Friday, July 21, 2017

Board Book: Peppa's First Pet

Peppa's First Pet (Peppa Pig) 2015. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Splish! Splash! Splosh! This is Goldie the fish. Goldie is very special. She is Peppa's first pet. Mummy and Daddy Pig helped Peppa choose her from the pet shop a few weeks ago.

Premise/plot: Goldie the fish is not eating her fish food! Mummy Pig, Peppa, and George decide to take Goldie to the vet. They travel by BUS. On the way to the vet, they meet some of their friends. Mr. Bull, for example, plays his tuba for Goldie, and, other friends decide to sing "The Wheels on the Bus." At the vet, Goldie is judged very healthy and HAPPY. Peppa Pig decides that the bus trip made all the difference.

My thoughts: This isn't my favorite episode of the television show. But the board book is nice enough. If your little one can't get enough Peppa Pig, then you should read the books as well.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maisy Goes Swimming

Maisy Goes Swimming. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Maisy is getting ready to go swimming at the pool. Take off her blue hat and scarf. Take off Maisy's brown boots. Open Maisy's red coat. Open Maisy's gray sweater. Pull down her green pants.

Premise/plot: Maisy wants to go swimming. (I hope it's an indoor pool! Since Maisy seems to be dressed for WINTER.) She needs YOUR help to get undressed and into the pool.

My thoughts: I don't personally know why Maisy appeals to young readers. But. I know that she does. Maisy interactive books can see a lot of use! There's just something fun about "helping" Maisy do things. Whether it's helping her brush her teeth or flush the toilet OR in the case of Maisy Goes Swimming, getting her completely undressed and then putting her swimming suit on her. Still, I can't help but think it's a little weird that an author is actively encouraging me to pull someone's pants and underwear down!

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Board book: Pug in a Truck

Pug in a Truck. Nancy Coffelt. 2006/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: This is our truck. It's flat in the front. This is me. My nose is as flat as the front of our truck. This is my friend. He calls me Pug. I'm Pug in a truck!

Premise/plot: This board book is narrated by a pug dog. His owner is a trucker. They travel the roads together hauling/delivering loads. The book is full of trucker lingo: double nickel, dragon wagon, keeping the shiny side up and the greasy side down, etc.

My thoughts: If you or your little one likes dogs, OR, trucks this is a fun little read to share together.  I am thankful the author included a glossary of the trucker lingo. I had heard a few of the words before, but not nearly all of them!

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Board book: Hush, Little Horsie

Hush, Little Horsie. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. 2010. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

 First sentence: Hush, little horsie, asleep on the farm. Your mama is near and will keep you from harm. She'll watch when you run, and she'll watch when you leap. And when you are tired, she'll watch as you sleep.

Premise/plot: Hush, Little Horsie is a bedtime board book. Readers meet several pairs of horses and foals in this one. On the farm. On the plain. By the sea. On the moor. In the stall. In the bed. In the bed?! Yes, the last few pages shift the story entirely. Readers see a mom reading a bedtime story to a little girl as she snuggles a stuffed horse tightly. The theme of this one from start to finish is that mothers are always dependable and loving.

My thoughts: Yolen has written about five or six very short horse-themed poems. I have nothing to say against their rhythm or rhyme. (I can be picky at times). But the poems are also very repetitive. There really isn't much unique about each poem or each pair. For horse lovers, it may still work. And perhaps even the repetitiveness can be seen as being purposefully lulling. I wasn't particularly impressed. Then again, horses have never been my thing.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Monday, July 17, 2017

Board Book: Good Night, Peppa

Good Night, Peppa. (Peppa Pig) 2015. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Board book]

First sentence: One night, Granny and Grandpa Pig came over for dinner. Later that night, Mummy and Daddy Pig were going out. Granny and Grandpa Pig would stay and babysit Peppa and George.

Premise/plot: Granny and Grandpa Pig are babysitting Peppa and George. There is a problem: Peppa and George aren't tired. Jumping in puddles and splashing in the tub perhaps might have made other little piggies tired, but, not Peppa and George. After being tucked in bed, these two sneak down to watch TV with Granny and Grandpa Pig. What will Mummy and Daddy Pig find when they come home from their date?

My thoughts: Granny and Grandpa Pig are very lenient and relax most of the rules and routines of Mummy and Daddy Pig. But Mummy and Daddy Pig don't seem to mind a bit. Peppa and George love spending time with their grandparents!

I do love the television show. If you and your little ones enjoy the show, you will most likely enjoy the books as well. 

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Board book: The Goodnight Train

The Goodnight Train. June Sobel. Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. 2006/2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 30 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: The Goodnight Train gets set to roll. It's being shined and filled with coal. Wash the cars off with a hose. Scrub the engine's dirty nose. Scrub-a-dub! Scrub-a-dub! Toot! Toot!

Premise/plot: The Goodnight Train is a bedtime book for little train lovers. It's written in rhyme. The text is silly, but the illustrations are even sillier perhaps.

My thoughts: Trains are ever popular with little ones. Not just with boys but with girls as well. This board book is perfect for little ones that can't get enough of tracks and engines. What better way to fit in some cozy time with your little one than to read about trains.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Board Book: Time for Bed

Time for Bed. Petr Horacek. 2014. Candlewick Press. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Time to play. Time to put away my toys. Time for supper. Time for a bath.

Premise/plot: Time for Bed is ALL about bedtime routines from start to finish. What makes this board book a bit different from other bedtime books is the format. Each page is shaped. A surprise picture is revealed at the end of the story.

My thoughts: The story is simple and predictable. There isn't much text per page. Which is either a really, really good thing or a bad thing depending on YOUR little one's attention span. The illustrations are very bright and colorful. I think the shaped pages may be easier for young children to turn themselves.  

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers