Bravo, Penguin Young Readers Group
Children’s Book Reviews
Beautifully produced, lovely to look at and learn from,
enticing for children of all ages - -these are just of few of the
praiseworthy words we can throw the way of Penguin and their host of
Young Readers Group Reads.
"My No No Day" by Rebecca Patterson ($16.99 for ages 2
and up)is an enchanting tale of a little girl, Bella, who has a day
where nothing seems to go right. She didn't like the eggs. She didn't
like wearing her shoes. It was "No and No and No." All ended well with
mom's kisses and cuddles. NOTABLE.
"Meet Me at the Moon" by Gianna Marino ($16.99, ages 3
and up) is a love of a book. Its focus is on two elephants, mother and
child. The mother has to go away for a bit, and this makes the little
elephant insecure. "How will you find me again?" the little one asks.
"When the night sky is bright, Little One, meet me at the moon, where
the sky touches the earth." IMPRESSIVE.
"All About Grandmas" by Roni Schotter illustrated by
Janice Nadeau ($16.99) is for grandmas and grandpas and their children
and their children’s children and for all of us – human, poetical,
informative and charming. If you think you know all about grandmas . ..
read this book to a youngster or have a youngster read this book to you
– you’ll both learn something. HIGHLY
“You Are a Lion” by Taeeun Yoo ($16.99) introduces to
young and old the simple joys of yoga through beautiful and colorful
illustrations and simple and concise directions. More than a book for
young readers and those who to read to them – this one is a charmer.
For kids and those who read to kids - -a lovely crop of
worthy products to get a hold of and to spend quality time reading
From National Geographic comes “Kids Beginner’s World
Atlas” ($18.95, 63 over-sized pages) with illustrated physical and
political maps, more than 130 full color images and delightful charts of
facts and figures. A great learning tool.
There is also from National Geographic “Kids Ultimate
Weird But True” ($19.95, 192 color and over-sized pages). A bargain at
this price, the book has one thousand images that tell stories, charm
readers, provide all kinds of odd-ball and worthwhile info.
The final National Geographic tome is “Little Kids
African Animal Alphabet” by Beverly and Dereck Jourbert ($16.95, 48
pages). This is a love of a book mixing alphabetical info (Antelope to
Zebra) and amazing images.
Completing the National Geographic quartette is
“Christmas in Williamsburg” by K.M. Kostyal with photos by Lori Epstein
($17.95, 60 pages, over-sized). A how-to book, a primer on Christmas as
magic in this truly American locale, a work to return to again and again
- - this is a keepsake publication to hand down from one generation to
“When Life Gives You O.J.” by Erica S. Perl (Knopf,
$15.99, 199 pages) is all about a 10-year-old who wants a dog and her
not so pleasing gramps who has his own ideas about what is right and
wrong. Beguiling. Endearing stuff.
“The Witches” by Andy Opel illustrated by Karel Hayes
(Jerry House) is an over-sized and beautifully executed focused on kids
and boats on Lake Winnipesaukee in NewHampshire. The art is appealing,
the story is quick and clever, and the total package is a delight.
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