This is my doll house by Giselle Potter; Schwartz & Wade Books
Imagination is the key in this story. A little girl makes her house from cardboard, and uses her imagination to create the family and their daily activities. Her friend has a fancy store-bought dollhouse – quite sterile and not much fun. When the two girls play with the fancy one, they are bored, When they play with the hand-made one, stories happen. The lovely primitive-styled illustrations bring forth the imagination message. A great one to pair with Sara O’Leary’s This is Sadie.
Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith; Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
Storywise, there’s not much new here: one friend is annoyed by another, until that friend goes away, then is missed. There’s a little communication problem going on between Hector Bear and Hummingbird. The retro-inspired illustrations, with their turquoise, pink, brown, and green palette, are fun and fresh, and reinforce a simple message that kids can learn a gentle lesson from.
Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray; Candlewick Press,
A fresh version of the story for a new generation of young listeners. Digital illustrations that have the feel of cut-paper collage and paint are bright and will attract kids. Slow and steady wins the race, once again.
Chimpanzees for Tea by Jo Empson; Philomel Books
Another in the “Forgetful Boy” line of stories, Vincent is sent to the store with a list, runs into a circus, and of course, forgets to bring home the things on the list. He does, however, bring home animals and other characters from the circus, so it is a big party at the end. Exuberant watercolors make this a fun one, with repeated readings guaranteed.
The Perfect Dog, by Kevin O’Malley, Crown Books for Young Readers
Youngsters hoping to get a dog will love this book—and parent will appreciate that the perfect dog—is one that is happy. A fun addition to storytimes with cartoon-like ink & digital illustrations, and lots of good vocabulary.