Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kid Konnection: Easter Basket Treats

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. Since Easter is right around the corner, I've decided to share with you some great gift ideas!

Summary: The brilliantly colorful follow-up to Lisa McCue's best-selling Quiet Bunny!

Quiet Bunny loves the bright colors of spring: the yellow ducks, green frogs, and blue jays-everything but his own brown, wintry white fur. It takes the help of a wise old owl for Bunny to realize that it's the rainbow of colors-including his own-that makes the world so beautiful.  -- Sterling

Quiet Bunny is back in QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS by  Lisa McCue! A few years ago, Booking Son and I reviewed QUIET BUNNY, and we both found this book to be delightful. QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS caused us to have the exact same reaction! I absolutely loved the gorgeous illustrations and Quiet Bunny's quest to look more "spring-like."

In QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS, Quiet Bunny decides that he loves the colors of Spring and wants to be yellow like daffodils, blue like blueberries, green like a frog, and red like the mud. He uses his very creative mind to try to change his appearance, but quickly learns that none of his ideas will permanently change him to look more colorful. In the end, Quiet Bunny (with the help of a wise owl) realizes that everything is a different color and everyone is beautiful!

If I'm being entirely honest, I think QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS is even cuter that QUIET BUNNY. There are so many wonderful illustrations in this book, and they are just filled with bright colors. I loved Quiet Bunny's facial expressions, but I also appreciated the beautiful flowers and animal-life. Each page has loads of  interesting things for little ones to discover, and Booking Son even enjoyed looking at the book over and over again.

Of course, the story was precious, but I loved the overall message that everyone is beautiful! Highly recommended!

Summary: The Squad plans a summer picnic and a fireworks show for all of Super Hero City, but the villains plot to pull the plug on the party. When Dormammu's magic leaves the picnic plans all wet, can Captain America save the day or will their fireworks fizzle out? -- LB Kids

I had a feeling that CAPTAIN AMERICA TO THE RESCUE was going to be a huge hit with Booking Son. He just loves his action figures and he does have a set of Marvel Super Hero Squad ones (plus some vehicles and the headquarters.) When I discovered that there was a series of Marvel Super Hero Squad books, I knew we had to take a peek!

When Booking Son discovered this book, he was absolutely thrilled. We had to read it right away! CAPTAIN AMERICA TO THE RESCUE had only a few sentences per page, and I think it can almost serve as an early reader book. The story is classic super-hero stuff -- the good guys versus the bad guys; and Booking Son loved it!

In addition to the short story, there are also a few images in the front of the book that the reader is supposed to find somewhere in the story. Booking Son wasn't interested in first; however, he quickly identified the pictures while we were reading the story. They were pretty easy to find, but I do think this book is aimed at a slightly younger crowd.

CAPTAIN AMERICAN TO THE RESCUE is sure to be popular with younger fans of the Marvel Super Hero Squad!

Summary: In this Super Hero Squad 8 x 8 paperback, it's heroes against villains on the basketball court. Wolverine suspects that Dr. Doom's team of misfits won't play fair-and he's right! Magneto has injected the basketballs with magnets so that he can control the game! Can Wolverine rally the team to keep from getting slam dunked? -- LB Kids

MAGNETO VERSUS WOLVERINE is another book in the Marvel Super Hero Squad series. It's slightly longer than CAPTAIN AMERICA TO THE RESCUE, and there are a few more words per page. It's still appropriate for the 4-8 year old age range.

In MAGNETO VERSUS WOLVERINE, there is still the traditional superhero plot of good versus evil. This time instead of fighting crime, the superheroes are playing a basketball game versus the villains. When the villains tamper with the basketballs to they can win, the superheroes quickly find themselves getting crushed. Thank goodness Wolverine steps in to save the day.

MAGNETO VERSUS WOLVERINE is a very cute book that is sure to appeal to little boys! It was definitely a winner in our house.

Summary: Young fans will have a blast with this 12-page sticker book featuring all their favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains. Complete puzzles and create match-ups! This activity book provides endless hours of fun!

When the most famous heroes on the planet unite to face the world's greatest villains, you get the biggest, most family-friendly super hero team-up in history: the Marvel Super Hero Squad. Every day in Super Hero City is full of exciting surprises, as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and many more classic characters work together to defeat the bad guys from Villainville. Only the Super Hero Squad can protect their neighborhood and friends through wholesome heroics and fast-paced adventures! -- LB Kids

Out of all the Marvel Super Hero Squad books, SUPER HEROES VERSUS VILLAINS REUSABLE STICKER BOOK might have just been the biggest hit. What kid can resist stickers - and reusable ones at that? Not Booking Son for sure! This workbook has already provided a great deal of entertainment for my little guy.

In addition to the opportunities to apply stickers all over this workbook, there are other pages devoted to games like tic-tac-tough, picture puzzlers, and a door hangar. SUPER HEROES VERSUS VILLAINS REUSABLE STICKER BOOK is a perfect gift for Easter or anytime of the year.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!  


bermudaonion said...

Vance would have loved the super hero books too! He was all about action figures when he was young.

Anna said...

The Quiet Bunny book looks adorable!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

Yes, my son (and hubby) love action figures too. I will look into this genre for him.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Today I have a book of poems for kids that are written in the style of Bob Marley.

Re action hero stuff, I hate them now, but even I loved them as a kid. But I think only because I was waiting for the parts with Lois Lane or whatever! :--) My real loves were Archie and Veronica, and Millie the Model, etc.

Rebecca Rasmussen said...

Bird Daughter loves anything you can put stickers in! I of course love that bunny book! Happy Saturday, mama!

Melissa Taylor said...

Thanks for the link-up!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Lisa McCue's illustrations are awesome!

Tracey M. said...

I think we'll have to check out Quiet Bunny's Many Colors from our library. Sounds so sweet and we love books with colorful pictures.

Anonymous said...

My daughter's getting the newest Warriors book in her basket.