Thumbs up for How Would You Survive as an Aztec? by David Salariya. Children’s.
Don’t laugh, but this is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. It packs a lot of surprisingly in-depth information – and a lot of informative pictures – into its slim spine. After reading it, I feel like I do have a firm grounding on what it was like to survive (or not) as an Aztec.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. Children’s.
The adorable story of a little mouse who is a bit too proud of her purple plastic purse. (But it plays music, so who wouldn’t be?)… >> Read more
Thumbs down for If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Children’s.
Yes, I am actually giving a kid’s picture book a bad review. Hear me out. In the earlier entries in this series (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie etc), the activity on each page leads logically from the one before. That is, I think, rather the point, and that’s what makes them such fun.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. Children’s.
“Oh dear,” said Humpy-Rumpy. “I’ll bet you’re going to do something horrid.”
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Thumbs up for My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe. Children’s.
A cheerful, colorful picture book about life in Japan. It makes me want to go, if I cannot go to Japan, at least to Uwajimaya to look at their ridiculously fluorescent tchatchke.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Little Black Goes to the Circus by Walter Farley. Children’s.
My first love among Walter Farley’s books is the one in the Black Stallion series that has the extraterrestrials. (And there’s your quiz of the day: which one is it?) But his illustrated book Little Black is dang cute, and when I found the sequel, of course I had to read it.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat, illustrated by Martha Weston. Children’s.
I do loves me some Nate the Great. And as it so happens, I also love San Francisco. Can’t go wrong here.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. Children’s.
Ah, Olivia. How can a little pig be cuter than Olivia? It’s impossible.… >> Read more