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Simply Wild

A while ago I reviewed Go Wild with Colours by Neal Layton. (He has also written Go Wild with Noises and Go Wild with Opposites). Now Neal has written Go Wild with Designs. ($5.99, Pavilion Books, All ages), a perfect companion to add to the series.

This straightforward book is awfully cute. I love that it introduces young children to something not often found in board books. Twelve colorful pages feature designs such as diamonds, spots, stripes and zigzags on the skins of animals depicted in wonderfully simple illustrations.

You’ll love snuggling with your child in bed reading this Go Wild book, studying the illustrations and talking about what you’ve learned. Why not read all four in the series together?

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Watch This Space

Regular contributor Debbie Glade reviews Watch This Space.

615lpq8ue4l_sl500_aa300_All those budding little urban planners and park lovers need a copy of Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces. What a grand idea for a children’s book! Written by Hadley Dyer and illustrated by Marc Ngui, this unique book introduces the design, uses and laws of the public spaces we all use in our lives every day. The book is rather sophisticated, and I say that as a compliment. I like the fact that the author defines for us what is and what isn’t a public space and who uses them. She even touches upon what is considered offensive behavior in a public space, which is rather entertaining. Readers also learn the elements a well-designed public space and tips on taking action, should a need arise to defend a public space in their communities. I am a great supporter of children’s books that expose them to world they never knew existed before. And this book certainly does that well.

debbiegladeDebbie Glade, today’s guest reviewer, is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for She blogs daily at

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