Kids books are among some of my favorite books. There are so many creative authors out there who have learned how to engage the young mind for more than five minutes - a challenge, for sure! In my review of these books, I include books that are written for pre-schoolers up to tween ages (3 years old to 8 years old). There will be picture books but also books that have a story that a 3 year old could follow. And I also include chapter books that aren't too complex for an 8 year old to understand. If there are any books in this age range that you would like a review for, just send me an email and I will be happy to provide my review.
I Saw Esau, edited by Iona & Peter Opie, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak was a great find. Every year we attend a fair that has tents set up that are full of great deals on books, linens, clothes, white elephant items, jewelry, frames, furniture, and a variety of other items. Of course, I always visit the book tent and always find several books to purchase (it is a fundraiser, after all, so I feel good about helping and I get my book fix satisfied).
Ragweed by Avi, illustrations by Brian Floca, is my 4th Avi book and, as with the first one I read, I love this book and I've become a big Avi fan.
In the first Avi book I read, Poppy's Return, Ragweed was mentioned several times. Not just because Poppy named one of her sons Ragweed but because he was named after his uncle Ragweed, a mouse who was independent and left his home in Dimwood Forest to find his way in the world.
Poppy's Return by Avi, illustrations by Brian Floca, is a wonderful book. I absolutely adored this book. And when I finished it, my husband, Jim, read it and loved it just as much as I did. Of course, now I want to read all of his other books, too! Apparently, there are many books about Poppy, her beloved Rye, and many of the other characters in the "Tales from Dimwood Forest" series of books. I guess I have my summer reading list now!
The End of the Beginning by Avi, illustrations by Tricia Tusa, is a tiny book, small only in its size, with a big-as-life story that teaches many lessons given by the main characters, a snail named Avon and an ant called Edward. Avi is my new favorite children’s book author, and he has more than 70 books to his name! These stories will entertain me for many months to come.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes was very sweet, a feel good book for 7 or 8 year olds. I like the way the author set up the year in quarters by talking about a specific person in his life; his teacher, his dad, his sister, and his mom.