Abrams Books for Young Readers is constantly delighting me with its releases!  I’m pretty sure I’m even more delighted than my 2-year-old when I read them… and that’s saying something since Emma is always dragging them over to me to be read to her.  Here are some of their recently published books for children and my thoughts on them:

Dotty
Written by Erica S. Pearl, Illustrated by Julia Denos

Dotty is such a sweet, imaginative book.  It’s about a little girl named Ida and her imaginary pet, Dotty.  Dotty is a very large spotted… um, creature… with horns.  And everywhere Ida goes, Dotty goes.  This seems to be a game that all of the children in her class play – they all have imaginary pets!  But as time goes by, other children start to tease Ida for still having Dotty.  Will she give up Dotty (who I’m almost convinced is real) under pressure?

This is the cutest book ever!  I love that it encourages imagination and the ending was such a nice surprise.  I recommend it heartily!

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5)

Library Mouse
Written by Daniel Kirk

Let your child see a library through the eyes of two very intelligent mice, and I’m sure they’ll never look at a library (or a rodent) in the same way again!  I was charmed by these two and loved how, even though they were very different (she an explorer and he a researcher), they found a way to have fun together.

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ (4/5)

All the Seasons of the Year
Written by Deborah Lee Rose, Illustrated by Kay Chorao

This is one of those sweet books that you’ll want to read on a cold winter’s day by the fire.  The story warms your heart and the illustrations are nostalgic.  I love that it encourages family togetherness and at the same time teaches about all of the seasons of the year.  This is a great addition to your bookshelf.  :)

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4/5)

Miss Tutu’s Star
Written by Leslea Newman, Illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis

“Selena is a little girl ‘who does not walk so much as twirl.’ When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the steps, but still she practices and practices to get them right. Finally the time comes for Selena to make her debut. But she is terrified. Will her fear stop her from becoming Miss Tutu’s star?”

We love Miss Tutu’s Star because it combines humor and a fun story for children (especially appealing to those interested in dance or dressing up).  The illustrations are detailed and the cover is glitterful (my daughter loved that).  Another delightful addition to our bookshelf!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5

The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School
Written by Albert Lorenz

On John’s first day of school, he is asked by his teacher to tell her and the class about where he is from and what an ordinary day was like at his last school.  He begins an amazing, imaginative, very hard-to-believe story about what his school and classes were like.  Things like eating the science projects, going crazy in art class (“freestyle art”), and racing horses and bungee jumping during recess.  Sounds like a school I would want to go to!

This is one of my favorites because it’s just so crazy.  The illustrations are very detailed and you’ll be laughing at the antics of the kids in his old school.  This is one that boys and girls alike will love, but if you have a little boy who is iffy about reading, I recommend grabbing this one.  It’s a lot of fun!

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5)

I received the books reviewed above in order to share my thoughts on them with you!

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2 Responses to Loving These New Children’s Books from Abrams!

  • Those all look like great titles, I’m always looking for new ones to add to ER’s personal library. I can never resist making a purchase at a bookstore. Guess it’s the former K teacher and my six years working at Barnes and Noble. I just love children’s books. Dotty looks fun and whimsical and I know my little ballerina would love Miss. Tutu’s Star.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Moon Dough Review =-.

    • Dotty is a definite favorite. :) I love children’s books with imaginative plots and characters!

      Seriously, I’m so glad I have kids because now I have an excuse to look at the children’s books! I’ve loved them since I was a kid – the pictures, the characters, everything.

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