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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).

Saturday with Daddy

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Cute book for kids to share with their fathers on a Friday night or Saturday morning. The story of this little elephant and his daddy will surely make the child turn to the adult and give him a hug.

The illustrations are nice and enhance the simple text.

Appropriate for preschoolers.

The Scaredy Cat

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Entertaining story about a cat who that is scared of everything, until one day a sudden twist of events turns him into a local hero.

The illustrations are good, with interesting angles.

The text is rhythmic, with repetitions. Kids (especially preschoolers and kindergarteners) will learn new words.

Yikes, Stinkysaurus!

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:20 AM

The Stinkysaurus is an orange dinosaur that never takes a bath, much to the chagrin of other dinosaurs.

The description of body odours and sounds is particularly repellent, but most kids will find it very funny.

The illustrations are vivid and in bright colours.

A lesson in personal hygiene for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Big laughs!

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Chicken Big

This book made me laugh from start to finish! The illustrations, the text, everything contributes to making "Chicken Big" a very funny story.

The themes are acceptance of diversity and friendship. A great read for children and adults alike.

Little Oink

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Here is the story if Little Oink, a little diligent pig who loves to be tidy and clean, but when mess up time - as his parents order - arrives, problems ensue. He just wants to be like the other kids, while his parents demand the opposite of him.

So he diligently turns his spaces into a pigsty.

When his "job" is done, he can finally go play outside. There he takes care of a perfectly clean tree house.

A happy ending for the whole family.


Amazon recommends this book for 5-6-year olds, but I would suggest an older audience. Reading about parents ordering their kid to make a mess is fun, but not educational, and the book might be misunderstood.

Pirates in Pyjamas

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 6:50 AM

Action-packed book about pirates and their pyjamas!

Your children will learn a few new words and have lots of laughs altogether.

Beautifully illustrated and perfect for bedtime.

The ending explains that if your kids want to be pirates, they don't need to act like scoundrels: they just need to wear their pyjamas and go to bed. Good night!

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:35 AM

Pout-Pout goes to bed!

Here is a typical story where the main character, an animal, is clearly anthropomorphized.

Beautiful pictures for a short book suitable for babies and toddlers alike.

A game of telephone.

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:15 AM

Incredibly funny book! A bit too crazy for preschoolers, perhaps. I have to admit I was not familiar with the game of telephone, so I had a little trouble understanding the story.

Nice illustrations of the various birds engrossed in their hobbies.

The Timid Bunny

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 4:40 AM

A very old story (published in 1946) about a shy bunny named Toodles.
Toodles is so timid he can't even talk to people, much to his family's disappointment.
One day he goes for a walk into the woods and gets lost. Without much of a choice, he asks a bear for directions, but the bear is unable to help him.
A deer passes by. Toodles explains his predicament, and thankfully, the deer knows the way.
Talking to the deer helps Toodles "break the ice", and he returns home changed by the misadventure. Everybody is happy.
A simplistic tale, but small kids may appreciate it, even today.


Posted on August 21, 2018 at 4:30 AM

Meet the famous Olivia, a young, energetic female pig, who lives with her parents, her brother, a dog named Perry and Edwin, the cat.

Follow her adventures on a typical day of her life: trying on dresses, moving the cat, going to the beach, going to the museum, painting, reading and dreaming.

Featured in the book are a painting by Edgar Degas and another by Jackson Pollock.

Illustrated keeping backdrops to minimum and using just a few colors: black, white, red and pink.

Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer.

Rules for wild kids.

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 3:50 AM

Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners

Cute little book for parents to help them teach their kids how to behave with humans.

The book explores the rules kids would be allowed to break if their parents were animals.

Ideal for preschoolers.

Frida for Kids

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:35 AM

Beautiful, evocative imagery and a story that sums up the main events in Frida Kahlo's life.

Given the nature of her story (illness, the accident, the kinds of paintings she produced), I would recommend this book to a 12-year-old, not to a preschooler.

Flora and the Flamingo

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 12:05 AM

Cute silent book about a girl, Flora, dancing with a flamingo.

She attempts to emulate his moves. He doesn't like that, at first.

The two end up becoming friends.

You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Great picture book! I had always wondered how the tooth fairy looked like.
The tooth fairy describes in great detail the characteristic of her job. Tough! Thank goodness she is helped by hi-tech gadgets and three fireflies. 
Excellent illustrations. A+

Hungry Sheep

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Marvin Wanted MORE!
This is the story of a sheep named Marvin, who feels small and less athletic than his peers. So he starts gobbling up anything that happens to be near him. He keeps eating and eating, then one day he devours the whole planet Earth!
He ends up vomiting it all, and the world is restored... Kind of. Yuck.
The end speaks to children: it's okay to be small. Love yourself just the way you are.

Blub, Bluuub, Bluuuuuuub

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:25 PM

The Pout-Pout Fish

Beautifully illustrated picture book with text that sounds more like a song, with its rhyming lyrics and funny chorus.
Love the romantic ending.
Ideal for small children.

Poetry in simplicity.

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 1:55 PM

A touching story about friendship, growth and sacrifice. So much content in 64 pages.

Interestingly, the illustrations are basic (pencil on paper), yet effective in depicting the story.

I feel sorry for the poor tree, though. Read and find out why...

The Nanny

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Incredible box set! I used to watch The Nanny as a kid, but missed some episodes. Finally, I can watch the whole series in English, and learn some slang.

In addition, a bonus disc and a booklet with pictures and episode synopses are included.

Many funny hours await!