We love receiving new books and Disney-Hyperion sent us 3 great titles to review:
Stuffed with the sniffles, BOB, NOT BOB! (On sale February 14, 2017), by Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon with illustrations by Matthew Cordell, is immediately relatable to any child (or adult!) who’s had a bad cold, when the only thing you want is someone to take care of you. You see, every time sick Little Louie calls out for “Mom,” his stuffed-up nose brings Bob the dog running instead.
Filled with wordplay and situational comedy, BOB, NOT BOB! begs to be read aloud, and it pairs especially well with snuggling.
Amid the fearsome battles of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers were urged onward by song.
There were songs to wake them up and songs to call them to bed,
Songs to ready them for battle and to signal their retreat,
Songs to tell them that their side was right, and the other wrong . . .
And there was one song that reminded them all of what they hoped to return to after the war.
Defeated in the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Union soldiers retreated across the river. There, a new battle emerged as both armies volleyed competing songs back and forth. With the Christmas season upon them, however, Federals and Confederates longed for the same thing. As the notes of “Home, Sweet Home” rose up from both sides, they found common ground for one night.
Interwoven with soldiers’ letters and journal entries, this is a true story of duty and heartbreak, of loyalty and enemies, and of the uniting power of music. Debbie Levy’s moving text and Gilbert Ford’s vibrant, layered illustrations come together to create an unforgettable tale of American history.
In DORMOUSE DREAMS (On sale February 7, 2017) by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Renata Liwska, a dormouse dreams—and snores—his way from winter to spring. Filled with classic illustrations depicting fantastical scenes, and with the perfect balance of humor
and sweetness, this soothing tale is perfect for bedtime.
Karma was inspired to write DORMOUSE DREAMS after seeing a viral video of a real snoring dormouse.
My take: Bob, Not Bob! is one of the cutest books I have ever read. It’s perfect when your child has a cold and needs some cheering up! Soldier Song is a great asset to learning about the Civil War. Not only does the book have personal anecdotes that make you feel like you are experiencing the Civil War you learn how music played a vital role in the war. Dormouse Dreams is such a sweet little story with amazing soft illustrations that just glow.