I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for January 2019
Delivery Bear by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Paco Sordo. Ages 3 to 5.
Zogby always dreamed of being a Fluffy Tails Cookies delivery animal and he's about to get his big break. During his interview the Fluffy Tails Cookies manager said that Zogby did not have the right look because Zogby is a bear, not a bunny. But the manager decides to give Zogby a one-day trial. At first Zogby's deliveries do not go well. Everyone is expecting a bunny at their door when Zogby sings the delivery song, not a big bear. Eventually, Zogby learns that he is special and has to be himself. He changes the song to make it his own and announces himself as a not-so-scary bear. When the animals know to expect a bear when they open the door, they stop being scared! This is a cute book about learning to embrace who you are.
Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Ages 4 to 8.
Winter is here! It has finally arrived in Toronto and there is snow and slush everywhere. This is the perfect book to cuddle up and read with our little ones. Winter is Here describes the snow falling – settling on houses and trees, the sounds of winter (or lack thereof), and the frustrations of the layers of clothes we have to put on before we head out. Winter is grey, white and blue. But winter shrinks away! The snow melts and the flowers start to come up. Then finally it is spring with all its bright colours, cherry blossoms and birds. This book ends with something for us to look forward to.
Misfit City by Kristen Smith and Kurt Lustgarten; illustrated by Naomi Franquiz. Ages 9 to 12.
If you are a fan of Lumberjanes you will enjoy the Misfit City series. A group of friends find a treasure map signed by the infamous pirate, Black Mary. But trying to decipher the map is difficult and gets them into a bit of trouble with their parents, other treasure hunters and the spirit world! This graphic novel feels like the girl version of the cult movie The Goonies and is full of adventure.