May 8th, 2018 Picture Book Releases

Happy release week to these picture books making their rounds through our reviewers!

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(Balzer + Bray ~ May 8, 2018)

Review and photo by Juli ~ @whatmykidsandiread on Instagram


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Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime…or do they? We really enjoyed this fun book that is “definitely not a bedtime book.” Seriously. It will not cause your kids to fall asleep on “squishy pillows.” Or make them yawn, or cause their eyelids to get heavy. Well, at least that’s what Penguin and Tiny Shrimp keep saying. 🐧 Penguin and Tiny Shrimp don’t want to go to bed. They’re not even tired (I don’t know about you but I’ve never ever heard that one before…). So instead of things that might put you to sleep, this book is full of fireworks, and shark-infested waters, and even a Uni-Hippo. But then, everyone starts getting a little bit sleepy. 😴This was such a fun read for us. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book starring a shrimp, so this certainly was a super original take on a typical bedtime book. Written with kid-approved silliness by Cate Berry, and full of light-hearted illustrations from Charles Santoso, this book is a bedtime treat. 🦐

THE BRILLIANT DEEP: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner

(Chronicle Books ~ May 8, 2018)

Review and photo by Charlotte ~ @CharlotteKnowsBooks on Instagram


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“It starts with one.” That’s the first line of THE BRILLIANT DEEP : Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs. Guys, that’s a good first line! 🐠 This book, written by @katemessner and illustrated by @mattforsythe ,comes out May 8. 🐠 I really enjoyed this book. It follows the story of one man who, when he was small, loved the ocean. When he got older, he saw the problems with declining coral reef populations and he found a way to address it. 🐠 First, the illustrations are so good in this book. The artistic renderings of ocean life and reefs are amazing, colorful /!: vibrant. I’d like a paining of these illustrations for my house! Second, I love the story for two reasons. The literal story of a man trying to save nature is a big hit with me. The metaphorical story of one person being able to change the world has such a good lesson for kids. Additionally, the back of the book has references and citations for further learning so if your child is interested in marine life the knowledge won’t stop!



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