Bunnies and Spring and Superheros OH MY!

1 Apr

With Spring and Easter right around the corner, I have a line up of books that should be on your TBR list!

By Kevan Atteberry
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 27 2015

Synopsis- Declan the monster was taking a hike through the woods, being polite by saying hello to everything he meets. And then, he sees… BUNNIES!!! Like any self-respecting monster, he gets a… tad excited. Just a tad. But you know what? Those bunnies run away! Poor Declan. He just wants to be with the BUNNIES!!!

What I Thought- Well, in my book, any book (hee hee) with 3 exclamation points in the title and a group of multi-coloured bunnies and a cute, fluffy monster on the cover is already a winner! Mr. Atteberry has written a great picture book. I saw that Mr. Atteberry has illustrated many picture books but this is his first author/illustrated book. There are cute illustrations, and a fun storyline. The text is very sparse and the story is told mostly through the illustrations. I kept thinking of Declan as a over-sized toddler running after the bunnies. I really enjoyed this story. I have one last thought on this book – BUNNIES!!!

upinthegardenUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
52 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 3, 2015

Synopsis- A little girl and her nana start/continue a garden, and the book chronicles how they farm and tend to the garden, while animals and bugs do what they naturally do.

What I Thought- This is a really sweet book that explains how nature helps make a garden, with teamwork. You work above ground, they can work below ground. The illustrations are eye-pleasing, and creative. They whimsically show everything happening in the garden. The story line shows bonding between the girl and her nana, and tells you a little about how bugs and animals help a garden (even skunks help!). I really like this picture book!

findingspringFinding Spring
By Carin Berger
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Greenwillow Books on January 27, 2015

Synopsis- Maurice is a bear cub, who is excited to experience his first spring! Sadly, he has to take a [long] nap. But, Maurice is so excited, he can’t wait! So, when his mother goes to sleep, Maurice slips out of the cave, and searches for spring! And, then, when a white flake of spring appears, Maurice is over-joyed. He ends up bringing a huge ball of the white flakes home in his scarf, to show his mother. He takes his nap first, though.

What I Thought- Well, with the fact that it is April and that we just got 4 more inches of snow, I want to find spring too! This book is cute. Maurice is impatient, so he sneaks out and discovers “Spring”. What kid wouldn’t do that? His personality really shines through, and I like his scarf 😉 . The story is cute but what really grabs you is the illustrations. They are just cool. They are all collages. The random lines of letters are a nice touch too.

bunniesbunniesAll Hallows Eve: Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!
By David Eveleigh
ebook 5300 words – ages 9+
Published by Smashwords on April 3, 2015

Synopsis- All Hallows Eve is back in an all-new adventure! It’s Easter-time, and Eve is helping at an Easter egg hunt for orphans. Then some greasers (you know, from the 1950’s? After all, Eve lives around then!) wearing bunny-ears and toting pistols come and try to rob the orphanage. Eve goes to stop them (they’re ruining the orphans’ Easter!), and suddenly finds herself as a bunny – and powerless! What can she do?

What I Thought- I am a huge fan of Eve and her adventures. The Eve novela books are written in comic style, but are a written story with some illustrations.  Eve’s adventures are clean reads for kids and they always have a great message with out being “preachy.”Mr. Eveleigh has written a great 13th book in this series. His comic images are peppered throughout the book, and add some humor to the story. The book itself combines humor and mystery into a great story – add some Eve superhero powers and you get a book any kids will like! I like how Mr. Eveleigh keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. I can’t wait for book #14!

I hope you find these great books! 😀 They all get 5 out of 5 bookworms from me! fivebooks

18 Responses to “Bunnies and Spring and Superheros OH MY!”

  1. Catherine Johnson April 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    I love the sound of the first two Erik. Great Spring reads.


  2. Genevieve Petrillo April 2, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    I hope those “white flakes of spring” didn’t touch Maurice’s belly. They’re too cold!

    Love and licks,


  3. Lynn A. Davidson April 2, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    These are great picks, Erik. Bunnies and Spring … I want to find Spring, too.


  4. heylookawriterfellow April 2, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I know how Declan feels. I get similarly giddy when I see the bun buns.


  5. LovableLobo April 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    What a fun selection of books for spring! Thanks for sharing, Erik.


  6. David Eveleigh April 3, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you so much for the great review, Erik. Have a happy Easter 🙂


  7. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews April 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    Great Choices! I have several on my TBR or wish i had lists. Nice review. Happy Easter. Hope you find lots of chocolate eggs, maybe even some “white chocolate.” (A misnomer bu5t still oh so good.) 🙂


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks April 8, 2015 at 7:14 am #

      I got a lot of white chocolate peanut butter eggs, so that covers it all, right? 😉 Thanks! 😀 How was your Easter?


  8. writersideup April 5, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I just love BUNNIES!!! 🙂 Got to hear it read at the Bank Street Grand Opening and loved it from the beginning 😀


  9. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books April 5, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    All gorgeous books! I will be writing to you to ask your opinion on something I am working on Erik (which is why I have been off the planet!)


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