Review: I’m Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today by Jancee Dunn and Scott Nash

Ever wondered what teddies do when you’re not home? This charming and highly amusing title answers that question. The titular Teddy has caused a bit of a situation. According to the police woman narrating the story, who involves the reader directly by breaking the fourth wall for much of it, a great deal of damage has been done to the house. Teddy called his friends around as soon as he knew he was home alone, and they proceed to cause carnage – from damaging the bed by using it as a trampoline to pouring bubble bath across the floor to having a sliding contest, it culminates in a dance party that has the neighbours complaining. As she describes the various shenanigans, the police woman’s hard shell seems to soften, and by the time she takes Teddy down to the station for questioning she is fondly remembering the one she loved as a child. She is moved to let Teddy and his friends off with a warning.

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Review: On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest and Jenni Desmond

Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence. Bunny’s house, fur and possessions are various shades of blue, Dog’s are red. Bunny likes cocoa and planting carrots. Dog likes biscuits and hiding his ball. They peek at each other through the fences. Both go to bed with their respective favourite snacks and read, and as they do, they check to see if the lights are on in one another’s houses. The seasons pass, but neither one says hello…until the night both open their doors to get a good look at a shooting star.

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Review: The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse is the latest effort from the award-winning children’s writer Mac Barnett, and once again features illustrations from his frequent collaborator Jon Klassen. It tells the story of a mouse who is gobbled up one morning by a wolf. Needless to say he is terrified by this, until he encounters a duck living in the wolf’s belly. The duck was has made a comfortable home for himself, declaring to the mouse that “I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten.” He and the mouse become good friends, and spend their days eating fine food, dancing and generally causing the wolf a great deal of discomfort. But one day this happy and carefree existence is threatened by an opportunistic hunter.

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Review: Thank You, Bees by Toni Yuly

“From sunshine and rain to plants and honey, there is so much to be thankful for.”

This is the premise of Thank You, Bees, the newest title from Toni Yuly. In the author’s own words, “Thank You, Bees was inspired by the curiosity of my young son. I think all children feel a connection to the natural world, and now more than ever, we need to encourage this feeling and to nurture the awareness that we are a part of this planet and that the gifts all around us cannot be taken for granted.”

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