Friday, December 30, 2022

Review: Hooray for Spring by Kazuo Iwamura


Genre: Children's 4-8
Published: March 1, 2009
Pages: 32

What child doesnt love the first signs of spring? Its spring, and the world is full of new leaves, and cherry blossoms, and hungry baby birds. Mick, Mack, and Molly can see that caterpillars like to eat leaves, and bees like to suck nectar from the blossoms, but what can they feed a hungry young chick?

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a short story about three young squirrels that are excited to leave their nest at the start of spring. They happen upon a baby bird that looks hungry and try to figure out what it would want to eat. But they do not know what baby birds eat until Mama Bird comes back with a worm for her baby. 

The story telling had a very "See Spot Run" feel to it. Fairly basic sentence structure with a repetitive feel, so probably a good book for a new reader. There were a few complex words, but not many. 

The illustrations had a soft, almost water color feel to them. But they gave me more of an autumn vibe than a spring vibe, with lots of orange and yellow rather than green. The details of the adventure were cute though. 

I could probably read this book a few times without wanting to rip my hair out. Overall I give it 3.7 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Kazuo Iwamura studies at the School of Fine Arts of Tokyo. He started his career as a illustrator for children's television programs and his picture books have been published around the world.

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