Picture Book New Releases, Week of October 2, 2018

Happy release week to these picture books! Thanks to the publishers for the free review copies. All opinions belong to our reviewers. 


(Burning Belly Press ~ October 2, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

Pop some microwave popcorn and open this book! Meeting Dr. Brainchild and Radar was a lot of fun! This quirky character finds that he can discover some pretty cool science with all of his whacky ways! His buddy, Radar, is a great assistant!

The illustrations, by Laura Acosta, are very funny and cute! We loved munching on popcorn while learning about the microwave’s history in an entertaining way! This is a nice book for kids interested in inventing things and performing science experiments!

BUILDING BOOKS – by Megan Wagner Lloyd

(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers ~ October 2, 2018) 

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Review and photo by Tracy ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram

I just loved author Megan Wagner Lloyd’s 2017 book FORT BUILDING TIME so I was so excited to get my hands on this new one!

Building towers or reading books. Which is better? Two siblings have the ultimate rivalry until a librarian challenges them to see the other’s point of view. The reader must use a stack of books to build. The builder must read a stack. They both resist until they accidentally have fun.

A sweet story that shows that it’s OK to know what you love, but sometimes you have the most fun when you stretch beyond your comfort zone.

CRAFTY LLAMA – by Mike Kerr

(Bloomsbury Children’s Books ~ October 2, 2018)

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Review and photo by Tracy ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram

Crafty Llama wants to craft, but she isn’t sure what to make. Her indecision leads to a whole forest full of creativity as her menagerie of friends help her brainstorm. .
Beaver challenges her to make something useful. In the end, the two pals use their own unique skill sets to create a place where even more creativity can thrive.

CRAFTY LLAMA is perfect for families of makers and handicrafters and kids with big imaginations.


Balzer + Bray (October 2, 2018)

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This one is still making its way to our reviewers!


Told in a unique dual-narrative format, The Diamond and the Boy follows the stories of both natural diamond creation and the life of H. Tracy Hall, the inventor of a revolutionary diamond-making machine. Perfect for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer, and On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein.

Before a diamond is a gem, it’s a common gray rock called graphite. Through an intense trial of heat and pressure, it changes into one of the most valuable stones in the world.

Before Tracy Hall was an inventor, he was a boy—born into poverty, bullied by peers, forced to work at an early age. However, through education and experimentation, he became one of the brightest innovators of the twentieth century, eventually building a revolutionary machine that makes diamonds.

From debut author Hannah Holt—the granddaughter of Tracy Hall—and illustrator Jay Fleck comes this fascinating in-depth portrait of both rock and man.

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