Monday, April 25, 2022

Eerdmans Young Readers books for Spring [Review & 1-book Giveaway USA]

The Writer by Davide Calì & illustrated by Monica Barengo  

My thoughts: 
Such a cute little bulldog. Totally self-absorbed with his importance to the writer. The writer can't function without input from "dog." 

Then the needs of dog drive the writer to the out-of-doors and dog decides writer needs a "person." But the outcome of this decision is not necessarily to dog's liking.

Really cute illustrations done in earthy tones. Sparse text. Somewhat "droll." Has a "New Yorker" style humor to it. I like it and think anyone who has a dog (or perhaps a cat) will find it entertaining. 

A child's book? I'm not sure they would get the emphasis. Though I think they would enjoy the dog. Well, I think anyone who likes or loves dogs will love this book.

About the book: A dog has an important job to do, especially if his human is a writer. Without a dog by his side, the writer would forget to eat. He’d never get out of his pajamas, and he’d probably stare at the computer all day long. But even the best French bulldog can’t do everything. Maybe this perfect pair needs someone new in their lives… 

Illustrated in warm, earthy tones, this witty story reflects the ways dogs change our lives for the better. Our canine friends can make—and find—the best companions.

The Pack by Amanda Cley & illustrated by Cecilia Ferri

My thoughts: 
Not your everyday, cutesy, children's book. This is a "counseling" type of book. One that a therapist, school counselor, or parent might use when they see a child begin to follow the "pack" for inclusiveness with their peers.

Being with the "in group" or "the gang" has advantages, but more often has disadvantages and undesirable connotations. 

I like the simplicity and directness of the book. The text is sparse and the pictures beautifully done though essentially colorless. The individual is still not in the pack though is definitely leaning in that direction.

I like the book. I think the book enlightening and yet it holds a bit of darkness. Adults should be careful in whose little hands they place the book. 

About the book: If you try to fit in with the pack, you’ll look the same as everyone else. You’ll be a part of the group, but you’ll lose parts of yourself. Eventually you won’t even recognize yourself anymore. Breaking free from the pack isn’t easy, but it is possible. If you find the courage to leave conformity behind, you can finally discover who you are. 

Resonant and haunting, The Pack imagines what happens when a human being wears wolf’s clothing. This poetic, powerful book will start unforgettable conversations about identity, peer pressure, and finding one’s own path.

A Perfect Spot by Isabelle Simler

My thoughts:   A lovely book about the journey of a ladybug as she seeks a perfect place to deposit her eggs. She encounters a variety of fearsome (to her) dangers at each seemingly lush spot which results in her frantically flying on to land somewhere else. 

Illustrated in beautiful detail, the story captures one's interest because of the little ladybug's pursuit and also because the reader can spend much time perusing the details and colors so beautifully executed. 

Only one item I felt was a little off for children. After a particularly harsh encounter in a tree, she tumbles down. The text reads, "And now she's left reeling and bitter inside, with her wings so terribly crinkled and creased." To me this embittered characteristic which ladybug experiences right before reaching the "perfect spot" addresses a bitterness of ageing (the story is indicative of the lifecycle of the ladybug) is not typical of young children's picture books. It can be read and not understood or it can be explained to youngsters as how some people respond to a harsh life and their circumstances.  The book is not ruined by any means, just a small bit that caught my eye. I would read it to a child or grandchild.

I think this is a lovely book and it is beautifully illustrated. I love how the author/illustrator uses details and colors. I previously reviewed books by Isabelle Simler and consider it a joy to do so. Find them by clicking here

About the book: A ladybug needs a safe place to lay her eggs, but where can she find an open spot? Katydids flutter in the leaves, stick insects hide in the branches, and thorn bugs pop out from every available stem. Even those bright pink flowers are orchid mantises ready to strike! Will any of these creatures be the right neighbors for the ladybug’s eggs? 

Illustrated with lush, vibrant details, A Perfect Spot is a fascinating introduction to the diverse world of arthropods. Acclaimed creator Isabelle Simler presents a bug’s eye view of camouflage, metamorphosis, and other natural wonders.

1 copy of The Writer
Begins April 25
Ends May 19 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies of the books to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy of The Writer is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Eerdmans Publishing. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

1 comment:

  1. (1) What young readers book would you like to have? I Hate Borsch!

    (2) What Young Readers book would you like to see reviewed here on Chat With Vera? A Perfect Spot


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