Susanna Hill picture books

April Fools', Phyllis!April Fools’, Phyllis! by Susanna Leonard Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is April fool’s day and Phyllis the groundhog is trying to convince everyone a blizzard is coming, but no one believes her and they are all busy with a treasure hunt.

This is such a clever tale weaving two plots together really well. On the one side you have the part about the blizzard coming and how can Phyllis convince everyone that it is coming. And on the other side, everyone is busy following the next clue to the treasure hunt. The two parts come together in a very clever way and the vocabulary is excellent in bringing some practical words into the child’s conscience.

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Can't Sleep Without SheepCan’t Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can’t sleep without sheep is funnily enough about a girl that can’t sleep so she counts sheep. And that is where the story that you know about ends, because this tale has a great twist. The sheep are very active in the story and fed up of jumping the fence. They have an idea to give themselves a break and it is a lively, fun story right to the end.

The pace is excellent, the vocabulary perfect for children to pick up and introduce new words in a fun way and the illustrations are gorgeous. It looks like they were done in pastels. A great bedtime read especially if your little ones don’t sleep well ;)

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Airplane Flight!: A Lift-the-Flap AdventureAirplane Flight!: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure by Susanna Leonard Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The captain of a plane has to land in a storm, but it all works out in the end. A great rhyming lift-the-flap book which is fun for all ages. I have always been a fan of lift-the-flap books, who doesn’t want to peek inside? This book is fun and full of useful vocabulary to learn all about planes and airports. And of course the rhythm of the rhyme is a helpful learning tool and rollicking ride too.

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You probably know that Susannah is a fellow crusader. Check out her blog here.

There’s another book of Susannah’s I have yet to blog about, so look out for that. Enjoy your day!

7 thoughts on “Susanna Hill picture books

  1. These sound great. Especially the April’s Fools book. I’ll have to check them all out. You’ve given me some great books to add to my pile. And an idea for NaPiBpWriWee. One that hasn’t been done. :-) It came to me while reading your post.


  2. I follow Susanna, too! My son would love the Sheep book and April Fool’s Phyllis (he loves saying bizarre things and then saying April Fool’s before you can get annoyed), I’ll have to look for those. Thanks for the recs!

  3. Pingback: Interview with Susannah Leonard Hill « Catherine Johnson, Writer

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