REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW! Picture Book Triple Play!!!

Have I got a great deal for you! Three great picture books! 😀

planesgoPlanes Go

By Steve Light

16 pages – ages pre-K +

Published by Chronicle Books on August 12, 2014

About: Publisher’s description – “The helicopter goes, “PITTATATATA PITTATATATA PITTATATATA.” The jumbo jet goes “Wheeeeeeeee VRRRRRRRRRRUUUHHHHHHHHHMMM.” The propeller plane goes “HUK HUK HUK WHIRRRRRRR WHIRRRRRR.” Prepare for liftoff with 8 exciting aircraft and the noises they make in this irresistible board book! The long oversized format lends itself to the shape of the vehicles and stands out on the shelf and the boisterous text begs to be read aloud.  ”

What I like about it: This book is simply amazing! The size of the book is perfect for young kids’ attention spans, and perfect for a bedtime story. Although the size of the book makes it difficult to fit on a book self – it’s 12 inches x 6 inches – the size and shape is kind of cool when it’s showing airplanes. The art is big, bright and wonderful! The text is easy do young kids can read along. I love the sound effects of the planes (and the one helicopter). Kids will love saying them out loud – I know I did! Mr. Light has other transportation themed picture books (Trains Go, Diggers Go) which I want to GO check out now. 😉

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. Light, please go to his website HERE.

Check out Sue Morris’ review of this book HERE.

Check out Chronicle Book’s page for this book HERE!

bearsseaThe Bear’s Sea Escape

By Benjamin Chaud

32 pages – ages 3-6

Published by Chronicle Books on August 5, 2014

About: From Inside Cover: “Papa Bear and Little Bear were trying to sleep… Suddenly, a case of mistaken identity results in a big adventure for Little Bear, with Papa Bear in pursuit!”

What I like about it: This is a wonderful Look&Find book. In the pages, you can search for Papa Bear and Little Bear in the crowded scenes. It is a very cute book, and Mr. Chaud’s art style adds lots of humor to it. Mr. Chaud is the guy who illustrated “I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…” (see my review HERE). I admire his art, and now I admire his writing skills. I love this book. I hope to be able to check out the first book in this series (The Bear’s Song). Take a look at an interior page!


I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out Chronicle Book’s page for this book HERE!



Mix It Up!

By Hervé Tullet

56 pages – ages pre-K +

Published by Chronicle Books on September 14, 2014

About: Publisher’s description “Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.  ”

What I like about it: This is an amazing sequel to Press Here. M. Tullet is a great author, and he has a whimsical style for his books. 🙂 I think that tons of kids would enjoy this. Mix It Up has lots of interactiveness in it – all without flaps or apps! I have fun doing the instructions. This book introduces the mixing of colors (blue + yellow = green, add white to lighten, etc.), in simple instructions, as in below. It is quite fun to do and it is super educational. Make sure to get this one for your pre-schooler or kindergartener!


I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about M. Tullet, click HERE to go to his website.

Visit the Chronicle Books page for this book HERE.

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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24 replies

  1. Love your enthusiasm! These all look triple-y fantastico!!!

  2. WOW you’ve been a busy reader / reviewer Erik 😀

  3. Jealous! I wanna read all three!

  4. Ha! gotcha on first two – Thanks for the link. I loved the second Bear. Did you find Waldo? He is on one of the first few pages.

    Mix it Up I just received – you win. That book is as amazing and as brilliant as Press Here was amazing and brilliant. I loved the book as I went from page to page laughing. why didn’t I think of that? I could have even illustrated it. Ever think like that, with all the books you review? Nice triple-play, Erik!! (too bad one wasn’t a baseball book)..:)

  5. I think my two will love all these – especially the colour mixing book; they are forever asking, “What do [red] and [green] make?”

  6. Mom loved Press Here and bought it for a friend. That looks like a fun sequel. I hope she doesn’t buy Planes Go. Sorry, but I’m afraid of things in the sky. *shiver*

    Love and licks,

  7. I recently read about Bear’s Sea Escape and was planning to get it. Then I forgot. Thanks to you, I have now written it down. To the bookstore!

  8. These all look like such fun! I love whimsy. And I agree, the illustrations are big and bright!

  9. Looks like a great start to the fall for Chronicle Books! They do very high quality books, ones that feel great in your hands. Nice review(s)!

  10. They all look excellent!! Thanks for the reviews!

  11. Ooh, Mix It Up looks great. We’ve had a hard time finding good color wheel/ color mixing books, so it looks perfect. Thanks Erik!

  12. The Benjamin Chaud title caught my eye. Loved his Bear’s Song. Must find this one soonest.


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