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 […]

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

Published by Little Bigfoot 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 […]

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

Published by Kids Can Press 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 […]

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What Are You Doing, Benny? by Cary Fagan and Kady Macdonald Denton

Review Copy provided by Tundra Books/ Penguin Random House Canada Where to Find What Are You Doing, Benny? [Affiliate Link] Amazon  [Local Bookstore] Indiebound [Library] Worldcat In What Are You Doing, Benny? author Cary Fagan and artist Kady MacDonald Denton join together to tell the story of two brothers, their power dynamics, why NO is a limiting word, […]

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The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by David Roberts

Review Copy Courtesy of Abrams Books for Young Readers [Affiliate Link] Amazon  [Local Bookstore] Indiebound [Library] Worldcat I love The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts so much. It is the most pure and unadulterated fun I have personally had while reading a picture book aloud to my kids in ages. When we finished […]

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2020-08-03 Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers Summary:  Captain Swashby and the sea have been friends throughout his sailing career, so when he retires, it’s only natural that he settles down by the sea.  But avast!  The captain’s peaceful retirement is interrupted by an exuberant girl and her granny who have moved into the previously […]

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