Goldibooks and the Wee Bear (Troy Wilson)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Goldibooks and the Wee Bear, written by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor, a humorous fractured fairy tale about the how reading can bring families together.

Goldibooks, a young bibliophile, lives in the woods with her mother and father; all three family members love to read, and each has their own special bookshelf and reading chair. One day, while walking through the woods, Goldibooks spots a wee bear, and her parents warn her not to approach, as Mama and Papa bears can be very defense of their young. Little do they know, Wee Bear had purposely wandered away from his parents to seek something, ANYTHING to read! Stumbling upon the family’s empty cottage, he is shocked to find three bookshelves filled with books! Some are too hard, and some too soft, but the littlest bookshelf’s offerings are juuust right. He finds the same to be true of the reading chairs, and well as the beds when he lies down for the pre-nap story. When Goldibooks and her parents return home, they’re in for a surprise… especially when ANOTHER mom and dad come looking for their wee one as well!

Very cute! An entertaining flip on a classic tale, this lighthearted story takes the familiar and infuses it with humor, as well as a great message about the joy of books and reading. Eventually, Goldibooks’s family shares their library with the bear family, even growing their book club to the entire fairy tale neighborhood by the final page. Taylor’s exaggerated, cartoonish illustrations are colorful and expressive, striking a nice balance of old-fashioned settings and costumes done in a modern, eye-catching style. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ absolutely loved this one, especially the comedy and repetition. Overall, a delightful tale to get little bookworms excited about reading, 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.)

Little Red Reading Hood and the Misread Wolf (Troy Wilson)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Little Red Reading Hood and the Misread Wolf, written by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Ilaria Campana.

Little Red Reading Hood loves three things: reading, the color red, and the special hood her grandma made for her. She loves reading all sort of books, especially aloud to her collection of stuffed animals and woodland friends. Hearing that Grandma is under the weather, she packs a special treat and heads to her cottage in the forest, coming upon a wolf along the way (who ominously notes that he smells his favorite smell when he sees her). Using the knowledge of wild predators she’s learned from books, Red first tries to back away, then to scare off the wolf with loud noises and thrown rocks. Frustrated, the wolf runs off, but happens to hear Red mention her path to Grandma’s house to a friendly robin. And when Red arrives, she has a surprise waiting for her… but perhaps not the one she – or the reader – expects!

A clever twist on an old classic. Centered around the message of “don’t judge a book by its cover”, it also subtly encourages little ones to balance their book knowledge with real-world intuition and experience. Wolf was never a threat to Red, he only wanted to sniff her new book (who doesn’t love new book smell?) and to be read to – like her, he loves books. It’s a sweet and unexpected twist that will have kids tickled (JJ was especially fond of Wolf’s sniff-sniff-sniffing). Campana’s illustrations are lovely, crisp and colorful while evoking a touch of classic storybook nostalgia; the Wolf, slinky and full of charm, is a standout. The length was great, and we loved it – this is a fun one! Baby Bookworm approved!

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