Three New Wordless Picture Books by Bruce Lansky and Bill Bolton

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Meadowbrook recently published a new wordless picture book with two more on the way. They are adorable and I’m so excited to share them with you today. Early Birdy Gets the Worm has been named a 2014 GOLD winner in Children’s Picture Books from the Mom’s Choice Awards and a SILVER winner in the Education category of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Parenting Resources competition.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm is available in both ebook and hardcover.  Polar Brrr’s Big Adventure and Monkey See, Monkey Do are both available as ebooks, with the hardcover editions being released in October.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

Creator: Bruce Lansky

Artist: Bill Bolton

Age Range: 2 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Series: A PictureReading Book (Book 1)

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Meadowbrook (May 6, 2014)

Genre: Picture Book

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

 This Story is Told in Pictures… so children 3 to 6 can “read” the pictures and enjoy the story.

Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy watches Mother Birdy catch a worm. Inspired, Early Birdy wants to catch one too. But catching a worm isn’t as easy as it looks. Join Early Birdy on an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find yourself “smiling from ear to ear”.  

My Thoughts:

I’m loving this new series of wordless picture books from Meadowbrook.  The illustrations are big and easy to follow.  Sometimes wordless picture books don’t depict a story very well and it’s hard to know what’s going on, but these books are great in that regard.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm is about a baby bird that goes in search of a worm to eat, but has a difficult time getting his beak on one.  It’s a sweet story, and my four year old loves it.  She can “read” it all by herself, but we also have fun looking at it together and discussing the pictures.  The artwork is warm and engaging.  It tells the story well enough that my daughter can narrate it by herself, without any prompts from me.

If you have a child that likes reading but can’t actually read yet, this series of wordless picture books is perfect.

Source: The publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

Polar Brrr’s Big Adventure

Creator: Bruce Lansky

Artist: Bill Bolton

Age Range: 2 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Series: A PictureReading Book (Book 1)

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Meadowbrook (October 7, 2014)

Genre: Picture Book

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Join Polar Brrr on his big adventure to deliver a very important package. Watch him slide down a glacier, swim through icy water and outsmart a pack of hungry wolves. You’ll wonder why this brave, quick-thinking polar-bear cub is so determined to deliver the package as he journeys through the charming arctic environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton.

My Thoughts:

Another very fun picture book from Meadowbrook.  My kids loved this adventurous story of a polar bear making his way to a friends house.  He meets wolves, braves the frigid waters, and scales a mountain in order to deliver his gift.  The pictures are humorous, and kids will laugh at the way Polar Bear gets out of sticky situations.

Once again, Bill Bolton delivered charming illustrations that easily conveyed the story.  Each of the books in this series are simple, yet endearing.  They have big, clear pictures so kids can understand what’s going on.  This book is currently available as an ebook and will be available in hardcover in October.

Source: The publisher provided me with a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.  

4 STARS

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Creator: Bruce Lansky

Artist: Bill Bolton

Age Range: 2 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Series: A PictureReading Book (Book 1)

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Meadowbrook (October 7, 2014)

Genre: Picture Book

Source: Publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

This Story is Told in Pictures… so children 3 to 6 can “read” the pictures and enjoy the story.

Ooops! The zoo keeper accidentally left the door to the monkey cage open. Curious to explore the zoo, Lil’ Monkey sets out to meet some other animals and learn some new tricks. Come along on this delightful adventure in the charming zoo created by illustrator Bill Bolton. In the end, we learn that being yourself is the best thing to be.

My Thoughts:

This is my kids’ favorite of the new Meadowbrook wordless picture books. A monkey seizes an opportunity to escape his cage and spends the day touring the zoo. He tries to imitate thing the other animals are doing, like flying, bouncing a ball off his nose, and following a mommy goose. None of these adventures turn out the way Monkey hoped. My kids laughed at his antics.

Once again, Bill Bolton brings adorable characters and a charming setting together to create an endearing story. Recommended for kids who can’t read yet but still want to feel independent. It’s also a great story to “read” with your child. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss things like characters, setting, and events. You can currently buy the ebook, while the hardcover edition will be released in October.

Source: The publisher provided me with a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

About Bruce Lansky:

Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby-name books in North America. His other name books include: What’s Your Baby’s Name, Baby Names Around the World, The Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, The Very Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World, 55000+ Baby Names, 25,000+ Baby Names, The Baby Name Survey Book, and the Mother of All Baby Names. He is also editor of a successful series of humor books, children’s poetry books, and children’s fiction.

 

About Bill Bolton:

A British illustrator, I Graduated in 1990 from Oxford Brookes University followed by several years working exclusively for two major greeting card publishers. I then recruited Advocate as my agent and have since worked across the board illustrating children’s book, in Advertising, Editorial, Publishing and Design. It keeps me busy!

Having 20 years experience under my belt I know the importance of working to a specific brief and meeting tight deadlines. I am a very versatile artist, being equally at home with a mouse or a brush in my hand (sometimes both!).
As you can see, my portfolio is diverse, from highly stylised people, to whimsical cutes. Most of my illustration work is character based and I can help you develop new characters or update existing ones.

I have a passion for the environment and live in an earth sheltered house. At the weekends you might spot me under the wind turbine or mowing the roof.

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