Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cybils Fiction Picture Books: Batch 14

We're nearing the end! This batch is almost entirely books from publishers again.


After this post I've read 199 of the 212 books nominated for the Fiction Picture Book category, and I have 24 books on my shortlist (aka 5-star reads).

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman (ages 3-5)

With very few words, this book is an invocation of a young child. Instead of the busy morning that has to take place, with a parent rushing off to an early flight, the child wants the snow to delay everything. She hopes for a morning of fun in the snow with her parent. It's cute, and the illustrations are very unique.

3 stars



What Matters by Alison Hughes (ages 3-6)

I love this book! It's about the impact of recycling one soda can found lying on the grass in a park. That small, small thing matters to many creatives and to the plants and sea, etc. It's such a positive message that kids can make a different with little acts.

4 stars

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


Gabby: Wonder Girl by Joyce Grant (ages 4-6)

This book reminded me of the show Super Why. It's about a super hero girl and boy who use letters and question words to solve a mystery. It's fun and includes extra activities at the end of the book.

3 stars

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


There's a Cat in Our Class! by Jeanie Franz Ransom (ages 4-8)

This book is about accepting differences. A class of dogs gets a new student...a cat! The dogs are unsure at first. They have many preconceived notions about what cats can and cannot do. But Samantha proves them wrong, and in the end they're very accepting.

4 stars

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


Albert's Almost Amazing Adventure by Marty Kelley (ages 5-8)

This book captures the essence of kids' imaginations. Albert has just come back from a trip to Maine, and he's telling his friends about the amazing things he did and saw there. When he pauses for dramatic effect, his friends jump in with wild guesses. I really enjoyed it.

5 stars

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


The Old Library Cafe by Veronica R. Tabares (ages 5-8)

This book is cute, but very wordy and perhaps more for adults than kids. It's the story of an older couple who open a library/cafe. The man is determined to bake the right desserts, and the woman builds a machine that changes books into dessert. Gasp!

3 stars

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


The Worst Breakfast by China Mieville (ages 4-8)

Umm. I'm not even sure what to say about this book. Two girls are recalling the worst breakfast with one doing most of the telling and the other trying to remember. Some seriously crazy stuff happened, but it was just too random for me.

2 stars

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


Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams by Gwen Jackson
(ages 6-10)

This book was way too long. It's about a mother bear and her child, who do favors for the other animals, so they'll collect what they need to weave a blanket of dreams. The execution wasn't great.

2 stars

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


Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann (ages 7-10)

This long picture book tells the story of the first mouse to visit the moon. It's a story about experimentation and persistance. About never giving up on your dream even when others don't believe you. It's a great story for kids interested in space travel with lots of actual history at the end.

4 stars

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

Journey by Emma Bland Smith (ages 6-10)

Very interesting story of a wolf's journey away from his pack to find a mate. It's told in alternating perspectives - the wolf and the girl who named him and followed his journey. Lots of facts at the end.

4 stars

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

Bartholomew Quill by Thor Hanson (ages 3-5)

A crow compares himself to all the other birds trying to find out who he is. The rhymes were a bit awkward. I didn't love this one.

3 stars

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


Sled Dog Dachshund by Laura Atkins (ages 3-6)

This story is cute. A dachshund, Jasper, is determined to be in a sled race, but the other dogs laugh and tell him he's too small. He ends up riding on the sled and helping with encouragement when he can. His team wins by a nose...Jasper's nose...at the end. It's silly but fun.

3 stars

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



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