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Children's Book Reviews

Posted by Dean Gallant

Every now and then, Mainstreet's Alex Mason pops into the studio to talk about a children's book that's become a hit at his house. And we've compiled all the reviews on this blog, in case you're looking for gift ideas for the children in your life. We'll also be talking about the benefits of reading to children over the next week or so, on Mainstreet.

Here are the books he's talked about on air:

Everybody Was A Baby Once And Other Poems
by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: hit and miss)
Everybody was a Baby Once

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion Books
(Alex's judgement: so funny he embarrassed himself in the book store;
Poppy's judgement: stop trying to make me spell things, and just read to me!)

Can I play too?

Pumpkin People
by Sandra And Ron Lightburn, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: great illustrations, delightful to read again and again)
Pumpkin People

The City Speaks in Drums
by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Susan Tooke, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: fun to read and visit the places illustrated in the book)

Mabel Murple

by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: a timeless delight with energetic new illustrations)
The City Speaks in Drums

City Dog, Country Frog
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J Muth, published by Hyperion
(Alex's judgement: beautiful and touching)

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: good ol' crazy fun)

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: gets a little laborious after many many reads - the original Knuffle Bunny is a better book)

The Quiet Book & The Loud Book
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska, published by Houghton Mifflin
(Alex's judgement: delightful)

When I'm Feeling Scared

by Trace Maroney, published by Five Mile Press
(Alex's judgement: painful, even on the first read)
Quiet Book

Possum Come A-Knockin'
by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by George Booth, published by Dragonfly Books
(Alex's judgement: amazing!)

Three Little Cajun Pigs

by Mike Artell, illustrated by Jim Harris, published by Dial Books For Young Readers
(Alex's judgement: really fun, especially if you have Acadian inlaws)

Possum Come

A Bad Kitty Christmas
by Nick Bruel, published by Roaring Brook press
(Alex's judgement: charmingly naughty)

Look At That Building!: A First Book of Structures
by Scot Ritchie, published by Kids Can press
(Alex's judgement: no character development, and not much of a plot, but a favourite anyway)

A Bad Kitty

Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
selected by Michael Rosen, pictures by Paul Howard, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: a wealth of great poems for any age, and a bargain)

The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart Clark, published by Oxford University Press
(Alex's judgement: another bargain, but some darker content you might not want to read to young children)

Poetry Collections