Picture Book Review: Anybody Home? by Marianne Berkes and Rebecca Dickenson (Illustrator)

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Age Range: 2 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (September 10, 2013)

Language: English

Series: None

Genre: Picture book

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

Polly ‘Possum is looking for a new home to raise her expected babies.
Along the way, she meets a wide variety of diurnal and nocturnal
animals. She learns how they build and live in webs, nests, hives,
shells, burrows, lodges, dens, caves, dreys, and even hollows. While
those homes are perfect for those animals, they aren’t right for her.
How does Polly find a home and will she find it in time?

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About the Author:

Marianne Berkes has spent much of her life as a teacher, children’s
theater director and children’s librarian. She is listed in “Something
About the Author,” “Who’s Who in American Education” and “Who’s Who in
America.”

Marianne lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, where the
cacophony of sounds she hears from the pond in back of her home served
as the inspiration for her first book, “Marsh Music” published in 2000.
She is a favorite presenter at schools and literary conferences, reading
her award-winning books and talking about her publishing adventures.

Before
moving to Florida over twenty years ago, Marianne was an early
childhood educator in New York, and also directed children’s theater.
Music, theater and writing have been a constant in her life and she puts
all this to good use in 15 award winning “interactive” children’s
picture books, with two more to be released in early 2014.

My Thoughts:

This is a cute little story about a possum trying to find a new home so
she can have her babies.  The story itself is rather sweet, and children
will find themselves worrying about Polly and if she will ever find a
home. My kids quite enjoyed the book and asked to read it several times.  My 3 year old especially liked it.

The only thing I don’t like about the story is all the
alliterative names. It is a rather large pet peeve of mine. Everyone uses alliterative names in children’s books and it’s gotten to the point that
I groan when I see it.

The illustrations are middle of the road for me, which is weird, because
I like the cover. Some of the artwork is pretty good, and some is just
okay.

THREE STARS

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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