Review: A trio of children’s books from the library

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August 12, 2014 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth

odd duck coverOdd Duck written by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Sara Varon.  ISBN 978-1596435575.  96 pages. Published May 2013 by First Second.  First Second has a bit of preview in this blog post.

A charming kid’s book (graphic novel format) that most definitely can be enjoyed by adults too. I’m also having a bit of an identity crisis. I thought for sure that I was Paul from Paul Meets Bernadette but I can also really identify with Theodora too. And just like with Paul Meets Bernadette, Odd Duck would also be a sweet and silly romantic gift to give to your odd significant other if you are odd too.

Available on Barnes & Noble.


unicorn thinks he's pretty great coverUnicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great written and illustrated by Bob Shea.  ISBN 978-1423159520.  40 pages.  Published June 2013 by Disney-Hyperion.

Such a fun book, but there’s a good bit of seriousness (in the form of subtle lessons and morals) to accompany this silly story.

This might just be the best quote ever.  “I can only eat glitter and rainbows. Darn my sensitive stomach!” says the unicorn.

Available on Barnes & Noble.



sophie's squash coverSophie’s Squash written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.  ISBN 978-0307978967.  40 pages. Published August 2013 by Random House Children’s Books.

An interesting, if a bit over-the-top, story. Not sure that it was totally believable, but that might not be a fair statement to make since I just read and really liked Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great. But I suppose it’s easier to pass judgement on the actions of fictional people than anthropomorphic goats and unicorns 😉 Admittedly, I was not crazy about the artwork.  But if you are looking for a seasonal fall read or a book about farmer’s markets and vegetables, this would be a good choice.

Available on Barnes & Noble.



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