The Book Bag, Books for Ages 0 to 4 (March/April 2008)

The Day I Swapped My Dad for a Goldfish by Neil Gaiman. Watch out, Dad! Older brother has big plans: he’s going to trade you for goldfish. His little sister isn’t so sure about this. And then Mom finds out, but the deal has already been struck. Now what? How will they get him back? “I loved this book. I was as immersed in the incredible idea of being able to trade an adult authority figure away if I wished so – as was my five year old co-reader. Some of the best humor is in the illustrations, and these should not be overlooked lest you miss the joke!” (HarperCollins Publishers, 2004)

A Horse’s Tale; A Colonial Williamsburg Adventure by Susan Lubner. We turn back time to the 1800s and learn that there once was an unhappy horse in the colonies. We follow him around Colonial Williamsburg and watch as the townspeople try to help him. This is a picture book about friendship that also offers readers a look at colonial America. “This was a fun story and it had a cute rhyming rhythm to it. I loved the illustrations of Colonial Williamsburg. I thought my daughter (age 4) would be bored because it took place in a historical setting. I was wrong. She loved it! We will be making a trip to Colonial Williamsburg soon because of the story!” (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008)

Little Ballet Star by Adele Geras. Tilly has a special birthday present. Not only is she going to the ballet, she gets to go backstage and perform on stage, too. “I enjoyed this book, and think most girls will, too. This is a story about ballet, birthday surprises, and special family time. Three things little girls love.” (The Penguin Group, 2007)

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett. This is a colorful presentation of the silly things you want to avoid: shopping for shoes with a centipede, playing Double Dutch with a grasshopper, and definitely don’t hold hands with a lobster! This is a read-aloud, laugh-out-loud picture book for preschoolers and young elementary students. “I love the whimsical illustrations, especially the fold-out giraffe. When you have finished the book, it is fun to explore other things you and your child (or grandchild) won’t want to do, like take a mouse to a cheese factory and swim in a vat of molasses.” (Athaneum, 2008)

Podcast Reviews from Just One More Book!

Dimples and Double Takes: Baby! Baby! by Vicky Celeen. “Facial expression and body language steal the show in this wordless photo gallery starring human infants and their astonishing animal lookalikes.” Listen to the podcast and see why Andrea & Mark think this book for young children has coffee-table book potential!