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Mother Bruce

Mother Goose Bruce, by author illustrator Ryan T. Higgins. Disney Hyperion publisher.

Oh. My. Gosh. This book is adorable! Bruce is a rather grumpy but very unique bear. He doesn’t like much of anything except eggs and fancy recipes he gets off the internet.  One particular recipe that catches his interest is hard boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce! (I told you Bruce isn’t your normal out-in-the-woods type bear.)

Bruce sets off to track down the ingredients to concoct this amazing, mouth watering recipe. And track them down he does! The unfortunate thing about recipes and cooking, however, is that sometimes they don’t turn out quite like the picture shows, and that is exactly what happens when Bruce tries his paw at making this particular recipe.

Mother Bruce is as funny as it is sweet. Children will love the very animated facial expressions of Bruce and his little goslings. Parents will get a kick out of the nod to all things organic and free-range. The story line is super imaginative and ends with Bruce feeling maybe not quite as grumpy as before???

Mother Bruce is already being recognized for the funny, beautifully illustrated book that it is. It was recently been named one of the Chickadee Award Books for 2016/2017! Ryan has written other picture books, including Wilfred, which was his first picture book. Wilfred was named a 2014 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book.

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The Adventures of BEEKLE the Unimaginary Friend

Beekle is the story of an unimaginary friend who doesn’t have a child. He waits and waits, but still, no one imagines him. Tired of waiting, Beekle sets off on a journey to find where he truly belongs. Using strength and courage, he makes his way to the real world. Now the question becomes. . .how to find his child?

Looking here and looking there, Beekle finally arrives at a park surrounded by children running and jumping. He is very hopeful he will find a friend, his friend, soon.

The day wanes, and still no friend. But suddenly, as luck would have it, a piece of paper is blown into the tree where Beekle is waiting, and soon, he meets his friend!

The story of Beekle is timeless. The book speaks to our desire for companionship and community. It shows littles that although things don’t always go the way we imagine, they do go, and sometimes they even turn out better than we had imagined.

Dan Santat is the author/illustrator, and this is his third book for children. His artwork is darling. I especially love Alice’s facial expressions, Beekle’s crown (which is taped together like all crowns) and his little shape! Cute, cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Wish You More

This is a sweet book full of encouragement and inspiration. I love the message conveyed by both the text and the delightful pictures.

“I wish you more tippy-toes than deep,” one page reads, while a little fellow stands (on his tippy-toes) in chin deep water. What child hasn’t, at some time, had the experience of drifting a bit too far out, only to realize they need to bounce quickly back to the shallow end?

Or, “I wish you more umbrella than rain.” The accompanying illustration shows mostly bright blue rain coming down upon a little person holding a red umbrella. All of the space under the umbrella is white to show there is no rain falling on the child. Darling!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (whoisamy.com) is the author and Tom Lichtenheld (tomlichtenheld.com) is the illustrator. Together they have created many award winning, best selling children’s books, but I haven’t had the pleasure of getting my hands on any of those just yet. Please check out each of their websites! So, so sweet and F-U-N!

I mentioned on Instagram last night that I Wish You More would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift. It’s going to be my go-to Valentine’s gift this year! Simple and heartfelt, with a radiating sense of hope and love. What more could someone wish for on Valentine’s Day, or any day? Except maybe chocolate. . .

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Good Night, Gorilla

ALA Notable Children’s Book (1994), Good Night, Gorilla is such a fun read! Almost wordless, the story revolves around sneaky Gorilla, who manages to get all of his zoo friends home with him for the night. Mrs. Zookeeper isn’t a bit impressed, and she takes it upon herself to personally escort all the animals back to their cages. Do they stay locked up for the night? And what about Mr. Zookeeper?

A super sweet book, Good Night, Gorilla is one of those laugh out loud board books enjoyed by children and adults alike. The illustrations truly tell the unspoken story as Gorilla invites the reader into his secret. Peggy Rathmann is both author and illustrator of this and several other children’s books. She can be found peggyrathmann.com.

This is one of the special books our family shared many times over when the children were younger, and now we are giving the fun adventure to a new little one, my nephew’s baby, who was born today. Enjoy!

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