I cannot concentrate on long novels of late. When that happens (and occasionally it does), I turn to my picture books (hence why this is number 3 of a list of picture books today). No theme to these. Just three books I read, I liked and wanted to pass along to you.
Wild about Dads by Diana Murray (author), Amber Alvarez (illustrations) While I am giving this a 5, it is a 4.5 mostly because I wanted more! MORE dads and the things they do! MORE dads having fun with their children. MORE dads taking naps with pesky cubs chewing on his tail! The things dads do for human kids are mirrored in the natural world (or vice versa). We see animal dads needing a shave, putting pups to bed, taking them off to baths, protecting them, playing with them and so much more. A quick afterwards tells you a bit more about what each animal (such as lions, prairie dogs and several types of birds) does/relates it back to their page. Great illustrations that help show the wonders of dads and kiddos (no matter the species)
Little Monster Trucks GO! by Doug Cenko (author/illustrator) A fun story about trucks, racing and friendship. The colors are bold and the illustrations busy without being overpowering. A mixture of different styles of trucks (a pink unicorn, a block of cheese, a shark) make this a book for everyone who likes fast cars, cold glass of milk (for celebrations after reading) and a good book to celebrate about! The overall story is about cooperation, having fun and friendship. But there is also a race and a special winner.
I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood and Julianna Swaney This is a sweet book. It is about following your dream, even if it might be a bit difficult to do. One child must be in a wheelchair, but her goal is to be a dancer. However, that might not be possible. Or is it? Can she dance like the ballerinas she so admires? Tender, bright (but not “bold”) illustrations show the determination, love and friendships that come about. If I have to give them a label, they are “knock out pieces of art.” Based on a real child and program for all children to be able to dance.
Okay, why are you still reading this review? GO! Find copies of these books and enjoy them too! Don’t forget to share with your own special little one(s).