RIFFLE EDITOR'S CHOICE: ESSENTIAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR JULY 2016
This month's picture book releases play with old and new, with creatures fantastical and ordinary, and all with heart. Perfect starters for summer reading!
Disney Book Group
Who doesn't love Haunted Mansion? Whether you're prepping the kids for their first trip to Disney, or you've been a billion times, this new illustrated picture book captures the magic one of Disney's most famous attractions.
1 / 5
Make Way for Readers was a great callback to classics like Make Way for Ducklings, Maurice Sendak, and many other picture books from the 60s-80s. It shows the power of reading in bringing people together, and how books are still tremendously important.
2 / 5
Ooko has an atypical art style that suits the perspective of the central character. Ooko the fox wants a friend. He think he's found potential ones in the "Debbies" (aka people) he observes. But when he tries to change himself for them, he is miserable. Real friends, the book shows, are those who enjoy the same activities. "To each his own," as the narrator, concludes.
3 / 5
Little Wing is a classic tale of testing strengths and boundaries told with dragons (because *everything* is better with dragons). Little Wing is trying very hard to fly, but can only manage to "Flip. Flap. Flop" his little wings, to his frustration. But when he does get airborne, his ignorance of his mother's warnings gets him in a scary situation. Finding the balance of freedom and safety is made fantastic.
4 / 5
A good mix of traditional and modern views of parenting. A young boy gets the sneaking suspicion his dad, a simple guy with tattooed arms, used to be in a rock band. The revelation that your parents used to have lives usually doesn't come until later, so this could lead to interesting parent-child conversations. It also gives a positive, realistic view of what fatherhood should be.
5 / 5