books for children

Review of ‘Laughing Eyes’

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Laughing Eyes by Haya Magner is a very short, but entertaining book with some nice illustrations and poems about the every-day life of children. While some of the poems might be a bit too complicated for the youngest, every child can enjoy the pictures, and there are lessons to be learned if read slowly and carefully.

An excellent book to introduce poetry to young children.

I give it four stars.

Review of ‘Learning my ABCs: Animals A-Z’

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Learning My ABCs: Animals A-Z by Piaras O. Cionnaoith is a short picture book that helps youngsters learn the alphabet, and at the same provides interesting and fun facts about select animals. A great book, with only one criticism, the author describes a group of quails as a ‘convoy,’ when, if I remember from my hunting days, is actually a ‘covey.’ Besides this trivial little error, this is an excellent book that I highly recommend for your youngster who is just beginning his or her reading journey.

Despite that error, I give the author five stars for a wonderful little book.

Review of ‘P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Missing Bottle’

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P.I. Penguin wakes up wondering when his parents will come home; wondering why they left in the first place. His day is interrupted when his friend, Bella the bottlenose dolphin asks for his help in finding a bottle that has been taken from her collection.

P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Missing Bottle by Bec J. Smith, with illustrations by Indonesian artist, Adit Galih, is an intriguing little story in rhyme that follows P.I. and Bella as they track down the missing bottle. Smith, which is a pseudonym for author Rebecca Laffar-Smith and her two children who helped her write the book, has penned a nice little tale that is intended to help children with language acquisition difficulties. While the rhyming is a bit off in places, this doesn’t detract at all from a cute little tale that most children will find enchanting and educational at the same time.

Whether your children have difficulty with language or not, I’m convinced that they will find P.I. Penguin an entertaining character that will give them enjoyment. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I give it four stars.