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Picture Book Review

I love, love, LOVE! the new Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld book: Exclamation Mark ……!!!

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Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

Great concept, great design, great story! Short and sweet, the illustrations are simple and bold, blending perfectly with the story of this little exclamation mark who tries so hard to fit in, until he realizes his full potential. I love that this story essentially takes place on that gray/oatmeal-colored, almost-newsprintish, wide-lined paper with the little dashed line in between each that I used in elementary school to practice writing my letters. A fun story for any age, but also a great book to read when learning about punctuation!

This gets 5 Goodreads stars from me!!

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Dragons Love Tacos

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This super-cute picture book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a fun read for ages 4 & older. It’ll tell you all you need to know about how to throw a successful taco party for dragons: how they like their tacos and how they don’t (i.e. NO spicy salsa.) Because, of course, it’s something you’ll probably need to know in the future. The illustrations have some hilarious details that will crack you up – my personal favorites describe the different types of parties dragons like….too funny! The end gets a little “spicy” but it’s nothing a few mild tacos won’t fix 😉

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Picturebook Review

Ballywhinney GirlBallywhinney Girl by Eve Bunting

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually try to post about a picture book on Friday’s for my blog, but this one is not so much a picture book as it is a story book with illustrations. I really enjoyed reading this and I think that I would have enjoyed it when I was younger too. I’d put somewhere around 1st grade and up. Younger ones might get a little freaked out. I can totally see myself being completely fascinated by this story in elementary school, especially at that age when every kid is obsessed with mummies. Ballywhinney Girl is not about Egyptian mummies, of course.
It’s the story of a young girl in Ireland named Maeve who discovers a mummified girl about her own age in a peat bog with her grandfather. The experts tell her the girl lived a thousand years ago. Maeve is curious about this girl and imagines what she was like. She is also understandably upset by the discovery of the mummy, who is named “Ballywhinney Girl” after the place she was found, and seems to be sorting through her feelings about a this girl who could have been just like her. The illustrations are gentle and comforting, even when depicting the mummy, and makes the story of a dead girl less scary.
There is also information at the end about peat bog mummies which is very interesting. It mentions that the Ballywhinney Girl herself is fictional, but many such mummies have been found over the years.

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