Monday, February 1, 2016

snakes, friends, teeth & dachshunds

Because I read so many books and do not have the time to write lengthy reviews for all of them I have started writing flash reviews for all my favorites. Starting now I am going to give you a monthly list of my favorite children's and grown-up books for each month.  Because I read so many great books this past month this will be a two-part installment.

The best children's books I read in January:

I Don't Like Snakes by Nicola Davies:

- silly AND educational - quirky illustrations - snake cuddling

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

- doodle-like illustrations packed with engaging details - the lesson is cleverly sneaky - blobby dark friend is just a chunk of the night sky and can be anyone's friend

Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth by Jane O'Connor

- Nancy learns something about honesty - the ups and downs of yearning/refraining/waiting - more Fancy Nancy fashion inspiration ooh la la

Pretzel by Margaret Rey

- adorable hero wiener dog story - illustrations are simple and sweet - Pretzel's crush, Greta, is obnoxious and uninterested, but you can't help who you love and maybe, just maybe, he wins her over


  1. Great idea! We read childrens' stories to each other before going to sleep and are always interested in suggestions.

  2. Margaret Rey was one of my favorite authors. Curious George was/is timeless.

  3. A selection of our favorites...

    Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor by Mervyn Peake; Fenwick's Suit by David Small; Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth; All and everything by Chris Van Allsburg; Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis

  4. MFH - thank you for the suggestions!! It's been a long time since I've read any Van Allsburg so I need to reread his books for sure. All the other ones I've never heard of so I'm super thrilled to snoop around the library and find them all.

    Mom - I have no idea why I haven't read Pretzel until now. Somebody recommended it to me after they found out I was a wiener dog fan, and I loved it as much as the Curious George books.