Dec 14, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books - Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa Review

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Have you been following the awesome giveaways and reviews going on over at the Penguin Young Reader's facebook page?  If not, you're missing out! Every day for 12 days, Penguin is giving away copies of some amazing books. Head over to enter now! 


The book that we are reviewing today is Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney! If you haven't heard of the Llama Llama series, you must live under a rock. We LOVVVVVVVVVVVE these books. Seriously. Kingston is the hugest Llama Llama fan! Have you seen our Llama Llama footprint craft?! It's pretty awesome! 

From Penguin: 
It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from home….and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

What we thought: 
Well, it's no surprised that we LOVED this new Llama Llama title!! First of all, we are already huge fans. And second, Kingston is a huge fan of his Gramma and Papa, so he could totally relate to Llama spending time with his grandparents. It also inspired him to want to stay the night! (I'll be chatting with the grandparents about this! haha) Llama and his grandparents do so many fun things. As always, we LOVE the illustrations in these stories, and love the rhythmic text. This is definitely a title that should be under the tree this year!



Interested in seeing what our fellow bloggers have to say about these titles? Head to these blogs to read reviews of different Penguin Young Reader books, as well as get a different perspective on the ones we've reviewed! 

Sleeping Should Be Easy
House of Burke (THAT'S US!) 
Homegrown Friends
Growing Up Madison
InRandom
Crafty Moms Share
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Inspiration Laboratories
Clarks Condensed
Book Rock Betty
Kid Lit Frenzy
Bored Mommy
The Delightful Life
Reads and Recipes
Omazing Kids
KidsCreative Chaos
The Chirping Moms
Hello Happy
Spark and Pook
Fun Handprint Art
Mama Smiles
Craftulate
Imagination Soup
Tots and Me
Design of the Picture Book
Gravity Bread
Creative Family Fun
Future Flying Saucers
Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
JaMonkey
Coquette Maman
Growing Book by Book
A Little Bit of Everything
Happily Ever Mom
Little Earthling
The Little Tourist


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Dec 9, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books - Robo-sauce Review

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Have you been following the awesome giveaways and reviews going on over at the Penguin Young Reader's facebook page?  If not, you're missing out! Every day for 12 days, Penguin is giving away copies of some amazing books. Head over to enter now! 


he book that we are reviewing today is Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin (author of the beloved Dragons Love Tacos).

From Penguin: FACT: Robots are awesome. They have lasers for eyes, rockets for feet, and supercomputers for brains! Plus, robots never have to eat steamed beans or take baths, or go to bed. If only there were some sort of magical “Robo-Sauce” that turned squishy little humans into giant awesome robots… Well, now there is. 

Giggle at the irreverent humor, gasp at the ingenious fold-out surprise ending, and gather the whole family to enjoy a unique story about the power of imagination. It’s picture book technology the likes of which humanity has never seen!

What We Thought: 

Pretty much anything about robots gets a positive review in this house! This book is definitely for older readers. In fact, it's super fun for adults too! Kingston is only 3, but he enjoyed the illustrations and the big poppy robot text inside. He loved repeating the robot sounds as I read. Plus, the book turns INTO a robot ?! Come on! It should be called "AWESOME-SAUCE"! My little guy loves pretending to be a robot, so we could totally relate to the plot. In fact, we would love to mix up a batch of our own robo-sauce!



Interested in seeing what our fellow bloggers have to say about these titles? Head to these blogs to read reviews of different Penguin Young Reader books, as well as get a different perspective on the ones we've reviewed! 

Sleeping Should Be Easy
House of Burke (THAT'S US!) 
Homegrown Friends
Growing Up Madison
InRandom
Crafty Moms Share
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Inspiration Laboratories
Clarks Condensed
Book Rock Betty
Kid Lit Frenzy
Bored Mommy
The Delightful Life
Reads and Recipes
Omazing Kids
KidsCreative Chaos
The Chirping Moms
Hello Happy
Spark and Pook
Fun Handprint Art
Mama Smiles
Craftulate
Imagination Soup
Tots and Me
Design of the Picture Book
Gravity Bread
Creative Family Fun
Future Flying Saucers
Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
JaMonkey
Coquette Maman
Growing Book by Book
A Little Bit of Everything
Happily Ever Mom
Little Earthling
The Little Tourist


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Dec 7, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books - Little Tree Review

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Have you been following the awesome giveaways and reviews going on over at the Penguin Young Reader's facebook page?  If not, you're missing out! Every day for 12 days, Penguin is giving away copies of some amazing books. Head over to enter now! 


The book that we are reviewing today is Little Tree by Loren Long.

From PenguinIn the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.

Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree’s leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.

From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long comes a gorgeously-illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go and to reach for the sun.
What we thought: 
Ok. I'm going to be honest. This book was incredibly emotional to me! It truly is a gorgeous story with SO much meaning. On the surface, it's a lovely little story to read to kids during an Autumn or leaf themed unit. However, for the adult reading it, it has so much more behind it. The tale of the little tree who refuses to shed its leaves and therefore gets left behind by all of the other trees makes such a poignant statement of the importance of breaking out of your comfort zone in order to flourish. The little tree must take a risk in order to succeed and move forward in life! This is a fabulous lesson for kids and adults alike. I dare you to try to read it without shedding a tear! 

Interested in seeing what our fellow bloggers have to say about these titles? Head to these blogs to read reviews of different Penguin Young Reader books, as well as get a different perspective on the ones we've reviewed! 

Sleeping Should Be Easy
House of Burke (THAT'S US!) 
Homegrown Friends
Growing Up Madison
InRandom
Crafty Moms Share
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Inspiration Laboratories
Clarks Condensed
Book Rock Betty
Kid Lit Frenzy
Bored Mommy
The Delightful Life
Reads and Recipes
Omazing Kids
KidsCreative Chaos
The Chirping Moms
Hello Happy
Spark and Pook
Fun Handprint Art
Mama Smiles
Craftulate
Imagination Soup
Tots and Me
Design of the Picture Book
Gravity Bread
Creative Family Fun
Future Flying Saucers
Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
JaMonkey
Coquette Maman
Growing Book by Book
A Little Bit of Everything
Happily Ever Mom
Little Earthling
The Little Tourist


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