Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hockey-Loving Princesses and Lumberjanes

Last Autumn I began a new job as a nanny to two wonderful children. With this job comes a lot of reading children's books, so I'd like to review a couple of them:

I Am A Story by Dan Yaccarino

On Mondays, my weekday off, I tend to run through the library and grab random books on my way through based strictly off of the cover art. This was one of those books, and I'm so glad I grabbed it. This beautiful book is a history of storytelling, broken down for children. It covers everything from cave paintings to kindles, and even sparked a conversation about book burning and censorship with one of the children I read it with.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce is a grouchy loner of a bear, who ends up adopting a flock of baby geese when they hatch before he can turn them into breakfast. This book is for children, but has enough entertaining adult jokes to keep the rest of us interestedHotel Bruce is just as fun.)
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The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

This prince doesn't want a whiny princess who complains all the time about things like peas under mattresses and dinner that's too cold. He wants a tough princess, who can handle an entire package of frozen peas under her mattress, and also it's best if she likes camping and hockey.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen

The children I nanny aren't old enough for this yet, but I have a couple of nieces who will likely end up with copies of this graphic novel in the near future. Lumberjanes is about summer camp, it’s about being a girl and it’s about being a little weird.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I think I’ve shared the short film of this book before, but if not click here. This book is a love letter to books. I read this one by myself, not just with children.

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