Today has some wonderful, much-anticipated books seeing their book birthdays! I wanted to share my reviews on some of them.
A Little Bit of Oomph! by Barney Saltzberg
Beautiful Oops! is a favorite book amongst my friends and I because it celebrates mistakes and is inspiring and creative. So I was excited about this. It has the all the wonderful interactive elements (pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and even a book within a book) as the previous title and another great message of doing what you love with “a little bit of oomph!” Another winner by Barney Saltzberg!
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
This has probably been one of the most talked about book this year, already making the longlist for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. I loved the world she created- very rich. I wanted more but not necessarily of the things she focused on. Like with Breadcrumbs, The Real Boy felt it was leading into something big but just didn’t. I’d love it if she were able to weave these two books together because there’s no denying she’s a great writer and storyteller.
I don’t really seek out non-fiction books but the illustrations caught my eye. And the ones I end up reading tend to be surprisingly good reads. This is a great way to learn about math and animals. Each two-page spread shares a fun fact about an animal’s habit or behavior over the course of its lifetime. Kids will enjoy counting the many different things in the pictures- dolphin teeth, seahorses, etc. More information about the animals and even how the calculations were made (with a couple of math problems thrown in) can be found at the end of the book.
Frank Viva is definitely an illustrator I will be keeping an eye out on. His style is definitely unique. Sometimes his story is lacking while the presentation is always beautiful- like with A Long Way Away– but this one is a return to form. Maybe I just really like books that inspire (as this does) but this is another good book that teaches readers that there’s no one way to do things. Let your passion dictate the way things should be done. Short biographies of other architects can be found at the end of the book.
Head on over to your favorite local independent bookstore and grab your copies! Or, request them at your local library!