Reviews and Blog Posts: picture books

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

Reviewer Rating:
5

This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

Zelda the varigoose

by Sebastian Loth

Reviewer Rating:
5

In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits she...

Get Groovy with Pete the Cat

Book jacket of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Calling all Pete the Cat fans! Put on your white shoes and head over to the Green Valley Ranch Branch on Monday, July 9 at 10:30 am to meet Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat picture books.

Sing and dance along with Mr. Eric as he plays guitar and harmonica and shares his musical stories. While fun for all ages, Mr. Eric is a sure-fire hit with the preschool set.

A former classroom teacher, Mr. Eric has performed at Lincoln Center and at schools and libraries across the country. He is the winner of a Parents Choice Award and currently has two books on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Get in the mood for Mr. Eric's visit by checking out these titles:

Lulu and the brontosaurus

by Judith Viorst

Reviewer Rating:
4

Lulu always gets what she wants. If she doesn't, she throws a fit, screeching until the light bulbs burst, and then her parents give in. So what happens when she decides that she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday? Not only are they extinct, but they might not make very...

The cow loves cookies

by Karma Wilson

Reviewer Rating:
3

Everyone on the farm eats their own type of food. The farmer feeds the horse hay, there's corn for the geese, and the pigs want their slop. But not the cow--the cow wants cookies! Kids will love this repeating, rhyming story--just make sure to have some cookies (and milk!) on...

Extraordinary pets

by Harriet Ziefert

Reviewer Rating:
5

Yes, lots of kids have dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and fish. But what would it be like to have a truly unique pet? One that swings, is wild and woolly, or walks tall? This lift the flap book will delight all animal lovers, and kids can try to figure...

Tutus aren't my style

by Linda Skeers

Reviewer Rating:
4

When Emma receives a ballerina outfit from Uncle Leo, she doesn't quite know what to do with it. She doesn't know how to be a ballerina, but everyone around her, from the mailman to her brother, has advice on what to do and how to act. Emma realizes that she's...

Waiting for winter

by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Reviewer Rating:
5

A deer tells a squirrel about snow, "White and wet and cold and soft." The squirrel decides to stay awake this winter and see the snow. The squirrel's attempts to stay awake (vigorous exercise, singing sea shanties) wake up a hedgehog and a squirrel, who also want to see this...

A penguin story

by Antoinette Portis

Reviewer Rating:
5

Edna the penguin is surrounded by black, white, and blue. Is there anything else out there? The other penguins just want to play and eat, but Edna follows her curious heart and sets out to find something more. A celebration of looking beyond the world that surrounds you and into...

Oh no! Time to go! : a book of goodbyes

by Rebecca Doughty

Reviewer Rating:
4

What do you like best, saying hello or saying goodbye? There are many ways to do both, but saying goodbye is often harder than saying hello. Learn about the many ways to say goodbye, and how that sometimes a goodbye can also bring a new beginning.

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