Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom
Author: Heather Tekavec
Illustrator: Susan Batori
To Be Published:
USA: March 3, 2020
UK: March 5, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4.5 stars
Date Read: March 1, 2020
Think animals are all well-behaved? Think again. These thirteen play dirty. But they’re about to get caught!
A fish who deceives her prey with a light dangling in front of her mouth? A bird who leaves her eggs in another bird’s nest to be raised? A monkey who shouts ‘Danger’ to scare away the others from the fruit? Meet some of the animal kingdom’s most wanted criminals! Slippery Slick, Queenie the Meanie, Lil’ Cupid — they’re all here in this hilarious book of animal case files that include rap sheets, mug shots, reports of criminal activity and more. All thirteen animals stand accused of playing dirty, but now that Detective X is hot on their trail, their criminal days may soon be behind them!
Author Heather Tekavec offers an original approach to investigating animal behavior, with a fun storyline built on hardcore facts. Paired with Susan Batori’s cheeky illustrations, this is a laugh-out-loud read that explores fascinating animal science. Each animal ‘criminal’ gets a spread that’s filled with facts about the animal’s characteristics, including distinguishing features, diet, life span, habitat and more, as well as a description of the animal’s ‘bad’ behavior and the reason behind it. This book offers direct STEAM links to life science curriculum, particularly lessons on the characteristics of living things. The underlying premise of the book also offers the opportunity for discussions on what it means to play fair in the world.
This is a highly entertaining picture book that the kids will love (and mom and dad too!) If your child loves animals they will love this book and even learn something about the different animals featured.
The illustrations really enhance the facts and fun to the book, going with the theme of these ‘bad animals’ including the last one who is the ‘Most Wanted’ and also has the worst crime….
The only critique I can give is that I would have loved a photo of the actual animal to go along with the illustrations so children can see what these creatures actually look like.
This one was a pleasure to read and review and many thanks to the publisher Kids Can Press for granting me an e-arc.
A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee’s Flutter: Inspired by Psalm 46
Author and Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Published: July 8, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 25, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Teaching children to know God and to hear His voice can be challenging. In A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee’s Flutter, you and your young readers alike will journey through the story of an African American boy who learns to hear God’s voice in the busyness of everyday life. Your little ones will be encouraged to know God and hear His voice while learning to trust Him through the story inspired by Psalm 46.
This children’s picture book is the true story of the author’s brother that is also based off verses of Psalm 46. It shows children that God is our place of safety and gives us strength in times of trouble.
I liked how the bee was a constant in the illustrations throughout the story. The bee shows us how God is always with us. The colorful watercolor illustrations perfectly helped to capture the moods of the story. The illustrations bought to life the feel of darkness and fear when called for and then the light of hope at the end of the story. I liked how the illustrations showed us African American characters. I feel we need more stories that show diversity in characters, especially when the books are for younger children.
This story calls for us to remember to take some time out and remember to “Be still, and know that I am God.” It also encourages Bible reading by mentioning the exact verses that this story is based off of and other verses to knowing more on God.
As this is a story of the author’s younger brother, there is one page that tells us briefly of his life. He was the middle of five children.
This children’s picture book is recommended. Special thanks to the publisher for granting me an e-arc copy to read and review via NetGalley.[Top]
I Campaigned for Ice Cream: A Boy’s Quest for Ice Cream Trucks
Author: Suzanne Jacobs Lipshaw
Illustrator: Wendy Leach
Published: April 24, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 10, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
I scream! You scream!
Josh…campaigns…for ice cream!
I Campaigned for Ice Cream is an upbeat, educational, and heartwarming true story of Joshua Lipshaw, who as a nine-year-old petitioned his local government to change an outdated law that prevented ice cream trucks from driving through his town. Complete with adorable illustrations by Wendy Leach, this sweet book is a tasty treat for young readers as well as a lesson that they too can make a difference in their communities. Relive Josh’s passionate journey as he works to bring the joy of ice cream trucks to his town.
This is a brilliant yet short children’s picture book that has an even bigger message: One person can make a difference- even kids! Ice Cream also shows how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.
Josh Lipshaw is just nine years old and he sees the need for ice cream trucks in his town during the summer. After all, other towns have ice cream trucks! He goes campaigning for ice cream trucks and even speaks at the town hall giving his reasons. And guess what: He succeeds!
This story is based off the true incident of Josh Lipshaw and this picture book was written by his mother. This occurred from July 2001- April 2002. Ice Cream shows children how drive and determination help to accomplish something, no matter how big or small. This feel good story had me laughing at the end. This children’s picture book with definitely help kids feel good about themselves and show how important that they are.
There is also a glossary of terms at the end of the story book for the ‘bigger words’ that young children may not understand. The pictures are wonderful and definitely add to the story. This would be a good book for those in the ages of 6 and up.
Special thanks to Warren Publishing me for granting me a copy to read via Netgalley. It was a pleasure to read and review![Top]