Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Flashback Tuesday: Olivia Goes to Venice written and illustrated Ian Falconer

While I was helping a customer the other day at the bookstore I came across what I thought was a new Olivia book.  Imagine my surprise when I saw it came out a couple of years ago.

I have always loved Olivia...she has a spirit and enthusiasm that I wish I had.  I love all the Olivia books but I think
Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer is my new favorite.  Venice is at the top of my list of places to visit.  To see it through a precocious "child's" eyes is wonderful.  Years ago I met Ian Falconer and I remembered he told us that he based Olivia on his niece. Reading about Olivia again I realized she is just like my niece Celia who is creative and adventurous but who can also be stubborn and strong willed.  I truly believe there is nothing she can't do----just like Olivia.   This is the perfect book for the clever child in your life.  A must have book....

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Two great New Board Books: Dive In! and Dig In! by April Jones Prince illustrated by Michelle Berg

It has been a busy summer. So busy I haven't had time to post any new books.   I am hoping to get back into the swing of things.  I have been working part time at a really great independent called Well Read (New & Used) Books in Hawthorne NJ.  It is great because I get see new books and old favorites as they come in the door and onto shelves.  I just really loved today's new board books.

Dig In! and it's companion Dive In! by April Jones Prince and illustrated so sweetly by Michelle Berg are two new interactive board books that are about construction sites.  I have construction on my mind because of all the work that is being done around my neighborhood.  It seems like there is a new detour every day.  Anyway I know how children can be mesmerized by construction vehicles in general so these two books would make great additions to a child's bookshelf.  They have the cutest little mice doing the construction but it is what they are "building" is a surprise at the end.  Easy to read with movable parts that will keep little fingers busy.  Great books to read during a lazy summer's day.