Sunday, June 4, 2017

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? by Chihiro Takeuchi

a cute, straight-forward 8-bit story.
Can You Find My Robot's Arm?A simple, short story, with very complex yet monochromatic illustrations that will remind parents of retro video games.

Recommended for one-on-one reading with children who enjoy analyzing complex art; not really recommended for group reading, as children will not really get a chance to understand the pictures.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

There, There by Tim Beiser

it grew on me.
There, ThereAt first, I wasn't really feeling it, as the rhyming was a bit irregular and I was afraid it would turn into yet another story about "don't complain, others have it worse!"

However, the end of this book made me literally giggle aloud. The ending really got to me, and I can imagine a room full of primary-ish aged kids cracking up at it, too. I'm looking forward to reading it out loud to a group.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 1, 2017

You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish It turns out that Rainbow Fish is kind of a bad sport. Luckily, he meets another wise friend, who teaches him that it doesn't matter if you win or lose -- the important thing is having friends to play with.

Children will recognize themselves or their friends in Rainbow Fish's tantrum, and hopefully resolve not to replicate it.

Received via Netgalley

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simple Green Suppers by Susie Middleton

I want to eat this entire book on a crispy toast.
Simple Green Suppers: A Fresh Strategy for One-Dish Vegetarian Meals I have been reading several veggie-based cookbooks lately, and this is the first one to really inspire me to experiment more with all-veggie meals.

This cookbook was awesome for a number of reasons.

First off, there is a good variety of different vegetables in the recipes, but there are also several ingredients that are used in multiple recipes, so you won't be going to the grocery store for a cart full of expensive ingredients each time you try a new dish.

I loved the way the recipes are organized -- each chapter is labeled "veggies + (ingredient)". (I'm not listing them all, because since this is an ARC, I'm not sure if they'll be the same once I get a paper copy.) I will mention, however, the veggies + toast, veggies + tortilla, and veggies + egg, because I wanted to devour each of these recipes.

It's also worth mentioning that the pictures are fantastic, and I know in the published version there will be even more. The recipe layouts are also ergonomically designed, limiting how often your sticky cook hands have to turn the page.

This one is definitely going on my wish list.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Food52 Mighty Salads by the Editors of Food52

such delicioso.

I'll admit, sometimes I think that salad is just a conspiracy to keep us from enjoying life. However, as a human being concerned with the health of my body, I've been trying to be a little more open to the world of green foods. When I saw this book, I decided to be adventurous.

My first impression was that the photos were fantastic! I love cookbooks that show you what you're working towards, and these salads looked beautiful and delicious.

The recipes themselves were worth checking out, too. Some were fancy; some would please even the pickiest of children. As a rather picky eater myself, I found several recipes I plan on trying soon, and by the time I got to the "Chorizo and Summer Melon Salad," I was 110% on board. A hardcover copy is at the very top of my wish list.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires

I love it.

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do Lou is afraid to climb the tree -- not because she's afraid of heights, but because she's afraid of failing at this new endeavor. Oddly enough, I think my favorite thing about this story is that Lou never makes it up the tree.

After exhausting all of her lame excuses not to climb the tree with her friends, she finally gathers the strength to try. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it very far. Her friends decide to play somewhere else instead, and even though Lou didn't make it up there today, she knows she'll be back later to try it again and again.

This is a well-illustrated story about the power of perseverance, and how it is okay not to succeed at something first try, or even second try. It is also a story of being a good friend; Lou's friends encourage her, and never tease her, and eventually decide to do something else instead of staying in the tree and making Lou feel like she's missing out.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Fog by Kyo Maclear

it's totally about global warning and it's awesome.

The Fog
This poignant and timely work shows the importance of championing a cause and fighting until it is solved, even if you aren't necessarily equipped to solve it.

Warble the bird may not be an expert on the weather, but he can tell that something is wrong with the fog. While at first no one listens to him, he finally finds an ally in a little girl who also notices something is amiss. When they launch a global awareness campaign (in the form of origami letters into the ocean), more allies from around the world take notice, and the fog eventually lifts.

Even beyond the positive message, the work is beautifully illustrated, with spare text that doesn't overwhelm the page. It would work especially well as a group readaloud.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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