Thursday, March 3, 2016

Children's Book Review Roundup #5

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 ones. It is a way to share books with other parents with little ones. 


Netgalley Roundup

Title: Rosie the Raven
Author: Helga Bansch
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: March 22, 2016

There's something very different going on in the raven's nest. 
When the eggs hatch, a pink girl emerges from one of the shells, along with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie just the way she is.
In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The neighbors offer encouragement. "Rub it with birch leaves. That will make it's feathers grow!"
Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can't caw or fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless. 
Helga Bansch's exquisite artwork of collages and colored images, including comic-style panels, bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie's story. The reader is drawn to Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to greet her family, oblivious to her differences. 

My Thoughts:
Rosie the Raven is the story of a little girl who hatches from an egg along with four ravens. Mr. and Mrs. Raven raise her alongside her raven brothers and sisters, feeding her worms, flies maggots and snails. She mimics their caws and screeches and flaps her arms but when other animals start commenting on how different she is she starts to realize it herself. She tries her hardest to be a better raven but then she decides that she doesn't need to change at all. 

This is a story about acceptance, diversity, and unconditional love. Rosie's raven parents treat her the same as their other children and Rosie is proud and happy to call herself a raven. 

I really love this story. Rosie could easily be the 'black sheep' of this family but she keeps a positive outlook on her life, accepts that she is different, and loves her life and family despite their differences. I loved the illustrations. They are different than anything I've seen before; slightly juvenile but still artistic in a muted but unique way. 


Title: Harry and Walter
Author: Kathy Stinson
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Best friends forever.

Harry may be four and three-quarters and his neighbor Walter may be ninety-two and a half, but that doesn't stop them from being best friends. Harry loves to go next door to play games with Walter and draw pictures together. And when the snow falls, Walter clears a path to Harry's house so they can visit every day. 

But one day, a For Sale sign appears on Harry's lawn. Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Harry's new house is bigger and better than his old one, but without Walter to share things with, nothing seems to be much fun... until one day, Harry hears a familiar voice. Walter, too, has moved--to a nearby seniors' residence. Now Harry and Walter can still be best friends. 

Acclaimed author Kathy Stinson has created a poignant, cross-generational story that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike. With charming illustrations by Qin Leng, Harry and Walter is the perfect book for children to share with grandparents.

My Thoughts:
Harry and Walter is the story of two unlikely friends.

Age makes no difference when it comes to friendship. Harry is a little boy that lives next to an old man named Walter. They play games, eat tomatoes, and even rake leaves together. Harry shows Walter how to play with his robot cars and Walter shows Harry how to make paper birds. They are the best of friends and it seems like nothing could change that; until a 'For Sale' sign shows up in Harry's yard one day. 

I loved the illustrations. They remind me of a mix between Quentin Blake and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). I loved the angles of the pictures as well as the birds eye views. 


I was given a free ecopy of these children's books from Netgalley and Annick Press in exchange for honest reviews. 

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