Saturday, January 23, 2016

Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith

This hilarious Noir-style story is cute and surprising. I really loved the artwork, especially the repetition of chicken images. The end is a surprise, and I don't want to give it away. But I really think you'll like it. The main message is don't trust appearances or your assumptions about people and situations -- a pretty good message really.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Christmas Giant by Steve Light

A giant and an elf make wrapping paper. Then Santa gives them a new assignment: the christmas tree for christmas town. I particularly love the artwork in this book. It's also about bringing your own special skills to the tasks you are assigned. I hope that doesn't give away the ending.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Part-Time Princess by Deborah Underwood

She's a regular girl by day but a princess by night. Did you know that princesses often serve as fire fighters to save their kingdom? Then, instead of locking up the dragon who caused the fire, she finds he's just grumpy because his little brother melted his crayons. They become friends. This book is perfect in almost every way -- I just didn't like the introduction of the handsome prince she might marry some day. Can we just skip that part? Maybe I'm being too picky.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko

Instead of always dressing up as a princess, a little girl dresses up as great women from history: Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Marie Curie, Julia Child, Maria Tallchief and Frida Kahlo. My daughter recently discovered princesses and pink; so, books like this are just what we need. Of course, my daughter is particularly interested in Ella and Maria because they look prettiest in the pictures, but you can only do so much.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Claire and the Unicorn by B.G. Hennessy

A little girl named Claire and her unicorn stuffy conduct social research in her dreams on what makes people live "happily ever after". They ask a fairy, a princess and a prince, Fairy Godmother, and the Wishing Well. They find out that it depends. But I can't help but think that they were asking the question wrong. While they wanted to find out what makes people live "happily ever after" the answers they were getting were regarding what would make people happy now. In any case, it's a cute story, and I like the idea of kids conducting social research on fairy tale characters.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best

"I can ride a whistle, I can fix a flat...."
This book has it all: girl power, bicycles, recycling. This story is awesome.

My daughter loves it because in the beginning the little girl rides on the back of the bike with her mom. I love it because it is positive and about so many things I value. I think I'm going to send a copy to all my planner friends with daughters.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lily Brown's Paintings by Angela Johnson

This is a wonderful celebration of life and art. The artwork alternates between a childish and apparently more adult style, and describes how a little girl loves to paint the world around her. We really enjoyed it.