January Book Reviews

It’s 2023!! And we’re so excited about the books being sent out this month by Dolly’s Imagination Library. Here are reviews for a couple of the FUN books arriving in mailboxes this January!

Milo’s Hat Trick
by Jon Agee

Milo the Magnificent botched his card trick. He tangled his rope trick. He’s not exactly…magnificent. When the theater manager gives him one last chance, Milo sets out to catch a rabbit but instead catches a bear. The two conjure up a plan and Milo’s show is sure to be a hit. But things don’t go exactly as planned…

“Just whistle and I’ll pop out.”

Young readers (and little magicians!) will love this witty and playful story.

Milo’s Hat Trick is an ALA Notable Book and has won numerous awards. Agee is also the author-illustrator of several other picture books, including It’s Only Stanley.

Dandelion Magic
by Darren Farrell and illustrated by Maya Tatsukawa

In this fun and interactive book, young readers will be transported into a world of magic—Dandelion Magic! An adorable and imaginative story with whimsical pictures, Jonah’s grandmother believes that by blowing on dandelions, you can make a wish. This leads Jonah on an adventure in which he faces a giant squid, a fire-breathing dragon, a hurricane and more.

“Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Make a special wish. And BLOW!”

A perfect choice for fans of Herve Tullet’s Press Here, children and adults alike will love “blowing raspberries” and making funny faces.

Farrell is also the author-illustrator of the award-winning picture book Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib. Tatsukawa has also written and illustrated two other books for children, including Sunday Pancakes which received a Geisel Honor.

Published by wacobookmom

Amanda Urabe has written book reviews for publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster and narrated a reading app for children. Alongside her husband and their two sons, she re-located to Waco three years ago from Los Angeles. Then known as L.A. Book Mom, she maintained a blog and hosted story time at local businesses and farmers markets to promote the joy of reading in her community. With a degree in Education and a passion for literacy, she is thrilled to be working with Imagination Library of Waco.

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