One More Candle by Merry Susiarjo

2 Sep


Happy Labor Day USA!

Before I get to my review today, I want to announce the winner of the Carnivores prize pack!


Congratulations R. Newman! Ms. Newman’s favorite Carnivore is her dog Madeleine! 🙂 I will be emailing you to get your address so I can have your prize sent to you!

onemorecandleOne More Candle
By Merry Susiarjo
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Twelve Elves Books on September 1, 2013

Nora wants to have her birthday party on the same day as Betty, her older sister, even though Betty is one year older, and their birthdays are one month apart. When the combined birthday party-day comes, Nola and Betty have a lot of fun. But, Betty has five candles, and Nola only has four… and the year after that, Betty has six, and now Nola has five! What can Nola do? Betty always has one more candle than Nola! It’s not fair! Nola asks everything that glows for help!

This is a great picture book! I love the message – good things come to those who wait, and somethings just can’t happen. The illustrations go with the story very well! I like the “warm” feeling it gives off! Nola is a nice girl who wants to be exactly like her sister, especially in having the same amount of candles. This is a very cute book. I like the part where Nola asks things like fireflies, the moon, and a lanternfish to “light up one more candle on my next birthday” – but the fireflies didn’t understand, the moon only reflects, and the lanternfish doesn’t have a strong enough light. This is a great story for every kid who ever thought “that’s not FAIR!” (which is pretty much every kid 😉 )!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

14 Responses to “One More Candle by Merry Susiarjo”

  1. rnewman504 September 2, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Yippee! Thank you!


  2. Genevieve Petrillo September 2, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Candles, Schmandles. I love birthday cake!! Let’s party!

    Love and licks,


  3. ontheplumtree September 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Oh Yeah! The, it’s not fair, gremlin!!! Great review Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Thank you Dr. Clune! I admit, my sister and I do say “That’s not fair” a lot. 🙂


  4. Catherine Johnson September 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Yay Rebecca! Hey Erik that book sounds fantastic!


  5. Patricia Tilton September 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    What a great idea for a book! Different twist on sibling rivalry.


  6. Beth Stilborn September 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    This book sounds excellent! “It’s not fair” is a tough thing to deal with. This sounds as though it addresses it perfectly. Thanks, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      I haven’t seen too many books about “That’s not fair.” I think it is a good one for parents and kids!


  7. Renee C. September 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    We also really enjoyed this book. Great message! Glad you enjoyed it too!


  8. Myra GB September 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi Erik, have you read Colin Thompson’s The Last Alchemist? When you mentioned a quote from the book about wanting fireflies as a birthday candle, it reminded me a little bit of The Last Alchemist – you should go check out Colin Thompson’s picture books – absolutely amazing.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 4, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      I haven’t read The Last Alchemist (I’ve read Michael Scott’s The Alchemist series which was really good)! I am going to put that on my library list!


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