Children Book Reviews: Hat Trick

cars galore

As a mom of a two year old, I sometimes pat myself on the back at the end of the day. I feel like I ran a marathon and a happy bedtime is like reaching the sweet finish line.

By: Jennifer Evangelista


Cars Galore

By Peter Stein & Illustrated by Bob Staake

Age: 4 to 8

Parents of automobile enthusiasts rejoice! This book has all the transportation on wheels one can imagine: from funny to silly, whimsical to crazy. While not as catchy, this book is reminiscent of Where’s the Green Sheep?. It has a rhythmic text to describe the colorful cars going round up and down. And round up and down and all over the place they are. Spotting the car described may be quite challenging for the reader to a persistent toddler who wants the answer right now. If you want a peaceful reading session, do your homework and pre-read to find all the cars first. It could save you a headache galore.

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jen book review hat trick three picthree by the seaThree by the Sea

By Mini Grey

Age: 5 to 8

An unlikely friendship is told within an unlikely story. We’ve heard the story between the cat and the mouse, and the cat and the dog; but what of one with all three, plus a fox? Three roomies and friends — the cat, the mouse, and the dog — have been living a simple and peaceful life by the sea. They have a simple hut, a simple meal every day, and simple expectations from each other. A fox bearing gifts joins the trio and shakes up the balance in the household. The illustrations while vivid comes in a color palette darker than a typical children’s book, giving it a more serious undertone.

This book has a thought provoking underlying story in store for adult eyes. It raises questions about relationships and the inevitable, sometimes unexpected, changes it must endure to succeed. For the littles, it’s a cute and funny story about a cat, a mouse and a dog, and their extraordinary friendship.


how to catch a starHow to Catch a Star

By Oliver Jeffers

Age: 3 to 6

Behold the master of puns. Jeffers literally shows how to reach the stars in this nouveau classic children’s literature. We meet a boy enamored by stars and his persistence in capturing one. We follow him on his adventure while inadvertently discovering “things are not what they seem.” Beautiful midnight skies, purple horizons and turquoise waters make for a subdued palette. Stick figures and oddly shaped everyday sights make it alive and vibrant.

This is a book you will pull to ignite a trooper after a long day in school, sustain the sparkle in his eyes sans sweets nor dvd, o to simply wind down and reconnect. Simple sentences peppered with words like “lasso”, “sunrise”, and “baby star” intertwined with a happy ending make this a star worth catching.

*previously published in BAMBI News

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