Young Reader Spring Releases
Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba
Young reader grands (ages 4-8) have these three newly released books to brighten their day. Reading is a great way to escape into another world while isolated in your house. Whether it is a unicorn, the Cubby Hill animal gang or some stunning photographs – there is something for all.
(Unicorn Diaries #2)
Author/Illustrator: Rebecca Elliott
Age Range: 5-7
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent young readers. There is easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations on each page.
Rainbow (Bo) Tinseltail lives in Sparklegrove Forest, where lots of other magical creatures live. This book is written as diary entries by Bo and filled with conversation bubbles to add to the action. The diary follows Bo and her unicorn friends through a week long adventure. Several items come up missing and the unicorns are on the case. Did the scary dragons steal the items? Can Bo and the gang solve the mystery and recover the goods? Or is there something else going on here? Your young reader grand will have to read this cute chapter book to find out.
About the author:
Rebecca Elliott has illustrated many children’s books, including Kiss, Kiss Good Night. She wrote and illustrated the USA Today bestselling Owl Diaries series, Just Because, and Zoo Girl, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives with her family in the countryside of Suffolk, England.
Author/Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld
Age Range: 4-8
In Cubby Hill, someone new moving to the neighborhood is big news. Cooper is the first in town to find out. He quickly paints “WELCOME” on his wagon and sets out to meet the newcomers. Along the way he picks up an entourage of friends and lots of “what ifs”.
What if we don’t get along?
What if they make scary noises?
What if they don’t look like anybody we’ve ever seen before?
Find out just who moved to Cubby Hill and how they fit in. There are tons of cute illustrations and lessons about welcoming new people and meeting new neighbors. Young readers will love this book.
About the author:
Cori Doerrfeld received a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College, as well as her postbaccalaureate in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has illustrated numerous titles, including The Rabbit Listened and Little Bunny Foo Foo. Doerrfeld lives in Minneapolis and is married to comic book artist Tyler Page. Together they have two storytellers in the making—their daughter, Charli, and their son, Leo. Discover more of Doerrfeld’s work at coridoerrfeld.com.
Author/Photographer: Gray Malin
Age Range: 3-6
From ALONE and TOGETHER to ABOVE and BELOW, Gray Malin’s stunning photography shows off opposites from all over the world
The concept of opposites may be hard for a young grand to grasp. Gray Malin takes a stab at it in this book filled with his beautiful photographs. Many of the pictures are aerial shots, Malin’s specialty. The colors in some of the shots are so bold and crisp. I especially loved the aerial views for summer (bright beach umbrellas) and winter (skiers in colorful garb). I think the animal pics will delight the kids.
About the author:
Gray Malin is a photographer best known for his aerial beach photography, which he has transformed into a lighthearted, conversation-igniting, joyful brand. His work’s sense of adventure and escapism has turned him into a household name. He lives in Los Angeles.
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About the reviewer:.
Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.
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