Cleo the Crocodile [Karen Treisman]

  Honestly, Cleo the Crocodile by Karen Treisman was shocking to me. In many ways, I wasn't quite sure how to handle myself after I'd finished reading it. The book touches on child abuse in ways that I was not expecting and the fact that it broaches the subject at all with a young audience in…

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How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps [Nicola Winstanley]

I have to give Nicola Winstanley credit here, her book was pretty amusing and I can see loads of kids getting a real kick out of it. How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps begins with a little girl, her cat, and an empty bathtub. What follows is a multitude of shenanigans all centered around…

The Vanishing Baseball Cap [Misti Kenison]

I suppose it’s not really much of a surprise that I requested this one on account of the fact that it features a fox. The Vanishing Baseball Cap by Misti Kenison is a decent and short story about a young boy who loses is baseball cap at a museum and the two Detectives, Fox and Goat,…

Little Monsters of the Ocean [Heather L. Montgomery]

Little Monsters of the Ocean by Heather L. Montgomery is a book that I would not be surprised to find in my school. I've encountered a number of very similar books in my time working there and I could definitely see how this might be a fun and informative read for students who enjoy learning…

Voting With a Porpoise [Sean Callahan and Russell Glass]

With simple and catchy rhymes, Sean Callahan and Russell Glass' Voting With a Porpoise is one of the most important children's books that I've seen published lately. Using captivating illustrations and a clever story to entice children into understanding the importance of voting so that one day, when they're old enough, they will not succumb to the unfortunate…

The Origin of Day and Night [Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt]

While there isn't an overwhelmingly wonderful message and the story does not have much in the way of truth going for it, The Origin of Day and Night by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt is a very cute story about taking turns. Perhaps the best thing about this book, for me anyway, was the fact that one of…