Babycakes Reviews 2 Books

The Mermaid and the Shoe, K.G. Campbell

Amanda & Babycakes

Published April 1st 2014 by Kids Can Press

32 Pages

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads..


Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.

What a pretty book!  We’re definitely shoe girls at our house, so this lovely red shoe floating through the sea was perfect for Babycakes and I to read together.  The language was beautiful as well which I really appreciate in a kids book.  I want my child to have both the easy reading books and the ones where I know she’s going to to use adult words.

Poor Minnow doesn’t think she has a special talent like her 49 sisters, but she is really good at asking questions.   Like another little girl I know!  She does have one really mean older sister who tells Minnow that she’s useless which was so sad to read.  Thankfully Minnow doesn’t listen!

Minnow bravely goes exploring to see what this red shoe could be and where it comes from.  I love for my daughter to read about brave little girls and I loved how King Neptune praised Minnow in the end.

Babycakes loved the colors and the sea life and we immediately read this one a second time.  I will happily keep reading this for my daughter to hear about a smart little mermaid who asks good questions and explores the world.

5 stars!

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.


There’s a Mouse Hiding In This Book

To be published September 1, 2014 by Capstone Young Readers

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads..


This Tom and Jerry interactive picture book holds a surprise on each page! Where is Jerry hiding? On the title page, on the back cover, or somewhere in between? Little readers will howl with delight each time they open the covers and try helping Tom find the mischievous mouse. Perfect for storytime.

This was great for a little reader! This was interactive for my daughter-count before turning the page, turn the page sloooowly, shake the book…  She made me read it 4 times in a row! Tom is chasing Jerry through his book and asks the reader for help.  Even not knowing who Tom & Jerry are my 3 1/2 year old enjoyed this.

As a parent this was a cute flashback to Tom & Jerry.  I love reading books with Babycakes that get her active and talking back to the characters.

4 stars!

Thank you NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for this advance read copy in exchange for an honest opinion.


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