A Favorite of mine! Children’s Book.”The Green Umbrella”by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Maral Sassouni



When Elephant takes a peaceful walk with his green umbrella he’s interrupted by a hedgehog, cat, bear, and rabbit—each claiming that they’ve had exciting adventures with his umbrella. After all, it is an umbrella, and it certainly hasn’t been on any adventures more exciting than a walk in the rain. Or has it?

Things aren’t always what they seem in this charming tale of imagination, sharing and friendship.
Jackie Azúa Kramer was born in Manhattan, New York. Many lives ago Jackie was an actor, singer, and school counselor. Her work with children presented her with an opportunity to address their concerns, secrets, and hopes through storytelling.
Many of Jackie’s best ideas happen in a bathtub full of bubbles. Jackie and her family live happily in Long Island, New York. The Green Umbrella is Jackie’s first picture book.

Maral Sassouni was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been an illustrator for more than 20 years. In 2013 she won the SCBWI Portfolio Grand Prize. Her work was selected by the Society of Illustrators in New York (2014), and also honored by the 3×3 Picture Book Show in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Her art has been exhibited in group shows of children’s illustration all over the world: in Sàrmede, Italy, for the Immagini della Fantasia exhibit (2011, 2012); in Mexico City, at the Museo Franz Mayer in conjunction with the IBBY Congress of 2014; in South Korea, at the 2013 Nami Island Illustration exhibit. Also in Geneva, at the United Nations Headquarters, and in Brussels, at the European Parliament.


I think this is one of my favorite Children’s books! Such a cute story, and the Illustrations are AMAZING!

I really think you will enjoy sharing this with your child!

I do not have Children, but I have read this book several times. It truly is a treasure of a book.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase, available January 31, 2017

I received this from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher.




A Christmas book for you and your child! “The Bakers’ Dozen” by Aaron Shepard and Wendy Edelson





I have heard and used the term “baker’s dozen”, but I had never given the origin of it any thought. I did not know it was a Dutch story!

This book is short and cute and interesting, and also includes a recipe.

The illustrations are AMAZING AMAZING!

You and your child both will LOVE this book!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review. This book is a true treasure.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:


Christmas book for you and your child! “The Book of Kringle” by Derek Valez Patridge, with Mary Packard






25 Anniversary of “Big Nate” by Lincoln Pierce. Great gift idea for your child!


Happy Birthday to the New York Times Best Seller, Big Nate! Celebrate twenty-five years of the Big Nate cartoon strip with this jam-packed compendium of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the character and Lincoln Peirce, the creator behind him.

If there’s one word that Big Nate would use to describe himself, it would be E-P-I-C! And so is this slipcased, jam-packed book full of cartoons and memorabilia celebrating 25 years of Lincoln Peirce’s long-running comic strip: Epic Big Nate.

Hundreds of cartoons, selected by Peirce and presented with his witty and informative commentary, trace the evolution of the Big Nate comic strip and its colorful cast of characters. Also included is an exclusive Q&A featuring Peirce and Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, detailing the friendship and mutual admiration that contributed to each cartoonist’s success.

Featuring highlights from 1991 to 2015, Epic Big Nate is a must-have for Big Nate fans of all ages!


Even as an adult, I’m a big fan of Big Nate, and this contains 25 years of the comic strip, along with other interesting information.

The Holidays are quickly approaching, and this would make a great gift for your Child or anyone who enjoys comics.

This is available for purchase on Amazon on October 25th, 2016 and can be pre-ordered at this link in Hardcover:




Colorful Children’s book! “Maxwell the Monkey Barber” by Cale Atkinson


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