No Matter What written by Debi Gliori is the very FIRST picture book on this blog to receive a 10/10 rating. I make it a habit to review books that I read and loved as a child, or that I have discovered with my children however this book was first brought to my attention by my darling 4 year old niece. As she tromped down the stairs to our reading corner at grandma’s house, carrying an armful of books, she sat down beside me, shuffled through them and demanded we read this one first. Yes ma’am! I was blown away by the simple message of unconditional love shared between Large Fox and Small Fox. The verbiage is simple and funny, rhyming where appropriate. In combination with the bright, well done illustrations and the memories of my niece giggling with glee at the story, this is currently my favorite lap reader. Every child I know will be receiving their very own copies for the foreseeable holiday future. I recommend this book for ages 1 through 1st grade.
This bedtime (or anytime) book is a perfect lap reader for little ones and has been read hundreds of times in my home to the little people I love. The rhyming verse is so memorable that after a few reads little’s and big’s alike will have it memorized. The illustrations done by Caroline Jayne Church feature recycled paper backgrounds and a pre-k little boy along his partner-in-crime, a teddy bear. This book makes a wonderful baby shower or holiday gift and will without a doubt become a classic treasured part of any little’s library, just as our own copy has. I recommend this board book for children ages 9 months through 1st grade (or older if you can still convince them to snuggle).
We all have grumpy days. Even the grooviest of cats can come down with a ho-hum case of the blue cat blues. In this uplifting story, Pete, Grumpy Toad, Wise Old Owl and their gang of critter pals show us how to notice the good in every day. There is magic in looking on the bright side and a small change in perspective can turn almost anything around. Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and can’t find your own cool blue sunglasses to see things differently? Hang upside down if you have to, or simply ready this book and it’ll have you smiling and singing along. “The birds are singing, the sky is bright, the sun is shining, I’m feeling alright!” FAR OUT!