Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Beloved author Margaret Wise Brown titles released in a new classics line by Silver dolphin Books [Review & Giveaway]

The 109th anniversary of Brown’s birthday is on May 23, 2019 and to celebrate we're reviewing three new Margaret Wise Brown titles from Silver Dolphin Books, the first in a new line of MWB books: The Diggers, Sleep Tight Sleepy Bears, and Count to 10 with a Mouse.

Story about "found" books: In 1990, author Amy Gary discovered a trunk of unpublished manuscripts and songs in the attic of Margaret Wise Brown’s sister’s barn. These manuscripts provided the source material for many of the titles in a new line of classics by the beloved author. Silver Dolphin Books—publisher of high-quality, activity-based books for children ages 2 to 12— will launch fifteen new Margaret Wise Brown titles in Spring and Summer 2019, with two more publishing in the fall.

Count to 10 With a Mouse

ISBN: 9781684127412
Hardcover $12.99
Ages 3-5; 32 pages

My thoughts: This is a sweet counting picture book and a bit different from regular run-of-the-mill presentations. There is plenty of repetition and yet new ideas and imagery are involved in the telling of Mouse counting to 10. The illustrations are particularly charming and sweet in soft shades of various colors.

Essentially, mouse sees (or has eaten) a hole in a book and he ventures through the hole and thus the pages as he counts. This goes on until he is at the end and then..... well what do you think? He turns around runs back again. I just love this charming book.

About the book: Illustrated by Kirsten Richards, this little mouse story is a beautiful children's picture book with gentle illustrations, and a perfect way to get your children reading (and counting) with a lovable, engaging storyline. Ideal for beginning readers, this book is sure to become a family treasure.

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Baby Caleb can't read!
Baby Caleb can't count!
Baby Caleb likes his books!!!

The Diggers 

ISBN: 9781684127429
Hardcover $12.99
Ages 3-5; 32 pages

My thoughts: Having raised five children of my own, two of which were boys that loved to dig, I can thoroughly appreciate this diverse book about all sorts of diggers. Wee little creatures and mid-size critters dig, boys and men that dig, shovels and machines that are used for digging.  Lots of diggers. It is an opportunity for the child to learn how extensive digging really is in our world.

The illustrations are excellent and sure to garner lots of interest and present "talking points" for the parent of the inquisitive child. Love this book!

About the book: Dig, dig, dig! Join the animals and machines as they dig an incredible journey of discovery underground in an imaginative story and amazing adventure brought to life by French illustrator Antoine Corbineau, using a patchwork of texture and color in his vibrant illustrations to depict the fun and energetic world of the diggers.

Sleep Tight, Sleepy Bears 

ISBN: 9781684127603
Hardcover $12.99
Ages 3-5; 32 pages

My thoughts:  Who doesn't love a sweet picture book about bears - any size, any action, any color? This simple story is papa bear and baby bear both are sleepy and are going through their nightly routine of bedtime.  Papa bear slows the day and action down with soothing words and actions.

A sweet story and a very good bedtime, go to sleep story.

About the book: Follow the story of the sleepy bears in  in this magical tale beautifully illustrated by Julie Clay. It's a perfect bedtime story for your little one, and will enchant children and parents alike.

Begins April 23
Ends May 20 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA and CANADA addresses only.
(Canadian addresses: No P.O. Boxes & will need phone number of winner.)
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More about the Author: Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way saw things. Margaret died after surgery for a appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else: a writer of songs and nonsense.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of each book to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own, alone, and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publicist or publisher.


  1. My 7 year old grandson likes to read to his 7 month old brother. My 2 year old grandson loves everything to do with transportation and wheels and also enjoys reading on Mom's lap.

  2. What a find to find all those unpublished works by such an amazing children's author! Thanks so much for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!


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