Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)

Picture Book Review: The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter (Illustrator)The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter
Published by Flying Eye Books on February 14th 2017
Genres: Children's Picture Book
Pages: 32

Ever wondered about the mysterious place we all visit when we fall asleep? Robert Louis Stevenson's classic children's poem about dreamland is given new life in this wonderfully illustrated book. Accompanied by Robert Hunter's bold and beautiful illustrations, this picture book will bring the beloved Scottish author's work to a whole new generation of young readers.
Robert Frank Hunter is a London-based illustrator. Working on a range of projects in both print and moving image, he is keen to keep applying his work to new disciplines.

When you open the gorgeous and colorfully illustrated The Land of Nod, you are instantly captivated. These beautiful images provide a dream-like landscape to accompany the words of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “The Land of Nod”. Every single page is full of details and whimsical drawings reminiscent of the “feeling” of a dream. Which is sure to draw readers deep into the story. Because of the lovely hues of blue and pink Mr. Hunter uses in his illustration, he is able to create a “twilight-type” mood and truly bring the poem to life.


It is clear from the illustrations and the words of the poem that the little boy is feeling isolated from the outside world. However, in his dreams, he can go on all kinds of adventures and see all sorts of different things. This would be an excellent choice for a bedtime story, or for inspiring young poets. As well as a book to read to little ones when they are sick and have to stay in bed. I highly recommend The Land of Nod to dreamers of all ages.



The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the land of Nod.”


*Thank you to Flying Eye Books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.  


Blog Tour + Review+Giveaway The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

Storybook Knight

The Storybook Knight

By:Helen Docherty, Thomas Docherty

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Pub. Date: Sept 6th, 2016

My Rating: FIVE Stars!


Goodreads: “Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…” 

I am really excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty. I previously reviewed this gorgeous book here, but I wanted to do a little something special for this tour to help promote and celebrate this enchanting story.

The Storybook Knight centers around Leo, a cute little mouse who happens to love reading over swordplay and being a knight. Even when he is sent off to find fame and glory by his parents, he still manages to take some books with him. As he reluctantly sets off to find adventure, he starts to come across a variety of fearsome beasts.

Luckily, Leo is able to befriend them all by sharing with them a story. He uses his imagination to alter some of them to fit his needs. In the end, he is able to convince each of the creatures not to harm him. He also inspires them with his stories and books, and by doing so lights the joy of reading in their hearts.

I am so glad I was able to read this beautifully illustrated and charming story. There are some lovely lessons is this book, especially these:


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I highly recommend The Storybook Knight to anyone who loves beautifully detailed picture books with a strong and important lesson. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes stories with knights, dragons and a bit of silliness in them. A must read for lovers of reading and books.

I would like to thank Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the beautiful finished copy they sent me in return for participating in the tour, and Netgalley for the e-ARC I was sent a few months ago in return for an honest review.

FullSizeRender (51)Remember: A Story is Mightier than a Sword…




Helen Docherty has spent most of her career as a language teacher, most recently specializing in Spanish. Her website is helendocherty.com.

Thomas Docherty studied metalwork and sculpture at college before becoming an illustrator of children’s books. His website is thomasdocherty.co.uk.

Helen and Thomas live in Wales with their two young daughters.

Author / Illustrator Links:

Thomas Docherty: www.thomasdocherty.co.uk

Twitter: @TDIllustration

Helen Docherty: www.helendocherty.com

Twitter: @docherty_helen


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Children’s Picture Book Review: Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Children’s Picture Book Review: Ooko by Esme ShapiroOoko by Esme Shapiro
Published by Tundra Books on July 5th 2016
Pages: 32

     Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected!      A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself.

Ooko is a very adorable little fox, and even though he has a stick, a leaf and a rock, he is lonely. Ooko decides he needs to find a friend and sets off looking. Ooko gets excited when he finds what looks like another fox playing with a little girl (who he thinks is a 2 legged furless fox). He tries to walk over so that he can play with them but they run away and the little girl’s mother calls out to her “ Debbie, Watch out!”.

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Ooko now thinks all 2 legged furless foxes are called Debbie and he wants his very own. Ooko thinks that debbies don’t like him the way he is, so he tries really had to change his appearance to look more like the other foxes aka dogs around him. Eventually, a short sighted lady mistakes him for her puppy Ruthie. The lady gives him a bath, dresses him in an itchy wool sweater and takes him for a walk. Ooko is starting to realize that debbies don’t play very fun games after all. While out on a walk he comes upon a racoon name Oomi. Oomi loves to play with sticks just like Ooko does and together they set off to play. Ooko realized that he doesn’t need to change anything about himself in order to have a friend to play with.

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I fell in love with this book during ALAMW this past January. While at the Tundra Books booth, one of the representatives pointed it out to me. When it became available on NetGalley I just had to read it in full. The illustrations are whimsical, colorful and quirky. The story is simple enough for younger readers to handle sitting through, yet cute and entertaining enough for older readers too. The message at the end of the story is a really good one too. Ooko was precious and I felt so bad for him when he was sad and lonely. Young readers (and older readers too) are sure to delight in the loveliness of the artwork and have plenty to look at while reading.

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The moral of the story is to be true to yourself, and not to worry that by doing so you won’t find any friends. Out there somewhere is someone that will like you just the way you are, without any need to change yourself and who likes to play “sticks” or “leaf” or “rock” just as much as you do. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it as a good book to read out loud either at story time, bedtime or whenever a story is requested or needed.

Thank you NetGalley and Tundra Books for the opportunity to read this book prior to publishing in exchange for an honest review.


Children’s Picture Book Review: Too Many Moose! by Lisa Bakos

Children’s Picture Book Review: Too Many Moose! by Lisa BakosToo Many Moose by Lisa Bakos, Mark Chambers
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on July 5th 2016
Genres: Children's Picture Book, Humor
Pages: 40

Everyone Needs At Least One More MooseWhen Martha decided she must have a pet,she marveled and mulled over what she should get.But much of the choices made Martha quite glum…instead of magnificent, most were humdrum.And just as it seemed like it might be no use…she made up her mind that she must have one...moose!
When Martha gets an unusual pet, she's delighted by all of the fun things they do together. If one moose is this marvelous, then more moose must be even better! Pretty soon, Martha has more moose than she can handle in this playful pet story.

A moose is an interesting choice for a pet, especially one you can order through the mail. This was a cheerful and memorable story about a little girl and her “ultimate” pet. I love how Martha does her research about which pet she should get before making her final decision. Martha and her moose go to the movies, get manicures, drink tea and swing in the garden.

moose1Martha is having so much fun with one moose, that she decides it would be even more fun with a few more. They go swimming in the pool, bake muffins, make spaghetti and even mambo by the moonlight, but soon there are far too many moose and Martha’s house gets dirty, messy and far too crowded. Martha starts to think that maybe there is such a thing as too many moose after all. The rhyming and alliterations make this book come to life and enjoyable to read. The illustrations are delightful, funny and full of bright colors. It made me giggle and I am sure I won’t be the only grown-up who reads this story to do so.

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I highly recommend this silly and amusing “read out loud” book for story time, a group read or bedtime. It is sure to bring lots of cheer to all little readers out there.

Special thanks to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Lisa Bakos for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.