Bergers Book Reviews

Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse?


Author & Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1944882-18-1
Pages: 32
Price: $10.95

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Boone doesn’t like to try new things. So when his mother and siblings decide to cross over to the other side of the pond, Boone has no intention of going with them. He has a list of excuses not to go. But soon he begins to think about all the fun they’re having without him and wishes he was there.

Paddling like a crazy goose, he heads over to the other side. When he realizes he did it all by himself, he’s amazed! His mom is so proud of him, and his siblings have even saved him a sweet treat as a reward.

Children who are uncomfortable with change will relate to Boone’s feelings. Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? addresses these fears of stepping outside their comfort zone, providing a helpful tips page for educators and parents.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 16, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Night Night, Sleepytown


Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1003-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The residents of Sleepytown are hard at work, and soon they will wind down their day and head off to sleep. But first, kids will visit with them and say good-night. This cute rhyming book visits the mayor, the farmers, the police officers, teachers, and others as they work to care for the residents of Sleepytown. Each two-page spread ends with the refrain, “Night night, {persons, and other persons}, too! Thank you all for what you do.”

Night Night, Sleepytown shows a happy and positive scene of each person’s role in the community, expressing gratitude for everyone mentioned. It also helps to put kids in the mood for sleep as parents read it to them before bed. The closing note thanks God for looking down on Sleeptown, which is an easy prompt for kids to be reminded to say their bedtime prayers. This cute book is perfect for bedtime routines.

Reviewer: Alice Bergr

August 15, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Rock Collecting for Kids / Rock Log


Author: Dan R. Lynch
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Kids / Nature / Geology
ISBN: 978-1-59193-773-9
Pages: 144
Price: $12.95

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Rock collecting is a simple and fun hobby for kids. Rocks comes in so many interesting shapes and sizes, from soft to hard, and have some spectacular colors. They’re so easy to find in backyards, school yards, and parks. Kids can also buy polished stones and split open rocks that reveal the crystals and rings hidden inside.

Rock Collecting for Kids helps kids identify the cool rock they’ve found, while Rock Log gives them a place to record it. Each log entry makes a note of time, place, description, and a place for a drawing of the rock. Fun facts are included in the side margins.

Budding geologists will enjoy this rock collecting set. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 12, 2018 Posted by | children, nature | Leave a comment

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew


Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1214-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The dinosaurs are having a picnic dinner party! They shop for the meal items, prep the food, and eat their fill, before enjoying a very restful sleep.

The dinosaurs demonstrate cooperative efforts as they prepare their meal together. They display good manners in setting a table properly and eating a large amount of food without burping. They explain how important good food choices are in growing strong. And they express gratitude for their meal in saying grace before eating.

Dinner for Dinos is a fun board book that kids will enjoy reading over and over again. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 27, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Mary Had a Little Lizard


Author & Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1635-3
Pages: 40
Price: $16.99

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Mary has a little lizard who isn’t content to wait at home while Mary goes to school. So he sneaks into her backpack, gets loose in the classroom, and causes havoc.

Mary Had a Little Lizard is told completely through illustrations, with no words. Kids will be able to “tell” the story themselves, as they study each image. They can see the empty backpack calling the lizard to sneak inside, watch him as he looks inside Mary’s lunch sack, wondering if he plans to have a snack, and giggle as he eyes the paints, knowing there will soon be trouble.

Mary’s lizard is cute, little critter, and the reader knows he has no intentions of causing mischief. He simply misses Mary and wants to be with her. Any child who loves animals will adore this fun story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 22, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Shanlia & the Magic Pixie Dust


Author: Joanne Lécuyer
Illustrator: David Girard
Publisher: Topsy Books
Genre: Children / Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-927353-12-7
Pages: 99
Price: $14.99 (Canadian)

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Shanlia is an inchberry fairy living near the magical Ennyar Forest. When Grandmother Ishella sends her on a mission through the forest to deliver a message, she’s beside herself with excitement, and immediately summons her friends to accompany her. Along the way, they discover a mysterious pouch, which Shanlia feels she must return to its proper owner. Despite her friends’ warnings, she opens it and finds herself under a pixie dust spell.

In order to reverse the spell, she must find the originators and ask to be restored to normal. But pixies aren’t very cooperative, and things will not go as easily as she would like. Good thing Shanlia is resourceful and able to turn a bad situation into good.

Shanlia’s curiosity and desire to do the right thing when she finds the pouch get her into serious trouble. But rather than falling into despair, she immediately sets out to fix the situation. And even when things seem hopeless, Shanlia never gives up. Instead, she keeps a positive attitude and makes some new friends. Shanlia & the Magic Pixie Dust is an uplifting story with a great role model for kids.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Bergers Book Reviews spent some time chatting with Joanne Lécuyer. Please be sure to read what she has to say!

June 12, 2018 Posted by | children, fantasy | Leave a comment

I Am the Boss of this Chair


Author: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: Marisa Morea
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2322-0
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III is the boss of this chair. He’s also the boss of the toilet paper, the back door, meals, the toy mouse, and his fluffy pillow with the golden tassels. So when the new kitten, Pom Pom, arrives and takes over Oswald’s turf, he’s very unhappy.

One day the cats begin to play together and Oswald has a revelation. Maybe he could share some things with Pom Pom. Even his chair. But there’s no way he’s ever going to share the fluffy pillow with the golden tassels!

Kids will giggle over Oswald’s determination to keep everything to himself, and smile when he finally realizes the joy in sharing with Pom Pom. I Am the Boss of this Chair is a really cute story with fun illustrations. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Beger

June 5, 2018 Posted by | cats, children | Leave a comment

Rufus Blasts Off!


Author: Kim T. Griswell
Illustrator: Valeri Gorbachev
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2099-1
Pages: 40
Price: $16.95

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Rufus the pig needs more stories and knows just what to do. He’ll travel off into space so he can tell everyone all about it. But first he has to convince Commander Luna he has the right stuff.

Treats, a blanket, and even a space suit aren’t enough. But when Rufus shows up with a flag proclaiming, “I love reading!” along with a bag full of books, Commander Luna finally agrees. And soon Rufus is on Mars, reading to kids everywhere on TV.

Rufus is such a cute character and kids will admire his persistence as he keeps chasing his dreams. His love of books and reading is contagious, inspiring kids to read just because it’s fun. I highly recommend Rufus Blasts Off!.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 16, 2018 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Whose Baby Butt?


Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher:Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-783-8
Pages: 48
Price: $14.95

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Baby animals have the cutest features, including their fuzzy, little butts. But can you identify the animal by its baby butt? Whose Baby Butt? uses this question to introduce kids to ten adorable baby animals.

One one two-page spread, kids see a photo of the baby butt to identify. A short blurb accompanies it, ending with the question, “Whose baby butt is this?” In the second two-page spread, the baby is pictured in full, often with parents and siblings, along with a description of the animal. The final pages of this book include more facts about the animals pictured.

Kids love baby animals, and they’ll get a kick out of identifying them by their baby butts. I highly recommend this fun nature book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 10, 2018 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment

What Eats That?


Author: Ryan Jacobson
Photographer: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-749-4
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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“A food chain is a string of living things that eat (and might be eaten by) other living things.” What Eats That? explains the concept of a food chain to kids, showing the relationships between predator and prey.

Each animal in a food chain is pictured, along with an explanation of what it eats. A teaser then prompts kids to turn the page and find out who eats it. Beginning with a butterfly eating the nectar of a flower, there is a progression all the way up to humans and the natural end of the food chain. Just for fun, kids are encouraged to build their own food chains beginning with a mosquito. The eating habits of the animals pictured are included in the appendix.

As an animal person, I was a bit worried that I’d see cute and cuddly animals described as dinner. But the authors mostly stay away from those prey, focusing more on insects and cold-blooded animals. Kids will enjoy learning about the food chain with this book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 9, 2018 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment