I am declaring this week Children’s Book Review Week here at BwoB, both because I’m a little behind on my other reading and because it’s nice to try writing outside my usual realm of YA, genre, and select non-fiction. It should be noted that many of the titles I review this week were first recommended to me by fellow blogger hardboundandgagged, our outstanding kids’ bookseller in another life, when they let all of us, y’know, sell books. She’s helped me stock the libraries of my first niece and nephew, who are my current excuses for reading picture books.
Presumably everyone reading this blog has heard of Mo Willems, best known for his Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny series. Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, is a bit off the beaten path of his other work, but still retains his signature wit in both the text and illustrations. It stars Edwina, a dinosaur who didn’t get the memo about her species’ extinction and continues to help everyone in town and bake cookies. A young boy named Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie (and you have to love that name) sets out to convince everyone in his class that dinosaurs truly are extinct, thinking it will make Edwina – obvious proof to the contrary – disappear. Eventually Edwina hears him out, is convinced that she is extinct, but decides she just doesn’t care. The book ends with Edwina and Reginald sharing some fresh-baked cookies.