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Review: BabyLit books: Emma and Treasure Island

October 16, 2015

I was excited to receive two more board books from the BabyLit series by Jennifer Adams.


Emma: an Emotions Primer features characters from the much loved classic, Emma.  Alison Oliver‘s illustrations are cute but I’m not sure they always conveyed the emotion they were supposed to – for instance, the faces for scared and surprised are very similar.  I have to question whether bored, surprised, tired, and a few others are actually emotions.  This book is cute and I think adults will enjoy seeing characters they love but, I have to admit, it’s not my favorite BabyLit board book.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island: A Shapes Primer is a fun book that little ones will enjoy!  The left side of each page spread shows a shape and its name while the right side features a picture from Treasure Island that includes that shape.  Alison Oliver’s illustrations are cute and clever and are sure to amuse young readers.  Little ones will have fun hunting for the shapes in the pictures.  Both boys and girls will enjoy this one but I think it will especially appeal to young boys.


kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Gibbs Smith. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2015 6:24 am

    I can see why adults might enjoy Emma a bit more than tots. I like the covers.

  2. October 16, 2015 6:30 am

    I think I would like to read these Babylit books for myself. I hope my library has them.

  3. October 16, 2015 9:06 am

    I agree Treasure Island is the better of the two!

  4. October 16, 2015 9:27 am

    When I’m out in front of the bookstore on Sunday mornings, you should see how many little kids (including my own grandchildren (who live nearby) drag their parents into the store. It’s very cool to watch.

  5. October 16, 2015 10:46 am

    awwww, cute

  6. October 16, 2015 11:57 am

    How adorable!

  7. October 16, 2015 5:00 pm

    I’m looking for some new books for my grandson. I’m going to find Treasure Island. I have a hunch he’ll like it,.

  8. Patty permalink
    October 17, 2015 9:31 am

    Cute cute cute!

  9. October 17, 2015 4:51 pm

    With a two and a half year old grand daughter who I am delighted is into books, am keeping an eye out for kids books. Thanks for this update

  10. extraordinaryordinarywhimsy permalink
    October 17, 2015 10:30 pm

    I hear ya on the Emma. While I love the art on these, some are not great.

  11. October 18, 2015 4:07 pm

    BabyLit is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing some thoughts about these books, Kathy.

  12. October 18, 2015 9:41 pm

    These are so cute! I’ll need to check these out.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    October 19, 2015 6:45 am

    I still love the premise of these board books even if the Emma one didn’t live up to your expectations. Treasure Island looks precious!

  14. October 19, 2015 3:38 pm

    I just love that these board books exist.

  15. October 19, 2015 7:21 pm

    Emotions are hard. Gage has several apps that go through faces and emotions and I think so many emotions looks so similar that I even have a hard time figuring it out. Most of the time it’s context that fills in the emotion.

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