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Shiver Me Timbers – Review! Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

19 Sep

Avast! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Image result for talk like a pirate day

Arr – So today me review (‘n this post) be translated into Pirate-Speak t’ celebrate!

Nothing Rhymes with Orange
By Adam Rex
48 pages – ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on August 1, 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis- “We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can’t help but feel like it’s impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive.”

Wha’ I Thought- ‘Tis a really clever book from Rex, natterin’ about bein’ left out in an incredibly hilarious way that manages ta touch th’ readers as well. I be a fan o’ how Rex be usin’ real pictures o’ th’ fruit, ‘n then drew o’er th’ pictures ta create th’ characters – it really adds a nice touch t’ it all.

Cast yer eyes upon it –

The rhyme be fun an’ flows in a sing-song way like the mermaid lookin’ ta cast their spell on ye. Th’ rhyme turns into a mutiny o’ craziness that parents and scallywags will get a kick out of. Rex brin’s Nietzsche in t’ rhyme wit’ peachy ‘n soon aft that, poor wee Orange has had all he can stand.

Th’ book be a great, simple lesson on includin’ others, showin’ it in a touchin’ way.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

 

I give this book five out o’ five bookworms!

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Bad Seed by Jory John

15 Sep

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice book about trying to be the best you can be.

 

The Bad Seed
Written by Jory John
Illustrated by Pete Oswald
40 pages – ages 4+

Published by HarperCollins on August 29, 2017

Theme/Topic- Being kind/Change
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I’m a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaaad seed.”

Synopsis from Publisher: “This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember!”

What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book – I like how it shows us how the seed is bad, then it tells us why he became bad, and finally how he came to the decision to be nicer. I also really appreciate how the book shows readers that it’s okay not to be perfect as soon as you decide to change; it makes sure kids know it takes time, and you just need to keep trying. It really is a great book. The illustrations are nice, simple, and have a way of drawing your eye across the page, using muted colors and stark contrast. I really enjoyed all the parts of this book!

Activities and Resources- I found a nice article with 35 seed activities HERE from Fantasticfunandlearning.com!

Check out the book’s trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli

8 Sep

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a wordless story (and I love well-done wordless stories!) about enjoying one’s life.

Professional Crocodile
Written by Giovanna Zoboli
Illustrated by  Mariachiara Di Giorgio
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Chronicle Books on August 1, 2017

Theme/Topic- Appreciation of every day moments? I don’t know. It’s really good though!
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: [Wordless Picturebook]

Synopsis from Publisher: “Mr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you!”

What I Thought- Zoboli and Di Giorgio have created an awesome silent picture book. The illustrations draw a lot of attention to daily life, and I like how Mr. Crocodile is not only reacted to as a human, but as a crocodile too (some people are a bit unsure of his presence, but it is generally accepted that he is a regular guy). The illustrations are immensely pleasant to look at! The muted tones play along with the setting. The illustrations have so much feeling and emotion to them. Just take a look –

The story is simple, with a delightful twist at the end. I really like how everything builds up to the ending, so that even if it is unexpected, it is still satisfying, because it all makes sense. I loved this book, and I really want to see more from this pair!

Activities and Resources- Take a bit of time to think about your daily routine and what makes it special. Think about as many of the parts as you can, and think about how you can appreciate what you do every day even more. This is best done as you are doing your routine, in my opinion.

There are also some nice crocodile activities from Childcarelounge.com HERE!

I think a cool activity is to cut out some pictures from magazines or maybe even use some photographs and arrange them to make your won wordless story! I think I am going to try that one myself! 😉

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Blog Tour! A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann

7 Sep

LET ME OFFER A RAY OF SUNSHINE ON THIS DREARY DAY!

I am participating in a blog tour for a superlicious new picture book!

What’s even better is that the book was just released this week and you can gobble up your own copy!

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale
Written by Penny Parker Klostermann
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 5, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher- “In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn’t quite fit in. He’d rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White’s wicked stepmother doesn’t exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.”

What I Thought- I really liked Klostermann’s latest picture book – it is full of fairy tale whimsy. What makes this book stand out for me is that touches on a part of the fairy tales we don’t always give a second thought – the food! There were tons of subtle yet fun references to other fairy tales making the story even more enjoyable. The story is sweet and has the reader craving to turn to the next page. The text is often sprinkled about on the pages which adds to the whole feeling of the book. The story celebrates those who are different, and want to help out. It’s nice how William is able to end up following his dream, and to help people reach their “happily ever after.” Mantle’s illustrations put the icing on the cake. Have a look –

Illustration copyright c 2017 by Ben Mantle.

Mantle keeps the fanciful feeling of Klostermann’s text fresh in our eyes as we read about William’s adventures!

 

Illustration copyright c 2017 by Ben Mantle.

Mantle’s style-his use of vivid colors, bold lines, and fanciful proportions-really put the finishing touches on this delectable book.

Illustration copyright c 2017 by Ben Mantle.

I think Mantle and Klostermann have a delicious collaboration going on, and I really wish to see more from this dynamic duo! This book would be great for story time and paired with a recipe!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

 

BUT WAIT!!! THERE’S MORE!

JUST WHO IS THIS PENNY KLOSTERMANN???

Penny Parker Klostermann is the author of A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale and There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, both from Random House Children’s Books. She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. Penny has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too. You can learn more about Penny on her website at PennyKlostermann.com.

Check out all the stops on the blog tour! You have chances to win copies along the way!

Blog Tour Dates:

August 29-Tara Lazar-interview with Tricia Lawrence, Penny’s Agent

August 29-Picture Book Builders-Interview

September 4-Maria Marshall-Interview

September 5-Vivian Kirkfield-Royal Reporter Special Behind-the-Scenes Interview and Recipe

September 7- GROG Guest Post with Penny-Poetry/Picture Book Connection

September 7-This Kid Reviews Books-Book Review

September 8-Susanna Leonard Hill-Perfect Picture Book Friday

September 12 (tentative)-Jama’s Alphabet Soup-Interview and Recipe

September 18-Laura Sassi-Kid Review and 5 questions from the kids for Penny

September 19-Kirsti Call, Writer’s Rumpus-Interview

September 26-Think Quick with Carrie Charlie Brown

Review! Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

9 Aug

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
By Rita Williams-Garcia
176 pages – ages 8+
Published by Amistad on May 9, 2017

Synopsis From Publisher- “Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live.

Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.”

What I Thought- This was a book that makes you stop and think. The plot is simple, but there is a lot of things to ponder about family, discovering the world, yourself, and legacies. I like that the book teaches kids a little bit about basic blues music and the history and culture of blues. Williams-Garcia breathed life into her characters in a way that the reader really connects with them. She describes the gritty trail Clayton travels with such details I could envision each step. I personally appreciated this story as it touched many chords within me. This was a book I enjoyed reading, and I believe others will too!

I give this book five out of five bookworms.

Muffy Turns One: The Mini Tour – COVER REVEAL!

20 Jul
Today I get to kick off blog tour celebrating the one year birthday of a great story about a little dog and her great adventure. Since I am the first stop on this mini tour, I get to reveal the cover!
Muffy and the Dog Catcher (The Muffy Series Book 1)
Written and illustrated by Devra Robitaille
 66 pages – ages 7+
Published by The Hologram Library, July 20, 2016
 

Synopsis (from the publisher) – Muffy is a happy and curious Goldendoodle puppy who lives on a farm. One day she chases a silly grasshopper and gets lost. She finds herself alone and hungry, on the point of collapse, but luck is on her side and she is adopted by a wonderful family, the Gabriels, who have a very orderly and devoted pack of dogs. Muffy becomes part of her new family, and is accepted by Radar and Oliver and the gang, but she still pines for her sister, Riff, and misses the farm. One of her new friends, Wise Dog, introduces her to a very unusual Dog Catcher who has a special talent.

Muffy’s courageous journey is full of laughter and adventure as she tries to unite her two families.

 
 The cover is in the same style as the other illustrations in the book. The whimsical illustration style adds depth to the story. I found Robitalle’s story-telling to be thoughtful and entertaining. The story is so much more than a lost puppy story. There are shades of lessons on the struggles of growing up, what family truly is and also diversity. It is a rich and well crafted book that packs a lot in the 65 pages of text! 
Want to learn more?

Muffy turns one!…the mini-tour

Be sure to check out all the stops!

Cover reveal for Muffy’s new artwork

July 20th 2017

This Kid Reviews Books

Character Interview with Pete, the Dog Catcher

July 21st 2017

​Something to Chew On

Interview with Devra Robitaille

​July 27th 2017

Reading With Your Kids

Visit the Hologram Library Website by clicking HERE!

Check out the book’s trailer –

 

Review! 100 Things to Be When You Grow Up by Lisa M. Gerry

10 Jul

100 Things to Be When You Grow Up
By Lisa M. Gerry
256pages – ages 7+
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on March 14, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “Who says adults can’t have fun? This book explores 100 of the coolest, wackiest, and most amazing jobs and careers out there, from astronaut to zookeeper, ice cream taster to game maker. ”

What I Thought- I really like the format of this book. It is a list, with one career per spread – except for when they include a longer interview with an expert in a field. That’s another thing I liked; the interviews with people who actually do the job – it’s a nice touch. The jobs are ones you may or may not have heard of, with things like a fire fighter to an adventure guide. Ms. Gerry presents the information in a fun way, and I love that she also includes tips for any career, made to get kids thinking about the future. I like the variety of jobs included, and that they included some odd ones that aren’t that hard to get. This was a nice nonfiction book to get kids thinking about their future, and I really hope that kids give it a look and find something to tickle their inspirations!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Blog Tour! Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein

26 Jun


Beach Party Surf Monkey
Series: Welcome to Wonderland #2
Written by Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
320 pages – ages 8+
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher- “There’s always something wacky happening when you live at a motel, and P. T. Wilkie has grown up at the world’s wackiest one yet! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood will be filming their next movie-BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY-right in St. Pete’s Beach, P.T. and Gloria know that Wonderland would be the PERFECT location. Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (Crazed fans? Missing stars?!) it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before the movie AND the Wonderland are both all washed up!”

What I Thought- I didn’t know what to expect with this. I love Mr. Grabenstein’s books, but I hate starting a book in the middle of a series – I am reading the second book before the first. Grabenstein brings the reader up to speed that in the best way I’ve ever seen! P.T. is known for his wild stories, so he is introduced by telling a tall tale about the previous book, giving major plot points, but not ruining the entire climax. Genius! From there, I just kept liking the book more and more. I  am getting my hands on the first book asap!  The story did take a little bit to reveal the plot, but I was so immersed in the details and Grabenstein’s masterful story-telling, I didn’t even notice! Once the plot is revealed, the reader is totally hooked into the story! The characters don’t want their hotel to falter (and a bit of fame would be nice!), so they are trying to have the movie at their motel. But then everything goes wrong. It’s awesome. Grabenstein has a cool way of writing scenes that are completely wacky, yet still believable – it’s wonderful reading the book! One of the things I liked were the black-and-white illustrations, some with word bubbles like a comic. They added a lot of humor to the story. Brooke Allen has a great way of combining cartoon with realism. I loved this book, and want to see more from this series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Island of Dr. Libris, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, which was nominated for over 30 state awards lists!

Follower him on Twitter at @CGrabenstein, and visit him online at chrisgrabenstein.com.

Blog Tour! TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE! By Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie A. Thompson

24 Jun


TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE!
By Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie A. Thompson
Illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
176 pages – ages 7+
Will be Published by Walden Pond Press on June 27, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?
Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!”

What I Thought- This was a really cool book! I enjoyed trying to see which stories were false, and am proud to say that I got a few! It’s a really neat idea for kids, because they learn real facts too – as they try to discern what is false! There are also little activities (ie, observing nature, asking questions, etc.) for kids, as well as mini-challenges. The authors work well together, and you can tell they had fun with this project. Weber brightens the story with her fun cartoon illustrations throughout the stories. I really like what was done here with this book, and I hope to see more in this series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Ammi-Joan Paquette has traveled to twenty-four countries, has the ability to wake herself up at a given time without an alarm clock, and once climbed Mt. Everest. (Not all of these are true!) Joan is the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting, Paradox, and Nowhere Girl, as well as the picture books Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, Ghost in the House, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, and The Tiptoes Guide to Tracking Fairies. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing and her day job as a literary agent. You can visit her online at www.ajpaquette.com.

Laurie Ann Thompson has ridden a pig, gotten stuck in an elevator overnight, and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. (One of these facts is not true; can you guess which?) She is the author of Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters, My Dog Is the Best, and Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, which was the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book, a CCBC Choice, and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, among dozens of other accolades. She lives outside Seattle with her family. You can visit her online at www.lauriethompson.com.

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Librarian’s Quest

7-Jun

Flowering Minds

11-Jun

Pragmatic Mom

Geo Librarian

13-Jun

Smack Dab in the Middle

14-Jun

Bluestocking Thinking

15-Jun

Novel Novice

Library Lions Roar

16-Jun

Archimedes Notebook

18-Jun

Nerdy Book Club

19-Jun

Cracking the Cover

20-Jun

Writers Rumpus

The Hiding Spot

21-Jun

Maria’s Melange

23-Jun

Unleashing Readers

24-Jun

This Kid Reviews Books

Review! The Fallen Star by Tracey Hecht

19 Jun

The Fallen Star
Series: The Nocturnals #3 (#1, #2)
Written by Tracey Hecht
Illustrated by Kate Liebman
208 pages – ages 7+
Published by Fabled Films Press on May 2, 2017

Synopsis- It was a nice night out, and the Night Brigade (Dawn the fox, Tobin the Pangolin, and Bismarck the sugar glider) were out watching shooting stars. That is, until one star keeps coming towards them. After a big explosion, a big rock is found in a crater – but that’s not the only change! Whenever animals are eating the fruit, they are getting sick to their stomachs, and something is taking the only cure! It is up to the Night Brigade to solve this mystery before it’s too late!

What I Thought- Hecht has a really great series going on here, and this book is no different. The story is one that little kids can read with no problem, while still possessing a conflict – a good bridge into chapter book stories. I definitely like how Hecht includes endangered nocturnal animals in her books, which inspire kids to look them up. There are really nice watercolor illustrations by Liebman at the beginning of each chapter that add to the story. The story is simple and age-appropriate for young kids, and Hecht’s writing style is perfect for an early chapter book. I can’t wait for the next book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

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