First off to start the day, I want to wish my Mom a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” 😀 She turned 27! 😉
by Nina Clark
Illustrated by Sara Pulver
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on February 11, 2013
Lucy, the Wiener dog, loved to lick everyone. Sadly, everyone didn’t like to get licked. But when Lucy eats some magic beans, she turns into… LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE!!! She uses her licking powers to make EVERYONE happy, whether they lick it… er… like it or not!
This was a cute picture book (and I love a good doggie story). I like the message the story gives – “use your strengths”. It is important for kids to learn this! Lucy was a great character and she is based on a real dog! I liked the illustration style used in the book. I thought it was different and colorful. The book would make a great read aloud for parents and kids.
I give this book four out of five book worms!
You can visit the Lucy the Wonder Weenie blog HERE.
Horace the Tortoise At the Water’s Edge
By Krystal Russell
Illustrated by Tabitha Smith
58 pages – ages 5+
Published by Tall Tails Publishing House on January 9, 2013
Horace the tortoise didn’t like the day if it was sunny, cloudy, or rainy. It was never a perfect day. As always, he goes to the edge of the water and checks it with his foot. But it’s always too warm, too cold, or too wet. Except for one day, he fell in, and met a new friend – Todd the Toad. Will Todd change Horace’s grumpy outlook?
This book has TWO great messages – “Don’t be a pessimist” and “Try new things” and “Make new friends”! Oh wait, that’s three great messages. 🙂 I like the story and the messages it gave. I thought the illustrations are really well done and went well with the story. The length and word difficulty of the book makes it a parent read aloud book, but that can be nice too because parents can use the book to talk to their kids about making friends and trying new things.