Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

The Dog that Nino didn’t have

Written By: Edward Van De Vendel
Illustrated By: Anton Van Hertbruggen

The Dog that Nino didn’t have

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Summary: Nino has a wonderful time playing with his imaginary dog until he gets a real one, and although the new dog does not always behave as he expects, Nino is still content.

Rating: 3 ***

The story starts off as a little boy who is crying for help via an imaginary dog, but then when he gets a new dog that seems to solve his problem.

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Prudence Wants a Pet

Written By: Cathleen Daly
Illustrated By: Stephen Michael King

Prudence Wants a Pet

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Summary: Prudence wants a pet so much that she adopts a branch, a twig, a tire, and even a shoe named Formal Footwear, but none is a suitable pet for Prudence.

Rating: 4 ****

A pet story driven by a creative imagination.

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This is Sadie

Written By: Sara O’Leary
Illustrated By: Julie Morstad

This is Sadie

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Summary: Sadie is a small girl with a big imagination. She likes to make and do and be lots of different things. Maybe you’re a bit like her?

Rating: 3 ***

A story about a rambunctious girl with a big imagination.

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Once Upon a Cloud

By: Claire Keane

Once Upon a Cloud

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Summary: While thinking very hard about the perfect gift for her mother just before she falls asleep, Celeste is blown way up into the sky by the Wind, where she meets the Stars, the Moon, and the Sun, and when she awakens she finds exactly what she sought.

Rating: 3 ***

A simple, celestial story about how a girl looks for a gift for her Mom in the clouds.

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The Whisper

By: Pamela Zagarenski

The Whisper

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Summary: Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.

Rating: 3 ***

Zagarenski shares a wonderful idea of how each child can bring life to their own stories as inspired by her beautiful illustrations. Unfortunately, each story leaves the reader feeling empty since each page offers a premise, without a story to follow.

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The Little Bear Book

By: Anthony Browne

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The Little Bear Book

Summary:
As Bear walks in the forest, with pencil in hand, he meets several grumpy forest dwellers and knows just what to do for them.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun story about an imaginative bear.

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Planet Kindergarten

Written By: Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrated By: Shane Prigmore

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Planet Kindergarten


A young child imagines going off to Kindergarten as a journey to another planet.

Rating: 5 *****

The story and illustrations don’t make clear that the child is not actually going to another planet, at least not to a five year old. Not sure that matters, but it is of note. Beside that kindergarten can be like going to a different planet to a child who is going to school the first time. A great book to discuss all of the nuances of going to school.

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Uni the Unicorn

Written By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated By: Brigette Barrager

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Uni the Unicorn A Story About Believing


A young unicorn believes that little girls do exist.

Rating: 5 *****

A great story for any child who loves unicorns or just playing make believe.

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Snow Dog, Sand Dog

By Linda Joy Singleton

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Snow Dog, Sand Dog

Ally is allergic to dogs but fortunately the dogs she makes from materials found in nature come to life each season.

Rating: 5 *****

A young girl creates a great solution to a personal problem. A great book for kids who want a pet or just want to imagine with Ally.

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Bobo The Sailor Man!

Written by: Eileen Rosenthal
Illustarted by: Marc Rosenthal

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Bobo The Sailor Man!
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Willie finds all sorts of interesting things while he and Bobo are exploring, including a bucket that would be a perfect boat for Bobo but before he knows it, Bobo and the “boat” have disappeared.

Rating: 5 *****

Great imagination story about a boy playing outside with his stuffed animal. Rosenthal’s illustrations really help the reader step into Willie’s world.

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