5 Star Picture Books: 100 Snowmen and Not Your Typical Dragon


100 Snowmen by Jen Arena and Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations)

Age Range: 6 – 8 years

Grade Level: 1st – 3rd

Hardcover: 20 pages

Publisher: Two Lions (November 12, 2013)

Genre: Picture book/math

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

1 + 1 = 2 snowmen.
3 + 4 = 7 snowmen.
5 + 6 = 11 snowmen.
Finally, 100 snowmen!
As you count and add,
watch the snowmen enjoy a snowball fight,
make funny faces, play hide-and-seek—
and just plain have fun.
And you’ll have fun, too!

My Thoughts: 

Cutest snowman book EVER! The illustrations are so much fun. My kids
love pointing out the different snowmen and discussing their facial
expressions. The counting is perfect for little kids because they don’t
have to count higher than 10, yet it all adds up to 100. This is one of
our favorite picture books of the year.


Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el and Tim Bowers (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 7, 2013)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.

But when
Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come
out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he
ends up with



teddy bears?

Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family
emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical
abilities to save the day.

With wry humor and whimsical
illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any
child who can’t help feeling a little bit different.

My Thoughts:

Crispin is turning seven and should be able to breath fire, but when he
opens his mouth, fire doesn’t come out. Something else does! Crispin
manages to breathe out whipped cream, party streamers, bubbles, and
beach balls, but never fire. He makes an unlikely
friend in a quivering young knight and together they realize that being
different isn’t always a bad thing.

With engaging illustrations and a humorous storyline, Not Your Typical
delivers a timeless message of individuality and self-worth that kids will


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