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REVIEW: When You Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller

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Title: When You Are Brave

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller | Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

Publisher: Little Brown Books | Published: March 5, 2019

Theme: Bravery

Character Origin: Human 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 5-7 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave.

Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out.

My overall thoughts…

I’ve waited for what seems like forever to get my hands on this book. It has been on my “must-read” list even before it hit shelves in March. I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Pat Zietlow Miller has done it again! Her innate ability to translate feelings into intelligible words that children can decipher is sheer magic. The simplicity of the text is a testament to the effectiveness of the perfect word choice, especially in children’s books.

The illustrations and text…

Wheeler’s illustrations were done with watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. I was able to appreciate her use of blue to convey the young girl’s fear and worry while using yellow when she finds her bravery. I love the subliminal messaging in that. This is a perfect display of when words and imagery collide–creating a masterpiece. The passages are short but concise. The font size and type are great for young readers. Sometimes it’s the most straightforward approach that makes the most significant impact. Zietlow Miller proves this here.

I’ll give it…

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REVIEW: A Halloween Scare in Florida by Eric James

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Title: A Halloween Scare in Florida

Author: Eric James | Illustrator: Marina Le Ray

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky | Published: August 1, 2014

Theme: Halloween

Character Origin: Human & Monsters

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

A fun and funny Halloween romp for children and parents alike!

It’s Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?

This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventure for children and parents to share.

My overall thoughts…

If you are looking for a ghoulishly good time, you’ve just found it! This is the best Halloween book I’ve read in a long time. It is full of humor, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. It incorporates a few Florida landmarks that are pretty cool, especially if you are a native. The cover art definitely sets the tone of this book. Halloween will never be the same! I’ll be adding this one to my bookshelf and think you should too. 

The illustrations and text…

Le Ray’s illustrations were a monstrous highlight for me. There was so much detail on each page that allowed the reader to have a full experience audibly and visually. The imagery and text work in perfect unison here. I have to say it was a thing of beauty. The text was sized appropriately and allowed for easy readability. I liked the way James used various font sizes to create emphasis throughout the story. The book was masterfully written and made for a haunting good experience for the reader.

I’ll give it…