Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Otter in Space

By: Sam Garton

Otter in Space

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Summary: After visiting an outer space exhibit in a museum, Otter and Teddy decide they need a moon rock, and the only way to get one is to build a space ship and go get one.

Rating: 3 ***

Otter takes a visit to the moon.

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Interstellar Cinderella

Written By: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated By: Meg Hunt

Interstellar Cinderella

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Summary: In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun girl empowered take on a fairy tale. However, the rhyming holds the story back.

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Two Mice

By: Sergio Ruzzier

Two Mice

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Summary: Illustrations and minimal text follow two mice as they set off on an adventure that includes a shipwreck, kidnapping by a bird of prey, a narrow escape, and a moonlit stroll home.

Rating: 5 *****

Ruzzier creates a number book that goes beyond counting and addresses issues such as sharing, taking turns and jealousy as well.

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Water is Water

Written By: Miranda Paul
Illustrated By: Jason Chin

Water is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle

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Summary: A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

Rating: 3 ***

Shows the different ways water is used and its many forms.

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It’s Only Stanley

By: Jon Agee

It’s Only Stanley

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Summary: Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Rating: 3 ***

A clever story about a dog who does crazy things throughout the night and in the end it’s for an even crazier reason. Some of the things he does though don’t seem to add up.

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Dada

Written By: Jimmy Fallon
Illustrated By: Miguel Ordonez

Your Baby’s First Word will be Dada

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Summary: A series of animal fathers try to teach their young to say “Dada.”

Rating: 2 **

Each page features a different animal saying dada and the respective baby animal saying what those animals typically say such as moo, oink or neigh.

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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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Sidewalk Flowers

Written By: JonArno Lawson
Illustrated By: Sydney Smith

Sidewalk Flowers

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Summary: A little girl collects wildflowers while on a walk with her distracted father. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.

Rating: 4 ****

A sad book about how a father is all too consumed with his phone call to notice his daughter who is thoughtful, sweet and kind as she passes out flowers along the way home. Maybe it’s a message to parents to get off their phones and enjoy their children. Of interest as well is that this wordless picture book is written by an author.

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enormous SMALLNESS

Written By: Matthew Burgess
Illustrated By: Kris Di Giacomo

enormous SMALLNESS: A story of E.E. Cummings

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Summary: Presents the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer, focusing on his fascination with words from a young age and highlighting his poetry’s inspirational properties.

Rating: 3 ***

Biography of poet e.e. cummings.

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I Wish You More

Written By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated By: Tom Lichtenheld

I Wish You More

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Summary: In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

Rating: 3 ***

Each page offers a new wish.

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