Monday, October 14, 2019

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book with "Gabby" and "Norman" -- Two New Children's Books from Ripley’s Picture Books (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

In addition to the annual Ripley's Believe It or Not! Books, I love picking up and sharing their picture books with my girls, as they are not only entertaining to read, but are filled with positive messages that the girls can apply to their own lives, as they grow and mature.   Recently, I was sent two Ripley's Picture Books to share with my girls, and I couldn't wait to snuggle up on the couch with my girls and read these two books with them.

Here are the two books, which were sent our way, and that released back in May of this year:

About this Book:

"Brand new picture books from Ripley’s feature fun and engaging stories around more Ripley’s Aquarium mascots, this time Gabby the sea turtle and Norman the penguin. Filled with expressive illustrations, silly situations, and lovable characters, kids and parents alike will be enchanted by each of these charming “tails”!

Gabby's not afraid of the dark! Well, maybe just a little. Join Gabby as she explores the deep, dark ocean. Told from Gabby's point of view, kids will relate to how scary the dark can feel but, like Gabby, will be assured that they, too, can conquer their fear and maybe even make a new friend in the process!"

About this Book:

"Who says penguins can't fly? Join the adorable Norman as he searches for a way to accomplish the impossible. Told from Norman's point of view, young readers will giggle at Norman's silly attempts and relate to his disappointment at his failures. Will Norman ultimately find a way to fly? There's only one way to find out!"


Just looking at the cover art for these two books makes me smile as I am a huge animal lover and think these two animals are just the cutest.  Don't you agree? :-)  These were the first two picture books from the Ripley's picture book line, which are based off of Ripley’s Aquarium mascots.  There are two previous releases in the series, "Sharkee and the Teddy Bear" and "Bremner and the Party", which I plan to pick up for my girls, so that we can grow this super cute picture book series from Ripley's.  

As a parent, I am always looking for picture books that I can share with my girls that are not just entertaining, but that can open up lines of communication for to talk to my girls about body image, bullying, believing in yourself, sharing and even bravery.  So, when I read through the books before sharing with my girls, I was so excited as these two books touched upon positive messages that I love sharing with my girls, and seeing if they can identify the moral/lesson after we finish a story, and share how it makes them feel, or how it has related to their lives, or how they would handle a situation based on what they learned.

The picture book, "Gabby and the Dark" is about a turtle who is a little afraid of the dark.  The story is easy to read and can be enjoyed by even the youngest of listeners, as it only has a few words per page in the beginning, and then finishes with page after page of illustrations and no words. I like books like this as you can ask your kids to describe what is going on and listen to them use their imagination to tell creative stories.  Each and every time you read this story with your kids, the wordless pages can change each time your kids start describing what is happening, which is always fun.  My girls loved coming up with fun underwater creatures that Gabby is coming into contact with, as we read the book the first few times, just looking at their eyes in the dark illustrations.  It wasn't until we turned the page that we could finally see who was looking back at Gabby.  The illustrations in this Ripley's picture book are bright and colorful and really playful.  My girls were engaged all the way through the book, and get stopping me from flipping to the next page, as they wanted to take in all the details of the illustrations that filled the entire page of this book.

"Norman and the Flight" is another cute picture book by Ripley's that is about a penguin named Norman who thinks he can fly.  Others are telling him that penguins can't fly, but he doesn't want to hear this, and works so hard to prove them wrong. But, with each failed attempt is only becomes more upset and discouraged, and starts to wonder if the others were right about penguins not being able to fly.  It isn't until the end of the book that with a little help from a ocean friend, that Norman finally takes flight.  The ending will sure have you and your child(ren) smiling. My girls really enjoyed this picture book, and were happy to see that Norman never gave up, and in the end he was able to fly.  He believed in himself and never gave up, and is a great message for young kids to hear, and for parents to remind kids about, as they may get discouraged easier if things don't go their way, or they don't think they can do something, and want to easily give up.  Parents can remind their kids about Norman and how he tried and tried until he was finally able to fly.  

I am so happy I had the chance to share these two cute picture books from Ripley's with my girls.  Like I said, I plan to pick up the previous two picture books in this series to share with them, as I know they will love them, just as much as these two books.  If you are looking for a couple new picture books to share with your little ones at bedtime, that are a quick read, but full of colorful illustrations and opportunities for your kids to add their own take on the story with the wordless pages, then you should definitely check out these two recent releases from Ripley's.  You can learn more about these cute picture books and past children's book releases from Ripley's by visiting:  With the holidays fast approaching, these picture books, as well as their line of board books would make for great gift ideas for kids, as well as their popular annual "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" books.

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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