Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Simon's New Bed by Christian Trimmer and Art by Melissa van der Paardt

Disclosure: Book received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

Simon can't wait to try his new bed but the poor dog has a problem. He's not the only one who thinks his bed looks comfy. Miss Adora Belle, the cat, has made herself at home on Simon's bed. He tries to no avail to get her out. Howling and barking doesn't work. He even drags her around the yard  but Adora Belle just won't budge. Simon finally comes to the conclusion that sharing may be the only way he will get to try his bed. But will it work?

The digitally rendered illustrations capture perfectly the feelings of Simon from his upturned mouth at the happy thought of trying his new bed to his sad surprise in his droopy face in finding Adora Belle right in the middle. The sly and contented looks of Adora Belle add to the humor. While the lesson of making the best of what you have will resonate with the young reader, the illustrations will get them coming back for another lesson in reading expressions.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Aug. 25, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1481430197
Grades: P-3

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