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Review: My Best Friend, Sometimes

My%2Bbest%2Bfriend%2BsometimesWe all have best friends and like many friendships they have their ups and down depending on what is happening in our lives.

The sheer joy of finding a person who thinks like us, to the anxiety of when the friendship falters for whatever reason.

This is the story of two inseparable friends who love to giggle, whisper and share outlandish secrets. But sometimes neither of the girls want to share or agree on the same game to play.

The girls do not always like the same things and neither want to compromise.

One of the girls doesn’t understand why her friend Stephanie doesn’t like her new shoes. They are very pretty, sparkly and brand new. Nor does she understand when Stephanie won’t share her candy with her – normally she does especially as she knows it is her favourite. Why is her best friend not talking to her, has she done something wrong? How can she fix it?

Author Naomi Danis has captured the nuances of friendship – how the littlest misunderstanding can change the dynamics and future of relationships. Illustrator Cinta Arribas shows the disappointments, confusion and happiness of friendships – the expressions demonstrate the girl’s feelings better than words.

Parents will appreciate this story for when their children ask the inevitable question – why don’t they like me anymore? This picture book will create an understanding and allow children to explore and celebrate friendships. It doesn’t matter how old you are, true friendship is a commodity we all value and trust, especially as our lives grow and change around us.

Title: My Best Friend, Sometimes
Author: Naomi Dani
Illustrator: Cinta Arribas
Publisher: Pow Kids Books, $28.99
Publication Date: 30 April 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781576879467
For ages: 3 – 7
Type: Picture Book

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Review: I Love My Fangs! by Kelly Leigh Miller

Is Halloween here already? It’s around the corner…maybe. Honestly, I love this holiday, but it’s hard not to. Candy. Dressing up. Candy. Jack o’ Lanterns. Candy.

Yeah, I might have a sweet tooth. Or fang.

Anyway, it was a treat to already start up that Fall spirit and dream of what costumes the kids will be coming up with this year.

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by Kelly Leigh Miller
Simon & Schuster
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

Is a vampire still a vampire if his fang is all wobbly? Find out in this funny and endearing spin on the classic first lost tooth story.

Young Dracula loves his fangs. They are pointy. They are sharp! They are a cherished family trait.

So one day, when a fang wiggles…and jiggles…and falls loose, Dracula doesn’t know what to do.

He tries pushing it back in. Then taping it. Then sticking it.

Because a vampire can’t have only one fang!…Right?


These pages hold a fun, monsterly spin on something all kids experience and can relate to.

This young vampire loves his fangs and takes great care of them. After all, fangs are very important and everyone in the family is proud of theirs. But then, something terrible happens.

Young monster fans are sure to enjoy this one. Not only is this little vampire confident and extremely sure of himself, but thanks to the illustrations, he snuggles right into the comfortable area between human and monsterly. It’s never said what this little vampire needs his fangs for (which avoids scarier moments for sensitive readers), the elephant in the room adds a nice, very slightly creepy aura…and that’s not even on purpose (I don’t think). Instead, the illustrations have him sleeping in a coffin, surrounded by stuffed animals and snuggled in a super sweet and cuddly bat onesie (and that with ears). It’s an awesome setting and well done.

But this is not the main point of the tale. This little vampire has a loose tooth, and that is a completely frightening thing, especially for someone like him. But that’s only the beginning of the fun. Soon, the tooth fairy gets involved…something that will have young listeners laughing…and the entire thing ends on a lovely note. With a tad bit of humor, too.

It’s cute, it’s something for young listeners to easily relate to, and it has a uniqueness, which makes one want to read it more than once.

And here she is…

Kelly Leigh Miller is an illustrator and author who loves everything cute and whimsical. She spent her childhood drawing and making up stories in Louisville, Kentucky, and now resides in Chicago, Illinois, where she does that professionally. She is the author of I Am a Wolf, I Love My Fangs!, and many more books to come! Her ideas usually come from daydreaming with her sketchbook and past adventures. When she’s not drawing or writing, she enjoys reading a good book, watching spooky movies, exploring museums, and going on adventures. Visit her online at

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The Little Book of Presidential Elections by Zack Bush and Laurie Friedman

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by Zack Bush and
Laurie Friedman
Illustrated by Sarah Van Evera
Picture Book
ages 4 to 8
This topical title has a dual mission.
Not only does it take young readers 
step-by-step through the process 
of electing the president of the United States, it also provides a clear, 
kid-friendly explanation of the concept of voting and why it is so important. 
With engaging text and warm illustrations, The Little Book of Presidential
Elections breaks down the process of electing a president—from selection 
of the candidates, to the primary and general elections, and even features 
an easy-to-understand explanation of the electoral college and how it works. 



With the presidential election right around the corner, this is definitely a timely topic, and a great chance to introduce young listeners to the election process in a fun way.

Starting with bumper stickers and advertisements, the listener is guided into first what they might know about the presidential elections before being steered into more detail. The authors use examples like deciding what a family eats for dinner to explain what an election is and how it works…and this does a pretty good job at putting it in terms young listeners will understand. Everything from what a candidate does (select me!) to voting to the electoral college is covered. Some themes are a little difficult even though this book does a pretty good job at simply bringing them across. So, it’s a great way to introduce discussions into the topic as well. Plus, I’m not sure the younger side of the intended age group will grasp everything…but as said, things like the electoral college are a little more complicated. I’d recommend this one for ages 5 and up.
The illustrations are very bright and very bold…almost overpowering, at times. But they are done with love and do make certain explanations clear. The characters are very positive and it brings across a lovely atmosphere while still not letting the seriousness of the theme fall to the wayside.
This is a nice book to pick up for those wanting to learn more about the election process. It’s not politically bent toward any direction (a huge plus anymore), but simply hits the facts surrounding the presidential election and how it works. In other words, this one works well for home schoolers and learning situations as well.


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Bluey: My Dad Is Awesome


If you love the hugely successful  Bluey on the small screen, then you will love Bluey: My Dad Is Awesome.

Bluey and Bingo and their family have connected with many families across Australia, and their on screen personalities are full of life on the pages of this book as well.

The story is told by Bluey and Bingo themselves.

They take it in turns (or at least try to), telling the reader all about their dad and what makes him so awesome.

Bluey loves that Dad plays games and takes them to school, and she loves all the crazy characters he pretends to be.

Bingo loves going on adventures with Dad and when he helps with things like learning to ride a bike.

Bluey and Bingo know about all the things Dad loves (like BBQs, footy, and Mum), and they love him, too.

Kids will love following Bluey and Bingo and their parents (Bandit and Chili) in all the pictures.

This is a small hardcover book, just the right size for little hands, and to fit in your bag and have on hand at any time.

Bluey: My Dad Is Awesome is great for a bedtime story, or to read together as a family.

Title: Bluey: My Dad Is Awesome
Author/Illustrator: Bluey and Bingo
Publisher: Puffin, $ 16.99
Publication Date: August 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760899400
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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Review: Bear In Space

Bear%2BIn%2BSpaceA story for kids who are different! Bear is a gentle soul who prefers solitude to the company of the more lively bears who enjoy running and shouting.

He experiences some mild bullying, but tends to fly under the radar and muddles along, doing his own thing. Which happens to be finding out anything and everything about space.

Eventually, bear builds his own rocket ship and blasts off into space! How wonderful it is being there, in the peace and quiet, drinking hot chocolate, looking at the stars and continuing to read about space – all in the company of his gorgeous little toy dog.

He’s happy to continue on his journey until he meets another person who is happy to enter his world and engage with him on his terms, which inspires the other bears to get excited by bear’s games too.

Award winning author Deborah Abela brings bear beautifully to life. The detailed pencil drawings by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall are bursting with colour and complements the story perfectly.

A sweet book that would appeal to children who have their own special interests.

Title: Bear In Space

Author: Deborah Abela
Illustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, $25.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781760651510
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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Review: Welcome Baby to this World

Welcome%2BBabyThis book is simply a love story, a celebration of the special adventure shared between a mother and her precious baby.
The beautiful cover is embossed with shining gold and blue detail, which invites the reader to take time and explore the world inside.

Told in simple rhyme, the story follows and bear mother and her cub taking joy in each other’s company as they enjoy simplest things in life – building sandcastles, hunting for treasure in the grass, walking along the shore – all part of the wonder of a child exploring its world.

It’s as much about the delight a parent takes in sharing this incredible journey, seeing the world through the new eyes of a small person, as it is about the child.

The illustrations are simple and clear, with interesting detail for a child to look at. The mother and her small bear cub amble through beautiful landscapes – the seashore, the forest, a lake, taking their time to look, to feel, to listen, to lie back and enjoy.

It also touches on how intimidating this can be for a parent, as she admits to the baby that she will make mistakes along the way.

This is a quiet story to savour and to enjoy the detail.Title: Welcome Baby to this World
Author/ Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft
Publisher: Affirm, $19.99
Publication Date: 8 September, 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781925972917
For ages: 3 – 5
Type: Picture Book

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Isn’t it a delight when one of your favorite movies gets recreated as a storybook and that too a gorgeous one? It’s been a joy reading this picture book adaptation of the film “E.T.” directed Steven Spielberg with my 8-year-old. And if you think it from his perspective – alien, spaceship, adventure, and sci-fi, what’s there to not like about it :)? It’s one of those books that perhaps would be hit with many 5-9 years old.

It’s a story you can’t help but love :).

E.T., the Extra Terrestrial is stranded on Earth. He takes refuge with Elliott, a boy in need of a friend. Together they find a way to help E.T. get back home. Along the way, both the child and the alien learn important lessons about courage, friendship, and the power of imagination. This is the perfect read-along story for children, their parents, and E.T. fans across the universe.

Overall, a wonderful book that celebrates unconventional friendship and ignites curiosity and imagination in kids. This one is a must-read for the love of space, planets, aliens, and more. This book also does a fabulous job of simplifying the story presented in the movie. The less child-friendly parts are omitted, making this a perfect read for young readers.

The illustrations by Kim Smith are brilliant, doing absolute justice to the movie.

In fact, after reading this, we also watched this movie and we’re planning to watch Koi Mil Gaya, the Hindi adaptation of this movie as well soon :).

Do give this one a try and let us know if you liked the movie.

In case you would like to listen to the read-aloud version of this book, you may find a good version by The Story Time Family here.

If your little one enjoys doodling, you can find an alien prompt done by us here or here.

We post doodle prompts and tutorials every week on our social pages. If you would like to keep receiving these prompts in your feed, you may follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

As we always say,

Read everyday, doodle everyday, and keep the boredom away :).

Title: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Author: Based on the movie directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Melissa Mathison.

Illustrator: Kim Smith

Suitable for: 5-9 years

Available on Amazon here.

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The Spirit of Springer: The Real-Life Rescue of an Orphaned Orca

Published by Little Bigfoot

The Spirit of Springer: The Real-Life Rescue of an Orphaned Orca ...

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Summary:  In January, 2002, an orca calf was discovered by herself near Seattle.  Scientists could tell from her dialect that she was from a pod that lives near Vancouver Island.  Using photos from that pod, they identified her as Springer, a two-year-old female.  Springer was too malnourished to be transported that distance, so scientists began a program of rehabilitation, trying to interact with her as little as possible so she could be reintroduced to her pod.  Six months later, she was healthy enough to travel, and made the trip to Dong Chong Bay in Canada, where she was welcomed by a group of First Nations people and two bald eagles.  It took awhile, but Springer eventually reconnected with her pod and was adopted by a female cousin.  Fourteen years later, in 2016, Springer was spotted again, this time with a calf of her own, whom scientists named Spirit.  48 pages; grades 2-5.

Pros:  Kids will fall in love with Springer and root for her to get back to her family.  They’ll also learn about the painstaking work scientists do to learn about orcas.  This would make a nice companion to A Whale of the Wild, the new book by Rosanne Parry.

Cons:  While I liked the illustrations, the predominantly blue, black, and white palette didn’t make for a very eye-catching cover.

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Review: The Stone Giant

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Another gorgeous publication from Gecko Press, The Stone Giant is a tale that reflects the determination, cunning and courage of a child to save the person she loves.
Presented as a gift book, its fantastic front and back cover, plus the extraordinary end pages, herald the beautifully told story. 
With stunning illustrations, translated by Julia Marshall and based on a Swedish fairytale by Elsa Beskow, the tale is a winding road the protagonist takes to reach her destination, regardless of the obstacle she encounters along the way.
A knight goes out to fight a giant who has turned everyone and everything into stone.

He must leave behind, alone, his young daughter, with a promise to return.
Time passes, then more time. The child waits with her mirror as company and with which she bids herself goodnight.
Too much time has passed so the girl sets out to find her father. Nothing deters her; not darkness, not the black sea through which she swims, nor the forest through which she travels that leads her to a light, and an old woman living alone.
While the child eats and rests, they talk about her father, and the stone giant.
Leaving the next day with an umbrella given to her by the old woman, the child reaches the ruins created by the stone giant.
Can what she brought with her, and her guile, revive the barren landscape and give back her father?
Title: The Stone Giant
Author/Illustrator: Anna Hoglund
Publisher: Gecko Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 July 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781776572731
For ages: 5 – 8
Type: Illustrated Junior Fiction

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Why Do We Cry? by Fran Pintadera, illustrated by Ana Sender

Published by Kids Can Press

Why Do We Cry?: Pintadera, Fran, Sender, Ana: 9781525304774: Books
WHY DO WE CRY? – Verok Agency

Summary:  When Mario asks his mom why we cry, he gets a poetic answer describing different scenarios that might make a person cry:  sadness, frustration, anger, and loneliness to name a few.  The most important reason for crying, she concludes, is because you feel like crying.  Mario notices his mom is crying, and she tells him that people also cry sometimes when they are happy.  Includes scientific information about tears, as well as two activities.  34 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The lyrical text and illustrations of a young girl experiencing different emotions will help kids name their feelings and be okay with crying, whether it’s their own or someone else’s.

Cons:  I thought this was a science book and was looking forward to a little more scientific information than this delivered.

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Review: The Good for Nothing Frogs by Daniel Georges

 Today’s read belongs to a series, My Crazy Stories. And that’s exactly what these are. Crazy. Silly. Loony. Goofy…and yet, they hold a valuable lesson inside. But don’t think of these as preachy because they aren’t.

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My Crazy Stories
by Daniel Georges
Picture Book 
44 pages
ages 4 to 8

The wildly hilarious new book from MY CRAZY STORIES Series is here!

It was a very bad night to be a frog!

The frogs made the terrible mistake of disturbing King Grouchel’s precious sleep.
Along with Krockel, his crocodile chef, the two are up for the unthinkable…
A forest free of those pesky creatures!

A laugh-out-loud picture book with two wicked characters that deliver a comedy punch to crack up both kids and adults. What’s the take? Don’t mess with frogs!

What will children learn from this book? Raising the kids’ sensitivity towards nature and wild life has never been more important. Behind the example of frogs, this children’s book inspires awareness and respect for all creatures that contribute to the balance of our wonderful natural environment. No matter how small, they are all good for something!

BOOK 7 from the quirky series MY CRAZY STORIES – Children’s book Age 3-8

What makes My Crazy Stories series quite special is that it focuses on kids’ character building by encouraging young readers to develop a deeper awareness of themselves and cultivate emotional confidence as they grow up. Enjoy reading!

“For anyone who has read one of Daniel’s stories, this set of books is the gold at the end of the treasure hunt! … Strongly recommended” – Grady Harp / Amazon Top Reviewer for Children’s Books.







Seriousness is more of a side-dish in this deliciously funny tale about a very sleepy king, a chef, and some super noisy frogs.
King Grouchel loves to sleep, which considering nothing really goes on in his dark forest, isn’t a problem. He also has a crocodile to take care of cleaning, cooking and the such. But when a strange noise interrupts the king’s much prized slumber, things are about to change. Good ideas might not be so good after all, and the frogs are in for an adventure.

I love silly, ridiculous children books, and this one fits the bill. And then some. The tale flows with the finesse of a fairy tale, and yet, packs a few quirks which are sure to gain more than a smirk or two. Still, it’s the writing which really makes this book shine. The author dances between telling the story and speaking to the listener, adding little comments to grab and entice. It pulls the reader right into the middle of the situation. And what a situation it is.

It’s clear that this king has some issues and probably isn’t a great king. And the crocodile has his own desires. And yet, they aren’t so over the top characters that they become too strange. There’s a wonderful balance between ‘normal’ and ridiculous that keeps the reader in a true story, while catering to nonsense.

It’s a lovely mix, one that kids will adore, and something that I wish would be found in kidlit more often.

And here he is…

Daniel Georges discovered his flair for storytelling and Illustration at a young age. He passionately creates picture books that resonate with his understanding of the complexity of growing up. His fun series My Crazy Stories goes beyond cultivating imagination to supporting young readers in developing a deeper emotional awareness and self-confidence to better deal with the intimidating world surrounding them while growing up.

Daniel’s books won the attention and endorsement of juvenile literature supporting organizations among which the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation.

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Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

Published by Candlewick

Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton: 9781536211191 ...

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Summary:  Little Crab and Very Big Crab live in a tiny tide pool, but today they’re off to visit the ocean.  It’s a long journey, and when they get there, Little Crab is scared.  As one big wave after another washes over them, Little Crab is ready to turn around and go home.  But with encouragement from Very Big Crab, he manages to slowly make his way into the water.  When they see an enormous wave coming, the two crabs dive down, where they find beautifully colored coral and fish who welcome them to the ocean.  Of course, by the end of the day, Little Crab has fallen in love with the ocean and doesn’t want to leave.  They take the long way home, with Very Big Crab assuring Little Crab that he is now brave enough to go wherever he wants.  48 pages; ages 3-6.

Pros:  The interactions between Very Big Crab and Little Crab are spot on for anyone who has ever tried to encourage a reluctant child to attempt something new.  The artwork, especially the undersea scenes, is beautiful.

Cons:  How do those crabs not get washed out to sea?

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