Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Wolfie the Bunny

Written By: Ame Dyckman
Illustrated By: Zachariah OHora

Wolfie the Bunny

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Summary: When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

Rating: 3 ***

It starts out as a book about a different kind of sibling rivalry – one child believing the baby is going to eat the entire family – and in the end she saves the baby from being eaten.

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Lucy and Henry are Twins

Written By: Elizabeth Winthrop
Illustrated By: Jane Massey

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Lucy and Henry are Twins

Summary:
Lucy and her twin brother Henry take a trip to the park, where they each do their own thing, together.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about how siblings or friends can both have fun together while doing separate things.

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Tin

By: Chris Judge
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Tin

Summary:
A metal boy named Tin is looking after his little sister Nickel one afternoon when she grabs hold of a balloon and floats away. Tin and his dog Zinc set off in hot pursuit as she floats towards the big city. Can they rescue Nickel before she goes too far?

Rating: 4 ****

A fun story about a boy trying to get his sister back as she takes a balloon ride all over the city. The illustrations are very elaborate.

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Loula and the Sister Recipe

By: Anne Villeneuve

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Loula and the Sister Recipe

Summary:
Disgusted with her older brothers, Loula decides that she can make a sister and sets out to find all the right ingredients with the help of the family chauffeur, Gilbert.

Rating: 5 *****

A really cute and silly story, but be prepared to have a talk of how sisters are made.

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Ninja!

By: Arree Chung

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Ninja!

Summary:
A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear–a true ninja can overcome all challenges.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun book about a little boy playing pretend with parents and a sibling.

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Me First

By: Max Kornell

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Me First

Summary:
A donkey brother and sister’s constant attempts to outdo each other land them in a sticky situation.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about a pair of siblings who constantly fight but then come together when they need each other.

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Meanie Head

By: Eric Bruce Kaplan

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Meanie Head

Henry and Eve are going through a phase of fighting with each other all the time, and their battle quickly escalates from arguing over a toy to leaving a path of destruction across the United States and beyond.

Rating: 3 ***

Very hyperbolic book. The kids go on to destroy the world and then make up after doing so. Probably a good book for siblings who are prone to this hyperbole themselves though — he broke my toy and it’s now the end of the world. Even after the world has ended you can still make up.

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Fly, Chick, Fly

By Jeanne Willis

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Fly, Chick, Fly!
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A chick that is reluctant to leave the nest finally learns how to fly.

Rating: 5 *****

The nice thing about this book is it gives a new idea for how to discuss trying with your child and helps put them in your perspective. The book also has sing-song lyrics and comes full circle back to the beginning at the end.

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The Chicken of the Family

By Mary Amato

The Chicken of the Family
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When her older sisters tease her into believing that she is actually a chicken, Henrietta runs off to a farm to be among her own kind.

Rating: 5 *****

A cute story about siblings and how they’re not always that nice to each other and understanding the repercussions.

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My Baby and Me

By Lynn Reiser

My Baby and Me
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This concept book focuses on sibling bonding of the two-to-four year old with the new baby in the family. Told in the voice of the big brother or sister, close-up photos show the two siblings together doing what each does best, such as drinking from bottle versus from a cup, or giving a toothless gummy smile versus a big toothy grin. It’s a nice mix of diverse children of both genders. Here is an upbeat book that helps preschool siblings feel special and important as it promotes a loving relationship.

Rating: 5 *****

A nice book to show the positive relationship your child can have as the old sibling.

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