The hotel features a spa, a pool, a larva club (for the kids!) and a buffet among its many offerings. It is the swankiest place in town! Senior’s verse is a wonder of cheeky rhymes, playfully mixing bug-like behaviors with hotel-guest actions.
Review: Rainbow Hands
Each double page spread, lusciously covered in Loring-Fisher’s dreamlike artwork, gently caresses Nainy’s simple and elegant verse reflecting the young boy’s mood and a chosen color. With each turn of the page, we learn a bit more about our protagonist and the world he inhabits. Is he accepted? Is he an outcast?
When the Prince decides to have, you guessed it, a Bake-Off Ball (okay, really a Royal Baking Competition–I think bake-off ball would have been funnier!), Cinderelliot dreams of participating; but, alas, he cannot because his siblings want them to bake treats for their participation. And, somebody has to clean the kitchen!
Review: They’re So Flamboyant
In this engaging book, filled with artful, amusing, alliteration, Genhart weaves a tale of inclusion and exclusion using different birds to bring out assumptions about a group that is new to the neighborhood. Each bird type, begging to be read in a different voice/accent (you and the kid will have more fun that way), finds a different reason to exclude, fear, mistrust the flamboyance.
REVIEW: UNICORN DAY
This is a sweet, fun book that can help reinforce one of the earliest phonological skills: rhyming. Using a book with characters children love and being able to talk about words that rhyme is a win-win for everyone.
Review: Mr. Watson’s Chickens
From the end pages, done in whimsical egg motifs, through the meticulously delineated chickens in every spread, this book is a joy to look at, and read.
Review: ¿Qué Haces Con Una Voz Así? (What do you do with a voice like that?)
This picturebook biography of Barbara Jordan, who some argue was the Nation’s first LGBTQ+ Representative in Congress, is a serviceable account of Jordan’s career highlights as thematically encapsulated around her significant, powerful voice. Note, voice stands in proxy here for not only the tone, timber and strength of Jordan’s powerful speech, but also the eloquence, charm, and brilliant intelligence she so easily manifested.
Review: What if Wilhelmina
WHAT IF WILHELMINA is a charming book that works on a whole bunch of levels.
REVIEW: THE HIPS ON THE DRAG QUEEN GO SWISH, SWISH, Swish
A riot of color and movement, this is a catchy read-aloud, much like the original, and it’s easy to see its appeal to kids and fans of all ages.