Lucy’s Picture Book Palace Blog

Picture Book Palace.

Welcome to my Picture Book Palace blog where you will find reviews of new and old, traditionally and self-published children’s picture books. Books are read to and reviewed by my children (with input from Dad). Children’s books for older kids are sometimes included if enjoyed.

Review Policy

We are happy to review new picture books so feel free to contact me through the contact us page. Please note that as a children’s book author myself and dad of 5, I cannot guarantee I will be able to review all books sent to me due to time restraints. Reviews are impartial and an honest opinion will always be given.

Beeing Happy with Unicorn Jazz and Friends by Lisa Caprelli, Davey Villalobos (Illustrator)

Blurb

Unicorn Jazz and animal friends in this happiness book include a bee, octopus, gorilla, cat, ocean friends, and Woof the Crow, who all show imaginative ideas on what being happy can mean.
Bee-ing Happy with Unicorn Jazz and Friends brings all the animal friends together in this heartfelt book filled with happiness.

Lucy’s Review

A lovely book that will leave you smiling. A book full of happiness with a ‘find the bee’ challenge for children on every page. I enjoyed the moral of finding happiness in acts of kindness. The book has colorful vibrant illustrations which will keep children engaged.

Lucy’s Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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He Wants To Be A Princess by Nicky Brookes

Blurb

He really wants to be a princess but how will mum and his friends react? Will they kick up a fuss or accept him for who he wants to be?

Lucy’s Review

“I Love it” was Lucy’s verdict. A fantastic book that highlights how kids should be allowed to be themselves, be allowed to express themselves and not be confined by social imposed norms. A fun well written story with strong vibrant illustrations.

Lucy’s Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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If Santa didn’t have his sleigh by Gilberto Mariscal.

Blurb

Lucy and Mary love Christmas. It’s their favorite time of the year! However, there isΒ somethingΒ thatΒ worries Lucy a lot:Β If Santa did not have his sleigh, how would he bring his gifts to all the children of the world?Β LuckilyΒ her mom knowsΒ the answer to that question…Β and she is going to tell them!

Lucy’s Review

A fun story about a child questioning how Santa would deliver all his presents if his magical sleigh was broken. ‘Mum’ comes up with lots of fun suggestions which will keep children entertained. A story with bright illustrations that will get your kids asking questions about Santa and spark their imaginations.

Lucys’ Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (7 July 2016)

Blurb

“Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” But it’s dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

Lucy’s Review

β€œI love this book, can we read it again”. The story has everything a picture book should have, a lovable character, adventure, love and family. Stick Man is a classic that has been read in our household hundreds of times. From the rhyming melody of the text to the amazing illustrations by Axel Scheffler, stick man is a classic. Β One of dads favorite ever picture books.

Lucy’s Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Oi Cat! by Kes Gray. Illustrated by Jim Field. Published by Hachette Children’s (March 26, 2019)

Blurb

The laughter never ends withΒ Oi FrogΒ and friends …

Don’t miss this hilarious follow-up toΒ Oi Frog!Β andΒ Oi Dog!Β from the award-winning Kes Gray and Jim Field. A brilliant rhyming read-aloud text, jam-packed with animals and silliness – perfect for children and parents alike.

Lucy’s Review

“A very funny book”. Oi Cat – is a funny clever story full of animal-rhyming silliness. The illustrations are fantastic and fit the text purrrrfectly. A clever concept which guarantees lots of giggling!

Lucy’s Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith. Illustrated by Katz Cowley. Published by Scholastic

Blurb

The book behind the viral internet sensation of a granny reading this story to her grandchild, viewed over 3 million times.Β Based on the popular song, THE WONKY DONKEY has sold over one million copies worldwide.Β Who ever heard of a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey?Β This hilarious picture book will have children – and adults – braying with laughter!

Lucy’s Review

“A silly story about a silly donkey”. This story has been selected for bed time reads frequently. It is as Lucy quotes a silly story about a donkey. The repetition of the text makes it easy to read a long and the words used and its ‘silliness’ ensures lots of laughs. The story also creates lots of questions such as why has the donkey only got one eye?’ ‘why is it missing a leg? etc which creates an opportunity to talk about matters such as disabilities.

Lucy’s rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Oscar the Hungry Unicorn by Lou Carter. Illustrated by Nikki Dyson

Published by Orchard Books (20 Sept. 2018)

Blurb

Oscar the Unicorn has eaten his stable so he needs to find somewhere else to live. Not easy if you’re a unicorn who eats everything in sight … No one wants him around: not the pirates or the fairies or the dragons. Will Oscar ever find a place to call home? Well, it just so happens that Princess Oola has been searching for a unicorn FOR EVER ..

Lucy’s Review

Oscar is a very hungry unicorn that loves to eat – everything. A fun book that has been read numerous times at Lucy’s request as it includes unicorns, trolls, fairies, dragons and other mythical creatures. The illustrations are bright and sparkly and will keep young children enthralled with lots of talking points. A fun unicorn story that differs (in a good way) from your standard unicorn picture books.

Lucy’s rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl by Christopher Garcia-Halenar, Alejandro Garcia-Halenar, Sophia Jin (Illustrator)

Lucy’s Review

Lucy loved it, She thought the girls hair was gorgeous and wanted curls herself! The story is well written and full of energy and adventure. The underlying message of acceptance for all and be proud of yourself no matter what you look like is strong throughout. The book has beautiful illustrations with strong colors and lovely details that will keep children hooked.

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Angel on Assignment – An Angelic Tradition by Wanda Carter Roush, Alicia Young (Illustrator), Mike Motz (Illustrator)

Review

A sweet rhyming story for children about angels. I enjoyed the underlying message of helping one another when you can. If everyone did this the world would be a much better place. Kids will love the bright colorful illustrations and the how to build an angel for yourself kit at the end of the book.

Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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