Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cuteness Overload! Two brothers read WHAT ABOUT MOOSE?

Several months ago my sister-in-law told me how much my two-year-old nephew Jude loved WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? He requested it all the time. In fact, it was one of three books that he insisted be included in his bedtime story rotation.

Indeed, he loved it so much and had heard it so many times, that he soon had it memorized. If you said one line from the book, he would say the next.

One day, my sister-in-law sent me a video of Jude and one of his older brothers reading WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? It was one of the cutest, sweetest things I had ever seen. And I'm not just saying that because they were my nephews and they were reading my book. From a completely objective standpoint, it was precious!

So I asked my sister-in-law if she would mind if I used bits of that video in a new trailer for the book.  Happily, she agreed.

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen this already. If not, sit back and prepare yourself for cuteness overload!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE, written by Daniel Bernstrom and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, is the most brilliant, beautifully written (and illustrated!) book I have read in a long time. Once I began reading, I fell instantly in love with the fun, colorful, lyrical language. It feels like a poem or a song that happily bounces off the tongue!

Not only does this book sound and feel wonderful to read, but it is clever too. An original folk tale with a classic feel, it tells the story of a little boy, with a whirly twirly toy, who outwits a snake who has gobbled him up!

Wenzel's charming, detailed illustrations are the perfect complement to Bernstrom's delightful text. A perfectly beautiful book.

Friday, September 09, 2016


Does your child like ninjas? Does your child like active, snappy rhyme and bold, colorful illustrations? Then you and your child will have lots of fun with NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP!, written by Todd Tuell and illustrated by Tad Carpenter.

I first heard of this book at the public library when I went to read HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS for a Ninja Story Time. The children's librarian started the fun with this short and snappy book, and I loved it so much that I had to check it out and bring it home so I could enjoy it again on my own.

The little ninja in this book enjoys sneaking around the house, avoiding detection and popping out when least expected. But when his little brother out-ninjas him...well, you'll just have to read it for yourself to see how it all works out.

A great book for active little ninjas!