Review: Our Big Little Place

Title: Our Big Little Place
Author: James A. Conan, Nicolle Lalonde
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Annick Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home.

Come inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are a few ways that make the boy’s house feel just the right size.

Our Big Little Place is a charming child’s-eye-view tribute to the power of imaginative play and the diversity of the living spaces we call home.

Review:

This is an adorable children’s book about a boy who lives in an apartment.

The little boy in this story lives in an apartment building. His parents think their home is too small, but he has never known anything different so he loves it. Since he’s small, it is just the right size for him. He is able to use his imagination to turn their living room into different things, like a pirate ship.

It was so cute to see this home from the boy’s perspective. He saw things differently from his parents. While they wanted more space, he liked that his friends lived down the hall and he had a whole park as his backyard. I loved that he lived in an apartment because most children’s books show kids who live in houses, even though many children live in apartments.

I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you Annick Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Have you read Our Big Little Place? What did you think of it?

Review: Classic Munsch Moods

Title: Classic Munsch Moods
Author: Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Annick Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

All the feels, Classic Munsch-style

Your favorite Classic Munsch characters are back, here to help young Munsch fans understand and articulate their feelings. Elizabeth and other familiar friends are joined by new faces to demonstrate the wonderful range of emotions we can experience in a day. With three new illustrations by Michael Martchenko, Classic Munsch Moods is the latest in the Classic Munsch board book series designed to help toddlers grasp important primary concepts in fun Munsch style.

Review:

This is an adorable Robert Munsch book!

In this book, there are a variety of illustrations of his famous characters. Each character illustration shows a different emotion that they were feeling at that time in their story. I recognized almost all of the illustrations from his famous stories.

I was surprised to see such a variety of emotions represented in all of his books. This book is very relevant today since there is a large focus on different emotions today, especially depression and anxiety. Children have these emotions as well, which is important to recognize.

I loved this story! It’s short, but great for young kids.

Thank you Annick Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Classic Munsch ABC by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Classic Munsch 123 by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Have you read Classic Munsch Moods? What did you think of it?

Review: The Very, Very Far North

Title: The Very, Very Far North
Author: Dan Bar-el
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Atheneum
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that’s reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

Review:

This book is a bunch of stories about a polar bear named Duane, who lives in the very far north of Canada. He meets a variety of friends in his adventures, such as a pelican and a musk ox. They all have names based on how they look or act. For instance, the musk ox loves looking at himself and refers to himself as Handsome. 

Duane and his friends reminded me of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Duane is figuring out life in the Arctic, just as Winnie the Pooh is learning about life in the Hundred Acre Woods. Both bears have a youthful, innocent way of looking at life because they are both still learning. 

This book paints a beautiful image of life in the north of Canada. There aren’t many children’s books that are set in that cold climate. This book is a fun way to learn about the animals and environment in northern Canada. 

I loved this book! I highly recommend it for young and older readers. 

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of thia book in exchange for an honest review. 

What to read next:

Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el

Have you read The Very, Very Far North? What did you think of it?

Review: A Study in Scarlet

Title: A Study in Scarlet
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arianna Bellucci (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Body thought to be that of E.J. Drebber discovered last night in empty London house. No obvious cause of death. Address given as Cleveland Ohio. Any information would be appreciated. 
After a mysterious murder leaves the police baffled, the world’s best amateur detective is asked to investigate. 
Along with his fellow lodger, Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes sets about uncovering a quest for revenge that runs far deeper than anybody suspected. 

A simplification of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, perfect for young fans of mystery books. A great introduction to classics for children aged 7+.

Review:

I love Sherlock Holmes stories! A Study in Scarlet is the first story about Sherlock Holmes. It is a great introduciton to the character. 

This is a simplified version of the story for young readers. There were definitions of some words that kids may not have encountered before, which is a great way to help them understand the story. The story was also shorter than the original, with lots of illustrations for easier understanding. 

This is a great Sherlock Holmes story for young readers!

Thank you Sweet Cherry Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

What to read next:

The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arianna Bellucci (illustrator)

Have you read A Study in Scarlet? What did you think of it?

Blog Tour Review: The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

Title: The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City
Author: Tara Lazar, Ross MacDonald
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he’s cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office.
Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that’s absurd. This is CAPITAL City!
Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it’s too late?!
Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the hit 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.

Review:

This is a hilarious new children’s picture book.

Punctuation marks and letters walk around in this city. It was so funny to see these symbols brought to life. They sometimes acted out their function, such as periods holding up a stop sign. This is a fun way to teach children letters and punctuation.

I loved the puns in this book. There were so many clever ways that phrases were played with in this book. For example, the phrase “mind your p’s and q’s” was turned into an illustration of an ampersand (&) babysitting or “minding” a baby p and q. These puns were so clever!

I loved this book! It is hilarious for children and adults.

Thank you Disney-Hyperion for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to Read Next:

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar, Ross MacDonald

About the Author:

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been.

Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books where anything is possible.

Her picture books available now are:

Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Her last name rhymes with “bazaar”—you can listen to Tara pronounce her name on TeachingBooks.net. She’s not Tara Laser-beam (although that would be awesome).

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Giveaway:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE UPPERCASE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

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10/14/2019Jill’s Book BlogReview
10/15/2019BookHounds YAReview
10/15/2019Little Red ReadsExcerpt
10/16/2019Southern Girl BookaholicReview
10/16/2019Lisa-Queen of RandomSpotlight
10/17/2019Character Madness and MusingsSpotlight
10/17/2019Ficticiouswonderland Review
10/18/2019The Try Everything / jenifer_readsExcerpt
10/18/2019I Read Kid’s Books Journal / IreadwhatuwriteExcerpt

Week Two:

10/21/2019YA Book NerdReview
10/21/2019Wonder StruckReview
10/22/2019Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersReview
10/22/2019Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
10/23/2019books are loveReview
10/23/2019Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview
10/24/2019Savings in SecondsReview
10/24/2019Lifestyle of MeReview
10/25/2019two points of interestReview
10/25/2019A Gingerly Review Review

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Week One:

10/14/2019Fictitious FoxReview
10/15/2019Ficticiouswonderland Review
10/16/2019BookHounds YAReview
10/17/2019Character Madness and MusingsSpotlight
10/18/2019Savings in SecondsReview

Week Two:

10/21/2019I Read Kid’s Books Journal / IreadwhatuwriteReview
10/22/2019Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersReview
10/23/2019books are loveReview
10/24/2019StoriesandplottwistsReview
10/25/2019Little Red ReadsReview

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Review: Zaha Hadid (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Zaha Hadid (Little People, Big Dreams)
Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Genre: Children’s, Nonfiction
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Part of the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Zaha Hadid tells the inspiring true story of the visionary Iraqi-British architect.

Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by music. She was a curious and confident child, who designed her own modernist bedroom at nine years old. As a young woman studying at University in Beirut, she was described as the most outstanding pupil the teacher had ever met. With her spectacular vision and belief in the power of architecture, she founded her own firm and designed some of the most outstanding buildings in the world—including the London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the architect’s life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

Review:

I only learned who Zaha Hadid was after she died, but she was a fascinating person. She was a trailblazer in architecture, and she was the first woman to do many things in her field. She worked hard her entire life and created her own success.

I’m so glad this is a children’s book about an inspiring woman. It’s important for children to see that you can do anything if you work hard. Zaha was often the only woman and the only Muslim in the room, but she didn’t let anything stop her.

I really liked this new children’s book.

Thank you Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Marie Curie (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Amelia Earhart (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Have you read Zaha Hadid? What did you think of it?

Review: Skinnamarink

Title: Skinnamarink
Author: Sharon, Lois, and Bram, Qin Leng
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children’s entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! “Skinnamarink” is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.

What does “skinnamarink” mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly – especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together.

Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music.

Review:

I grew up watching Sharon, Lois and Bram so I was so excited to read this book.

This book consists of the lyrics to their famous song Skinnamarink with pictures. There were a few new verses, which was a nice surprise since I know the song very well. It made the song a little longer and gave more material for illustrations.

I loved the pictures in this book. They showed a variety of people and animals singing the song. They even acted out the motions that go along with the song.

This book brought back so many memories for me! It is an adorable kids book!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee

Have you read Skinnamarink? What did you think of it?