Busy Bots (Priddy Books)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Busy Bots by Priddy Books, a sweet seek-and-find board book for young engineers.

Meet the Busy Bots! These eighteen animal-inspired creatures – with names like Dogbot, Octobot, Spiderbot, etc. – are ingeniously constructed of (photographs of) household supplies, and are introduced in turn to the reader with simple yet cheerful rhyming text. Each page – and each creature – also features a simple seek-and-find of its components; Flingobot, for example, invites young readers to spot the hammer, toy spring, and desk lamp that make up its workings.

Delightful. The unique yet recognizable bots of this title are charming enough to draw in young readers, where they can build skills like shape-matching, letter recognition, and simple sentences. The bright and dynamic photo manipulations are set against eye-catching block color backgrounds, and makes for a visual style that is engaging without being overwhelming for little eyes. The length is perfect, and JJ greatly enjoyed repeat examinations of the artwork and letters. This is a great title for any young reader interested in robots, engineering, and/or animals, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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

My Easter Basket: A Colorful Egg Hunt (Roger Priddy)

Hello, friends! Our book today is My Easter Basket: A Colorful Egg Hunt by Roger Priddy, a sweet interactive board book with lots of color and counting fun.

The egg hunt has begun on the farm! Can you help all the adorable animals find their eggs in time for the big picnic? Each spread features a barnyard scene with a group of animals finding five of a specific color egg (with the reader’s help, of course).

This is your fairly basic holiday board book fare, but with enough visual interest and interactive touches that make it stand out. The book itself is die-cut in the shape of a basketful of eggs, complete with handle for easy carrying. The foil details are a nice touch to help little bookworms spot the seek-and-find eggs in the scenes, which are hidden just well enough (but not TOO well) for a fun searching experience. The book itself is sturdy, though after a little “toddler testing”, I did notice the handle part starting to crease a bit. But overall, this is a fun board book to share with the youngest bookworms, perhaps as an Easter gift. JJ loved it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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

Best Friends: We Are Better Together (Priddy Books)

Hello, friends! Today, we’re reviewing Priddy Books’ Best Friends: We Are Better Together, created by Emma Jennings and written by Robyn Newton, a simple, fun, yet poignant board book that celebrates diverse cooperation.

Some things are just better together! For instance, lemons are fine, flour is nice, sugar is yummy and eggs and butter are great too. But when they’re put all together, they make a cake! And raspberries, strawberries and yogurt are all delicious alone, but when you mix them together, what do you get? A smoothie! And a bit of paper, a pair of scissors, some tape and ribbon? They can join together to wrap a present. Yes, things of all shapes, sizes, and materials can be wonderful on their own, but they are often better together!

What a great board book for little readers! From the adorable illustrations – doodles over photographs of each object or item – to the fun and easy-to-read rhymes, this was a delight for JJ, and great for object identification. And while there’s not as much a story as there is a concept, it’s a great one: it teaches children how things can come together to make something even better, and subtly shows that, with the right mix and bit of teamwork, diverse groups often have the best finished products. It’s a smart lesson taught in a very clever and entertaining way. We loved this one, and highly recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!