Picture Book New Releases: August 28 & September 4

Happy release week to these picture books! Thank you to the publishers for providing free review copies for Kid Lit Exchange reviewers.

MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS by Margaret Chiu Greanias

(Running Press Kids ~ August 28, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

This is such a cute story! Max is being pushed to be villainous like his family, but he is such a nice monster! My kids loved the colorful illustrations.

The idea of ‘stealing your heart’ is so adorable! We thought that was certainly better than stealing possessions and making people sad!

This would be an adorable book to make monster portraits with. We discussed~ stealing your heart with love and kindness ~ It is important to make your own decisions even if you are being pushed to do something that you are not comfortable with.

GRIZZLY BOY by Barbara Davis-Pyles

(Little Bigfoot ~ September 4, 2018)

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Review and photo by Kristin ~ @littlemisskidlit on Instagram

A big thanks to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book; releasing on September 4.

Ahh, today marked the first official day of summer break for my little ladies. We slept in, swam in the pool and did whatever we pleased all day. It was glorious.

I will tell you though, the week prior was not as pretty. No one wanted to get dressed or go to school, and I can’t say I blamed them. This book was a blessing in that it opened our eyes to days when you just don’t feel like being yourself and facing the day.

Theo wakes up one morning and dreams about being a bear instead of a little boy. His Mom lovingly brings him back to reality in the sweetest way possible, sometimes with a little humor and charm. And in the end, even Theo’s Mom can relate to the feeling of escaping the not-so-fun parts of life.

Our favorite part is on the last page; “…they both tossed their shoes out the window. Then they ran to the park with their big bare feet and played for hours… wild and free.”

I GOT THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Connie Schofield-Morrison

(Bloomsbury Children’s Books ~ September 4, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

I AM not shifting into Christmas mode yet! I promise! 🏖 Still beach days here! Double tap if you are too! 🎅🏻 BUT could not resist sharing this one! Get ready to feel warm and fuzzy!

I Got The Christmas Spirit by @i_c_o_n_n_i_eis about a girl who has been keeping her spirit alive all year! She finally lets it out and goes out to share it with the world.

The use of senses to capture the Christmas spirit is a lot of fun. On the side of the main text, there are words to describe the senses she is using to feel like spirit. My kids loved repeating the words like- Yum Yum! Ding Dong!

The illustrations by @frankmorrison are beautiful! The details on every single page are amazing! Swipe and you will see what I am excited about!

We have this one on preorder already! It comes out 9/4/18.


(Greenleaf Book Group Press ~ September 4, 2018)

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Review and photo by Eve ~ @all_about_eve_reading on Instagram

Joining the plethora of political picture books, here’s another one for the Trump era of fake news. Told in a classic allegorical style reminiscent of Aesop’s fables like The Tortoise and the Hare or The Fox and the Crane, this book is a cautionary tale about a lying warthog who manages to become king.

The pointed references to the current political climate are cleverly superimposed with the animals of the African savannah, with an ending that might be a bit of solace for some!

Not sure how much of this the younger set will appreciate; this definitely seems like the perfect door gift/coffee table book for adults entering the midterm election season.


(The Innovation Press ~ September 4, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

What an inspiring story! Raye Montague is definitely someone who teaches all to never give up! This mathematician persisted beyond all obstacles to make her dreams come true. The last page has such a powerful message! Swipe to see!

This book is written in rhyme with detailed illustrations. After learning about this woman’s struggles and achievements, there are so many extra details in the book. A personal letter from Raye, a timeline, added information about her life, photographs, and sites to follow up with are included.

I look forward to reading other books in this series!

T.REX TIME MACHINE by Jared Chapman

(Chronicle Books ~ September 4, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

Join these dinosaurs as they travel through time. It is a very funny book with a lot of dialogue.

My kids thought it was SO silly to see the dinosaurs finding fast food and treats for the first time! We weren’t sure if they would even care about getting back home! Yum!

The illustrations are very funny and will keep you laughing! The only problem is ~ Now I want a donut or ice cream after reading this! Haha.

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