ARC Review | Dewdrop

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Dewdrop

Author: Katie O’Neill

Format: eBook (NetGalley)

Pages: 40

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Categories: Children’s Fiction, Animals, Comic Book Style

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop, the delightful children’s tale of an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond’s sports fair! 

Dewdrop is an easygoing, gentle axolotl who enjoys naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. When the yearly sports fair nears, he and his friends—Mia the weightlifting turtle, Newman the musical newt, and three minnows who love to cook—get ready to showcase their skills to the whole pond! However, as the day of the fair gets closer, Dewdrop’s friends can’t help putting pressure on themselves to be the best. It’s up to Dewdrop to remind them how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements. 

Dewrop is the cutest axolotl (I can’t even pronounce it but who cares!) and he cares a lot about his friends. My son told me to pick this book to read because Dewdrop looked so cute. The art throughout the book is absolutely adorable and the story is sweet and heartfelt. The book is told in comic book style with the word bubble appearing when a character speaks. I love how Dewdrop helps his friends by encouraging them when they feel a little anxiety about their role in the sports fair. This book definitely resonates with my seven year old who needs encouragement to not give up when things get challenging.

I give it a 5 cone rating!

BLOG TOUR } The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie by. Krista Brock

Title: The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie

Author: Krista Brock

Format: eBook (provided by Author)

Pages: 35

Categories: Children’s Book, Self Illustration, Picture Book

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Check out this book trailer of the book!

Thank you Krista Brock, author of The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie for providing me a free copy of this book for an honest review.

When Krista inquired about me reviewing her book I was more than happy to do so because the concept sounds awesome. The illustrator of the book will be the child reading the book! What a fantastic way for children to use their imaginations. I am all for kids using their creativity!

The book is a story about Calvin and his imaginary friend Ollie. Calvin doesn’t want to go to bed so he and Ollie continue to play and have adventures.

Now the pages are not blank, along with the words from the story each page has sparse illustration usually of a tree, done in watercolor earthy tones. The rest of the page is to be filled up by the reader who is also now the artist.

I am excited to see what my son draws in this book! I love to see his imagination at work, so I will be eager to see how he interprets this story through his own art work.

This is a brilliant interactive story book which will help children dig into their imaginations and show us their version of Calvin and Ollie.

My Rating:

Krista Brock Author Bio: 

Krista Brock has 11 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, six and a half years of experience as a mother, and nearly a lifetime of experience dabbling in creative projects. She has Bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and art and has served as managing editor of two magazines and as a contributing writer to many more. Then she decided to combine her experiences to create a new kind of picture book for creative children, one that allows children to enjoy the journey of reading with the joy of creating. Her debut picture book, The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie is an illustrate-it-yourself adventure. 

Book Review | We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Title: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Author/Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins

Format: Hardcover (borrowed)

Pages: 40

Categories: School, Children’s Books, Young Reader

Penelope the dinosaur starts school, but it’s hard to make friends when her classmates are so delicious!

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

The perfect book for back to school! Penelope Rex is the cutest T-Rex ever, except she keeps eating her classmates. No, this book isn’t bloody, she just basically holds them in her mouth and then spits them out when she gets a scolding.

It teaches how to make friends at school (like not eating your friends would help) and getting along with others. The illustrations are color and fun, almost like comic book illustrations and my son loved it. My daughter on the other hand, she’s 2, thought Penelope was cute but I think she was a bit scared of her. By the time I said, The End, she made a motion to bite her plushy doll. 😂 So maybe it’s a book too old for her but Kindergarten and up would love this book.

I give it a 4 cones rating!

Book Review | Llamaphones

Title: Llamaphones

Author: Janik Coat

Format: Board Book (borrowed)

Pages: 36

Categories: Homophone Words, Animals, Learning

Llamaphones, Janik Coat’s much-anticipated follow-up to Hippopposites and Rhymoceros, features witty words that sound the same but are spelled differently—and have different meanings. Like the other books in the series, this one features surprising novelties, including a touch-and-feel element, making homophones an easy and fun concept to learn.

My son and I had fun with this book. It’s super simple but a fun way of learning homophones, words that sound alike but spelled differently and have different meanings! My 6 year old was like…”ohhhhhhhhhh!” like his mind was blown after every page. 😂 This book is genius! I really want to find the other books this author has written because my son loves learning about words.

We also enjoyed the simple, clean lines of the illustrations. Perfect for kindergarten ages and up!

I give it a 5 cones rating!

Book Review | Sweet Dreamers

Title: Sweet Dreamers

Author/Illustator: Isabelle Simler

Format: Hardcover (borrowed)

Pages: 80

Categories: Animals, Bedtime Book, Illustrations

From the celebrated creator of Plume and The Blue Hour comes another enchanting animal book. Countless cozy animals are settling in for the night, but they all sleep in different ways. A bat dreams upside down, a hedgehog snuggles into a pile of leaves, and a humpback whale spins in its sleep like a ballerina.

With its poetic language and lush illustrations, Sweet Dreamers will dazzle young readers as they drift off to sleep themselves.

I want this book on my book shelf, not for my kids, but for me alone to just admire the illustrations over and over. This book could be a coffee table book, that’s how beautiful it is. Each page has an animal with a poem about the animal illustration. The words are soothing and definitely made me relaxed enough to sleep. I know this is for kids, but I really love it as an adult!

My 6 year old son loved the illustrations as well and I would have him tell me what he sees. We both really loved this book and if I could give it a million stars rating, I totally would! Love, love, LOVE this book.

I give it a 5 cones rating!

Book Review | Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet

Title: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet

Author: Mrs. Peanuckle

Illustrator: Jessie Ford

Format: Board Book (owned)

Pages: 28

Categories: Alphabet, Vegetables, Toddler Books, Young Reader

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to a colorful variety of vegetables, from asparagus to zucchini. Perfect to read aloud, this vegetable buffet will delight children and parents alike with its yummy vegetable facts and vibrant illustrations. Learning the ABCs has never been so delicious! 

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet is the first in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

Here we have more alphabet fun with Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet book. This is another Bookoutlet find and a great way for my kids to learn the names of vegetables since they don’t like to eat them. 😔

The fabulous, fun illustrations are back. And this time we get to learn vegetables like Fiddleheads and Jicama. Also we have some letters with no veggie names so U is for Underground, where some vegetables grow. 😅 It’s fun, colorful and a neat way for kids to learn their alphabet and names of vegetables.

I give it a 4 cones rating!

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Book Review | Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet

Title: Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet

Author: Mrs. Peanuckle

Illustrator: Jessie Ford

Format: Board Book (owned)

Pages: 28

Categories: Alphabet, Fruits, Toddlers, Young Readers

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to the colorful foods that will help them grow up to be healthy and strong. Children and parents alike will want to devour the fun facts and charming illustrations of fruits from the familiar banana to the not as familiar yumberry. 

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet is the second in a series of board books celebrating the joy nature brings to young children at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, flowers, and trees.

I got a few of these Mrs. Peanuckle board book series on sale at Bookoutlet. I was so tempted to keep all of them for my daughter but my purpose for buying a bunch of them was to give away as gifts to my cousins who have toddlers as well. But the illustrations are so lovely and colorful, I wanted to keep them all.

This is a very fun way for kids to learn their alphabet. The faces on the fruit illustrations are adorable and I learned a few fruit names like Xigua and Zinc is for Z which isn’t a fruit but is found in fruit so I let it pass. 😅 The only thing that stumped my toddler (because she does know all her uppercase alphabets was the B and D because the artistic lettering blocked out the holes she recognizes in those letters. In the book it’s just a solid shape. But that’s okay – she found all the fruit illustrations funny and cute.

My son knows his alphabet but I think this would give him a challenge reading all the other text describing the fruits, so I’m definitely going to have him read these books and learn a few more fruit names.

I give it a 4 cones rating!

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