We can make a difference in so many ways. Even small things can make a difference. And I have just the right picture book to review on this very special day:
Those opening lines beg you turn the page. What will you make, indeed? The story begins with one child who starts her day imagining and making things in her home out of things she finds. Then she takes her plans and “making-supplies” outside where she encounters a friend. From making towers to a snack to a plan to a friend, this story shows the many ways you can be a maker. Katey Howes’ rhythm and rhyme are spot on and lend well to this lovely story. Elizabet Vuković’s illustrations of a diverse cast of characters and all the things they make are whimsical, colorful, and have so much detail, I wanted to spend extra time on each page to let it all sink in (and then read it all over again to see what I missed). This book is brimming with creativity and shows what a big difference we can all make.
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When I heard it was Bosses Day today, the first book I thought of was…
To start off, the cover of this book hilarious--a baby, sitting in an exer-saucer, surrounded by a rattle, baby monitor, and bottle, but wearing a suit and tie! And if that doesn’t draw you in, the title tells you exactly what the book is about. Anyone who’s had a baby in their life knows that when a new baby arrives, it sure seems like that baby is the boss of the family. They can be demanding and particular, but also entitled to many “perks,” like drinks made to order and the “spa.” Marla Frazee’s illustrations of the Boss Baby in his suit-footy pajamas and briefcase, along with his frazzled parents, made me laugh out loud as I read the accompanying tongue-and-cheek text. This book will be appreciated by anyone who’s ever known what it’s like to be ruled by the new baby, from parent to grandparent to aunt or uncle to older sibling. This book is so good, you’ll read it over & over. And if you need a little change, you can check out it’s sequel, BOSSIER BABY, which is just as much fun.
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.