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Grumpy Duck

Author: Joyce Dunbar

Illustrator: Petr Horacek 

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019

Text rating: 6/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 9/10


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Summary: Duck is moody because his pond is dry. He doesn’t want to do anything the other animals want to do and he continues to get moodier. As he does, the little gray raincloud that is hanging over him grows. Will Duck, and the other animals, find a way out from under his cloud?


Review: At first, I liked the concept of this book. But upon a second read, I’m not sure I really like the message it sends. This duck gets moodier and moodier and ruins everyone else’s mood in the process, but everything’s okay in the end because it rains and they can all just play in the rain? There doesn’t seem to be any consequence for duck, even though his horrible mood affected so many creatures. It’s all rainbows and joy with no real lesson learned. Yes, it’s okay to have emotions and feel down, but this book seems to say that it’s okay to take others down with you and it will all be fine in the end. The illustrations are unique and fit well with the story. I just wish the text was a bit stronger.


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June 2019 Reviews

Letter Town

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Author: Darren Farrell

Illustrator: Darren Farrell 

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-5 years

Pages:  48

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Grandpa's Stories

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Author: Joseph Coelho

Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-8 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: April 2019

Text rating: 6/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 8/10


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Hammer and Nails

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Author: Josh Bledsoe

Illustrator: Jessica Warrick

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 5-7

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: April 2016 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Daddy Readability Rating: 9/10


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Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish

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Author: Beth Ferry

Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-8 years

Pages: 48

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019 

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Trees

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Author: Verlie Hutchens

Illustrator: Jing Jing Tsong

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-8

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 9/10


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May 2019 Reviews

Just Read!

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Author: Lori Degman

Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4+

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Under My Hijab

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Author: Hena Khan

Illustrator: Aaliya Jaleel

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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When Sadness is at Your Door

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Author: Eva Eland

Illustrator: Eva Eland

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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In a Minute, Mama Bear

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Author: Rachel Bright

Illustrator: Rachel Bright

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 2-5 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019 

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 6/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Angry Cookie

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Author: Laura Dockrill

Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 2019

Text rating: 8/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 9/10


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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

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Author: Eric Barclay

Illustrator: Eric Barclay

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-8 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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The Remember Balloons

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Author: Jessie Oliveros

Illustrator: Dana Wulfekotte

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 5-9 years

Pages: 48

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 2018

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 5/10 


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April 2019 Reviews

Dream Flights on Arctic Nights

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Author: Brooke Hartman

Illustrator: Evon Zerbetz

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 5-7 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2019

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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The Rabbit Listened

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Author: Cori Doerrfeld

Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 3-5 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: February 2018

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10 


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We Don't Eat Our Classmates

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Author: Ryan T. Higgins

Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 48

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 10/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Pink Is For Boys

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Author: Robb Pearlman

Illustrator: Eda Kaban

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 7/10

Illustration rating: 9/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Neck & Neck

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Author: Elise Parsley

Illustrator: Elise Parsley

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-7 years

Pages: 40

Format: Hardcover

Published: June 2018

Text rating: 7/10

Illustration rating: 8/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 10/10


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Loving Hands

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Author: Tony Johnston

Illustrator: Amy June Bates

Category: Picture Book

Target Age: 4-6 years

Pages: 32

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 2018

Text rating: 9/10

Illustration rating: 10/10

Mommy Readability Rating: 6/10


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