Title: Button Nose the Sad Little Bear
Author: Gina LoBiondo
“What if toys could actually feel? Would they be happy or sad? Would they be able to love? Button Nose the Sad Little Bear is the story of a much loved little bear and the little girl who will never give up on finding him again.”
This children’s picture book was absolutely darling. The premise of the story is inspired by author Gina LoBiondo’s teddy bear that she loved as a child, and I could feel her passion radiating throughout the book. The pictures look hand drawn, which I absolutely loved, and in the back of the book were the actual pictures of the people referenced in the story as well as the real bear that Gina LoBiondo had as a child. Children are bound to love this book because of its “Toy Story” feel and grown ups will surely love reading it to them. This children’s book definitely deserves a 5/5 rating based on how much effort was put into it, and how passionate the author is about her story. It brought me back to my childhood and the stuffed animals that I loved and still love, which made me feel at home. This children’s book is one for all ages.
“Button Nose the Sad Little Bear” has won five awards. Author Gina LoBiondo was also a featured interviewee on Hunterdon Chamber Radio on November 4, 2015 and April 20, 2016. Below is the link to her interviews. Just go to the second show on both dates and she will be featured. On the November 4th show she is the only person interviewed, but on the April 20th show she comes in around 15-20 minutes of the show.