pop-up books. Here’s one that’s portable, affordable and clever.   “The Metropolitan Museum of Art; A 3D Expanding Pocket Guide,” illustrated by Sarah McMenemy; Candlewick Press/MMA, $8.99, 30 pages, ages 4 and up. This lovely 3D pocket guide is the latest in a series which began as charming

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