Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Today's read... A Morning With Blueburry by Jon Seymour

Today's read hits upon a breakfast favorite in our household—blueberry muffins! I don't remember our muffins ever bouncing around with as much energy as the one on this cover (although the kids would love that), and that's what made me want to take a peek. 

by Jon Seymour
Picture Book
47 pages
ages 4 to 8

Do you love muffins? Do you love reading stories about muffins?? Then look no further!

A MORNING WITH BLUEBURRY is a fun and silly adventure of a muffin trying to overcome challenging obstacles to achieve a goal.

Paired with even sillier, low-impact illustrations, this book will allow a child's imagination to 'launch through the air' while also hinting at the importance of perseverance, creative problem-solving, and most importantly— believing in oneself.


A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to support both local and international organizations that help children live their best lives. Additional proceeds will go to support reforestation efforts across North America.


Blueberry muffins hit a new category after launching into this fun adventure...and I do mean launching.

This is a book, which brings out giggles and smiles from beginning to end. From Blueburry's morning greeting of friends during a counter-march to his love for something sweet, his cheerful attitude wins over. As does his love to eat something sweet even at the cost of going to extremes. It's something listeners can get behind, laugh at, and cheer for until the last page. 

One of the more unique aspects of this read is the illustrations. They stick to a more minimalistic style and approach. Not only is the entire book in black and white, but not every page holds a visual scene...although these still hit 70-80% of the time (my guess-timate since I haven't counted it out). Blueburry and his friends come across with enough familiarity to make them recognizable, but still have a cartoonish flair, which fits well to the humor. These illustrations center mostly on the character and include few other details outside of what is necessary to the story. They are well done, but I'll admit that I would have liked to have seen more of Blueburry's 'crazy' moments rather than imagining them. On the other hand, it does promote using the imagination.

At the end of the book, there's a well-laid out recipe for muffins and a how-to-draw section so listeners can create their own Blueburry (or similar) characters. So, there is quite a bit of goodness and fun in these pages. 

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