Two Dogs on a Trike (Gabi Snyder)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Two Dogs on a Trike, written by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Robin Rosenthal, a fun and irreverent board book of counting from one to ten.

Spotting a lone canine slipping from the garden gate to meet up with a friend, a scowling kitty gives chase as the titular two dogs on a trike continue their journey, picking up more puppy pals along the way. With each new friend, the mode of transportation changes, from trike to scooter to bike, until then ten characters find themselves on a spacecraft with nine dogs… and one cat who has infiltrated their ranks. Spooking the dogs, the cat kicks into active pursuit of the wayward canines, with each friend splitting off from the pack until the original lone dog finds themself back in their home garden, and the cat can set forth on an adventure of their own (with another critter taking up the chase).

Whimsical and stylish. Combining two things that little ones love – vehicles and animals – with a wacky instruction on counting from one to ten, then back to one, this delightful board book makes for an entertaining read. Snyder’s bouncy rhyming text has a wonderful rhythm and snappy cadence, and Rosenthal’s hilariously expressive animals bring energy to every scene. The length is short and best for smaller bookworms, but JJ loved it, especially the grim-faced feline pursuer. Overall, this is a wonderful fun addition to any early library, and we definitely recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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

Listen (Gabi Snyder)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Listen, written by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, a look at the sounds all around us and how they can help us focus, learn, and grow.

Sometimes, in the big wide world, there can be a lot of NOISE. But if we quiet our minds and really listen, we would find that noise is made up of individual sounds: a dog’s friendly bark, children playing jump-rope, wind rushing through trees. In fact, if we truly focus our attention, many of those noises can teach us things, like new words, or how to comfort a friend when they need to talk about their feelings, or even the voice inside ourselves has to say. It’s true, the world is full of noise – so it’s good to know how to take a breath, close our eyes, and truly listen.

Soothing and thought-provoking. In the grand tradition of children’s books encouraging young readers to slow down and take stock of the world around – and within – them, this one focuses specifically on the difference between hearing and listening. The benefits of active listening are well-explored, from providing comfort to others to calming one’s mind to the simple enjoyment of the symphony of life that surrounds us. This is richly brought to life by Graegin’s relaxing, blue-heavy visuals, using pops of color to focus the reader’s attention and allowing them to “hear” the expressive characters and environments. Backmatter briefly explains the mechanics of hearing and different types of listening, a welcome addition to the theme of the book. The length is great for a quick storytime, and JJ really enjoyed this one. Overall, a soft and sweet reminder of the possibility in sound, 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.)