Thursday, 11 August 2016

Toddlers Tots and Teens Thursday! Quick Reviews


What another crazy week...and while I have not posted as much, I have of course continually read...so here we gooooooooooooo...

THE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY
Written and Illustrated by Zachariah OHora
July 2016; 40 Pages
Dial Books
Genre: library, books, reading, picture book, children's



On a Saturday afternoon, Oskar and Theodore go to the library with their dad.  First, they get donuts for breakfast and then it's off for some quiet reading.  Dad lets them go to the children section where they are confronted by a five-headed monster that is hungry. Instead of eating their donuts and reading they must now stop monster from eating them!

A very cute book taking place in the best place in the world - the library.  A fun adventure story for any bookworm.

MAKE WAY FOR READERS
Written by Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Brian Karas
July 2016, 32 Pages
Simon & Schuster; Paula Wiseman Books
Genre: reading, school, rhyming, picture book, children's

★★★

"In Miss Bingo’s classroom there’s always time to tell a story! Here are Jiro and Annabelle, Rufus and Rory. They’re here to have fun with amazing Miss Bingo, the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo. She tells them of kittens, and mittens, and mice, Miss Muffet, her tuffet, and sugar, and spice." (From Publisher)
I was not overly impressed with the story in this book.  It was cute-ish but the illustrations are worth the skim through.

COUNTING WITH BAREFOOT CRITTERS
Written and Illustrated by Teagan White 
August 9, 2016; 32 Pages
Penguin Random House; Tundra Books
Genre: reading, counting, picture book, children's


(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

★★★★1/2
"What is a day of counting with Barefoot Critters?

Reading
Making pancakes
Helping friends
Exploring
Swimming
Playing pirates
Learning about numbers!

Join this adorable cast of animal characters as they explore numbers and counting over the course of a day, having fun at all stops along the way." (From Publisher)

I love the gorgeous illustrations.  It reminded me of books from my childhood and one I would read to mine.  The story is simple is about counting which is perfect and works for this book.

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Prepping for this post I looked at Teagan's website and fell in love with her art.  PLEASE take a minute and browse!

TEAGAN WHITE is a freelance illustrator specializing in intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of animal characters, and illustrated typography. She is very interested in nature's subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord, and combines this inspiration with nostalgic colors, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and meticulous detail. Her clients have included Target, Papyrus, American Greetings, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Disney Hyperion, Nike, Honda, Ford, Wired Magazine, and the Washington Post, with projects ranging from advertising and editorial to children's books, greeting cards, and textiles.
Originally from Chicago, Teagan now lives and works in Minnesota, where she received a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012. She spends her tiny amounts of free time following tangled animal paths through forest and field, squishing along reedy riverbanks, attempting to befriend gulls on rocky lakeshores, delighting in the routines of local bunnies and squirrels, picking wildflowers, and collecting animal bones.


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