Saturday, March 9, 2019

#MMBBR #ReviewRoundUp #SpringTitles for Young and Middle Grade #Readers and #EnchantingEducational #ChildrensBooks via #partner @mediamastersbks and @Prestel_US


Wilderness: Earth's Amazing Habitats by Mia Cassany and illusrtated by Marcos Navarro (ISBN: 978-3791373720; April 2019; Ages 6-9; Hardcover $19.95; 48 pages) takes young readers to the planet's wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home.

This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia's Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China's bamboo forests. The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with.

MIA CASSANY is the author of numerous books for children including Atlas of Imaginary Places and Great Ports of the World (both by Prestel). She is the co-founder of Mosquito Books. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.

MARCUS NAVARRO is an illustrator living in Spain. This is his first book.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Your kids will love reading this over-sized book. Not only is it educational, but it also acts as a seek and find. You will be pulled into the book because of the interesting facts, but you will stay for the seek and finds and the colorful illustrations. This book aids in directing your kid's focus to nature and the marvel at how amazing it all is. It is such a fascinating and creative way to teach and entertain you readers. A hit and a great book for school and home libraries.


Who is Afraid of Little Wolf? by Yayo Kawamura (ISBN: 978-3791373812; April 2019; Ages 2-5; Board Book $12.95) is an enchanting board book that follows Little Wolf as he searches for someone to play with and carries a simple yet profound message about prejudice and preconceived notions.

Little Wolf is bored, and so he asks some other animals to play. But no one wants to join him--not the squirrel, nor the bunny, nor the fox. Their parents have told them not to play with wolves. But when Little Wolf meets a bee, she is brave enough to play and the two have a great time. The other animals see there's nothing to be afraid of and decide to join in. With bold colors and appealing characters this book packs a powerful lesson about overcoming prejudices and not judging someone before you know them.

YAYO KAWAMURA is a Berlin-based author and illustrator of children's books.

Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf?
Who Is Afraid of Little Wolf? by Yayo Kawamura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great story about setting aside what we think we may know and allowing your own ideas and experiences to make better decisions about who we interact with and become friends with. Many of the animals of the forest have ideas about the danger of being friends with wolf, until a little bee stepped up and played with wolf. The other animals were most likely surprised when Bee and Wolf were having a delightful time playing together and Bee was never once in danger. Slowly all the other animals joined in on the fun and learned that we must make our choices based on experiences, not on preconceived notions and prejudiced.


A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont (ISBN: 978-3791373737; April 2019; Ages 6-9; Hardcover 24.95) unfolds in dramatic fashion in this amazing concertina picture book that takes readers from 4.6 billion years ago to the present day.

It's difficult to grasp the enormous changes life on Earth has undergone since it first came into existence, but this marvelously illustrated book makes learning about our planet's fascinating historyeasy and entertaining. In an accordion style, the series of pages take readers through every major geological period, with bright artwork and detailed drawings. Opening on lava-filled oceans and smoking volcanoes, the book unfolds, era by era, to show how life evolved from tiny protozoa and crustaceans to dinosaurs and mammals. Fully expanded to 8 meters (26 feet), this spectacular visual timeline is a very impressive panorama that reveals evolution in all its glory. Each page is brimming with illustrations that readers will turn to again and again. A celebration of life, this extraordinary and beautiful book illuminates the history of Earth for young readers in an unforgettable and delightful way.

CLÉMENCE DUPONT is an illustrator living in Strasbourg, France. This is her first book.

A Brief History of Life on Earth

A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot tell you how cool it is to read a book that begins at the earth's start ends at present day. It is such a spectacular story, with so many facts, figures and the history written in a way that it is easy to understand for all readers. I loved the illustrations and that this book expands to 26 feet, the length of a triceratops. This book covers so much and will keep you engaged, entertained and learning in a new and exciting way. I love when books take new and interesting approaches to topics. This book is both creatively designed, but also brilliantly laid out and executed. A hit and a perfect book for home and school!


Bucketloads of Friends: A Look and Find Book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Miguel Bustos (October 2018; ISBN: 978-3-7913-7357-7; Ages 4-8; $14.95) is perfect for little ones just starting Pre-K or returning for another year of school and making new friends!

Lucas is looking everywhere for a best friend: the park, the circus, by the lake, and at school. He meets a lot of people along the way. But what about a best friend? This entertaining and colorful book is full of details for kids to search and find. Every spread features line drawings that are humming with activity. From an animal hospital populated with every kind of pet to an office filled with workers too busy working to give Lucas the time of day; from a restaurant that appears to serve only sandwiches and salad to a botanic garden where the visitors are just as strange as the plants. As Lucas travels around the city, he meets a lot of people, but will he find a best friend? Young readers will turn again and again to these drawings, discovering new details each time, and sparking their own ideas about how people interact in everyday situations. Many look and find questions will increase the fun and help to spot even more details.

Bucketloads of Friends
Bucketloads of Friends by Mia Cassany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A cute book about finding friends. Lucas wanted to find a friend to call his own, so he went is search of one. He started at the beach and then continued on and visited a office, a rock concert, a pet shop, a circus, tried to find a friend in the middle of a traffic jam. Through all that he was not successful in finding a friend. Lucas was determined and was not about to give up. Where will he find his friend? Read to find out. This book has some seek and finds within in as well, which adds some extra fun. This book is great for kids because it has a good message and keeps kids entertained with the seek and find.


Great Ports of the World: From New York to Hong Kong by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Victor Medina (October 2018; ISBN: 978-3-7913-7355-3; Ages 4-8; $14.95) will inspire wanderlust in the youngest adventurers, and makes a great road trip or travel companion!

Travel to the world’s ports and you’ll learn much about a country’s people, culture, and industry. Ports are thriving hubs of activity, filled with an endless variety of boats, cargo, and workers. This unique book takes young readers on a journey around the globe’s ports and features some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. In colorful spreads, readers are given insights into each port city: What are they eating in Hong Kong? What lives on the Nile River? What do the boats of Venice look like? From flora to fauna and from tropical climates to polar regions, this book is packed with vibrant, 1950s-era inspired illustrations. As entertaining as it is educational, this book gives children a window into a new way of seeing the world.

Great Ports of the World: From New York to Hong Kong
Great Ports of the World: From New York to Hong Kong by Mia Cassany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Travel the ports of the world and learn all about the people, the culture and the way of life in some of the most interesting destinations in the world. The book is filled with colorful illustrations and facts, that allows the reader to travel the world though the pages of this book. It will answer so many questions and provided so much information. Such a great book to inform, entertain and educate those curious readers.


Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish by Florence Guiraud (ISBN: 978-3-7913-7365-2; Hardcover $25; Ages 5-9; 96 pages with 65 full-page illustrations) is a beautiful new educational title.

Bright-eyed birds, evanescent butterflies, tropical fish and other pleasures await the readers of this large format book that will appeal to young children’s curiosity about the natural world. Reminiscent of the watercolors of Ernst Haeckel, John James Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian, these charming and expertly rendered pictures of birds, insects, and fish will provide hours of exploration. Presented in double-page spreads, interspersed with informative texts, Guiraud’s illustrations capture the wondrous beauty that populates our oceans, forests, and fields. Her expressive illustrations create a sense of intimacy and empathy with the natural world and their exquisite detail rewards close investigation. Certain to captivate both children and adults, this magnificent book will instill in its readers a connection to the world around them and ignite a sense of wonder about all living things.

Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish
Wonders of Nature: Explorations in the World of Birds, Insects and Fish by Florence Guiraud
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this over-sized book SO much! It is one of the most stunning books I have ever seen. It is one of those books that needs to be on coffee tables, in the your home library and school libraries and given as a gift. I have looked at it so many times and I am still in awe of how beautiful it is. It has everything that I love about books in this genre. It is over-sized, informative, artistically laid out, stunning and filled with facts that are worth reading. This books content includes: Birds through a magnifying glass; Hens, turkeys, pheasants and the like; Insects of all types; And now for the butterflies...; Natural sailors; More underwater beauties and A festival of fish. A must read, must own book!

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