Book Review: Purr-Fectly Home by Kimberly Palmucci


Author Kimberly Palmucci is back with the next book in her shelter animals series,ย Purr-fectly Home. Teaming up again with artist Brandi McCann, this book is about Lucky and Princess. Lucky had found his new home, and he enjoyed every room and scratching post in the place. But, that basement was too scary for him. One day, he notices a new scent in the house. Come to find out, Princess has moved in. She had struggled to find her forever home. Together, they overcome their fears and form a close bond.

If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you’re going to love this one. Purr-fectly Home is such a sweet story, and it is inspired by real life animals, which makes it even more meaningful. The pairing of Palmucci and McCann is sheer perfection. McCann’s illustrations capture every adorable moment. Her colorful illustrations will capture the eyes of all readers. Though a total stand alone story, readers will love to follow these shelter animals along from book to book.

Any pet lover will want to read Purr-fectly Home. It is also a wonderful way to help kids celebrate differences and learn how to thrive in new situations. I’m eager to see what Palmucci has planned for the future.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 2, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1070967378
ISBN-13: 978-1070967370

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

Purr-fectly Wise by Kimberly Palmucci

In this touching second book of Kimberly Palmucci’s series featuring shelter animals, readers learn the story of Wise Cat, who they met in Purr-fectly Lucky.

Purr-fectly Wiseย goes back to the time when Wise Kitten was adopted by a man who found him on the street. They spent many happy years together, until Wise Man could no longer care for him. Wise Kitten, having matured into Wise Cat, is brought to the shelter. He helps his furry friends there, but there is more in store for Wise Cat.

Turning again to real-life inspiration, Palmucci uses the story of two energetic puppies who grew into wise senior pets under her watchful eye, into a sweet rhyming story of a senior cat whose future still holds so much. Readers who enjoyed Wise Cat in Purr-fectly Lucky will be happy to learn more about him, but even if you don’t read the first book, Purr-fectly Wiseย will capture the hearts of everyone.

Artist Brandi McCann is back to provide the illustrations for the second book in this series. Her cheery sun with its smiling face, the sweet snuggles between Wise Man and Wise Kitten, and the cute beard and eyeglasses on Wise Cat’s face are just some of my favorite parts of this artwork. Author and illustrator work well together to bring these stories to life. I hope they will continue.

There is so much to love in Purr-fectly Wise. It will have a special place on the bookshelf and be an often requested read.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Independently published (March 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1798401525
ISBN-13: 978-1798401521

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

Purr-fectly Lucky by Kimberly Palmucci


Purr-fectly Lucky by Kimberly Palmucci celebrates how special and unique being different is.

Lucky is similar to the other cats at the shelter in the way he likes to frolic and play. He is also different because he has three legs. Every day families visit the shelter looking for a cat to call their own. Who will come to bring Lucky home?

In this charming book of rhyme, Palmucci reminds young readers that being different is a good thing. Inspired by the story of her own unique shelter cat, Lucky’s sweet story is one that kids will enjoy time and again. It also is a great way to teach youngsters about accepting the differences of others they may know.

Brandi McCann provides the colorful and adorable artwork for this first book in the series. Large eyes, rounded faces, and bright colors combine to endear the reader to Lucky and his friends at the shelter. She captures emotions well. I look forward to seeing more of her artwork as the series continues.

A book that educates while it entertains, everyone is sure to enjoy this delightful story.

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Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 9, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1984364804
ISBN-13: 978-1984364807

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

Monster School by Kate Coombs

If you’re looking for some spooky rhyming fun, then Monster School by Kate Coombs will fit the bill.

In this kooky and zany book, young readers will find rhymes about a student who loses things–like body parts, a unique family tree, a boy who avoids his homework, a girl who you would be wise not to cross, and more monsters with all kinds of antics. These delightful lyrics will entertain any youngster who enjoys monsters. Accompanied by spectacular artwork from Lee Gatlin,ย Monster Schoolย is sure to be a favorite for Halloween and other times of the year when you want a laugh. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, this book will get lots of reading time.

Rating: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Lexile Measure: 690
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 28, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781452129389
ISBN-13: 978-1452129389
ASIN: 145212938X

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

The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown

The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown is a book whose mission is to empower young people to care for our planet. It is the final book in the author’s The ABCโ€™s of Everything series. Likeย How to Eat Your ABCs–which we reviewed here–this is an ABC book told in rhyme. From “awaken” to “zen” and everything in between, readers will enjoy turning the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.

I have to applaud the author’s dedication and desire to reach children with important concepts as early as possible. In this particular case it’s to get young people to realize how vital caring for the planet and each other is. This is a book I could see being displayed on a coffee table because the artwork is lovely. This would also allow for regular discussions on the ABCs on this topic.

One thing that distracted from the book for me is how prevalent the author’s presence is throughout it. From the very opening the author is talking about her mission to educate all and to share the things she has to say (Awaken). The author wants to convey the meaning of living green (Green) . The author deplores when people consume beyond their needs (Quality).ย  Children want to learn for themselves. They want to come to their own conclusions. By nature, their immature brains are self-absorbed. So how is a child going to be invested in this mission if she can’t see it as her own?ย  McKeown easily makes her point in several other areas where the author’s presence is totally invisible. It is in those moments she’s chatting with her readers, not speaking at them.

The ABCs of Living Green is a good addition to the series. Just likeย The ABCs of Being Meย andย How to Eat Your ABCs,ย there is tremendous value in taking time to read this final installment. Lyrical prose combined with stunning artwork are a win-win.

Rating: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC (2018)
ISBN-10: 0692939652
ISBN-13: 978-0692939659

I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown

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Witty and clever rhymes combine with vibrant, colorful illustrations to teach the alphabet and encourage healthy eating inย How to Eat Your ABC’sย by Theresa A. McKeown.

Little BuzzBee is your host flying from A to Z talking about fruits, vegetables, and otherย edibles kids can find in the garden. This book is a neat way to learn about nutrition and help your kids gravitate toward healthy eating. One thing I could see this book being used for is as a family project where parents and/or grandparents help youngsters find a recipe to make based upon each letter. It might also inspire them to take up gardening to growย their own food.

My one challenge with the book is its length. Kids who are learning their ABCs may not have the attention span to sit through the reading of three to five lines of verse for 26 letters. There’s a lot of helpful information included, so I understand why the length was necessary, I just don’t believe it meets the expectations of the market that way. How to Eat Your ABC’s seems to be for a child in the 7 to 10 age range. If that’s the intended market, then it works.

I truly love the focus of the book and hope to see more from this author.

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Hardcover: 53 pages
Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC; First edition (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692744088
ISBN-13: 978-0692744086

I received a free digital copy from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

The Daffodils Still Grow by Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell

The Daffodils Still Grow

The Daffodils Still Growย is a touching story of one girl learning to cope with the loss of her mother. The sun still shines and she watches girls with their pretty braided hair (just like hers used to be), but her mother is gone and she can’t understand how life goes on as if nothing changed. Then one spring day, the daffodils her mother planted bloom and the girl is reminded of the many ways her mother is still with her.

I chose to read this book because I lost my mother when I was a child. The author, who draws on her own life experience, captures so well the many emotions children experience when a loved oneย passes away. It seems wise that Tidwell chose to handle this topic with a rhyming story, as the lyrical prose helps lighten the difficult subject matter.

The artwork inย The Daffodils Still Grow is unique in that the fuzzy, intentionally out of focus design could easily symbolize the out of sorts feeling of a child dealing with loss. The colors are warm and inviting.

The best part of this book, for me, is the message of hope that it inspires by helping the reader to understand all is not lost when someone leaves this earth and that we can honor their memory in special ways.

Highly recommended.

Hardcover: 38 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books (June 2, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631771892
ISBN-13: 978-1631771897

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