The Case of the Missing Donut

The Case of the Missing DonutThe Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sheriff (a little boy dressed up) and Deputy (his dog) go for a walk to the bakery to fetch a dozen donuts. Their mission: to bring all the donuts home safely and in one piece. But along the way one donut gets smooshed; then it’s one bite here, one bite there, and ooops the whole thing is gone. As he continues to make his way home Sheriff can’t figure out how everybody is on to him. He finally makes it home and tells the truth about the missing donut and the mystery is solved when he and Deputy look in the mirror.

I feel like this would have been an easy book to have too much going on, aka wordy, but Allison McGhee did an excellent job of telling a charming story paired with Isabel Roxas’ illustrations. This would be a fun book to use for a donut storytime.

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And the Robot Went…

And the Robot Went . . .And the Robot Went . . . by Michelle Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Nosy Fox looked in the box, and the Robot went…”

After Nosy Fox opens the box all the other animals try and help put the Robot together but Robot doesn’t seem to be working. Until “me” comes along with just thing to help Robot work. This is a fun book with cumulative text and adorable illustrations.

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The Good for Nothing Button

The Good for Nothing ButtonThe Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yellow Bird found a button and can’t wait to show Red Bird and Blue Bird. When they ask him what it does he tells them, “Nothing” but they want to push the button themselves. When they do, they find out that the button does more than nothing, it does everything! This book is sure to delight any fans of Elephant and Piggie. The illustrations are simple and bright and the text is humorous but also offers a chance for understanding emotions. Blue Bird is surprised, when Red Bird doesn’t get surprised he gets sad. They exclaim that the button does something but, when Yellow Bird insists that the button does nothing he gets mad.

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How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was MadeHow This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Eventually my editor loved all my words. And I loved all my words. Even the tiger, who had returned with a posse, loved all my words.”

The book opens to a page where an illustrated Mac Barnett is arm wrestling a tiger and you’re first thought may be, “Oh here we go!” You know you are in for a treat. I loved how Barnett uses humor to explain the process of writing a book. People may think that an author sits down and writes a masterpiece in one try but really there is a process to it. However, the most important message comes at the end, a book is not a book until it has a reader. Oh, and I love the tiger.

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All Ears, All Eyes

All Ears, All EyesAll Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Surprises await when you open your eyes, your ears to the dark quiet—when indeed you open this book.”

As darkness falls in the forest you hear the sounds of the animals scampering and scurrying, crickets chirping, and the soothing whoo, whoo on an owl.

Richard Jackson’s soothing, rhyming text is beautifully paired with Katherine Tillotson’s watercolor illustrations. Read gently and softly this book is perfect for bedtime.

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The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsThe Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is hilarious! I could not stop laughing. Daywalt’s text paired with Rex’s illustrations made for the perfect combination of silliness. The illustrations are engaging and action packed. The story itself is hilarious and witty. And what kid wouldn’t love to see a battle between dinosaurs made of frozen breaded chicken and Scissors. It was a close one but eventually…wait, you’ll have to read the book to find out. This book is not only a great read aloud for kids but will have the parents laughing out loud as well.

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The Magic Hat Shop

The Magic Hat ShopThe Magic Hat Shop by Sonja Wimmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“People said that the hatter never spoke a single word, but he knew how to listen carefully to his customers, until he found the hat that was just right for them.”

One day a hat shop appears in the middle of the town square. At first the townspeople are unsure about it and want nothing to do with it, until Timid Tim walks in and comes out changed. He is no longer shy and feels different, more confident. Soon all the people of the town are visiting the hat shop and are happier than they have ever been but, one day a strong wind blows everybody’s hats away and the magic hat shop disappears. The townspeople aren’t sure what to do. Will they go back to the way they were before? Or are they able to change without the magic of the hat shop?

Magical! A delightful story about not needing magic to be who you want to be. Wimmer’s illustrations are enchanting. She uses a warm color pallet and they feel as though you can see the magic happening right on the page. I adored this book.

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