Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter (Wendi Silvano)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter, written by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper, a festive and silly tale of an usual egg hunt.

Fourth in the Turkey Trouble series, the story opens on Turkey and his barnyard friends lamenting the fact that the farm’s Easter Egg Hunt – which features “eggstra”-special surprises for finders of the special eggs – only allows children to participate and not animals. So the friends come up with a plan: a secret mission, which involves Turkey donning an assortment of costumes in order to sneak into the hunt and grab one of the special eggs. Unfortunately, several of his disguises (a bunny, a daffodil, a bumblebee, etc.) are seen through or simply foiled. How can Turkey and company manage to snag a special prize for themselves?

Goofy fun. Turkey and his barnyard pals are just the right mix of endearing and mischievous to make the audience root for their caper, and the fact that they have some measure of victory by the end is satisfying. Equally charming are the visual gags that both kids and grownups can enjoy: the animals dressed up as secret agents once they decide on their “mission”, or putting a ridiculous amount of effort into Turkey’s bunny costume when one of the animals is, in fact, an actual bunny, and so on. And while I am admittedly not the biggest fan of puns, the egg-themed ones that pepper the dialogue are enough for kids to enjoy but not so many that they become tedious. The length is good, and JJ enjoyed it – this is a fun, off-beat Easter book that all ages can enjoy. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Tiny The Easter Bunny (Eric James)

Hello friends, and Hoppy Easter! Our book today is Tiny The Easter Bunny, written by Eric James and illustrated by Sara Sanchez, a regional-themed Easter book about a helpful elephant learning how to be the best Easter Bunny he can be.

Tiny is out for a run one day when he comes upon his rabbit friend Fluff, who has found herself stuck in a log while hiding Easter eggs. Fluff is dismayed – turns out that she is the Easter Bunny, and if she can’t get unstuck, the eggs won’t get hidden this year! Tiny offers his help, attempting to free her without success. Instead, Tiny decides that he will be the Easter Bunny and, donning a pink fluffy costume, he sets out to hide the eggs. Unfortunately, he finds that the job is not as simple as he thought, and is soon exhausted and falling behind. But with a little help and encouragement from a mouse friend named Marvin, and the right attitude, Tiny finds that in order to be the best Easter Bunny he can, he needs to learn to be himself first.

This is a very neat concept: there’s a sweet story about Easter, egg-hunting, and learning to appreciate oneself. From there, using tweaks to the text and illustrations, the author and illustrator were able to create over 60 regional versions of this book! We read the Texas version, but there’s one for every state, the whole of Canada as well as some individual provinces, and a smattering of US and Canadian cities as well! All together, it makes for an awesome Easter read, connecting children to their region while teaching a sweet lesson in being yourself. The illustrations are adorable, and the bouncy rhyming text is lots of fun to read. The length was fine for JJ, and we had a great time with it! A great Easter gift for little ones, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Here Comes The Easter Cat (Deborah Underwood)

Hello friends, and Happy Easter! In honor of the occasion, we read Here Comes The Easter Cat, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda, a story of a mischievous little cat who wants to get in on the Easter fun.

The first in the hilarious and adorable Here Comes Cat holiday series, the story opens on a grumpy kitty who feels jealous of all the attention the Easter Bunny gets. Wanting to get in on the action, he decides to deliver eggs to children too, on his motorcycle. Shortly after leaving though, he decides he needs a nap, his eighth of the day. Hmmm, maybe being the Easter Cat isn’t as easy as he thought… 

As always, the Here Comes Cat series is a delightful addition to the holidays. The hilarious conversational text combined with charmingly emotive illustrations to show Cat’s silently snarky responses makes for a very fun read, especially aloud. And of course, Cat learns his lesson at the end, as he always does, finding that kindness is its own reward. This is the third of this series we’ve read, and we enjoy each one more and more. The length is perfect, as the pace moves quick despite the book’s length, and JJ loved it. A fantastically silly read with a subtly sweet message make for a great way to celebrate the holiday, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Egg (Kevin Henkes)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Egg by Kevin Henkes, an adorable story of four little eggs and the surprises they hold inside.

Laid out in graphic-novel style, four colorful eggs sit, waiting to hatch. Soon, three of the eggs crack and open, revealing colorful baby birds. But the birds eventually notice that their fourth friend has yet to hatch. The birds attempt to help the egg along with some pecking, and soon enough they hear a telltale “crack”! But what’s inside the egg is not what they were expecting at all!

This was a simple, fun little book about eggs, patience, and friendship, and we had a lot of fun with it. It’s especially great for very young readers because the text is minimal and repetitive: by the third “peck-peck-peck” panel, JJ was tapping the book and “ek”-ing along with me. The spring-themed color scheme is bright, simple, and visually pleasing, and Henke’s illustrations are as sweet and charming as always. The length is just perfect for babies, and as you can tell from the photo, JJ absolutely loved it! This is an easy and fun springtime read, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!