My Little Pocketbooks: Review: Children Books from BEA13   

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Children Books from BEA13


(ARC) Audrey Bunny
Author: Angie Smith 
Illustrator: Breezy Brookshire 
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: B&H Kids 
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Hardcover: 32 pages

Source:  Free from publisher at BEA13
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She'll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.

Review
I received this ARC at BEA13 from the publishing company.  I really like the message this book is telling children.  When a bunny in a shop wonders why no one wants to take it home a little girl comes in to the shop and points it out to her mommy.  After they leave without the bunny, bunny starts to think it's the dark mark on her chest.  That's why no one wants her.  A few days later the girl comes back with her mommy and purchases bunny.  Most of the book bunny now called "Audrey Bunny" by the little girl, tries to hide the mark from her so she won't get sent back to the shop.  But the little girl tells the bunny the mark is why she picked her.  She was special.  
What a great message!  The end of the book has Bible scriptures to help reinforce the "God created you and everyone different and unique" message.  There is also a section for parents on how to use the book and help talk to their children about their uniqueness.  
Reviews by Other Bloggers

Recommendations
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages.


Papa's New Home
Author: Jessica Lynn Curtis
Illustrator: Steve Harmon
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Tristan Publishing
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Hardcover: 40 pages

Source:  Free from publisher at BEA13
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
Papa's New Home tells the story of little Jessie's visit to heaven with her grandfather as she struggles to understand his death. Their journey takes them to a place of wonder and joy where cities glitter, angels sing, pets greet, and flowers play beautiful music. Papa's New Home shares a message of hope for a child experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Review
This is a great book to help a small child with the grieving process.  Jessie's grandfather gets sick so sick grandma takes him to the hospital.  When grandpa doesn't come home, Jessica's father explains that he is in Heaven now.  I think this book is a great tool (in a tool box of other items) to help little children understand about Heaven and death.  But they might have a few issues after reading the book.  Like "If Jessica can visit grandpa in Heaven why can't I?"  I think children that are exposed to church/religion and God on a regular basis would get more out of this book than children who don't.  Good story and I love the illustrations of the Jessica's bear hiding in various places.  Cute!
Reviews by Other Bloggers

Recommendations
I would recommend this book to readers of all ages.


When Lions Roar
Author: Robie H. Haris 
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Age Range: 3 - 5 years
Paperback: 32 pages

Source:  Free from publisher at BEA13
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
 WHEN LIONS ROAR is a caring and reassuring story of a young child who faces his fear and makes his world a safe place again.
2012 Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka and bestselling author Robie H. Harris pair together to create a comforting story for young readers when their world becomes unsettled.
Thunder is booming!
A big dog is barking!
Sometimes the world seems scary--too scary. But what if you shout, "GO AWAY!" Will the sun come out? Will a flower bloom?

Review
This book is for beginning readers with one sentence per page.  I think it's a nice book but they have keep the loud sounds to animals only or nature.  The first half of the book is about all the noises things make.  When the little boy gets scared he shouts "GO AWAY!" and everything is quiet again.  But why "when Daddy is yelling and Mommy is hollering" in there.  The illustrations are not of the parents yelling at the child.  But why teach a young child to yell back at you if you are yelling?  Just saying!
The illustrations in this book are more thick brush paintings without details and background.  Simple.
Reviews by Other Bloggers
Recommendations
I recommend this book to beginning readers.

Have you read any of these children's books?  Do they look like a book you would read to or with your child?

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