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The Christmas Button Story #PictureBookReview 21

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Father Christmas has an important job for Ellie the Elf.

A very special collection of buttons is needed

to make one little girl’s Christmas wish come true.

From the stable of the creators of the much loved The Button Collection, comes a brand new beautiful and cute picture book, perfectly suited for this time of the year – The Christmas Button Story.

Story –

It is Christmas Eve. Paloma is sad because the star is missing from her Christmas tree top. She is worried Father Christmas will not come to her house if there is no star.

Father Christmas is watching over her and he asks Ellie, the Elf to Read more…

Jacob’s Toys – The Big Backyard Adventure #PictureBookReview 20

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First to flee were Ted and Dupree,

then Tess Turtle, Poncho and Mousy Dundee.

Not far behind was the smallest of all,

the teeny tiny reindeer that Jacob called Paul.

Jacob’s Toys – The BIG Backyard Adventure arrived in the mail last week all the way from Australia. As soon as the packaging was opened, we had an adorable picture book in our hands which was claimed by Dhruv right away even before I could have a good look at it. It was surprising for me to see him intently occupied with this book and I got to know why a little later.

Story – 

Jacob considers himself big enough to play with his soft toys. His Mum suggests finding them a new home but only after giving them a good wash. After the washing, Mum hangs the soft toys outside in the sun on the clothesline to dry where they happily dream of a new home. It’s here that the backyard adventure of the toys begins with the weather soon turning stormy, They get blown away, get lurked upon by a nasty Read more…

My Name is Not Alexander #PictureBookReview 18

Story – 

My Name is not Alexander is a book about a boy named Alexander and his interactions with his father during one whole day. The concept of this book is ‘Just how big can a little kid dream’. Each time Alexander’s father asks him to do a task; Alexander goes back in time into the American history and comes up with a name of a great person who shaped up America.

When he wakes up in the morning, his father greets him by his name only to be told by the little boy, that “My Name Is Not Alexander…I am Theodore, the greatest, grandest President who ever was!” His father responds by saying, “Well, Theodore park yourself here and save your energy for today’s game.”

Next, when his father calls him, “Theodore, finish eating and get ready to go.” The boy says, “My name is not Theodore! I am Thomas the greatest, brightest inventor who ever was!”

“Well, Thomas, let me see that brilliant smile light up the room,” the father tells him.

Thereafter he tells his father, at various points of time in the day, he is Joseph (Chief Joseph), Fred (Fred Astaire), Jackie (Robinson) and at the end of the day when he is about to go to bed, he wants to be called Daddy too.

My review –

The first big thing about this book is the mother figure is missing and the father is taking care of the child for the day. This is highly imperative for the boys in the Indian households to learn that looking after the day-to-day needs of a kid is not the mother’s responsibility alone and there are families in this world where fathers play an equal and important role. No wonder, such books are my favourite.

There are many positive adjectives in the book like greatest, grandest, brightest inventor, proudest warrior, smoothest dancer, bravest ballplayer, and coolest daddy. These are helpful in creating a positive self-image in the child and stretching the child’s imagination. I wish to see a book like this replete with Indian historical heroes.

The illustrations are attractive on a fine quality paper and do a fine job of binding the attention of both the kids and the adults.

There is a similar book ‘My Name is not Isabella’ where a little girl Isabella imagines herself to be the greatest women from American history.

My Verdict –

This book is appropriate for the age group 3 – 5. It is perfect for kids who are constantly imagining what they want to become when they grow up.

I strongly recommend ‘My name is not Alexander’ (and ‘My name is not Isabella’) to be a part of the bookshelf of every little boy and girl.

Author:  Jennifer Fosberry

Illustration:  Mike Litwin

The Colour Thief #PictureBookReview 17

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The Story –

The Colour Thief is a story of Zot who lived on a planet which had no colours. Everything was grey and black. The grass, the sky, the sun, and the flowers, none of them had any colours. This made Zot and his friends sad.

Zot would sit on a mountain and watch a sparkling colourful planet far away in the space. He imagined that place to be a happy place. He decided to go there and find happiness for himself. He, thus, set off in his spaceship.

When he reached the Read more…

Eleanor’s Eyebrows #PictureBookReview 16

Author: Timothy Knapman

Illustrator: David Tazzyman

Age group – 3 – 6 years

The Story –

Eleanor’s eyebrows is a story of a girl, Eleanor, who has no respect for her eyebrows. Her eyebrows, hence angered, decide to leave her face for some place where they would feel valued and loved. The eyebrows Read more…

The Button Collection #PictureBookReview 15

A series of six timeless stories for children crafted with care.

Have you ever wondered about the buttons, we sport on our dresses and clothes everyday, that they could have a story to tell? Can we imagine they might have been a part of history and seen ages pass through, the good and the bad times? To be frank, I have thought in the same manner about old trees, forts, and ruins but never could quite stretch my imagination to see buttons being capable of telling their extraordinary stories.

This is why when I came across The Button Collection series of 6 stories, I immediately felt captivated by the context of the stories.

The Button Collection is a series of magical, traditional stories featuring a selection of different buttons. But, these are no ordinary buttons; from Bertie the Soldier to Bethany the Explorer Button; each has an enchanting story to tell.

My review –

The 6 interesting stories in The Button Collection are – Read more…

Don’t ever look behind door 32 #PictureBookReview 13

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The magical Hotel of Hoo is a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As our guests explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.

Don’t ever look behind door 32 is a picture book about a hotel Hoo, its host Mr. Nicholas Noo and 2 small kids, a boy, and a girl. The kids are the first guests in the hotel. Mr. Nicholas Noo takes them around to explore the place right from door 1 to door 31 but with a special warning, repeated every single time, not to look behind door 32.

On the tour, the kids discover unusual, spooky but useful occupants in almost each of the rooms. For instance, the itchy knights who fix the lights, the dancing zombies who mend shirts and pants, the elves who assist in the library, the purple goblins who are vets, the ghosts who are chefs and many more. Some are scary while some other are not. Read more…

My Teacher is a monster #PictureBookReview 11

Monster are not always what they seem.

Story –

My Teacher is not a Monster is a story of a school going boy, Bobby who throws paper airplanes in the classroom and is sure his teacher, Miss Kirby is a monster. Miss Kirby surely shows monstrous characteristics with all the stomping and roaring at the children. One Saturday morning, Bobby goes to a park to spend his free time and to get over the monster problems.

To his bad luck, he spots Miss Kirby sitting on a bench. He gets frightened but sensing no way to Read more…

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar #PictureBookReview 10

Some rabbits dreamed

 of lettuces and carrots.

Others dreamed of flowering

meadows and juicy dandelions.

But Ralfy was a little bit different…

Ralfy dreamed about books.

Read more…

Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile #PictureBookReview 9

When Dorothy was a young girl,

she loved books,

and she loved people,

so she decided that

she would become a librarian.

Story – 

As a young girl, Miss Dorothy’s dearest wish was to be a librarian in a fine brick library just like the one she used to visit when she was small. But, after marriage, her new home, in North Carolina, had valleys and streams but no libraries, so Miss Dorothy and her neighbours decided to start a bookmobile. Instead of people coming to a fine brick library, Miss Dorothy could bring the books to them – at school, Read more…

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