Sunday, June 01, 2014

Two 2014 Board Books

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! Petr Horacek. 2014. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Hee-haw, hee-haw says the donkey.
Baa, baa says the sheep.
Oink, oink says the pig. 

Petr Horacek's Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! is a very simple, very bright board book for young ones. Each page focuses on a farm animal and the sound it makes. This one offers a bit of a surprise at the end.

There are plenty of farm board books for little ones. This one has good illustrations. My personal favorite will probably always remain Dorothea Deprisco's Pig-a-Boo! A Farmyard Peekaboo book. Do YOU have a favorite?

Five Hungry Pandas. A Count and Crunch Book. Alexis Barad-Cutler. Illustrated by Kyle Poling. 2014. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Chomp!
1 Hungry panda eats something yummy.
But 4 hungry pandas still need to fill their tummies!
Chew! Chew!
2 Hungry pandas pick something to munch.
But 3 hungry pandas still want their lunch!

I love this one. I love, love, love it. I love the problem solving, the counting. I love that it shows (some of) the ways to get to five. (1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 4+1) In a way, it's very simple, but, in another it's quite clever! It surprised me completely. I wasn't expecting to love it!

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
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  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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