Review: Egg Drop

1516137Title:  Egg Drop
Author/Illustrator: Mini Grey
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0375867842
For ages:  3-6
Type: Picture Book

Egg had big dreams of flying, but doesn’t know how to achieve it. The only way to do it, is by jumping from a very high place and trying to soar through the sky. This doesn’t work well for egg and he smashes into a million pieces.

Cooky and a little bit crazy, this story appeals to the wonders of a child. Children dream big and this story tugs on the strings of reality. The story is wonderful, but the pictures are too busy and aggressive. Although this story is recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 6, I would aim for the higher age group.

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Review: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

109902Title: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
Author/Illustrator: Mini Grey
Publisher: Red Fox
Publication Date: July 2, 2009
Format: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1862307179
For ages: 3 -6
Type: Picture Book

I didn’t know where we were going and I didn’t care. I knew the Dish would take us there.

What ever happened when Dish ran away with Spoon? Sailing on the ship of adventure, Dish and Spoon find themselves in midst of the Great Depression era. They glide away together along the sea, became rich and famous, but spent it all on gambling and expensive items. Without money, they’re forced to borrow money from “a gang of sharp and shady characters.” To repay their loans, they rob a bank and wind up in jail.

Inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, Dish and Spoon are outlaws. An adventurous outlook on the nursery rhyme, this story resides in the hearts of adults rather than children. The pictures are beautifully drawn, but are quite busy for children. I pulled this book for my adventure themed storytime, but decided it depicted too many mature themes (famous, gambling, gangs, crime, and prison).

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Review: Let’s Go for a Drive!

13624190Title: Let’s Go for a Drive!
Author/Illustrator:  Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Publication Date: 2012
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1423164821
For ages:  4-8 years
Type: Easy Reader

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. They want to go for a drive and they have a plan. They need a map. They need a sunny day. They need sunglasses for the sunny day. Follow the story to see what happens when Gerald and Piggie go for a drive.

Recommended by the TD Summer Reading Program, this book is perfect for this year’s theme of “GO.” Our weekly storytime has turned into an adventure theme for the summer. Repetition makes this book a hilarious read. From the ““Map! Map! Mappy-map-map!” boogie to the “Umbrellas! Umbrellas! Umbrelly-umbrellas!” shake – this book is a guaranteed love for any child.

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Review: Duck on a Bike

920780Title: Duck on a Bike
Author/Illustrator:  David Shannon
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Publication Date: 2002
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN: 9780439050234
For ages: 3-6
Type: Picture Book

Duck has a crazy idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” says Duck. He peddled slowly. He wobbled and wiggled.  Cow thinks Duck is silly. Sheep is worried that Duck is going to hurt himself. And Goat wants to eat the bike! Find out what Duck does next on the bike!

Perfect for an animal themed storytime, “Duck on a Bike” is infused with adventure and silliness.  I like reading this story because it shows a variety of animals on the farm – which you could always supplement with farm noises. Very interactive read for those wiggly ones in storytime.

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Review: The Deductive Detective

16231116Title: The Deductive Detective
Author/Illustrator:  Brian Rock and Sherry Rogers
Publisher: Two Lions; $16.99
Publication Date: 2013
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1607186250
For ages: 3-6
Type: Picture Book

Someone stole the cake from the cake contest and Detective Duck is on the case. With twelve suspects to weed out, will this sly sleuth find out whodunit? Could it be Mouse? But he only likes cheesecake. Could it be crow? But he was cock-a-doodle-doing at sunrise.

Detective Duck was called to “quack” the case, and that he does. This is an interactive picture book that will have the kids using their heads and their problem solving skills to catch the cake stealer.  It is recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 6; however, I would suggest this to be for older kids 6 and older. At this stage, the kids can use their deductive reasoning skills, numbers patterns, and subtraction. I will most likely use this book for an introduction to my Forensics for Kids program that I’m running in the fall.

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