Picture Book

Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

Bernice Gets Carried Away book cover: cat in a pink dress has a grumpy face"It was a horrible, dreary day, and it suited Bernice's mood just fine.

Bernice is at a birthday party, and it is not going well. Everyone gets extra frosting on their cake and candy from the pinata, but not her. She didn't even get a turn at swinging the bat! Finally, when the balloons come out, Bernice has had enough being left out. She takes them all. Unfortunately, she is a small kitty, and the balloons take her up into the air. The good news is as Bernice shares balloon after balloon, the day begins to turn sunny - literally.

Bad days are bad days, and the concept of being left out because of being small will be one many pre-schoolers are familiar with. As Bernice shares balloon after balloon, the readers will see that bad days can be turned around.

Great for kids who struggle with "that's not fair" as well as those who need examples of sharing.

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Celeste, Kids World

My Dog Is the Best By Laurie Ann Thompson

My Dog is the Best book cover: pencil drawing of a young boy peering over a dog with long ears who has a ball in front of it"My dog is the best. He does tricks."

What could be more enchanting than the relationship between a child and their beloved pet? ‘My Dog Is the Best’ is a tale of unconditional love that’s accented by simplistic illustrations, leaving readers with that warm and fuzzy feeling that’s so dear to any pet owners’ heart.

An excellent book for beginner readers, parents will love the easy words and repetition that lets children try reading aloud. So why not read this book with your pet at home? Then you can decide if My Dog Is the Best is the best book for you!

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Naomi, Kids World

Uh-Oh Octopus! by Elle van Lieshout & Erik van Os Mies van Hout

Uh-Oh Octopus book cover: water color scene of ocean, a yellow octpous is center with fish, jelly fish, seahorse surrounding him"Octopus lived in a cozy home under the sea. He had nothing to complain about. He could make himself a decent meal. He had a wonderful view."

Everything is perfect for Octopus until the day a very large and mysterious tail is found sticking out of his cave. All the fish have different ideas of what to do, but will Octopus have the best idea of all?
 
Told with both soft, impressionistic watercolors and crisp ink that show off the details of Octopus's underwater home and the variety of wildlife; both real and imaginary, readers of all ages will find something in this picture book to enjoy. 

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Jennifer Palermo, Kid's World

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person book cover: Shows a the side of a staircase, a young boy of color wearing a green striped outfit sits at the second to the top stair while an older sibling wearing a pink striped outfit sits on the bottom of the stairs. There are various toys on each step."The small person followed Elmore Green everywhere.  It wanted to sit next to him; it wanted to copy everything that Elmore did. It wanted to be everywhere that Elmore was."

Elmore is an only child and things are just the way he likes them.  But then the new, small person arrives and interferes with Elmore’s routine.  This charming picture book portrays Elmore’s feelings toward the new baby and how they soften over time.

The lively drawings incorporate collage materials such as fabric and wood, which add energy and coziness to Elmore’s world.  The book’s layout adds more dimension to the story, with text sometimes tilted or otherwise stylized to emphasize words or Elmore’s feelings.  The fact that this picture book portrays non-Caucasian characters is a plus.

Elmore’s story might add a bit of levity at your house, especially if your “only” child has or is about to become your “oldest”.  This engaging picture book is recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet book cover: rea with a small astronaut boy floating upon title and a blimp floating below title"If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters..."

This picture book, longer than most, may or may not keep your listener engaged. The adult doing the reading is more likely to enjoy the clever humor, as I did. Witty Jeffers offers a story for each letter of the alphabet, each a few pages long. Some of the stories are lovely little poems while others are outlandish or wacky. The text and images play off each other in a remarkably imaginative way, each extending the other. His humans, animals and invented characters --- such as the Whiraffe --- are lots of fun and often pop up in each other’s stories.

This over-sized picture book is recommended for parents and caregivers who are bored with the read-alouds that their kids have been choosing.  Jeffers’ imaginative stories and art will keep you in good humor as you read book after book to your little one.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

"somethThis Book Just Ate My Dog! book cover. Features a girl dressed in blue dress, coat, and hat holding a leah that trails to the book's spine with no dog in sight ing very odd happened."

You know the crease in the middle of the book where the pages meet? Well, Bella's dog went in and didn't come back out. Help arrives in the form of a friendly boy, a police car, and a fire truck. They also promptly go missing. What's Bella to do by try to rescue her dog herself?

This simple picture book encourages independence, quick thinking, and is silly enough to entice plenty of giggles. A perfect short read-out-loud for those aging from 2 to 7 or anyone who is willing to be a little silly.

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Celeste, Kids World

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book cover: a cartoon boy stands in center looking at large fingerprints, scribbles, and food stains all over the cover"Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?"

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on it.  Inside, the story begins with Louie skipping along into his unknown “perfect story” until a blob of jelly falls onto the page.  He sniffs, licks and gets upset about it and is further aggravated by a blob of peanut butter --- “the chunky kind!” --- and a series of other book-wrecking messes.  Despite these setbacks, Louie realizes that we are still reading his story and declares that it is worth telling, “messes and all”.

The art is quite clever here; the offending “pb and j” look so real, you’ll feel compelled to wipe it up.  Nothing really happens in the story except for the interruptions.  It’s just a silly, fun read.  Readers ages 3 to 63 will enjoy this light picture book, especially if it is read aloud by one for the other.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

There's a Mouse Hiding in This Book! by Benjamin Bird

There's a Mouse Hiding in the Book! book cover: head of a gray cat stares at a small brown mouse in corner of the book"We've cornered Jerry in his mousehole! ... Are you coming with me?"

Tom invites the reader on a wild chase through the pages of the book as he endeavors to catch that "pesky" rodent. This book's interactive dialouge encourages the reader to be active participant in the effort to nab the mouse.

Concept of a cat chasing a mouse is a universal one, therefore you do not have to be fans of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, or even know who they are, in order to enjoy this picture book. This short but highly amusing tale is perfect for those ages 2 to 9 years seeking funny stories with adult readers who do not mind acting a bit silly. Fans of interactive books such as Tap the Magic Tree by Matheson or Press Here by Tullet will also find this book worth reading.

Shake the book, blow on it, and see if you can't catch that mouse.

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Celeste, Kids World

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones

Monster vs Kittens book cover: an orange sits tabby faces the viewer, Behind the kitten is a green monster with horns and black hair whose fangs are showing in a smile as its yellow eyes look at the tabby"This is a monster. This is a kitten."

Let's compare the cute and cuddly kittens, with the big and smelly monsters. One is big, the other small. One clean, one messy. Could the monsters and kittens possibly have something in common? The answer may surprise you...

This short and sweet story about differences and friendship is hard to pass up. Delightfully lively illustrations capture your imagination and bring monsters and kittens to life. Toddlers especially will enjoy the dramatic and colorful pictures, highlighted by the bold and easy-to-read text.

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Naomi, Kids World

If Kids Ruled the World by Linda Bailey

If Kids Ruled the World book cover: cover art features kids running a pirate ship, in the air is a kid with a jetpack and a child with fairy wings"If kids ruled the world, all the sidewalks would be trampolines..."

Ask yourself, what would it be like if kids ruled the world instead of adults? Find out for yourself in this silly adventure! This fanciful story takes you into a world where kids have the final say in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Pillow fights all night, eating cake instead of vegetables, going to school where the only class is recess...and that's just the start.

A delight for young children and parents alike to share in reading aloud, "If The Kids Ruled the World" is also a wonderful reminder to grown-ups of the fun and fantasy of what it's like to be a kid. This picture book will spark your imagination, and encourage you to let it run wild.

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Naomi, Kids World

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