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Sunday, February 4, 2024

STORYBOOK SUNDAY... takes a walk on the wild side!

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday appears every now and then!

Today's roundup of titles takes a walk on the wild side with THREE selections out now (or coming soon!) that all feature animals. So if you're ready for lions and tigers and... wait, wrong animals. 😳  *ahem* If you're ready for dogs 🐕, and cats 🐈, and... whales 🐋 (oh my!), then KEEP READING because today's trio was made for you (and me!)...

Dev Petty
Illustrated by Mike Boldt
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Release Date: JANUARY 2024

This darling book is the second installment in the LIFE LESSONS series featuring our canine pal, Chip. He's a lean, not mean, puppy dog full of knowledge, and while he has a lot of wisdom to spare, his biggest emphasis is to not trust feline counterparts. Sounds like a single focus story then, right? It's actually not because while imparting that strong sentiment, Chip also tells of all the wonderful things to be friends with, try out, play with, the point that he might actually kinda sorta forget his own words of wisdom in the process and... you can see where this is going 😳.

Suffice it to say that I'm a big fan of CHIP, and his exuberant life choices, for better or worse! A great pick for the wee ones and those simply young at heart with artwork that never fails to dazzle, conveying humor, joy, and even second thoughts with ease. 

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Karen Obuhanych
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: JANUARY 2024

This book was a much an adorable feline frenzy celebration of cuteness as it was a beginning gardening guide for wee readers! It shows the kittens at play as they go about their day while they also accomplish seeding, weeding, watering, and more with their two human counterparts lending a hand with a paw simply won't do. I loved the gentle instructions used because I think it'll spark an interest in how our gardens grow, and even lead to conversations about the importance of continuing that circle of life. I adored the curious little kitties, and their helpful little ways that not only got the job done, but added (if possible!) to their innate cuteness. 

A great pick for feline fans of all ages, and a wonderful way to introduce the next generation to the concepts of food sustainability!

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Dave Eggers
Illustrated by
Mark Hoffmann
Cameron's Kids
Release Date: FEBRUARY 6TH, 2024

This one was a big surprise to me, and not just because of leading fellow is rather big himself! It's a storybook, but it has a lot more story, and a lot more reading than your average pick, so I'd definitely suggest this one as a read along with a more experienced reader, or solo for a kiddo in the same boat to avoid any frustrations. That being said, I really liked this whale of a tale! It emphasized whether what it was imparting was fact or fiction, had great big full size illustrations, made a ginormous point of saying BE YOURSELF no matter what the world may say, and still reminded us of how far a great friendship can really take us. I really felt for this little, well... big guy, and totally respected what he was trying to do! Following the same old same old because it's the status quo... where's the appeal, especially when following your dreams is TOTALLY an option!

A great story to read and share with those you love that might need a little boost to keep reaching for the stars 🌟, as well as a fun animal story that'll have wee ones excited about imaging each new song!

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Special thanks to the dream team at Blue Slip Media for the chance to bring this title to you and to the publishers for the copies for review. (THANKS!) For more information on these titles, the authors, illustrators, or publishers, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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