Monday, February 15, 2016

Children's Book Reviews Roundup #3

LazyDayLit's Children's Book Review Roundup features some of the latest picture books that we have bought, borrowed, or received and read to our little one. It is a way to share books with other parents with little ones. 


Library Books Roundup

Title: Crankenstein
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Dan Santat
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: August 13, 2013

Beware of Crankenstein!
Who is Crankenstein?
He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein! When Crankenstein meets his match in another Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic--or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day! 

My Thoughts:
Crankenstein exists and he's not happy! Why? It's raining, we're out of syrup, we've got to go to bed. You know, the usual. We all have a little Crankenstein in us! It just depends on what brings out the moaning groaning monster!

My daughter had me read this soooo many times that I turned into a Crankenstein! She loved when I made the MEHHRRRR sounds! It was pretty fun to read though. I loved the little patterns and how some of the 'thought bubbles' were in different shapes depending on what the subject was about. 


Title: Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Author: David Martin
Illustrator: David Walker
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud. 

When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals no trouble finding things to do. Inside, there is a tent to build and a pillow fight to be had.  And outside, with the help of galoshes and umbrella, it's fun to captain a boat--until a whoosh of wind and a clap of thunder sends them running back in. Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale will enchant both listener and reader. 

My Thoughts:
Peep and Ducky are great friends. It's a rainy day but they get bored playing inside so they put on their boots and head out into the rain.
This story has simple repetitive rhymes and cute illustrations. 


Title: Red Wagon
Author: Renata Liwska
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 17, 2011

All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her--and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy's fun. 

My Thoughts:
Lucy wants to play with her little red wagon but her mother wants her to use it to fetch veggies from the market. Dismayed, Lucy journeys to the market with her friends trailing along behind. It rains along the way, the sun comes back out, and they finally make it to the market and then return home. Once there, Lucy is too tired to play with her wagon because all the fun was had on the journey. 

The pictures in this book tell a bigger, more in-depth story than the words. They show some of the amazing things that Lucy can do with her wagon. Her wagon turns into a boat when the rain is at its worst and a covered wagon when the sun is hot and high in the sky. Without the pictures this story would not be as fun or entertaining. 

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