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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Picture Book Mini Reviews: Boom! Boom! Boom! AND Some Monsters are Different

I have reviews* of two adorable picture books to share today...

Boom! Boom! Boom!
By Jamie Swenson
Illustrated by David Walker
5/28/13
Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Indie Bound
FLASH! CRASH! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!One rainy night, in the midst of a storm,A brave little boy is cozy and warm.He’s all snuggled up, safe in his room—When “ARROOO” howls dog, “is there room?”Of course there’s room—and all is well—Until . . . FLASH! CRASH! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!What happens when too many friends start to squish in?That’s when the fun is sure to begin!
Even the youngest of readers are invited to count along as each of the family pets seeks refuge from the thunder and lightning in this lively and adorable picture book about bedtime, fears, and friendship



Jamie Swenson's Boom! Boom! Boom! is a fantastic and fun little story told in rhyming lines. On a stormy night, one scared little boy and his animal friends squish together in bed and bravely ride out the storm together.

Swenson writes with an addicting and charming lyrical voice and the cute rhyming verses are the perfect combination of silly and sweet. Young readers will get a kick out of the various animals who make their way into the little boy's bed and the story will leave them giggling.

David Walker's adorable pictures fill the pages with soft, eye-catching colors. Walker has captured the various characters brilliantly and each character is depicted with such personality.

Little readers will love everything about this fun book and will want to hear and again and again (I did!). Boom! Boom! Boom! is the perfect read aloud book.


Jamie Swenson
Jamie A. Swenson received an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She works as an associate librarian and early literacy storyteller. Jamie lives in Wisconsin with her family.

David Walker
David Walker has illustrated many books for children, including Victoria Adler’s Baby, Come Awayand Ann Whitford Paul’s Little Monkey Says Good Night and If Animals Kissed Good Night. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Some Monsters Are Different
by David Milgrim
7/16/13
Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Indie Bound
This laugh-out-loud book describes the many differences found between monsters. Some monsters will eat anything; some are picky. Some monsters talk and talk and talk; some are quiet. But ultimately, as this hilarious book makes clear, all monsters are absolutely, positively, completely perfectly wonderful . . . just the way they are!
 
David Milgrim’s spare text and colorful, contemporary illustrations are perfect for beginning readers. And for anyone who’s ever felt like the odd one out, this is a funny, playful, and comforting story



David Milgrim's Some Monsters Are Different is a laugh-out-loud celebration of differences and uniqueness, with some of the coolest monster illustrations ever!

With simple, sparse text, Milgrim explores and celebrates the differences among monsters (and people!) in an absolutely charming and adorable way! This story will have readers (young and old) giggling and flipping through the pages again and again. Milgrim creates a heartwarming and important message, about acceptance and appreciating differences, that even the youngest reader will understand.

As much as I love Milgrim's words, I adore his bright, cheery illustrations. The different monsters (there's a lot) are just SO cute and squee-worthy! These eye-catching and fun pictures will delight readers every time they open this book...I know I want to spend all day staring at them!

David Milgrim
David Milgrim has written and illustrated over twenty picture books, including Goodnight iPadEddie Gets Ready for SchoolMy Dog, Buddy; and Cows Can’t Fly, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award winner. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his family.


 *Please note, I do not rate picture books. I merely review them

1 comment:

James Inderson said...

Nice post. I really enjoy reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Funny Pet LOL