Check out these new releases in picture books. Tinkle, Tinkle Little Star made me laugh.

Pigeons deserve respect and in this picture book, Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest shows the world what pigeons have done and still do for our cities.
Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest shows the world what pigeons have done and still do for our cities.

Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest

Dr. Coo, the pigeon, is right – pigeons don’t get enough respect.

In Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest by Sarah Hampson ($18.99, Kids Can Press), we learn about the pigeon’s place in history – from delivering news of the Olympics Games in ancient Greece to delivering medicine across battlefields strewn with injured men. We also see how little respect these intelligent birds receive including being chased by children and run over by people in their cars. So Dr. Coo, along with the other pigeons, take matters into their own feathers and show the city’s inhabitants how important they are.

Dr. Coo is a great book that reminds people the importance of these birds and how we need to respect and celebrate them.

If you have to read about potty training, you might as well make it a fun read for parents, in this book that plays off the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Potty training is fun – for parents – with this book by Chris Tougas.

Tinkle, Tinkle Little Star

Tinkle, Tinkle Little Star by Chris Tougas ($10.99, Kids Can Press) makes me laugh the whole way through. Written to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the star is asked not to pee in the sandbox or grandpa’s knee and is told to remember the golden rule -never tinkle in the pool. Ha. Good stuff. A perfect book for parents starting their potty training journey.

Traditions and the bound between grandparent and grandchild evident in this Kids Can Press book.
The Bagel King is a wonderful story about a grandson and his grandfather.

The Bagel King

The Bagel King by Andrew Lawson ($18.99, Kids Can Press) is the story about a Eli, whose Zaida delivers fresh bagels to his grandson’s home every Sunday so they enjoy them together. But when Eli’s grandfather tumbles on is tuches, leaving him housebound, who is going to deliver the bagels?

The story is really cute with lovely illustrations. I like that the story is about a grandfather and grandson and their traditions. I also like that Eli learns that his grandfather has a life beyond him.

The Day Dad Joined by Soccer Team offers a funny look about children's soccer and if the dad joined the team.
Funny stuff in this book.

The Day Dad Joined by Soccer Team

The Day Dad Joined by Soccer Team by Maureen Fergus ($18.99, Kids Can Press) is a funny story about a dad who immediately dons a soccer uniform when he hears his son’s coach is looking for help for the team (while the help they were actually looking for was to provide snacks.) The dad, we learn, isn’t the best fit for the team – he picks dandelions and runs off to the park when he is suppose to be listening to coach (so funny). He thinks the game is only about winning, groaning when their goalie lets in a goal and throwing a hairy fit when the opposite team member tripped him – by accident. His son his horrified, but the coach tells him that his dad has energy and it is about pointing him in the right direction.

This book also made me laugh, particularly the part with the dandelions and running to the park. Fun ending, too.

Teachers get the respect they deserve My Teacher's Not Here, a cute book about change.
My Teacher’s Not Here is a cute book about change.

My Teacher’s Not Here

Those who give teachers a hard time or those with little ones who don’t like change may want to read My Teacher’s Not Here by Lana Button ($16.99, Kids Can Press).

The book follows the story of a little person who comes to school and realizes her teacher isn’t there. She wonders why school isn’t cancelled and what she will do if her thermos lid is stuck or her jacket won’t zip up. Worse, there is a new teacher who has a deep voice and doesn’t know the songs they sing. But there is also a note from their teacher asking the students to help out their new teacher whenever they can, which makes the students try their best and help each other.

It’s a cute story and shows the importance to teachers in children’s lives.

Wash On!

Wash On! by Michele Marineau ($18.95, Pajama Press) is a story about a little girl named Petronilla, who adds colour to the world every time she says Wash On. Over time, the world is full of colour that nothing else can be seen, including her dog who gets lost among the colour.

It’s a cute enough story and I particularly liked the ending.

A copy of these books were provided by Kids Can Press and Pajama Press for an honest review. The opinions are my own.