The Coziest Place by Jamie Michalak

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A sweet book that shares the love of family and home can be found in The Coziest Place by Jaime Michalak.

Wintertime is fun. Then afterwards with cold toes and rosy noses, the bear family snuggles into their cozy home where they enjoy hot grilled cheese, hot cocoa, reading time, warm clothes, and special treats before slipping into their cozy beds for the night.

What an adorable story. Michalak’s lyrical prose combined with charming artwork by Jon Davis makes this a perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to enjoy when the weather is raging outside. The Coziest Place truly makes you appreciate all the loveliness of home.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251210
ISBN-13: 978-1589251212

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

I Don’t Want to go to Bed! by Julie Sykes

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Every parent has heard it. It’s bedtime and you want your little one to snuggle in, but instead she says, “I don’t want to go to bed.” Sigh.

Each night when Mommy Tiger tells Little Tiger it’s bedtime, he says he doesn’t want to go to bed. So, one night she grants his wish by telling him he can stay up all night.

I Don’t Want to go to Bed! is adorable. A perfect blend of a sweet story and colorful illustrations, every little one who tries to avoid bedtime–and even those who haven’t–will enjoy following along Little Tiger’s journey through the jungle as he dashes from one animal family to another trying to be sure he can stay up all night.

Little Tiger is the main character featured in other books by Sykes. I’m definitely interested in reading the others.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Reprint edition (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251482
ISBN-13: 978-1589251489

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee

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Pirate-loving youngsters will enjoy meeting Pi-Rat and his brave, swashbuckling crew. They aren’t afraid of sharks and crocodiles. But there might be one thing that frightens them a little.

In this zany, funny pirate adventure, youngsters find a silly story about pirates who will eat your food and steal your booty. They aren’t afraid of anything–or so they say. But even brave pirates must be afraid of something. Kids will love this crazy story and its vibrant illustrations. The partially 3-D image on the front cover as Pi-Rat pops out of the porthole is a nice touch. I plan to pass this book off to my little nephew who will be three next month. He’ll enjoy this one.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251431
ISBN-13: 978-1589251434

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Abigail by Catherine Rayner

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Looking for a unique counting book? Abigail by author/illustrator Catherine Rayner might just fit the bill.

Abigail loves to count. But her friends (Ladybug, Zebra, and Cheetah) never seem to stand still long enough for her to finish. Finally, she finds something to count, but then she learns her friends aren’t so good at counting. What can she do?

How many counting books can you own? My suggestion is you make room for one more, because Abigail is worth it. She’s trying to count spots and stripes, but her friends keep moving on her. Then there are more issues and it takes some ingenuity before all three friends get together for some counting fun.

The design features giraffe spots on the inside front and back covers, plus there is a special flip up page with a neat surprise inside. Rayner uses warm, soft colors that appeal to the eye and create a calming effect. This would make a nice bedtime book or naptime book.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251474
ISBN-13: 978-1589251472

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Elephantantrum! by Gillian Shields

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An adorable book about one little girl getting what she needs instead of what she wants.

Ellie has everything she wants…except an elephant. The spoiled girl pitches a fit until her father finally gives in. But once the elephant arrives, Ellie doesn’t want it. The elephant takes her things and her friends, and he doesn’t share at all.

This book has a great message hidden inside a delightful story. The zany and cute artwork by Cally Johnson-Isaacs is a perfect match for Shields’ story of one father loving his daughter enough to give her what she needs. It’s really nice to see the father as the only parent in the story. It’s not often done. Usually if a parent is featured in a story, it’s the mother. And just like Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ellie learns manners and understanding go a long way.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251261
ISBN-13: 978-1589251267

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

ABC Puzzle and Book: My First Puzzle Set Compiled by Tiger Tales

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Educational gift giving wrapped up with fun has never been so easy as with this ABC Puzzle and Book: My First Puzzle Set complied by tiger tales. This colorful set comes in a box with a handle and Velcro closures, making it easy to store and bring with you. Inside is the My First ABC Book and a corresponding puzzle in a plastic resealable bag.

I love the way this book is set up. It has a soft, glossy cover. When opened, the first page is a picture of the completed puzzle in case readers need visual assistance. Each alphabet page in the book is made up of nine squares. The middle square has a big letter and small letter in white text on a black background. There are six blocks that have photographed pictures that match the corresponding letter. In the other two blocks are questions. Example: “What color is the apple?” and “Can you snap like an alligator?”  These questions are interactive, making this an even greater learning experience.

The puzzle pieces are sturdy and large enough for smaller hands to manage. One side makes all the pictures with corresponding words. The puzzle is reversible, so if made the opposite way, the child has a puzzle with all the upper and lower case versions of each letter in a white font against a green polka dotted background.

When my girls were little, these were the types of books and puzzles they loved most. Especially for the Lil’ Princess (now 9), these activities would entertain her for a long time, and she still loves doing puzzles to this day. I swear it’s because she took to solving puzzles early on that she is still engaged by them and finds them easy to put together.

This is one of my favorite products from tiger tales. Highly recommended.

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Paperback & Puzzle Set edition (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256328
ISBN-13: 978-1589256323

I received a copy of this puzzle set from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling

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What do you get when you combine rhyme, ducks, and a kiddie pool? Another great book from David Melling! Splish, Splash, Splosh!  is a counting book filled with watery fun. Your youngster will be delighted to count from one to ten with the fluffy ducks as they go waddling, flapping, grinning, jumping, and splish, splash, sploshing away.

This book is adorable and funny. Even I couldn’t help but laugh as I watched the ever increasing number of ducks and their poolside antics. Simple text, loads of action words, and cute illustrations fill this one. Even if your child has a dozen counting books, you need to make room for this one.

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Hardcover: 22 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Brdbk edition (March 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256433
ISBN-13: 978-1589256439

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

It’s Spring Time! by Elizabeth Bennett

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Celebrate Spring all year round with this rhyming padded board book from Elizabeth Bennett. It’s Spring Time, but what does that mean? For this bunny family it means growing from seeds, birds in nests, cleaning up, playing outside, watching rainstorms, and skipping and singing.

Bennett and illustrator Gladys Baccala collaborate again to bring us another seasonal tale. They previously worked together on It’s Holiday TimeWhen you have a good match, it’s great to see what a team can come up with. This is another sweet book with an animal family that has been brought to life by Bennett’s musical words and complemented by Baccala’s soft, warm illustrations. Just as in their holiday book, spritzes of glitter add a special touch to many of the pages. The perfect size for little hands, your preschooler will enjoy this journey through spring.

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Hardcover: 16 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256395
ISBN-13: 978-1589256392

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Hug! and Peek-a-boo! by Ben Mantle

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Two adorable rhyming books come to you from author/illustrator Ben Mantle. Hug! talks about how fun it is to share all kinds of hugs: squashy, squeezy ones and wriggly, jiggly ones and everything in between. This book is filled with colorful, zany animals that will have your youngsters laughing out loud. In Peek-a-boo! bunny rabbits, penguins, hippos and more play a peek-a-boo game with the reader.

These sturdy board books for  ages 2 to 5 will stand up to many reads; and with the vibrant colors, lyrical prose, and silly creatures, there will be plenty of reading going on. Both books have magnetic arms that hold the book shut, making them easy to pack in the car or tuck into a bag. Mantle is also the author of Five Little PumpkinsI absolutely adore his work. He captures the hearts of children with everything he does.

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Hardcover: 16 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256379
ISBN-13: 978-1589256378

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Hands Off My Honey by Jane Chapman

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A delightful story about a group of friends and a rather large jar of honey. In Hands Off My Honey by Jane Chapman, Bear has a big jar of delicious honey, but he refuses to share. The Rabbit Brothers, Mouse, and Mole plot on how they can get their hands on some before Bear spies them.

Loved, loved, loved this book. In addition to the fabulous artwork by Tim Wanes, Chapman has created a superb story with a surprise ending. I honestly didn’t see it coming. At first I thought this book would be a message-driven story teaching children how to share, but that’s not what this book is about at all. It’s about friendship and fun. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but it’s a great one. Many of the action words are bolded so they stand out, just like some of what Bear says is printed in a larger, bolder font to give the impression of him speaking loud. He is, after, all, a Scary Bear.

Kids will want to read this one time and again. Highly recommended.

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Publisher Tiger Tales (March 1, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1589251423
ISBN-13 978-1589251427

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.