Sunday, January 24, 2021

Book Reviews - Over the Stop; Lawson - So You Want to be an Owl; Porter - Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School; Harper - NEW Children's Books from Candlewick Press

Over the Shop, JonArno Lawson (ILL. Qiu Leng)
Candlewick Press-2021 - ages 3-7 (40 pages)

Lowell and Friends General Store occupies the first level of a run down building. An older grandparent runs the store while a small lonely grandchild helps where she can.  There's an apartment above the store that needs to be rented but, it won't be easy finding people not afraid of putting in some hard work.  Low and behold the perfect couple comes along and transforms the place and building into a warm and welcoming place.  I'm generally not a fan of books for young children without words but, the watercolor illustrations are very nice and it was fairly easy to transform the story into words for discussion with little ones.

So You Want to Be an Owl; Jane Porter (ILL. Maddie Frost)
Candlewick Press - 2020 - Ages 5-9 (32 Pages)

This is one of those perfect educational books for young readers. Meet Professor Olaf who does a great job teaching little humans and adults alike all about owls.  The book is so informative and so well illustrated that it makes a great teaching tool. I wish there were more books in this series on other topics as it's just so well done and perfect for a school library collection as well.  A fascinating look at everything you ever wondered about owls. 

                                      Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School; Jamie Harper
                                             Candlewick Press - 2020  - ages 4-8 - (40 pages)

Miss Mingo (the flamingo) is marking the 100th day of school with special projects the class has done to celebrate 100 days of success in school.  Hippo celebrates the 100th day telling about the birth of his 100 lb. newborn sister. Octopus has sorted 100 seashells into ten piles of ten. Panda chooses bamboo shoots with two bundles of 50.  Cricket, cockroach, koala, ant, centipede and more join in as well.  I loved how fun this one was with its delightful and colorful illustrations and an instructional lesson about the different ways we can get to the number 100.

These books were sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.


  1. They all sound good for children! I've never read a book without words.

  2. Such cute books and such wonderful illustrations!

  3. Over the Shop looks like a great book. I don't mind books without words. They always gave my daughter an opportunity to do her own storytelling using the pictures.

  4. Love the illustrations! I've seen Over the Shop somewhere else, or maybe here at some earlier time, and fell in love with the scene on the cover.

  5. Fun! The illustrations are fantastic.


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