This Is A Moose (Richard T. Morris)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is This Is A Moose, written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, a very clever and fun story about pursuing one’s dreams.

Shh! Quiet on the set! A documentary is about to begin filming. As the cameras roll, we are introduced to a moose. He has a moose mother and moose father. And he wants to be an astronaut – CUT! Wait a minute! Moose aren’t supposed to want to be astronauts! They’re supposed to drink from rivers and chew on leaves and do moose-type things! But no matter how the director of the documentary blusters and complains, Moose won’t give up on his dreams, and neither will any of his animal friends and family. But maybe the director will come to realize that, with hard work and support, dreams can be possible for anyone. He might even find a new subject for his documentary… the world’s first moosetronaut!

This is one of those great books that starts off as a very silly premise, then sneaks up on you with a fantastic moral to the story. Moose’s friends and family refuse to allow him, or themselves, to be pigeonholed into having certain dreams or aspirations based on who they are or where they come from, and that’s a lesson that every child can take to heart. I loved that the director, for all his presumptions that a moose should act a certain way, eventually realizes that he himself is a duck directing a movie – hardly a common practice for a duck, and a very funny twist for young readers. The illustrations are fantastic, using comic-style speech bubbles, bright colors and onomatopoeia to make the story leap from the page. The length is great, and JJ really enjoyed this one. A wonderful story about dreaming big dreams, no matter who or what you are, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site (Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld)

Hello, friends! Our book today is the charming Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, a fun and informative story about construction vehicles, cooperation, and teamwork.

The team from Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site wakes up to a brand new day, stretching, fueling up and getting ready to build. When they unfurl the blueprint, they are in awe; it’s their biggest project yet! They’re not sure that their little five-vehicle team can do it alone, so they call in help: a whole fleet of construction vehicles and heavy machinery! All the machines work together to build their project, each one bringing something special to the job. And when the day is done, they may be worn out, but by working together, they’ve gotten the job done in no time flat.

This was a phenomenal book for little readers who are interested in big vehicles! In cheerful rhyming text, each machine is named and has a description of the function they perform, including some trucks I’d never even heard of! I also love that beyond the vehicles themselves, hard work and cooperation are stressed as main themes, showing children that everyone brings something to the table and working together is the best way to achieve one’s goals. The illustrations are adorable, and give endearing personality to each machine. The length is good, and JJ and I enjoyed it! Rinker and Lichtenheld’s collaborations are always a delight, and this one does not disappoint. Baby Bookworm approved!

I Wish You More (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Hello, friends. Our book today is I Wish You More, written by the late, great Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, a heartfelt meditation on the wishes parents hold for their babies.

I wish you more hugs than ughs. More ups than downs. More umbrella than rain. More stories than stars. Simple, earnest sentiments make up the text, with a loved one wishing the reader friendship, joys, and courage as they grow. The narrator wishes these things with all their heart, because their child is everything that they could wish for, and more.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal sadly passed away last month, and this sweet, tender book was recommended to us as one of her best works, and we must agree. It’s sentimental without being schmaltzy; sincere yet still whimsical. The endearing and playful art captures the small wonders and simple pleasures of childhood in a way that young readers can connect to and older ones can feel nostalgic for. The length is perfect for baby bookworms, and JJ really enjoyed it, especially the illustrations. This is a all-around lovely book that celebrates the hope we have for our children, and the endless possibilities that their futures hold. We loved it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved.

Stick And Stone (Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld)

Hello, everyone! Today, we read Stick And Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, a positively charming book about best friends.

Stick and Stone are alone. Then one day, Stick sticks up for Stone when Pinecone teases him, and the two become fast friends. While the two are hanging out at the beach, a hurricane comes through and blows Stick away! Will Stone be able to find and help his friend the way that Stick helped him?

This was an incredibly sweet and delightful story. The rhymes are fun to read, and the length is great, but we liked the message about friendship and loyalty the best. The illustrations are just adorable, too. We loved this one! Baby Bookworm approved!