Books Reviewed for 2016

I Wonder

Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work

By Doyin Richards


I feel like this book is broken into three sections. The first section I’ll call the conversation. Next, you have “The Lesson.” The final section is the “refrain.” is My son and I enjoyed reading this book together. As we read through the scenes he kept saying, “Daddy, you do that with me.” We really enjoyed the pace of the book and felt it really captures the moments that are special for you and your children. You may not notice the moment because you’re in it, but children remember them. Thank you.



By Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts


This is a memorable little mystery wrapped in a wonderful lesson in self-directed learning. The story follows a little girl as she tries to solve riddle of an odd smell. She tests her theories and her family in the process. My son and I enjoyed the journey tremendously. One humbling surprise, my son is was the first person in the family to figure out the mystery. My wife and I have read this story with my son for the past three months and he was the only person to figure out the mystery.   It just goes to show you how incredible children’s minds are. Well done Author.


MARVELOUS ME (Inside and out)

By Lisa Bullard and Illustrated by Brand Brandon Reibeling


This is a tail with several superb layers. It’s about a little boy named Alex who imagines all of the things about himself that he is proud of. His imagination is boundless. There are some surprises in the story. However, I won’t be dropping any “Spoilers.” My son enjoyed the main character’s energy throughout the story. He seemed to relate to Alex. Finally, the illustrations are excellent; they capture the story moments perfectly.


Daddy Calls Me Man

By Angela Johnson and Illustrated Rhonda Mitchell


First of all the beauty of the illustrations immediately strikes a chord reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance. They are marvelous. The book has four short stories that feel like poems. It’s amazing how the phenomenal pictures capture the stories perfectly.   In fact, as I read the stories to my son, he began to make up his own stories within the book. This is a sure sign of a hit, in my home.