Children’s Books | Book Reviews

I love children’s books.  Last week I read through a batch of seven that were recommended in Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and I loved all but one.  These were all promised to reveal great writer/illustrator relationships – picture books that the illustrators work not only adds color and animation to the story but actually adds to the story itself.

Here are the six I now want to add to my collection.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

This is a quirky tale of a farmer at odds with his dairy cows because of a sudden typing ability.  These cows discovered a typewriter in the barn and set to work making demands of the farmer. I was skeptical of this book at first, I figured it wasn’t my type of tale but I’m glad I read it because I giggled my way all the way to the end.

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The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby

A set of new parents finds themselves always trying to hang onto their baby.  This little baby is always on the move and, in this story, gets out of the house for a full day of adventures around town.  Without his trusty sidekicks, dog and cat, in tow this story shares what could have been a bad ending if it weren’t for them. This rhyming book is a great read; the illustrations are colorful interpretations of the adventures in ways that makes them worthy of continuous hearty chuckles.

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The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman

Very simply, this is a story of a niece who misses her uncle.  The tale starts with a letter written by the niece requesting a visit from her uncle.  He replies that he can’t make it but Oliver K. Woodman would love to make the trip in his stead.  The catch, Oliver K. Woodman is actually a life-size wooden doll figurine, so you can imagine how his hitchhiking across the county would be thoroughly entertaining.

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Bertie Was a Watchdog

Bertie is a teeny tiny little mutt.  One night a big, bad burglar enters his home and when Bertie sounds the alarm the burglar simply laughs and starts picking on the pooch.  Bertie is clever though and ultimately outwits the burglar.  This is a feel good tale of how even the seemingly inadequate can prevail if they tap into their unique gifting – the perfect kind of book for teaching kids that just because they can’t do things the way the world says they should doesn’t mean they are any worse off to do the things God has gifted them to.

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A Very Hairy Scary Story

Sarah stayed too late at her friend’s house.  The minute she stepped outside to walk home she was struck with fear of the night and imagines multitudes of terrifying creatures in her midst.  It’s a tale of learning how to obey your parents the hard way isn’t always the best idea but it sure does stick.

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The Day the Goose Got Loose

The goose is a family pet.  One day she gets out and causes trouble in every niche of town.  Ultimately it is a tale of imagination and friendship with a rockin’ rhythm and illustrious drawings.

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A Photo A Day | June 24 – 30

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MONDAY Sam goes a sniffin’

TUESDAY My little tomato plants are trying so hard to grow big and strong.

WEDNESDAY We have these BEAUTIFUL flowers blooming on our property!

THURSDAY Spotted eggs are my favorite!  Farm fresh eggs = fun eggs.

FRIDAY Loved all the rain we got this week!  Thunder storms are my favorite!!!

SATURDAY Sarah + Mike Wedding (Full photo blog post coming soon! To see more of my wedding photography CLICK HERE)

SUNDAY A sweat bee visitis yellow lilies just after the rain.

Baby Ducks

This is the third time my parents have raised baby ducks.  The first time they snatched a pile of them to test baby names on since I was on the way.  The second time I was in high school and I’m not sure how they came about but I know we had three adorable little fluff balls to love – Tipsy, Dawson, and Izzy.  This third time they have four little buggers – May West, Fup (you know, like Fup Duck), Webster (my favorite little adventurer, he’s the runt), and Linguine (because he likes pasta).

My role as sister duck for the few days I got to spend with them was professional worm hunter.  I wandered all around the yard, trowel in hand, with the four yellow, fuzzy buggers hurriedly stumbling over the grass to keep up with me.  I would stoop upon random patches of dirt and dig.  Before long they were crawling all over my shovel and finding the worms well before I had to point them out.  I think I spent 45 minutes doing this!

Besides the fun in the mud I enjoyed their frenzied swimming, the way they look up at you when you’re talking to them, and the way they cheep frantically when you move out of sight.  I certainly accidentally sole Josh on getting ducks some day just by my stories and Instagram pictures of them 🙂

What is your favorite baby animal and why?

For more baby duck love CLICK HERE (my mom’s post about them) or HERE (a little video my mom made).

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