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Snack Time for Confetti by Kali Stileman

Snack Time for Confetti

“Snack Time for Confetti” by Kali Stileman

A written review by Adrienne

In the jungle little Confetti is hungry. With Mama not nearby, Confetti wonders what other animals like to eat.  She visits with each animal who in turn, from Jemima Giraffe (leaves), Zoey Zebra (grass) and Madison Monkey (nuts), tells Confetti what their favorite food is. These suggestions do not sit well with Confetti who is hungry but not hungry enough to try something that doesn’t sound good.

This picture book in an exploration into favorite foods that not only animals but people have. Readers to young children can share their own favorite foods and why they like them. Recommended for Pre-K and up.

Six “Fishy” Picture Book Reviews


  • “Something Fishy” – Barry Polisar & David Clark
  • “Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs” by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown & Christopher Santoro
  • “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great” by Bob Shea
  • “Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom” by John Rocco
  • “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen
  • “Mighty LaLouche” by Matthew Olshan & Sophie Blackall

Tyler Makes Spaghetti! by Tyler Florence

Tyler Makes Spaghetti! By Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier

A written review by Adrienne

Tyler loves spaghetti and meatballs and this is known by his favorite chef at his favorite restaurant. The Chef Lorenzo invites Tyler to visit the restaurant and learn how to make spaghetti and meatballs.

The thin plot barely sustains the short story which is more instructions on the ingredients of the dish. Parents will have a great time pronouncing the different types of pasta and talking about the ingredients. Hint: Parents, this is a great way to introduce children to the foods that are in the kitchen pantry and their different smells.

Recommended for Pre-K and up.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer and Jake Parker

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair

A written review by Adrienne

Here’s one for parents of smelly children. I know what it’s like to have a smelly child and this story is a gentle way of reminding those malodorous children to bathe.

Girl has her one true friend, Baby, who is a baby doll with no hair and named Baby, by the way. Girl and Baby have been friends since she was small and she had no hair. Now Girl has long brown wavy hair that she refuses to brush. Each night she bathes, washes her hair, dries it in a turban and lets it loose. It’s just her way as she explains to her parents.

One day a mouse takes up residence in her hair. Girl finds this charming and explains to her parents that it’s just her way. Soon more mice are living in her hair building it into a castle, staying up all night and telling complicated knock-knock jokes. Girl is welcoming but the mice demand that she stop bathing and washing their hair as they do not like water. It is their way. Girl complies and where once she was an attraction at school now no one wants to be near her because she smells. The final straw is when Baby is no longer allowed in school as Girl can only bring one friend and the mice are numbering into the hundreds.

This story is a starting point for parents in the delicate situation of trying not to hurt their child’s feelings but they really want them to be clean. Recommended for parents of reeking children everywhere and of all ages.

Standing in for Lincoln Green by David Mackintosh

Standing in for Lincoln Green by David Mackintosh

standing in for lincoln green

A written review by Adrienne

Lincoln Green doesn’t like chores. That’s okay because he a double to do the household jobs he doesn’t want to do. Where Lincoln would rather be swimming, napping, listening to his favorite radio show and visit friends. In the meantime, his double practices his horn, cleans the jars, waters the plants and makes the bed.

Lincoln’s double is identified as You Know Who and looks exactly like Lincoln (his own mother can’t tell them apart) with only slight difference (see if your eagle-eyed child can tell the difference). As the story progresses Lincoln finds more and more for You Know Who to do until one day You Know Who receives a better offer from the boy next door. Off he goes to build a tree house and the work involved is much more satisfying to You Know Who as he gets to reap the benefit. Alas, Lincoln Green is now in trouble because chores have not been done.

Older children will start catching the subtle clues as to who You Know Who really is. The story ends in a satisfying conclusion that a job well done is best done by oneself.

Recommended for 2nd grade and up.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Tap Magic Tree

A written review by Cathie Sue

Readers take a walk through the seasons of an apple tree in this interactive picture book. When invited to do so by the gently rhyming text kids will pat, tap and blow on the pages. Upon turning the pages kids will discover seasonal changes to the bare tree shown on the first page.

The focus is on the single tree and its changes over time. This is a nice lesson in the concept of things happening one after another. High school art teachers take note: there’s a lot to learn from these simple illustrations. If you and your kids enjoyed Hervé Tullet’s Press Here you’ll want to own this one as well.

No More Biting for Billy Goat by Bernette Ford & Sam Williams

No More Biting for Billy Goat

A written review by Cathie Sue

No More Biting for Billy Goat by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams

Author Bernette Ford adds another great title to her “No More” series and illustrator Sam Williams misses nothing in his spot on renditions of frustration and confusion. Billy Goat’s first day of school is not going well. He wants to play but uses his teeth to get attention instead of keeping it friendly. Ducky advises Billy Goat that teeth are meant “to bite his apple, not his friends.” This little book should be enjoyed for what it is a gentle reminder of how to play well with others. Ford’s other titles include No More Blanket for Lambkin and No more Diapers for Ducky.

I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

I Know A Lot by Stephen Krensky

“I Know A Lot!” by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Sara Gillingham

A written review by Adrienne

“I Know A Lot!” is about a little girl who, well, knows quite a lot of things. She know about rocks and flowers, the wetness of water and that with patience glue will dry. Krensky story takes everyday activities and enjoyments and sets their opposites next to each other as a subtle reminder to readers. Gillingham’s art uses six main colors: red, blue, black, white, yellow and gray to maximum benefit. Gillingham also employs the rule of thirds drawing the eye to underscore that page topic. Recommended for storytimes, lapsit and parents.


It’s A Tiger by David LaRochelle


A written review by Cathie Sue

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

“Are you ready for a story?” queries the boy in the opening pages of It’s a Tiger. Sounds a little like a bedtime story but you may get unexpected results if you save this one for a quiet night. Instead read this lively and energetic picture book aloud to early elementary kids who will easily spot a piece of the tiger on each double page spread. As the story takes us from jungle to cave and from meadow to ocean we see the boy is never quite in peril but still cuts it very close. Not trying to spoil the end but a tummy rub goes a long way to soothe frightened children and tigers!

Tulsa City County Library System: http://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2789871063_its_a_tiger

WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/760532778



Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt


A written review by Cathie Sue

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping By Melanie Watt

A fresh Scaredy Squirrel adventure has arrived just in time for summer fun. In this seventh Scaredy Squirrel story starring the timid yet intrepid Scaredy we learn that Scaredy is wary of the wilderness. In fact, the burning question is…why go camping when you can watch it -The Joy of Camping – on television? But, sadly his tree has no electricity so he must brave the great outdoors in search of an outlet. Hi-jinks ensue. From his carefully planned inventory of survival supplies to his detailed maps Scaredy is ready to take it on! Kids will enjoy the simple graphic illustrations complete with labeled lists and maps. This story might just go a long way to making a young reader see the outdoors in a new light, even if it is just his or her own backyard.

Tulsa City County Library System: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

Worldcat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/814707509