The 12 Days of Christmas, by Greg Pizzoli

The 12 Days of Christmas, by Greg Pizzoli, I adore Christmas books!  And this one is even more fun because I love singing songs/books to my children! The text for this book is familiar to everyone since it's the traditional 12 Days of Christmas Song. 

But the pictures make this story unique. Mama elephant's reaction to the baby elephant's gifts are hilarious and tell a great story about materialism and how too much stuff can clutter your life. The illustrations are filled with expression, color, and surprises on every page. 

This is a delightful whimsical Christmas book that I will continue to sing to my children every year!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Groundhug Day, by Anne Marie Pace and Christopher Denise

Groundhug Day is a delightful story of friendship. Moose wants to have a Valentine's Day party, but he knows his friend, groundhog will not be able to attend if he sees his shadow. The animals work together to come up with a solution. They first think of ways to keep groundhog from seeing his shadow. When they discover that shadows frighten Groundhog, they work together to show him all the ways that shadows are fun. Kids will love all the animal's activities and may want to try shadow puppets and drawing silhouettes at home! 

The story touches on 4 holidays; Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter so it's great for classrooms discussions on holidays. The lovely illustrations and heartwarming text make it a great read aloud. 

But my favorite part of this book is the emphasis on working together. The difference between bickering and working together is an important and essential part of this story; one I think every person can benefit from. I love that the friends discover the benefits of cooperating and thinking about how their friends feel. This story will evoke discussion about what it means to be a friend, and how to discover solutions together.

*I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.  

Cookiesaurus Rex, a book sprinkled with humor!

T Rex's and cookies will never be the same for me! This creative story combines them both in an engaging story that takes the reader and the cookie decorator by surprise. Told from the point of view of a T-Rex cookie who is reacting to his cookie decorator, this story is sure to elicit laughs and discussion. The first person, all dialogue text is a unique metafiction format for picture books. The main character (t-rex dinosaur cookie) demands different decorations. His lack of control and his jealousy for the other cookies is hilariously shown when he is decorated like a baby and then acts like a baby: 

"No! No! No! No! I want sprinkles! I want gumdrops! I want chocolate chips!" 

The illustration on the next page gives him chocolate chips in a way that most kids will find hilarious! Sprinkled with word play and engaging and emotional illustrations, this story is beautifully crafted and fun to read aloud. 

I received a review copy of this book from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

The Adventurer's Guild, By Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

The Adventurers Guild
by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

“A dazzling adventure sure to become a classic, if not a movie.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"It wasn't that Brock had no faith in the fox charm. But there was the luck you got, and the luck you made, and a smart man bet only on the latter."  

Filled with dwarfs, elves, witches and warlocks, and people with fantastical abilities, this story is magical in every way possible. The writing is impeccable and brings the readers along in a fast paced adventure where the stakes are high and the characters are engaging. I found the story compelling and immersive. Each character brings unique and complex authenticity to the story. Reading from the unique perspective of Zed and Brock showed their motives and values in a way that made made me want to turn the page. I can't wait to see how they evolve and change as the series progresses. I highly recommend this book to fans of Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap.

*I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.