Children's Book Reviews

The Forbidden Stone
Octopus's Garden
The Grouchy Ladybug
Children's Book Reviews


The Forbidden Stone

The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott

 Puzzles, intrigue and exotic places abound in this wonderful first novel in a new series. Wade Kaplan's dad receives a coded e-mail from an old professor that takes Wade, his step-brother and two friends on a journey to Europe to attend the professor's funeral. While there, they are drawn into a dangerous adventure involving clues left by the astronomer Copernicus. For those who enjoyed the 39 Clues series and Rick Riordan's books, this will be a find.

Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr

 I have been a Beatles fan since way back, so when I saw this children's book of Octopus's Garden by Ringo, I just had to pick it up. The book is pretty cool, especially since it includes a CD version of Ringo singing the song and reading the book. Octopus's Garden is about the joy of being a child and playing in a place where you feel safe and free to swim about with your friends and make new discoveries. The richly colored illustrations depict children having so much fun under the sea that you just want to jump right in and join them! This would be a very good book to read to young children. So come come and join us in an octopus's garden in the shade!

The Grouchy Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

This is another winner by Eric Carle! You may be familiar with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, also by Eric Carle, but he has written a lot of other equally entertaining and fun-to-look at books, The Grouchy Ladybug being one of them.

The “Grouchy Ladybug” is not friendly! It doesn't use good manners and is always ready to pick a fight. Throughout the story, Carle uses engaging, super colorful illustrations indicative of his books that encourages young readers to explore the concepts of good manners, size and shape. As a bonus, he has included the concept of time, which is a fun and unexpected educational component to explore as well.

If your emerging reader loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, give The Grouchy Ladybug a try. You will not be disappointed!

Other Eric Carle titles to check out: Do You Want to Be My Friend?, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly and Hello, Red Fox. Look in the picture book section of The Wadsworth Public Library under “C” for “Carle” for more great reads from this classic children's author.