Category: Reviews

2018 Picture Books–Kitten and the Night Watchman

It is 2019. Ta-da! For most of this year Jean Matthew Hall will review some of the amazing picture books published in 2018. Kitten and the Night Watchman was written by John Sullivan (also a night watchman!) and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Paula Wiseman…

MY PINTEREST

I opened a PINTEREST account more than a year ago. Then promptly ignored it. I’ll bet you’ve done something similar before, too. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to revisit, learn, conquer the beast. I’m glad I did. Now…

C is for Christmas

Another Christmas picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall C is for Christmas was written by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Louise Hargreaves. Little Lamb Books (AKA “the publisher of my book to be released soon”) released it in 2018 a few days…

Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree – PB Review

Another Christmas Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree was written by David Martin and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. Candlewick Press published it in 2011. Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree is a cute little story…

New Christmas Picture Book

She’s done it again! My sweet friend, Jill Roman Lord, has worked her word-magic again and brought the first Christmas night to life for young children. Her verses are in perfect rhyme and meter. Her insights into the celebration surrounding the birth of Jesus…

If I Had a Horse – Review

A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino was published by Roaring Brook Press in 2018. This picture book took me by surprise. The striking illustrations are almost nondescript. It’s clear they depict a child and…

Let the Children March – Review

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Last week I reviewed one of the cutest picture books I’ve seen. It was delightful! This week’s picture book could not be any more different from that. Let the Children March is about the 1963 Children’s…

LOVE – Picture Book Review

Love is a 2018 picture book by Newberry Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña. It is illustrated by Loren Long and was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. I have huge respect for both the author and illustrator of Love. But I’m confused by…

A Seed Is the Start-a Nonfiction Picture Book

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. A Seed Is the Start is a National Geographic Kids book. It was written by Melissa Stewart and copyrighted in 2018. The illustrations are all photographs. The ISBN is 978-1-4263-2977-7. Something a little different about…

G Is For Groundhog – Review

SPOILER ALERT! GIVE-A-WAY IN THIS POST.  G Is For Groundhog is a brand new soft cover picture book by my wonderful friend, Kristi Butler.  It was illustrated by another special friend, Samantha Bell. Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published it in 2018. G Is For Groundhog is…

Lightship–Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Brian Floca’s nonfiction picture book, Lightship, was published in 2007 by Athenium Books for Young Readers. The ISBN is 978-1-4169-2436-4. You read it correctly. Lightship, not lighthouse. I found the information interesting and intriguing. I…

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature is a handsome nonfiction picture book written by Caldecott Medal Winner Joyce Sidman. It is illustrated by Beth Krommes and was published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for…

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