Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cybils Fiction Picture Books - Batch 12

We're nearing the end! These are books that were already out from the library when I made my original requests or books that I received from the publisher.


Judging Cybils has definitely been an experience. I've enjoyed reading all of these picture books, but I have not enjoyed the stress of feeling like I HAD to read them quickly. Ya know?

10 Not So Snoozing Monsters by Traci Osborn (ages 2-4)

This bedtime counting book is adorable. The rhyming is fun, and the pictures are awesome. The monsters are preparing for bed and then resisting bed - as all children do. It counts up to 10 and then back down to 1. I really enjoyed this book. It's perfect for parents and little ones who enjoy the more non-traditional creatures.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Annie's Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids (ages 4-8)

I love this book! It deals with gender rules but doesn't get into sexuality. Annie feels most comfortable in her plaid shirt. She wears it when she does everything. But when she has to go to a wedding, her mom really wants her to wear a dress. Annie comes up with a solution that pleases everyone.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert (ages 6-8)

The little boy in this story is in love with a girl in his class, but she only has eyes for birds. He decides to dress like a bird, so she will notice him. When she finally does, she takes off her costume and gives him a hug. He almost dies on the spot. Does she hug him because he made an effort to get his attention? Because she likes him the way he is? I was unsure.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Mira Forecasts the Future by Kell Andrews (ages 5-9)

Mira's mother is a fortune teller, but she doesn't have the gift. With a few tools though, she learns she can predict the weather and save the day. This story is cute.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Sloth the Lazy Dragon by Regan W.H. Macaulay (ages 5-8)

Sloth is an overweight dragon who can do nothing but lie lazily on top of his mound of treasure inside a cave. When Radish the dwarf comes along and offers to help him get into shape, so he can fly to the mountains, he agrees. They work hard together, and in the end Sloth gains his freedom. It's an interesting story about health and fitness.

3 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Marie and Mr. Bee by Margaret Welwood (ages 5-8)

This story is cute and instructive, but it's a little bit obvious. It's trying to teach children the value of doing their work before they play. Mr. Bee doesn't work at all, and so Marie begins to wonder why she works so hard. She makes the right choices in the end.

3 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

I Am Hapa! by Crystal Smith (ages 2-3)

Hapa is a word to describe someone of partial Asian or Pacific Islander descent. I did not know that. This book is written in English, Spanish, and Chinese. It reads more like a board book though since the intended age range is very young.

3 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Put Away Your Phone by Tracy Bryan (ages 5-8)

This book is a good reminder for all of us who spend too much time doing things on our cell phones and not enough time paying attention to our children. Emma gets frustrated by all of the grown ups using their phones when it's not necessary. She just wants to shout, and she finally does. But in the end, a cell phone does help her in an emergency.

3 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

That's Not Normal by Mar Pavon (age 4-6)

This story is the classic bullying turned nice when the character realizes that being different isn't all bad. It's an OK read, but I don't especially love illustrating bullying just to prove a point. I thought Hippo was unnecessarily cruel. Maybe I'm just sensitive.

3 stars

I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Because of an Acorn by Lola M. & Adam Schaefer (ages 3-6)

This simplistic book illustrates the cyclical nature of the ecosystem. An acorn leads to a tree which houses a bird which eats a seed, etc. The illustrations are beautiful, but the story wasn't amazing as I was expecting considering all the high praise I'd seen for this book. I liked it, but I wasn't blown away by it.

3 stars



Toby by Hazel Mitchell (ages 4-8)

This book tells the story of a little boy and his adopted dog. The father says that the boy has to take care of the dog in order to keep him. He does. It's a cute story about the responsibility of owning and training a dog, but it's VERY oversimplified.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Animals by Ingela P. Arrhenius (ages 2-3)

The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They'd be perfect for decorating the walls of a nursery. But there's not much too this book. It's almost like an alphabet book, but the animals are out of order. It seems better suited for being a board book given the content.

3 stars

received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.



Have you read any of these books? Which would you most want to read to your kids?

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