Sunday 21 November 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber and You Weren't With Me by Chandra Ghosh Ippen

Gingersnap Snatcher
Author: Vicky Weber
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 7th December 2021

Book Description:
Abuela made cookies to eat after school.

The gingersnap kind, just the thought made us drool!

We rushed home excited. We opened the door…

...The cookies were missing—just crumbs on the floor!

Can you help the kids crack the case of the Gingersnap Snatcher?

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Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Well, that is the question the kids in this book find themselves asking. Having rushed home from school, eagerly anticipating the warm cookies awaiting them, three young siblings find themselves disappointed when they arrive home and the only thing awaiting them are cookie crumbs. So what's the solution? Find the cookie thief.

This was a wonderfully illustrated book that's full of fun and adventure. And it all happens in the confines of their home. Loved the ending and discovering who the culprit was. The rhyming scheme was fun, but it's the colourful illustrations that really stood out for me. I think young minds would be fascinated by this book. It would certainly have their inquisitive minds excited. A wonderful read.


Rating: 5 Stars
Source: BookSirens

You Weren't With Me
Author: Chandra Ghosh Ippen
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 18th April 2019

Book Description:
Little Rabbit and Big Rabbit are together after a difficult separation, but even though they missed each other, Little Rabbit is not ready to cuddle up and receive Big Rabbit’s love. Little Rabbit needs Big Rabbit to understand what it felt like when they were apart. “Sometimes I am very mad. I don’t understand why you weren’t with me,” says Little Rabbit, “I worry you will go away again.” Big Rabbit listens carefully and helps Little Rabbit to feel understood and loved. This story was designed to help parents and children talk about difficult separations to help them reconnect and find their way back to each other. 

The book may be helpful to families who have experienced: 
Divorce or caregiver separation 
Caregiver work-related separations 
Military service related separations 
Immigration related separations 
Child welfare related separations 
Parental incarceration 
Parental substance use related separations 

The book is available in Spanish under the title "Cuando no Estabas Conmigo." This is the 2nd book by this author illustrator team. The first book "Once I Was Very Very Scared," was designed to help grown-ups understand and talk to children about stressful events they may have experienced.

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A sweet tale about how to deal with abandonment and separation anxiety. Little Rabbit explains to Big Rabbit all the emotions he feels due to Big Rabbit having been away from him for so long. I liked how patient and understanding Big Rabbit was of Little Rabbit and how she explained to Little Rabbit that being away from him had a great effect on her also. I liked the illustrations, but there weren't many variations present, so it just seemed as though the same image was being replayed. It was just a little too repetitive.

Overall it was a good read. As the situation behind their separation wasn't explained or elaborated on, it will definitely leave young children asking numerous questions, so it's definitely a conversation starter. An enjoyable read.


Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Own copy

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