Tag: Children’s picture book

Blog Tour: Children’s Book Review: Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much

Today I am part of the blog tour for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much. I really enjoyed this on and I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

What happens when we outgrow our teddy bears?

Should we let them go?

Thomas loved his teddy bear, but over the years, Barty had become tatty and old.

However, Barty was no ordinary teddy bear, and he wasn’t about to give up on being loved.

Title: Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much
Author: Sue Wickstead
Illustrator: Jo Anne Davies
Published: October 27, 2020
38 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 10, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:
Barty Barton is just the cutest children’s book! We all had that most favorite toy when we were kids, but what happens to said toys when we grow up? This is the question that Barty Barton faces as his owner Thomas grows up and starts a family of his own.  Is Barty to worn out from Thomas’ love as a child for the new and upcoming generation? The answer is no if Mum/grandma has anything to do with it! 

I really enjoyed this short children’s book and thinking about some of my favorite toys growing up.  I really enjoyed the illustrations that are well done. I liked how the illustrations show a toy pillow bus, which references Wickstead’s picture book series about various buses.  Both children and adults will enjoy this picture book for different reasons and will leave a smile on your face. 

There are pictures of the **real toys** that the toys in the book are based off of. We also get to see pictures with Mum (the author herself) her son ane his young child. I always enjoy seeing how Wickstead’s stories seem to come from actual people, toys, buses, and events.

Wickstead’s picture books are recommended!

Purchase Links:
Website (UK)
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

About the Author:

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.

Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.

Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by more picture books (ten to date) which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.

Gloria is the most recent bus book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place to play and to meet other children. (published 2020)

‘Barty Barton; the bear that was loved too much’ was also published in 2020. Barty was written for both her son and grandson.

Some of Sue’s books have been entered and shortlisted in ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’, her book ‘A Spooky Tale’ was a silver medal winner in 2019. It is a story written with her class in school and is aimed at the younger reader.

Contact Sue:
Twitter  @JayJayBus
Instagram @jayjaybusbooks

Facebook: Playbus Page

**UK Only Giveaway**

Win a Lego bear and some teddy bear colouring sheets, plus a few more goodies.

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Children’s Picture Book Review: F is for Fashion, Darling

F is For Fashion, Darling
Author: James Tyler

Illustrator: Naomi Wilkinson
Published: August 4, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

F is for Fashion, Darling is a tongue-in-chic introduction to all things cute couture, an ode to the new mommy looking to give her baby a strutting start on the important things in life.
This book will take you from A to Z through the most iconic words and phrases from the world of fashion. But the words and phrases spoken on catwalks and in boutiques have new meanings for new parents: Bold prints are made by mucky hands, Power dressing involves a mask and cape, and Luxury is being able to sleep through the night…
Babies and toddlers will love playing with this classic board book and exploring the bright, popping artworks that illustrate each letter of the alphabet in not-so-serious style. Mom and dad will be just as entertained by the knowing nods to the experience of being a new parent. F is for Fashion, Darling is perfect for anyone juggling the joy of parenthood with the responsibility of being a fashion icon.
This book is your chance to become the chicest mom at preschool. That’s fashion, darling.

Jessica’s Review:

This is a fun children’s picture book aimed to help little ones learn their letters and some corresponding words with that letter.  It is also for the parents who might reminisce on life before small children.  This is also for the ‘little fashionista’ out there who is working on learning terms in the fashion world. 

This is a small hardback book with one letter per page and large colorful pictures with multiple meanings for kids and adults.  For fun for older kids, there is a “fashion glossary”  which gives the type of word presented(noun, verb, an exclamation, etc)  is and its meaning. 

Parents and children may find this a fun book to read and look at! 

I received a copy via Amazon Vine. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Citlali and the Day of the Dead: Citlali y el Día de Muertos

Citlali and the Day of the Dead: Citlali y el Día de Muertos
Author:  Berta de Llano
Illustrator: Jamie Rivera Contreras
Published: August 11, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 21, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars     

Book Description:

GRADES PK–3: This 32 page storybook follows Citlali through her Day of the Dead celebration. Readers will get a glimpse of the festivities and traditions associated with the important holiday.

CULTURAL STORYTELLING: This traditional Hispanic folktale with original illustrations, told in bold English and Spanish, captures a child’s interest while engaging them with a story that fosters reading and cultural literacy.

FEATURES: With English and Spanish translations, this storybook is a great resource for strengthening reading skills and foreign language comprehension.

Jessica’s Review:

This colorful children’s picture book talks about the real Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. This year it runs from October 31- November 2.  The story shows Citali and getting ready for Day of the Dead in school as her class is in charge of the ofrenda (offering) this year.  The Day of the Dead is where families fondly remember those who have passed away. It is a happy remembrance. 

This is Citali’s first year honoring Mama Elena and she is having the most difficult time picking an item to bring to the ofrenda to remember her. Citali wants her remembrance of Mama Elena to be a special one. 

The pictures are very colorful as is the Day of the Dead holiday. It is a very basic introduction to the holiday, though to me it does not explain much. I had to look up what the meaning of what ofrenda was, which was the purpose of the story.  I had to look up the Day of the Dead in general as I have no knowledge of the holiday.  This would be a good story for children who already have knowledge of the Day of the Dead holiday, but not an introduction to it. 

I did like that the children’s book is in both Spanish and English.  That way if a child is working on learning a second language, they do have a reference point to their original language, be it Spanish or English.  

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a review copy via Amazon Vine.

Purchase Link:
Amazon US
Amazon UK