Mini Reviews: (Children’s) Sugar & Snails, The Backup Bunny, Argyle Fox

Sugar & Snails

Author: Sarah Tsiang
Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 13, 2018 by Annick Press
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Rating: 5 Stars
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Review: I LOVE THIS BOOK. It takes the rhyme/saying about boys being made of snakes and snails and puppy dog tails and girls being made of sugar and spice and everything nice and dumps it on its head. The gorgeous illustrations suggest various other combinations that both boys and girls are made of, like girls being made of monkeys and dirt and lemon dessert and boys being made of flowers and swings and bumblebee wings. I love that it takes gender stereotypes and dumps them on their heads, letting both boys and girls be made of all sorts of things, from balloons to whales to rubber rain boots to fresh chicken butts.

I need copies of this on both my boys’ bookshelves, and I need copies for all my friends with kids. My 3 and 1 year old would both love the illustrations and the fun ideas of what little boys and girls are made of.

The Backup Bunny

Author: Abigail Rayner
Illustrator: Greg Stones

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by NorthSouth Books

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Rating: 4 Stars
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Review: Adorable book about a backup bunny, who is kept for when his child loses his favorite stuffed animal. Too bad the kid knows the difference… But he learns to love the replacement/backup bunny too, and keeps playing with him even when his “real” Bunny is found! Cute story, cute illustrations, and I love that it’s told from the POV of the stuffed animal (especially the parts where he’s talking to the cat!)

Argyle Fox

Author: Marie Latourneau
Illustrator: Marie Latourneau

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Tanglewood

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Rating: 5 Stars
Goodreads  Amazon
Review: Cute story about a fox who wants to play outside but the wind keeps spoiling all his games. Will he find something to do that works WITH the wind, so the wind won’t spoil his fun?! Really cute illustrations, and an engaging story for preschoolers and their parents both!

*I received copies of each of these books from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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