Giant Dance Party by author Betsy Bird and illustrator Brandon Dorman
Age Range: 4-8 years
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
A precocious youngster named Lexy decides to give up dancing and become a dance teacher in this picture book. While she loves to dance, her stage fright prevents her from showing her talent when on stage in recitals. Being a dance teacher would allow her to enjoy dance without dancing on stage. She advertises for clients but nobody enrolls. Just as she is about to ditch her dance teacher dream, five blue furry giants appear and ask for lessons. At first Lexy is apprehensive but they persuade her to take them on as dance students. Each one learns a different dance. The day comes when Lexy’s students are ready for a recital. Once they are on stage, a problem that Lexy is all too familiar with attacks the giants. Thank goodness Lexy knows exactly what to do! My Book Eyes likes Lexy’s problem solving. The illustrations of the giants are adorable.
L is for Love: A Heartfelt Alphabet by author/illustrator Greg Paprocki
Age Range: toddler and up
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
In this alphabet board book, words and illustrations represent deeds linked to care and connection throughout all 26 letters. Important lessons learned in few words. Illustrations are vibrant and diverse. Wonderful gift for any age.
Pizza at Sally’s by author/illustrator Monica Wellington
Age Range: 3 years – 7 years
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 1, 2006
In this picture book, the audience learns to make a scrumptious cheese pizza in Sally’s pizza store. Sally gathers tomatoes in a community garden, receives delivered bags of milled flour and purchases cheese at a neighboring store. This business owner shows readers that her ingredients come from a variety of places. Anticipation displayed on customers’ faces will have viewers also wanting to go to Sally’s for a slice. Many action verbs sprinkle this story as Sally creates her pizza pies. Illustrations are striking and easy to understand. At the end of this book there is a recipe for making pizza.
Flower Girl Butterflies by author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and illustrator Christiane Kromer
Age Range: Preschool – Grade 2
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 30, 2004
Aunt Robin bestows upon young Sarah, the flower girl position. Sarah is exhilarated as she picks out her dress yet is concerned about events that could ruin her opportunity in this picture book. My Book Eyes found it pleasing to read about a child character that is fretful about herself yet mature enough to give up her room to guests, console the ring bearer at rehearsal, help others get dressed on the wedding day, give herself a pep talk and have fun too. Illustrations of the whole wedding experience are well depicted and conjure up memories of what it is like to participate in or attend a wedding with its routines and family members.