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Ellery’s Magic Bicycle

Maria Monte, illustrated by Zoe Saunders

Bonny Books, 32 pages, , 9780987513076
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

A girl discovers a bicycle that becomes a lifelong friend in the picture book Ellery’s Magic Bicycle.

Ellery spots a dented old purple bicycle, but when she comes near it, it transforms into a shiny bike that looks brand new. Although it doesn’t speak, the bike has its own personality, and Ellery invites it home […]

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The Money Book: How Animals Learn to Count Money

Anita VanBrackle, Ed D

ArchwayPublishing, 58 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781665703956
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

In this children’s picture book, forest animals learn to count the various coins left by the humans on the forest floor.

Each spring, the animals barter with each other for goods and services— bears trade with geese; beavers trade with crows, etc.—but no one knows what to do with the shiny round trash scattered here […]

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The True Story of the Komodo Dragon

Sébastien Bourbeau

Ingram Spark, pages, , 9781777413316
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

In 15-year-old Sébastien Bourbeau’s first book, a komodo dragon discovers his purpose by time traveling.

In the foreword, Bourbeau’s grandmother explains that the book is a work of experimental fiction and defines the genre. Next, the author introduces himself and speaks directly to readers in a lively way, asserting: “Imagination/belongs to all of/us,/especially kids!/Use it […]

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The Leaf

Warwick Landon

BalboaPress, 48 pages, (paperback) $13.66, 9781982283452
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

That mysterious moment of death and what comes afterward has been wrapped in religious faith and cultural tradition for as long as people have lived and died. Author Warwick Landon offers a unique metaphor for accepting and embracing the journey in his short work The Leaf, where a reluctant leaf, clinging to an oak tree […]

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Brayden the Great Warrior

John Livingston

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781664166981
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

Brayden learns what it takes to become a great warrior in this touching, faith-based children’s picture book.

While playing in a fort he made on the beach one day, Brayden declares himself a “great warrior.” But then he realizes: “I don’t have a sword. I don’t have a shield. I don’t have armor,” and he […]

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The Crooked Forest: Legacy of the Holey Stone

Joni Franks, illustrated by Ayin Visitacion

Xlibris, 58 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781664179820
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

In this children’s story, a young girl searching for her mother instead finds friends—and a sense of peace with what may come.

Willow is a Shun: a group of tiny people who revere the natural world and are shunned by a human society that has become “disconnected from nature.”

One day, as Willow and her […]

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The Tocks on the Clock

Jozef K. Richards

Kintou Media, 32 pages, (hardcover) $15.99, 9781737705604
(Reviewed: December, 2021)

The Tocks on the Clock is a picture book in the vein of Dr. Seuss. It focuses on the concept of analog clocks. Zany characters, upbeat rhyming text, and pictures that wow with color and imagination create a magical mix.

The story begins with the young narrator noting that “The arms on my clock point […]

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Hugo the Winner

Diana Duncan

Partridge, 32 pages, (paperback) $25.01, 9781543760521
(Reviewed: November, 2021)

A boy who can’t control his urge to win learns to calm himself with the help of a dog in Diana Duncan’s picture book Hugo the Winner.

In rhyming verse the story centers on Hugo, a boy who excels at sports and school but gets extremely upset when things don’t go his way. Hoping to […]

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Fun Poems for Your Child: Feeding Your Child’s Imagination

Jenny Carey, illustrated by Frances Espanol

Xlibris, 26 pages, (paperback) $18.73, 9781664114869
(Reviewed: November, 2021)

Jenny Carey’s picture book Fun Poems for Your Child offers one-page poems on several child-friendly subjects accompanied by color illustrations.

The 11 poems, told from a first-person perspective, cover ground dear to the hearts of children: imaginative forays featuring pirates, fairies and dragons, as well as everyday activities such as going to the park, feeding […]

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Nighttime Fantasy

Suzanne M. Shields

AuthorHouse, 26 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781728372846
(Reviewed: November, 2021)

This slender, rhyming, picture book offers a bedtime story that addresses children’s perennial fear of the dark and of monsters in their bedrooms at night.

Nighttime Fantasy has a familiar plot. A young boy’s imagination goes wild as soon as his mother turns off the light and leaves the room. He pictures monsters large and […]

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