The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

PODCAST: Henry in Love February 5, 2010

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Henry in Love

by Peter McCarty

(Balzer & Bray, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

Peter McCarty has long been one of my favorite picture book illustrators. From Hondo & Fabian to Jeremy Draws a Monster, Peter’s books have earned a spot on many a child’s bookshelf. In his newest offering, Henry in Love, we meet Henry, a little cat who is smitten with one of his classmates.

Peter will be signing copies of his book on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. Click here for more info.

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PODCAST: A Very Big Bunny

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A Very Big Bunny

by Marisabina Russo

(Schwartz & Wade, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 3-6

It’s hard to be little. Or big for that matter. Kids can be mean to one another, and hurt each others’ feelings. If a child is feeling picked on for being different, a book can really come in handy to make them feel better about themselves.

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PODCAST: The Purple Kangaroo

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The Purple Kangaroo

by Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown

(Simon & Schuster, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

There are a handful of picture books that kids demand their parents read again and again each night, books whose rhythmic words and bright pictures serve more to excite than to relax before bed. Nevertheless, these are the books that kids love. Such a book is Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown’s The Purple Kangaroo.

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PODCAST: Dinosaurs Love Underpants January 5, 2010

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Dinosaurs Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

(Aladdin, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-6

Did you know that the extinction of the dinosaurs came about after a long battle over underwear? It was a surprise to me, too, when I found out, but that’s exactly how it goes down in Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s new picture book Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Published by Aladdin, this colorful, rhyming picture book presents a hilarious take on dinosaur extinction, and it’s perfect for all those rambunctious toddlers.

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PODCAST: Red Ted and the Lost Things

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Red Ted and the Lost Things

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart

(Candlewick, paperback)

Recommended for ages 3-6

Has your child ever lost a favorite stuffed animal? This can be a pretty traumatic experience, but the next time this happens, just come to the bookstore and pick up a copy of Michael Rosen’s picture book Red Ted and the Lost Things. Illustrated by Joel Stewart and published by Candlewick, this is the story of Red Ted, a small bear-like stuffed toy, who gets separated from his girl, Stevie, and winds up in a vast lost and found in a train station. There he befriends another stuffed toy, Crocodile, and they scheme to find a way back to Stevie. They sneak out of the lost and found; out of the train station and into the outside world and meet up with a cat who helps them find their way home. This lovely story can be a comfort to worried kids.

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PODCAST: Weezer Changes the World

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Weezer Changes the World

by David McPhail

(Beach Lane Books, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 2-5

Meet Weezer the dog, star of David McPhail’s new picture book Weezer Changes the World, published by Beach Lane Books. Weezer is just a regular dog, until something happens and suddenly he becomes more than just a dog – a peace ambassador to the world, or something like it.

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PODCAST: The Lion & the Mouse December 8, 2009

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The Lion & the Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover)

Recommended for ages 3-6

This exceptional book is The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless re-telling of the classic fable. Illustrator Jerry Pinkney does an exceptional job telling the story visually. Set in the African Serengeti, Pinkney’s illustrations show us a lion that mercifully frees it’s prey, the mouse. Later, when the lion is caught in poacher’s trap, the mouse remembers her debt and chews the ropes to set the lion free.

This book is making lots of best-of lists and was selected as one of the New York Times’ 10 best illustrated books of the year.

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