Thursday, June 24, 2021

Atticus Caticus, How to Apologize, and Wild Is the Wind picture books entertain young readers [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

Atticus Caticus by Sarah Maizes & illustrated by Kara Kramer (Candlewick Press ISBN: 9781536208405 Ages 3-7)

My thoughts:
They rhythmic, snappy cadence of this cute book with its plethora of "at" rhymes is enjoyable to read. It is a story of a cat and a boy going about their day. 

A fun read but parents may get their tongues twisted around all the rat-a-tat-rat and atti-cati-at sounds. Have fun! 

About the book: Snap your fingers to the beat as a boy introduces us to his beloved (and oh-so-recognizably feline) cat. Whether Atticus is lying in the sun or stealing a sip from a water glass, sharpening his nails on a favorite chair or settling in for the night on his boy’s head, this cat will win your heart—and maybe inspire you to improvise a few riffs of poetry about your own animal friends.

How to Apologize by David LaRochelle & illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press ISBN: 9781536209440 Ages 3-7)

My thoughts:
This is such a cute book and a very much needed lesson in how to apologize. I just love this this social skill is so aptly illustrated and told in this cute story.

I highly recommend it to homes and all types of libraries.

About the book: Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone knew how to apologize? Luckily, this humorous guidebook is full of practical tips about when, why, and how to say you’re sorry. From a porcupine who accidentally popped his friend’s balloon to a snail who was running so fast he stepped on a sloth’s toes, hilarious examples and sweet illustrations abound. For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that even though apologizing can be hard, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Wild is the Wind by Grahame Baker-Smith (Templar Books, ISBN: 9781536217926 Ages 4-8)

My thoughts:
This is a beautifully illustrated book that creatively tells a story of  the might and power of the wind to exert massive changes on Earth. It is told as a swift (small bird) makes its journey across over 8,000 miles to find it's place to nest and lay eggs.

A gently and beautifully told story that is a joy to read. I like, too, that the author/illustrator did this as a project during his "Covid lockdown" and dedicated it to the multitude of individuals who did so much during the pandemic.

About the book: Cassi watches a little swift dive and swoop in the still air. In the rising sun the world seems to be holding its breath. Then a small breeze stirs the leaves in the trees, and as the wind grows bolder, a whiff of danger sends small creatures running for cover. Across the ocean, the wind awakes with a fury, whipping the waves and cresting each one with wild white horses. And further on, around the still eye of a hurricane, clouds are carved into a great spiral, howling with stormy power. All this is witnessed by the swift as it finally comes to nest on the other side of the world, where the great wind has abated. Follow the amazing path of a swift in Kate Greenaway Award–winning illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith's follow-up to The Rhythm of the Rain.

Begins June 24
Ends July 20 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA/CANADA addresses
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DISCLOUSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winners' prizes are provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

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