Another dirty-half dozen of picture books for your viewing pleasure:
We start with The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell with some far out illustrations by Raymond McGrath. When I first saw the cover I was thinking, “Huh. Well that’s kind of different.” And it turned out to be just a cute anytime book, but one that would be a great Halloween story. It is just about a ghost looking for their lost “voice” or “boo.” And while it is abot a Ghost looking for their scary boo voice/sound, there is nothing frightening about this book. The illustrations are a must see. They are funny and sweet, and my favorite had to be the rooster, which was amazingly done.
A book that I was thinking that could be a bit dull (it just looked cutsiet and overdone) was My Little Fox by Rick Chrustowski And yet, while we know the story (a parent telling a child in a “voice over format” how wonderful things are), it is not “sappy-sappy,” but a sweet book that shows the changing of seasons and growing up. The illustrations are a delight with their details and color. The progression of time actually sneaks up on you and there is a small surprise ending.
Cannot remember if I have reviewed Gator, Gator, Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom and Frann Preston-Gannon as the illustrator. But I did reread it and wanted to review it again (if not for the first time). My notes from the first time I read this: SPOILER The book was great until the end, when the girl GOES BACK after running away from the Gator. But Gannon does have some fantastic colors and details to their illustrations. Update from the second read: Reread and yes, still not digging the ending. I still like the idea of seeing all the animals hiding in the swamp, though. The art is just what makes this book for me. This fun way to learn about swamp animals was a treat.
Fear the Bunny by Richard T. Morris with Priscilla Burris on illustrations, is cute, but I was looking for a slightly different ending. The animals of the forest start telling the “Tiger Tiger” poem to each other. However, there is a twist. It is “Bunny, Bunny!” And the tiger does not see how a bunny can be so scary. This is when they lose me with how the tiger learns the rabbits are vicious! But the art is fun, colorful and detailed with what is needed. Adults might never look at Bugs the same way again.
Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton was another book I had forgotten I had read. Therefore, again this is either a second review, or a first time. But since I had forgotten I had read this until the end, it was a nice surprise to find again for the first time. And yes, it still holds up to the nice solid three I gave it on “that site one can rate books on.” I like three books. They are comfy. And who hasn’t felt like Hedgehog and Skunk when you need a hug and things are well… not ideal for you do so.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin is a hard book to write a lot about. It is simple, not a lot of text, but, like most above, a sweet book. The illustrations (especially The Band image) is just a treat. The title and cover pretty much tell you the books theme. And this would be a great for a baby shower gift.
As mentioned above, I like Rated Three books. They are not your favorites, but like strawberry ice cream, they hit the spot when you need a little comfort food .