Books With The Tag: #illustration

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Today’s lift-the-flap counting #boardbook is Animal 123 by talented illustrator Jonny Lambert via DK Canada.
An instant hit at our house, this sturdy, colourful counting book has ALL the flaps:  side flaps, top flaps, DOUBLE FLAPS and things to find and count in every scene.  Our newly minted 4 year old small protagonist LOVES it on repeat and so I can’t say enough about a great counting book.  It starts out a fabulous, high contrast, sturdy and exciting touch & see book for your baby and grows with them through every stage until they are playing seek & find with every page and naming animals like a pro!  The DK quality really shines through on this book and Jonny Lambert’s illustrations are a delight!
Recommended 3 months & up for counters & animals lovers big & small!



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Today’s picture book is Pirate, Viking & Scientist by @jaredchapman​ via Little Brown Books.  This hilarious and heartwarming story of friendship is from our own library and we love it very much!

As the opening pages state:

Pirate was friends with Scientist.  Viking was friends with Scientist.  Viking and Pirate were not friends…not even on Scientists birthday.

Determined to prove that his two best friends can be friends with each other too, Scientist uses the power of science to prove they have lots in common!

Lively illustration and physical comedy make this book a pleasure for smalls and their grown-ups alike!  A great lesson about looking for our similarities instead of our differences AND a tour of the scientific method, child-size!

Bonus blog call out, this handy lists of scientific terms:

Recommended for smalls 3+up!



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Today on the blog we begin a three day review of Petite Boutique books, which has a line made exclusively for Indigo/Chapters “Indigo Baby” brand.  These quality board books and cards are rich with the lively and adorable illustrations of the talented Veronique Petit and value priced for Indigo’s Bargain section.  Costco Mama’s take note!  Gorgeous books at a gorgeous price!  Published by Make Believe Ideas.

First up today are:  We Live in Canada a Lift the Flap and Touch & Feel board book.  And Nursery Rhymes, a board book with CD.

We always love a tour of Canadian animals here at the blog and We Live in Canada is a bright, tour de force of Canadian cuties in a bright yet earthy colour palette we really enjoy.  Sturdy lift the flaps and soft touch and feel elements make this interactive book a delight for little hands. Recommended 6 months+up.

Bonus blog call-out: That little goose though…<3

Nursery Rhymes is a trove of classics, busy with bold, lively imagery and brought to life with a compilmentary CD!  An excellent gift for new parents to enjoy with their smalls from newborn+up!

Thanks to Indigo’s Bargain Kids Buyer for sending these lovely books to us for review!  More to come this week, so stay tuned!



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Happy May 1st everyone from our blog!  Baby shower season continues and what better book to blog next then a Hedgehugs book from @raincoastbooks by UK husband and wife team  Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper.
Today’s title is Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar a sweet-as-pie little board book featuring Horace & Hattie, the very best of friends.  This is the second title in this series. The first title is Hedgehugs and the story behind these two hedgehogs is a delight.  (Watch an interview with Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper talking about it here).  

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar is a Very Hungry Caterpillar with hedgehogs! Adorable and sweet, a gorgeous, colourful read for smalls aged newborn and up.  Lucy Tapper’s patterns in the illustrations are from her own children’s baby clothes, which she didn’t want to give up.  These books are literally built with a mother’s love and it shines through in the viewing.

A wonderful shower gift for parents to be and a story that can grown with your child to be enjoyed for years.
Bonus blog call-out: Tiny bug friends appear throughout the pages and our own small loved finding the ladybug (red is our favourite colour).



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Today’s board book is I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & illustrated by Alison Brown via @raincoastbooks a gorgeous, rhyming story from parent to child with rich illustrations and colour palette.  
I’m highlighting great baby shower gift books this April because it is baby shower season in retail (my old life) and because buying a gift for a new baby is a truly special occasion.  The choice of a book is often as much for the parent as for their little one someday in the future.  If your friend or family member has been waiting for a little one, if you know they are embracing every magic, love-filled lead up to their birth, this is one of the titles I recommend adding to your gift.
A gentle tour of the special bond between parent and child this book is one long, lovely hug in words and pictures.  

Recommended newborn + up.



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Today’s picture books are Mamasaurus & Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp via @chroniclebooks & @raincoastbooks.  Mamasaurus is available now & Papasaurus releases in May, just in time for Father’s Day.

These were provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, after I saw the covers and squee’d & requested them to review because: ADORABLE DINOSAURS!

These sweet books totally lived up to their beautiful covers!  The classic “Have you seen my Mama/Papa?” storyline featuring the cutest baby dinosaurs you will see this year.  Gorgeous gift books for new parents and dinosaur loving smalls!  Recommended for all ages, prehistoric + up!



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Today’s picture book is First Snow by Bomi Park via @chroniclebooks, a sweet, simple story of the first snow of the season through the eyes of a child.  The illustrations are rich and beautiful and the style reminded me of a paint-softened precious moments.

This is a timeless gift for smalls & parents alike.  Recommended birth + up and would make a lovely shower gift for parents expecting a winter baby.  A beautiful title for older relatives to enjoy with children.



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Today’s picture book is Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose! by Geraldo Valerio via Owlkids Books, a bright, brilliant, animal alphabet book filled with Canadian animals and pithy, alliterative humour!

This fun, cheerful book is perfect for smalls from ages 2+up.  I particularly enjoyed the opening which reads like an announcer introducing our letter A animal!  I was also happy to discover I had several canadian animals in my small protagonists stuffy collection!  This definitely inspired me to track down some more!

And welcome to my holiday backdrop, here for all your winter animal and holiday themed title reviews! 



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Today’s picture book is Have You Seen My Dragon by house favourite Steve Light via Candlewick Press.  This sumptuous, visual feast is a delight and a great seek-and-find PLUS learn to count tale for smalls.  

In the heart of the city follow a little boys quest to find his dragon.  Black and white illustrations with the counting items in vivid colour this book features one of my FAVOURITE details: a two page spread you have to turn the book sideways to view!  LOVE!

Recommended for 3+up plus of course, dragon lovers of all ages.  



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Todays book is Are We There Yet? by @dansantat, provided by the fantastic Hachette Canada for an honest review.

This imaginative picture book about how long and boring a road trip can feel to a child is bursting with colourful, humourous details as the hero’s car travels backwards and forwards in time.  The book must be read upside down as it goes backwards only to speed far into the future where Grandma’s birthday is long over.

The beautiful message at the end is that nothing is more precious than the present.  

Dan Santant is a talented illustrator with a lot of experience under his belt.  His previous picture book Beekle won him a Caldecott medal and he created the disney animated series The Replacements.  Are We There Yet? feels like a movie, bursting and busy.  

I’m recommending it for five years and up as it’s meaty and poignant and not for the very small smalls in our lives.  A great picture book upwards and onwards though with lots of room to chat and discover.  The explosive illustration style reminds me of the very best Robert Munsch stuff, contagious and accessible to the child in us all.

Thanks Hachette Canada for sending me this delightful read!