Book Review: Bookstore Babies

“Bookstore Babies” Snippet

Author: Puck | Illustrator: Violet Lemay | Published April 2nd, 2019 by Workman Publishing

Synopsis: “Here come the bookstore babies, ready to give you a tour of their favorite local shop.

Spirited images pair with quirky text to introduce young readers to a group of smart, active, stylish, and just plain silly tots who love to explore their favorite bookstore. From storytime to playing with the bookstore cat, this entertaining board book is an essential introduction to all of the fun that can be found inside a bookstore.

And the fun doesn’t end there: Bookstore Babies includes oodles of amusing activities and educational reading tips to help parents enjoy the book with their children over and over again!”


If there is one thing I enjoy about children’s books it’s that most include activities for the child to do to expand their learning. Bookstore Babies by Puck, illustrated by Violet Lemay, didn’t disappoint. The “to the point” writing style synced with its imagery quickly activates the child’s imagination. The story in itself is educational which is common with these board books but shines a light on what a bookstore can unlock for the reader in the real world. Spelling lessons, technical and cognitive skills, and more can be found in this fun little board book without it feeling overly educational or “too on-the-nose”.

Puck is the author of dozens of children’s books, including New York Baby and My Foodie ABC. He is also the creative chief behind duopress labs, the company responsible for books such as My Fridge, The Belly Sticker Book, 100 Pablo Picassos, and many more.

Violet Lemay is an award‑winning author and illustrator whose children’s books include 100 Pablo Picassos, My Foodie ABC, Artists and Their Pets, and the Local Baby series, which includes New York Baby and Beach Babies. Violet worked as a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia. Her illustrations have been published by Penguin, Holt, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, and Highlights magazine. Violet currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rating: 5 out of 5 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️