Chiara  CalÚ 



Mindfulness for kids.

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 4:50 AM


A list of a girl's favourite things, with a zen twist.

This book teaches young readers to live in the moment. It's never too early to teach that NOW should be your favourite moment, because it's the one you are living.


The text is simple but rich in ideas. The illustrations are bright and vivid.

Parents or grandparents will love sharing this picture book with their little ones.

Ideal for preschoolers.



Posted on September 10, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Our Legendary Ladies Presents Harriet Tubman

This short picture book introduces the historical figure of Harriet Tubman to young readers.

It's the story of a very brave American abolitionist and political activist.

Born a slave in Maryland, she managed to escape in her late twenties, only to return in order to rescue her family. Gradually, she brought other relatives out of the state, and dozens of other slaves after that.

Her nickname was "Moses", alluding to the prophet in the Book of Exodus.

After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, she guided fugitives farther north into British North America.

This is more of less the content of this picture book. More details about Harriet Tubman's life are only sketched through additional text at pages 21-22. Since the standard length for picture books is 32 pages, additional information may have been provided, in my opinion.

The rhyming text is very well written; I like the font.

Beautiful pictures enhance the written words.

To parents and teachers: knowing Harriet Tubman's story in advance wouldn't hurt. Children will be prone to asking many questions, I'm sure.

Appropriate for preschoolers and 1st graders.

Thank you Booktasters NonFiction for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review!


Posted on September 8, 2018 at 11:35 AM


A book about three carnivores - a lion, a shark, and a wolf - struggling to be accepted for what they are.

I found the entire story disquieting... Poor owl!

Not suitable for small children, even if the description says "5-8 years". Read it alone before giving it to your children, and you'll see what I mean.

The illustrations are great (and crude, go figure), but insufficient to make me change my mind.



Holy Cow, What a Lovely Book!

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Holy Cow, I Sure Do Love You!: A Little Book That's Oddly Moo-ving

Super-cute book, it made me sigh "aww" several times!

Whenever you want to say "I Love You" to a loved one, this is one of the books to pick.

Smart and sweet text, nice illustrations of the cow in black, white and red.

Perfect for all ages.

Stars! Stars! Stars!

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Educational picture book with rhyming text and beautiful pictures.

The section entitled "Meet the Planets" is more didactic with simpler pictures, suitable for older children.

The section "Meet the Universe" is boring, all text and no pictures. There is room for improvement.

My Friends

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 1:45 PM

I didn't like this particular picture book. Parents don't raise their kids to be feral children, after all.

If there was a message, I didn't catch it. Someone says friendship and love. I don't see it.

Nice watercolor illustrations.


What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Many characters from fairy tales are involved in this story.

Kids will learn to tell the time while enjoying a delightful story about Mr Wolf. It's his birthday; he believes his friends have forgotten. Instead...

The text itself is a character. It is fluent and features onomatopoeia.

Cute illustrations, have fun spotting all characters.


Appropriate for preschoolers.

The Littlest Dinosaur

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 5:50 AM

A story about social exclusion in the face of diversity.

The littlest dinosaur was born different from his brothers and sisters, a sort of freak of nature.

He spends most of his time alone, sitting atop a hill in silence.

One day his entire community is in danger, and he rushes to seek the help of the Long Neck, a solitary dinosaur he used to see from his hill.

These two strange dinosaurs save the day and the littlest dinosaur wins his father's heart. He and the Long Neck become best friends.


Great illustrations.

This book is the first of a series featuring the littlest dinosaur.

Suitable for ages 4-8.

Too Many Bunnies

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 5:10 AM

Pleasant story about the Hopkins family and their vegetable and flower gardens.

Mother Hopkins asks her 15 children to help. Tasks are assigned, but soon chaos ensues.

Mother Hopkins brings order and in no time the seeds are planted and ready to grow.

Nice illustrations.


Appropriate for ages 5-6.

The Runaway Tractor

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Elementary story about an accident with a tractor.

Not very engaging. The text is dull and I don't like the font used.

The illustrations are okay.

There is a little yellow duck to find on every page.

Pirate Pat

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 4:35 AM

Engaging book about a pirate who visits a family of three, a grandmother and two children.

The pirate is on a treasure hunt and explains he needs to dig right under their house. The grandmother sends him away, but he starts digging anyway, and... He finds the treasure! He shares his precious loot with the family.


Great series for beginners. The adult reads the left hand page, while the child reads the right hand page (easier). This is the first book of the Usborne series.

Nice illustrations, too.

Each of these books has a number of exercises at the end of the story: puzzles, quizzes, and so on.


Posted on August 24, 2018 at 4:20 AM

Sweet book about a dinosaur mother. She is a homemaker. She takes care of everything in the house and looks after her two children.

I'm not sure a career woman would buy this book for her girl(s). In fact, I don't think this book was made for educational purposes about gender roles, but I find it very entertaining and funny.

Text and illustrations compliment each other wonderfully.

Perfect as gift for Mother's Day, if your mother does everything depicted in the book (career or not).

I Love You Night and Day

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 3:55 AM

Spectacular picture book!

This book is about unconditional love. The main characters are a bear and a bunny.

The text is pure poetry, very evocative and it lends itself to being read aloud. The rhymes are perfect.

The illustrations are large and in soft pastels.

A book I definitely want to read several times, before going to bed or on any other time of the day.

Ideal as gift for a loved one (friend, boy/girlfriend, spouse) and for preschoolers.

It was okay, but there's better out there.

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 12:50 AM

At first I thought it was a dream sequence, but no, I was reading the story as it was actually meant to be read.

Too nonsensical for my taste, but I think kids will find it entertaining.

Nice illustrations, lots of blue.

Suitable for ages 6-9.


The Obstinate Pen

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 12:25 AM

Fun story of a strange pen with a mind of its own. A wink at kids as adults are put to shame by the pen.

The illustrations are essential but functional.


Posted on August 24, 2018 at 12:15 AM

Tumford the Terrible

I didn't like the story: too confusing. I'm not sure a preschooler would understand it. The rhymes are awkward, the sentences too long.

The illustrations are too bright and I didn't appreciate the author mixing photographs and digital images.

Ava and the Real Lucille

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Long story full of content.

The text is lengthy but well written. Lots of dialogue.

The illustrations are marvellous.

Sometimes you can't get what you want, but what you get is equally good. And no, parakeets are not dumb. They are sweet, colorful birds who know how to fill a little girl's heart with joy. I know that to be true because I was one of them. :)

Appropriate for ages 4-8.

A lesson in good manners.

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 11:55 AM

The Littlest Dinosaur and the Naughty Rock

Cute story about the littlest dinosaur having a bad day. He is in need of some company, but fails to ask properly. As a result, he is sent to the naughty rock, which is actually a giant tortoise.

The giant tortoise gives the littlest dinosaur some good advice. The littlest dinosaur applies the tortoise's wise teachings and his family forgives him for being so rude.

A story with a moral: saying please, I'm sorry and thank you is all one needs to obtain things.

Beautiful illustrations.

Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.

One Bright Ring

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 12:35 AM

Very original counting book with a story that will make your hearts melt!

A man loses a ring and a brave girl catches it. She follows the oblivious man across town, accompanied by her mother. In her quest, the reader asks him/herself: "Will the girl finally reach the man?" She does.

The ending is as sweet as a cupcake.

Poetic text (love the positioning and the font used) and fantastic illustrations. I find the black cat following the girl very funny. In the end, we are that black cat. *winks*

Educational story for brave girls.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Great bedtime story for those nights when a storm is raging outside and your kids have trouble sleeping.

It's a story of friendship in the face of fear, but I winced when the snake joined the boy and his pets: scary! Quite a turnoff, in my opinion.

Beautiful pastel illustrations.

4 stars (because of the snake).