Young readers will identify with Amber’s desires in this tale and have fun imagining what she might create next.

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THE MUSHROOM'S OTHER HAT

A mushroom realizes that she doesn’t need to be fancy to stand out in this folk tale from author/illustrator Taiani (MishMish: Spy Cat, 2016, etc.).

Amber, a mushroom, wakes for the first time. After praising several other fungi for their colorful accents and interesting shapes, she’s hurt when a delicate white mushroom calls her ordinary-looking. She asks Beryl, another mushroom, what she looks like; Beryl explains that she and the rest of the colony look the same. Although Beryl tries to assure her that it’s special to be a fairy-ring mushroom, Amber sets off to make “the prettiest hat in the forest.” When she returns to the colony, she sees that the light of the full moon glows on the tops of their hats, and she offers her newly-made hat to a winged fairy. She then realizes that wearing the hat didn’t make her special—making it did. The book’s message, about finding an inner gift, comes through strongly. However, Amber’s realization that the fairy-ring mushrooms are beautiful as well muddles the theme. Taiani’s painterly illustrations have a whimsical tone, perfect for the fairy-story setting. The fairies themselves are diverse in their appearance, which reinforces the sameness of the mushroom colony.

Young readers will identify with Amber’s desires in this tale and have fun imagining what she might create next.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-975920-83-8

Page Count: 36

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Dec. 19, 2017

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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