Book Nook: Denise Fleming

Isn’t it stange, sometimes, how a particular author/illustrator captures your attention? I really didn’t care much for the first book I came across, but as I discovered more of Denise Fleming’s books, I changed my mind about her work! Read on, especially if you have a toddler or preschooler.

In the Small, Small Pond (Owlet Book) In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first Denise Fleming book that I read to my daughter Lily. We discovered it at the library during story time, and I really didn’t like it at first. Then, my mom gave this book to my younger daughter, Emmy, as a gift. The more I read it to Emmy, the more I appreciated it. The animals in the pond are shown throughout the seasons. Every page also has as least one frog on it. As I read this book to Emmy, I ask her to point to the frog on each page. This is a great book for toddlers.

Barnyard Banter Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
My mom also gave Barnyard Banter to Emmy as a gift. She LOVES this books, and requests it frequently. Barnyard animals along with the noises they make are featured in this book, and throughout the book is Goose, chasing a butterfly.

The “pulp paintings” Fleming uses give the illustrations great texture and depth.

Better than your typical “farm book!” Another great find for a good toddler read.

Buster Buster by Denise Fleming

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is my favorite of the three Denise Fleming books I have read. Buster is an adorable dog, owned by “Brown Shoes.” Buster’s routine and comfortable life is ruined by the arrival of Betty, an even more adorable white kitten. Buster runs away; too far away, as a matter of fact, and can’t find his way home. Guess who helps him make his way home?

Denise Fleming included a map to show Buster’s route home, and there is a great reunion at the end of the story. I love the “pulp paintings” Fleming uses; her illustrations are so unique!

With more of a plot than In a Small, Small Pond and Barnyard Banter, this book will appeal to preschool aged kids.

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