New Board Books from Joan Holub!

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Joan Holub is one of my favorite authors for children.  Her books are always upbeat and fun.  These two little board books will be releasing on the 16th.  If you have an itty bitty one at home, you’ll want to check these out!

Play Nice, Hercules by Joan Holub, Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli

Age Range: 1 – 3 years

Series: Mini Myths

Board book: 24 pages

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed; Brdbk edition (September 16, 2014)

Source: From author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.

Praise for Mini-Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!
“These adorable volumes feature the title characters learning important life lessons with slight allusions to their Greek mythology counterparts.”
School Library Journal

My Thoughts:

Having fun and being nice don’t always seem to go together, but when Hercules goes too far and makes his baby sister cry, he knows he has to fix things. This board book is about being considerate of others, having younger siblings, and of course, the Greek legend of Hercules.  A short version of the real story of Hercules is included on the inside back cover.  With it’s encouraging message about kindness and good behavior, this little book is perfect for any toddler.

Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

Be Patient, Pandora by Joan Holub, Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli

Age Range: 1 – 3 years

Series: Mini Myths

Board book: 24 pages

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed; Brdbk edition (September 16, 2014)

Source: From author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.

Praise for Mini-Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!
“These adorable volumes feature the title characters learning important life lessons with slight allusions to their Greek mythology counterparts.”
School Library Journal

My Thoughts:

Typical of most young children, Pandora can’t resist the temptation to “accidentally” open a box, even after her mother warns her not to. Even though Pandora made a huge mess when the box burst open, she immediately apologizes and asks her mother if she still loves her.  Be Patient, Pandora contains the sweet and simple message that warnings are meant to be followed. The final page contains a short version of the real story of Pandora.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

About the Author:

MIGHTY DADS, a picture book illus by James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat (Scholastic 2014)
LITTLE
RED WRITING, a picture book illus by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet
(Chronicle Books 2013). Guess who the wolf is! 3 starred reviews + 4
notable lists.
GODDESS GIRLS series puts a modern, middle-school,
spin on Greek Mythology. Athena the Brain; Aphrodite the Diva; Pandora
the Curious; Cassandra the Lucky. 18 titles, ages 8-12, co-written with
Suzanne Williams.
GRIMMTASTIC GIRLS series sets familiar fairy
tales in middle school: Cinderella Stays Late, Red Riding Hood Gets
Lost. 6 titles, ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams.
HEROES IN TRAINING series: #1 Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom. 12 titles, ages 7-10, with co-author Suzanne Williams.
ZERO THE HERO, a picture book illus by NYTimes bestselling Tom Lichtenheld
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Who Was Babe Ruth?
What Is the Statue of Liberty?
Who Was Marco Polo?
Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars
The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School
http://www.joanholub.com

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