Earth Hour // by Nanette Heffernan
Illustrated by Bao Luu
Release Date: January 21, 2020
I loved all the different cultures from around the world that are featured in this book. Scenes of famous landmarks (like the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids, the Great Wall, and Christ the Redeemer Statue to name a few) are mixed in with quiet home scenes. There’s even a scene from Antarctica!
I really enjoyed the illustrations by Bao Luu. All the dark, nighttime blues—just gorgeous!—as we revisit the same landmarks. The text is simple and beautiful. This book introduces this as a celebration of sorts (albeit a quiet one!). It’s also a reminder that there are ways for our families to conserve energy. And sometimes that means shutting off the devices in our lives to spend some time just talking and enjoying each other’s company. [4 stars]
Marie’s Big Adieu // by Tamara Rittershaus
Illustrated by Giulia Iacopini
Release Date: February 1, 2020
Moving to a new place is so hard. I love how this book explores keeping the old friendships, but that making new ones is okay. I want such a wise friend like Lorelei!
My favourite line is when the dad helps Marie with trying to cope: “I’m sure there’s something we will love.” This is something my own mom did whenever we would move to a new place… try to find something about the house that was new and different and exciting. (One of our houses had its very own clothes-chute! Oh, the fun we had with that.) [4 stars]
Going Up! // by Sherry J. Lee
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Release Date: April 7, 2020
This is a fun story about a girl and her dad who have been invited to a birthday party on the top floor of their apartment building. As they ride the elevator, more and more friends get on. There’s a little twist at the end (which I figured out, but kids probably won’t see it coming).
The only thing about this book for me was the fact that there seemed to be too many people on that elevator! Maybe it’s because I have a slight fear of elevators… Anyhow, I did like the neighbourliness of the people in the apartment. [3.5 stars]
**Note: I received a free copy of these titles from the people at NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.**