Book Reviews–Bunches of Board Books- The First Bunch


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Salina Yoon

Yoon take the traditional rhyme and enlivens it with strong graphical images.  The holes in the pages let readers look through either way, making turning pages a delight as you see different ways to look at the same thing.  The rhyme and interesting illustrations make this an appealing choice.

Reviewed from copy received from Random House.


Rocket Town by Bob Logan

A board book filled with rockets and enough humor to keep adults entertained as well.  The real treat here are the illustrations which have a great 60s vintage vibe that is playful and welcome.  Logan also plays with color as the book pages turn.  If you have a child into trucks and trains, give rockets a try!

Reviewed from copy received from Sourcebooks.


Who’s in the Forest? by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Jill McDonald

Peek through the holes in the pages to see who you can see in the forest.  The mixed media collage illustrations are whimsical and charming.  From the various patterns that make up leaves and sky to the smaller details of acorn caps and bird wings, there is so much for the eye to look at here.  The rhyming text combined with the holes in the pages will appeal to little ones.

Reviewed from library copy.

Book Review–Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown


Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Follow the transformation of a young boy named Neftali into the poet Pablo Neruda.  The book starts with Neruda’s childhood and moves through his life as he begins to write poetry in his signature green ink.  His connection to nature is emphasized throughout the book from his love of the sea to the stones of Chile.  It also speaks to his love of children and his growth into a fighter for workers’ rights.  This is a lovely, quick glimpse of an amazing poet.

Brown’s words are simple and accessible to children.  She manages to explore Neruda’s inspirations without losing her young audience.  Rather she talks in detail about what inspired his poetry, what he meant as a person, and where he came from.  It is a powerful way to look at Neruda and his work.

The art by Paschkis is extraordinary.  Her paintings combine moments throughout Neruda’s life with words.  The words grow on leaves and trees.  They show in the sun and the moon.  They form the very ground.  It is an expressive way to show the power of words in Neruda’s life as well as how they came from all that surrounds him.

Explore Neruda through beautifully simple text and illustrations that have words streaming through them.  Appropriate for ages 5-8.

Reviewed from copy received from Henry Holt.