Have You Seen Gordon? by Adam Jay Epstein & Ruth Chan

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Have You Seen Gordon? is an absolutely delightful picture book. It starts off like a Where’s Waldo? book, and that seems like a lot of fun since we are searching for a fun little purple anteater named Gordon. The illustrations reminded me of a Richard Scarry book, with many animals engaging in all sorts of activities. There’s a snake jumping rope, a parade with a walrus dressed up as a pizza, and a group of animals doing yoga on the beach. But then there is a rather big twist, and the real adventure begins.

Highly recommended for those who like seek and find books, silly books, and engaging lap reads.

P.S. Keep an eye on the axolotl for another layer of engagement!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E EPSTEIN)

Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Some picture books work on different levels and this is one of those stories. On the surface it’s about finding the three animals hidden in each illustration which becomes easier and easier each page of the book. Below the surface it’s about lost habitat and what happens to animals when the place they lived no longer exists and they can no longer hide? I picked up the book because who doesn’t love a hide and seek book and while I enjoyed reading it and finding the animals older picture book readers will get the message long before the Author explains why he wrote the story.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BARROUX)

And the Train Goes by William Bee; Safari Friends by Treesha Runnells

Reviewed by Diane Basting

And the Train Goes
Many people ride the train in this delightful noise color blocked story for many reasons I loved reading this one out loud with my great nephew and any train loving child will get a kick out of this train trip!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BEE)

Safari Friends
Guessing books, lifting flaps, and animals all add up to be excellent in the car books! I love the two clues easy fold/unfold flaps that let my great nephew hold the book and manipulate it while we read in the car. Simple bold illustrations designed in 4 quadrants.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E RUNNELLS)

The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Reading at bedtime and losing your place in your book is bad enough but to have the book snatched out of your hands and nowhere to be found would be a nightmare, which is what happens in a woodland neighborhood. Rabbit puts on their detective hat and tracks down a Snatchabook; who just wanted someone to read them a story. Sweet story with vignette illustrations.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E DOCHERTY)

Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Love a counting book and Sandra Boynton is a favorite as well making this book a delight! One hippo is sad and lonely so calls some friends who brings friends along which allows the counting to start, in true Boynton fashion sprinkled with great lines for adult readers to chuckle at.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BOYNTON)

Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

A polar bear and a penguin become pen pals and we learn they are complete opposites but distance and differences can all be met in the middle or rather the Galapagos Islands in this case. I loved this cute story about a Loud Polar bear who loved bright colors being best friends with a quiet penguin who likes a monochromatic wardrobe. Anyone need a pen pal?

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BROOKS)

The More the Merrier by David Martin

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Bear starts a dance party that lets all the animals show off their dance moves and even if you don’t move like your friends it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same beat! Fun story with simple pictures and light rhyming, a great read aloud on a rainy day to get your little one to dance like a bear, wiggle like a snake, or stomp like a moose.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E MARTIN)

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

Reviewed by Andrea Bisordi (Library Staff)

Becca would like to be very good at something, but she just can’t seem to find the thing for her. Then a piglet enters her life, and she is sure that saving this little piglet will be the thing for her! The problem is, the pig, whom she names Saucy, is just not cut out to be a house pet. How can she be good at something she might have to give up?

Fans of Mercy Watson who are looking for a longer tale would enjoy this one very much. Saucy gets into all kinds of mischief while still being beloved by the family. I also liked how Becca is trying to understand her place in her family, her school, and life in general. A delightful story.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KADOHATA)