children

Nibbling Your Nails


Author: Paula Merlán
Illustrator: Brenda Figueroa
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
ISBN: 978-84-18302-36-7
Pages: 32
Price: $18.95

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Sara nibbles her nails all day – while she reads, waters her plants, and even when she dreams. But her body isn’t happy with her unconscious habit.

One day grandma shows up with a surprise – a beautiful cake made from strawberries and freshly cut nails! Sara is horrified. Why would she eat such a cake? But when grandma tells her that it’s made from Sara’s own nails, she realizes what she’s doing. Thankfully, it’s only a dream, but Sara wakes up determined to use the nail clippers from now on.

Breaking bad habits is hard, but Nibbling Your Nails might gross kids out enough to make them stop chewing their own nails. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Mole in a Black & White Hole


Author & Illustrator: Tereza Sediva
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65205-3
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Mole lives in his hole with his best friend, Chandelier – a radish growing above him. Chandelier is the only color in his black and white world, but he tells Mole all about the things he sees around him. Colorful things like flowers, birds, and sunshine. He encourages Mole to come out to see them, but Mole is content in his black and white hole.

One day Chandelier is picked, leaving a hole in the ground. Mole finally gets the courage to leave, and explores the world around him. He enjoys seeing the beautiful colors, and brings some of the items he sees back to his hole. Now he can see color in the hole as well as above it.

Mole in a Black & White Hole is full of insights into the human experience that children will be able to discuss and explore. It tackles the concepts of safety, courage, black and white thinking, and friendship, while also telling a charming tale. I highly recommend this cute story for kids.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Brothers and Sisters


Author: Ariel Andrés Almada
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-84-18302-46-6
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Family can be loving, fun, and occasionally difficult. But the strongest families stick together through it all.

Brothers and sisters play together, fight over their toys, snuggle up while reading together, and giggle over the same things. They may be as different as day and night or souls that share the same spirit. But no matter what happens, they love each other and try to make each other’s days just a little brighter.

Brothers and Sisters expresses all the feelings kids have about their siblings. It’s a warm and caring look at family relationships that kids will really enjoy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Bad Apple


Author: Huw Lewis Jones
Illustrator: Ben Sanders
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65243-5
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Apple is a nasty piece of fruit. He drank Pea’s tea. He stole Cat’s hat. And he pushed Spud in the mud. So what happens to a really bad apple? He just might just do something to Snake that he will regret.

Bad Apple is a mischievous tale that reminds kids that it’s not a very good idea to be bad. In fact, it can have terrible consequences.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children

P Is For Puffin


Author: Timothy Young
Publisher: Schiffer Kids
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-0-7643-6247-7
Pages: 26
Price: $8.99

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P Is For Puffin is a unique alphabet board book. Rather than using more traditional animals associated with each letter of the alphabet, the author has chosen to show us some unusual and unique animals instead. Kids will be introduced to echidnas, kinkajous, and vaquitas, as well as many others. Each animal is pictured along with a short description about it, along with a pronunciation guide.

There is so much to learn from P Is For Puffin and children will love reading about these animals. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

This is NOT a Book!


Author: Kellie Byrnes
Illustrator: Aśka
Publisher: EK Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-925820-50-8
Pages: 32
Price: $18.99

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A boy declares that what we’re reading is NOT a book. He explains that a book needs a main character, interesting places to visit, action, problems, and a solution. And as he explains each, he finds himself in the exact situation he’s describing.

The boy’s reactions to what’s happening in this NOT-book are hilarious, and kids will laugh as they learn the various pieces of a published story. I highly recommend This is NOT a Book!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

This Small Blue Dot


Author & Illustrator: Zeno Sworder
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-760-76111-0
Pages: 32
Price: $17.95

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A baby’s big sister welcomes a newborn to earth, excited to share all the things she’s learned about life so far. The earth is small blue dot in a universe of stars, and it holds a wealth of things to explore. Nature, playtime, sunny and dark days, and interesting people fill her world. The earth is full of dreamers, and this newborn is its newest explorer. Big sister can’t wait to show off the things she’s discovered.

This Small Blue Dot shares some of the wonders of life through the excited eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book and its positive message.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children, history

So You Want to Be a Knight?


Author: Hannah Pang
Illustrator: Takayo Akiyama
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 978-0-500-65211-4
Pages: 96
Price: $14.95

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Eddie, Kate, and Angus are back again, and this time they’re exploring the possibility of becoming a knight. But their dream of swapping their backpacks for a suit of armor and riding off to join their fellow knights on a quest might turn out to be more difficult than they expect.

In order to be successful as a knight, they will need to be physically fit, accomplished horseback riders, and great on the dance floor. Having wealth and a family of influence also helps, since a knight’s suit of armor can be expensive. Knights thrive on chivalry, and socializing and jousting are a big part of their job description. But on the battlefield, expertise with a sword, lance, and shield is expected, and this can pose a problem while riding, since the equipment is very heavy.

So You Want to be a Knight? is a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a knight. I found it very entertaining, and it will be a big hit with kids, who will enjoy the author’s sense of humor. I highly recommend it, along with all the others in the “So You Want to Be a …” series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

animals, children, nature

Whose House Is That?


Author & Illustrator: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children, Animals, Nature
ISBN: 978-1-64755-074-5
Pages: 48
Price: $14.95

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Animals create unique and interesting places to live, and Stan Tekiela invites us into their homes for a virtual photographic visit.

Each home is pictured on the first spread, with an opportunity for children to guess who built it. The following spread shows the animal and provides facts about it. Animals featured are the: bald eagle, American robin, bald-faced hornet, Monarch butterfly, American beaver, black bear, garden spider, prairie dog, sunfish, cottontail rabbit, and common ant. The final page invites kids to look for animal homes near them.

Whose House Is That? is a fun exploration of animals and their living quarters. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

children

Keep an Eye on Ivy


Author & Illustrator: Barroux
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65253-4
Pages: 32
Price: $18.95

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It’s a boy’s birthday, and he has received a very special gift – an ivy plant. The following day the cat isn’t around, but his sister says he must be outside. The next day, his sister goes missing, but dad thinks she’s at her music lesson. The next day, dad is missing… and so it goes. Every day someone disappears until finally the boy finds himself alone.

As he looks at Ivy, a magical pop-up surprise awaits him, and he finds himself inside the plant, along with all of his missing family members. Scolding the plant, he announces that it’s not polite to swallow people, and that EVERYONE will be keeping an eye on Ivy from now on.

Keep an Eye on Ivy is a cute pop-up book with a slightly sinister houseplant. Sensitive children might be afraid of this book, but most kids will be amused by the situation this family finds themselves in. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger