The nice thing about working in a bookstore is that you can find books you might not be exposed to otherwise. I can pick up a book that would not be first on my list to read, read it, then find out who the perfect audience is. Or not recommend it at all. (Yes, I am looking at you zombie Christmas tree book). And here are a few of my thoughts on two books that are meant for the younger crowd to see if you are the right audience for them.
I like this book. This is a nice book. It made me laugh. It was realistic. And kids are going to have fun reading about Hedgehog and friend. There are little jokes for the adults as well (Hedgehog’s friend does like their snacks and Hedgehog has a few comments adults will appreciate). Do You Like My Bike (Hello, Hedgehog #1)? is the name of this nice book. Its equally nice author is Norm Feuti. Who is also the author of Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends (which is due in January 2021 if I forgot to add to my other review). The theme of this book is a few short stories connected into one larger one (each chapter finishes the story but is a bigger piece of the overall story as well). Hedgehog likes riding their bike, snacks and their friends. They also like to help their friends. The art is simple, not simplistic and minimal detailed. However, they are nice too. There is nothing wrong with this book. It is cozy and it is comfortable. I would not mind rereading it. After all, it is short (aimed at the early reader or one who needs help) and is nice mind candy.
Bunbun & Bonbon: Fancy Friends, while there are some great parts to this book, it really is a major overload for sugar. It is literally an overly cute bunny (Bunbun) and overly cute bonbon (Bonbon). Jess Keating made a cute and sweet story. There is a lot going on, but on a simple level. Bunbun and Bonbon find their likes, dislikes, shared interests and make a few friends while throwing a party. There is basic text, but it is for the reader who is proficient in a “middle early reading level.” It also could work as a one-on-one reading. The cover tells you about the illustrations. They are bold and brightly done. Basic details and text that is obvious complete this book. I am not the reader for this book, but I know there is an audience out there. This would be a good Easter gift for that “girly girl. But I can see boys reading it, it is that it just has more stereotypical “girl” features.
And if these don’t work, you know I will have more later!