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Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets – Blog Tour

OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS:
AN UNUSUAL ALPHABET

Written by Sara O’Leary

Illustrated by Jacob Grant

(Random House Children’s Books; $17.99, Ages 3-7)

 

 

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets by Sara O'Leary book cover illustration

 

Starred Review – Booklist

While I never tire of alphabet books, I do see quite a lot so honestly, the more distinct, the better to catch my eye and then keep me reading. Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet fits that bill to a T. TtToads are terrific at tongue twisters. See what I mean?

O’Leary doesn’t waste a minute pulling readers into her adorable, smile inducing descriptions for every animal she’s included. In fact, I bet she had a blast coming up with all their different personality traits and quirks, helping to set this picture book apart from others. Some will catch you off guard: Dd: Dragons cry at happy endings. I love that there are no flames involved, just pure emotion and Pp: Penguins love a big family get-together. Who knew they were such party animals? My fave, the one that gets me laughing out loud, is Rr: Raccoons are always the first to arrive for a party because that sounded just like me. Which letters will resonate with your child? Will it be Ww: Wolves don’t like being told to smile or possibly Yy: Yaks giggle at their own jokes? Find alligators, elephants, meerkats and many more and use the often funny, thought-provoking descriptions to start a conversation about what makes everyone unique.

The choice of animals and their clever corresponding stories will entertain even those who feel they’re too old for alphabet books. Grant’s charming artwork in a warm, muted color scheme with ample white space allows the focus to center on the endearing animals and their actions. From photograph-taking foxes in the field with a parent waiting in the den below to a hedgehog observing the night sky, there is something for everyone in Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets, an especially appealing approach to learning the letters A-Z.

  • Reviewed by Ronna Mandel

 

 

R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins

R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins is reviewed by MaryAnne Locher.

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A is for author Adam
B is for brilliant book
C is for colorful characters
D is for delightful debut

R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet
by Adam F. Watkins, (Price Stern Sloan 2014, $16.99, Ages 3-5), takes us from A to Z with the help of some very noisy robots. Watkins has combined his, and many children’s, love of robots, the alphabet, and zany sounds, to create a wonderfully fresh alphabet book.

Children will enjoy making the silly sounds from Ahoogah to Grrrr, Hisss to Puff, and Quack (yes, there’s a flying robot duck) to Zap, while enjoying Watkins’ brightly colored robots and their amusing antics. Robots of all shapes and sizes, ages and capabilities, join together to put together the alphabet. This book will interest even the most reluctant reader. Learning the alphabet has never been such a cacophony of noises, or so much fun! Parents will sing L- La La La for how quickly their children learn the alphabet.

The Christmas ABC by Florence Johnson

The Christmas ABC, written by Florence Johnson and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin (A Little Golden Book Classic, $3.99; Ages 2 and up), is reviewed by Rita Zobayan.

The Christmas ABC by Florence Johnson

The Christmas ABC by Florence Johnson with illustrations by Eloise Wilkin, A Little Golden Book Classic, 2013.

 

Christmas is a time of family gatherings and memories, and the Little Golden Book Classic The Christmas ABC captures that spirit perfectly. Filled with nostalgia, it is a sweet book that harkens to the simple and innocent feel of Christmases past.

A is for Angels looking down from above, Guardians of Heaven that sing of God’s love.

K is for Kitten, so warm and so cozy when Santa comes in, so jolly and rosy.

N is for Neighbors who come over to say, “Merry Christmas to all, what a joyous day!”

Y is for Yuletide, the time for good cheer, When Santa and presents and stockings appear.

The illustrations complement the text with images that are sentimental and cheery. My youngest daughter especially enjoyed picking out the extra details, such as the cookie shapes (tree, reindeer, wreath, and Santa) that adorn the P for plum pudding page. Whether you have a preschooler who’s learning the alphabet or you enjoy a trip down Christmas lane, The Christmas ABC is sure to be a pleaser from A-Z!

 

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