Odd One Out Big and Small and In, Out, and All Around by Guido Van Genechten

big & small

Two new books come your way from Clavis Books and Guido van Genechten. The Odd One Out series is a unique seek-and-find set of books geared toward ages 3 to 5. With van Genechten’s stunning artwork, young readers are asked to find the one that doesn’t belong.

I’ve been a fan of van Genechten’s work for some time. This talented author/illustrator gets right to the heart of the matter with children. But in this adorable new series, he’s lighten things up a bit. Kids will learn how to sort and identify differences along with a neat twist at the end. In Big and Small the questions revolve around size, but in the book In, Out, and All Around, children are looking for location and direction.

These sturdy board books will hold up to plenty of wear and tear, which is good because your child will be picking them up often. Highly recommended.

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Big and Small

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Clavis Publishing; Brdbk edition (April 1, 2013)in out
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605371491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371498

In, Out, and All Around

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Clavis Publishing; Brdbk edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605371505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371504

I received a free copy of each book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Little Snowman Stan by Guido van Genechten

Author and illustrator Guido van Genechten is back with another wonderful book in, Little Snowman Stan.

Stan is a little snowman who desperately wants to go off and explore the world. Mister Tophat the snowman tells him he better not move or he’ll melt. Snow Solider insists he stay still and be silent just like all snowmen should. Little Snowman Stan knows he must move, and once he does, he’s not about to stop. He discovers Freezeland where it’s so cold the snow never melts and snow people are free to move around as much as they like.

I’m a huge fan of van Genechten’s books. He is so in tune with children that it shows in every word he writes and every illustration he creates. Little Snowman Stan shows children the importance of being true to yourself and following your instinct. Just because something has always been done one way for a long time, doesn’t mean it can never change. I’m a big proponent of that. While kids might not realize what they are learning in this book, what van Genechten does is foster a healthy sense of independence through Stan’s decision to move. Now, I think this has to be couched with a brief discussion on how some rules can’t be tested–like those on safety issues–but Stan’s story allows children to see that exploring new things can be exciting. While it doesn’t state this, Stan also has the ability to go home if he doesn’t like what he finds, which is another great discussion to go along with this book.

Like all of van Genechten’s books, the artwork is superb. The pale blues and icy whites will have children dreaming about winter weather. It’s my opinion that Little Snowman Stan will get read often if it’s on your bookshelf.

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  • Reading level:Ages 3 and up
  • Hardcover:32 pages
  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1605371084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371085
  • SRP:  $16.95

I received a free hardcover copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

Top 10 Picture Books of 2011

This took longer than expected. As I mentioned in my last post, selections this year were hard. In addition, I discovered I needed to segregate picture books for little kids (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) from those for school-age children. While some books could overlap between the two age groups, there was no way for me to compile a fair list if I lumped them all into one group. For books where I couldn’t find an age listing, I put them where I felt they fit best. I’ll start off with my Top 10 for the youngest category and then list the Top 10 in the older category.

Top 10 Picture Books for Preschoolers and under

  • Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido van Genechten
  • A Cat’s Alphabet Book by Sally O. Lee
  • My Daddy by Guido van Genechten
  • Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo and Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (I reviewed these together, so I am counting them as one.)
  • One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano
  • Oops! by Leo Timmers
  • 1-2-3- Count with Me and A is for Apple by Georgie Burkett (Again, I reviewed these together and count them as one.)
  • Ricky is Brave by Guido van Genechten
  • Thankyouplease by Pierre Winters and Barbara Ortelli
  • Ian’s New Potty by Pauline Oud

There are repeat names on this list, but I felt these authors and publishers truly knew how to create books attractive to this market.

Top 10 Books of 2011 for Ages 3 and up

  • A Dog is A Dog by Stephen Shaskan
  • My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
  • Will & Kate: A Love Story by Ink Robin
  • Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner
  • The Butt Book by Artie Bennett
  • Not Fat Because I Wanna Be by LaNiyah Bailey
  • The Dancing Clock by Steve Metzger
  • Humbug, A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker
  • My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry
  • Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

Honorable Mentions

  • A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall
  • Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani
  • The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger
  • Marta’s Gargantuan Wings by J. Aday Kennedy
  • Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko
  • Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore
  • Limelight Larry by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Don’t Worry Douglas! by David Melling
  • Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother by Dixie Phillips
  • Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClure
  • Secret Service Saint by Janet Ann Collins
  • Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann 

Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido Van Genechten

The art and prose of Guido van Genechten returns in this classic Christmas story of one bunny’s pursuit for a Christmas tree.

It’s almost Christmas, but Ricky’s family doesn’t have a tree yet because his parents have been so busy. Dad begrudingly takes Ricky on his tree quest, as long as they make it quick. While Ricky takes in all the winter beauty and fun around him, his father pushes him to fine the tree and get back home. When the Christmas tree falls off the sled, Ricky’s enthusiasm for winter play becomes infectious, and soon Dad and Mom are caught up in the joys of the season.

This is a beautiful story made even lovelier by van Genechten’s adorable artwork. I love his books because they capture the heart of a child so well. As I was reading , I wondered if this is how my kids see me–constantly working, not appreciating the little things that make life worth living.

Ricky’s Christmas Tree is probably going to end up being my favorite van Genechten book. He’s truly done a wonderful job with this one. It would make the perfect gift any time of the year.

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  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605371068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371061
  • SRP:  $16.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

 

 

This is a book I read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my original list visit here. I have now read 6 books for this challenge.

My Daddy by Guido van Genechten

Celebrate fatherhood any time of the year with My Daddy by Guido van Genechten. John’s daddy is the best daddy in the whole world. John can crawl between his legs and Daddy can fly him high above his head. John can ride him like a horse or cover him up to hide him. The best part is that John’s daddy is all his.

After reading a few books by van Genechten, I am definitely going to be looking for more. Everything he writes is so touching and beautiful. In My Daddy, a book geared toward toddlers ages 24 months and up, the author focuses on the relationship this child has with his father, as seen through the emotions of the child.  Daddy is a good playmate. Daddy is strong. Daddy is fun to be around. Daddy helps him learn things. It’s wonderful to see a book focus on this special relationship.

Van Genechten’s artwork is absolutely stunning in this one. The perfect blend of warm colors and emotions captured on this book’s pages are enough to melt your heart. Even though the book features a boy and his father, I can easily see girls warming up to this one too.

My Daddy by Guido van Genechten will make a wonderful addition to your child’s library.

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  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370989
  • SRP:  $12.95