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Picture Book Review: Under the Moon and the Stars

Written by: Laura Kosann

Illustrated by Danielle Kosann

This modern-day fairytale is about a little girl who questions who she is and what she can become. As she sleeps under the stars, she dreams of a fairy that reminds her she has had the power all along to make her dreams come true. The bumblebees confirm that she only has to believe to become a queen if she desires. This boosts the little girl’s confidence to help her believe in herself.

This colorful picture book is written for children ages four to seven. I am a fan of teaching children new words, but “contemplated” and concept of “seize the day” may be a bit of a stretch for many in this age group. The second page has a fairy telling the little girl, “You’ve had the power all along..” Then the little girl thinks her classmates “had been wrong all along”.  I would have liked a bit more information. Was she teased because she was small? Did she have friends?

The illustrations are colorful. They appear dreamlike such as queens wearing crowns with only one eye. The animals and flowers are drawn in beautiful eye-catching colors that children will love. I struggled with this book because the illustrations are for younger children, but the vocabulary and storyline are for children possibly older than the targeted age group.

This is the first picture book by Laura and Danielle Kosann. They are the authors of Great Tastes, a “Cooking and Eating from Morning to Midnight, A Cookbook”.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman #UndertheSunMoonandStars #NetGalley

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Book Review: There is a Fighter in My Room – Perfect Bedtime Picture Book

There is a Fighter in My Room

By Megan Kjarbo

Illustrations by Penny Weber

Matthew is afraid to go to sleep because there is a fighter in his room. First, he asks his big brother to help him, but he cannot help because he says he is too small. Then his father cannot help him because he has to take out the garbage. Hopefully his mother can help him, she is the only one left to come to his rescue.

This is a cute bedtime story. The fear of a “monster” in the bedroom is real for some children. By reading about it, children may be comforted in the fact that someone they love can help them if they are afraid. There is a Fighter in My Room has a surprise ending that younger children will enjoy.

This is definitely “a read to me” story for preschoolers.  Some of the words are too difficult for early readers to read themselves, such as “approached” and “cautiously”. But that being said, it is a great way to introduce words to expand their vocabulary.

The illustrations are delightfully adorable, they bring the words alive for children and the adults that read to them. I recommend this book for young children. Especially those that have trouble going to sleep at night.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman  https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/there-s-a-fighter-in-my-room-megan-kjarbo

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