A book that nicely conveys a child’s joy during a perfect day at the beach.

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MY FAVORITE PLACE

From the My Favorite series

A little girl enjoys an ocean outing with her family in author Maldeniya and illustrator Russell’s (Riana’s Adventures: Aquarium Surprise, 2018, etc.) picture book.

An unnamed young girl with dark skin and long, black hair says that the beach is her favorite place—for many good reasons. In rhyming couplets, she recounts spending time playing in the waves and sand, collecting shells, building sand castles, flying kites, exploring, making new friends, turning cartwheels, and, at night, stargazing. She also rock-climbs with her younger brothers, and their parents sometimes join in the fun to sunbathe or cook barbecue. “The best,” she says, “is when all my family and friends”—a diverse bunch—“get together / And have a huge picnic in the warm balmy weather.” The only sad part is leaving, she says, but she does so with a smile on her face and great memories. There’s no real storyline in this children’s book, but Maldeniya portrays a beach outing as wonderful fun, which could make it a good way to prepare kids for their first visit to the ocean, or a nice seaside-vacation memento. Russell’s illustrations clearly show characters’ emotions and vary from page to page; sandy tones, multicolored shells, and brightly colored swimsuits abound.

A book that nicely conveys a child’s joy during a perfect day at the beach.

Pub Date: June 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-948778-13-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Purple Pixie Books Inc.

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2018

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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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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