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.)

The Perfect Thanksgiving (Eileen Spinelli)

Fall Festivities Week, Day 4: Happy Thanksgiving, friends! In the spirit of Turkey Day, our book for the day was The Perfect Thanksgiving, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi, a very sweet book about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Abigail Archer’s family has perfect Thanksgivings. Their turkey is golden brown, their napkins are lace, and everyone in attendance is pretty and polite. The narrator’s family Thanksgiving is… not perfect. The turkey is burnt, the dessert falls on the floor, and the people are loud and wild! But at the end of the day, both Thanksgiving are full of love and togetherness, and that makes them both Perfect Thanksgivings.

This was a fantastic Thanksgiving picture book! I loved that the message was that perfect food and settings don’t make a Thanksgiving special, being with family (no matter how boisterous or messy) is. The illustrations are colorful, lively and full of small and funny details that will make this an entertaining Thanksgiving read as baby bookworms grow. The length is great, and JJ loved it, so this one is Baby Bookworm approved!