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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!

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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!

 

Recap of #StarWarsReads Day – Star Wars Epic Yarns by Jack & Holman Wang

14 Oct

Before I get to today’s post, I get to announce that LAUREN has won the Diva and Flea Prize pack generously donated by Disney Publishing! Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get the address you will like your prize sent to. If you missed my review of this great book by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi – click HERE to check it out.

DivaFriendshipPrizeNOW ON TO TODAY’S POST!

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On Saturday, October 10th, there was a convergence of the force in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania. This epic event was centered at the Columbia County Traveling Library’s home base. The reason: Star Wars Reads Day!

swr5You may recognize the Sith Apprentice to the left of Lord Vader. 😉 Besides being a HUGE bibliophile, I am also a HUGE Star Wars fan so this event is something I look forward to each year. I am a member of the Galactic Academy, the junior Star Wars costuming club for fans (you have to be 18 to join the 501st Legion – the world-wide Star Wars costuming club).

The library asked me to do story time at Star Wars Reads Day this year. I was very excited about it. I chose to read the Epic Yarn books by Jack and Holman Wang.

swd2swd3Things went pretty well, but the Jawa kept stealing my light saber and was plotting to nab Boba Fett’s blaster. I think she was selling them on the galactic black market. The Imperial Guard kept startling the head librarian but at least he kept the Jawa in line. Here is a secret – the Jawa is my little sister Josie.  She is a member of the Galactic Academy too. 😉

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Besides story time, the library had crafts, a trivia game, cookies (the dark side always loves cookies) and BOOKS!

A great time was had by all!

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To learn more about Star Wars Reads Day, visit the official Facebook page HERE.

To learn more about the Columbia County Traveling Library, visit their page HERE.

Now more about these awesome Epic Yarn books!

When I saw these books, I was amazed. They are board books with only one word per page (meant for the youngest of readers – but WOW – one word per page and the photo illustrations tell the entire Star Wars story in 24 pages per book. What is even more amazing is that the photo illustrations are of felt figures staged on mini movie sets, all created by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang.

epicyarnTo learn more about the process of creating these figures and the sets  that go along with  them, Chronicle Books has a very interesting blog post about it, click HERE to go THERE! The three books tell the tale of the original trilogy.

epicyarns2Star Wars Epic Yarns Series
24 pages (each book) – ages PreK+
Published by Chronicle Books on April 14, 2015

Publisher’s Summary – Share your love of Star Wars with your baby! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, rediscover the iconic moments you know and love. Simple words, sturdy pages, and an epic story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning at lightspeed. Jedi apprentices and little princesses alike will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars trilogy made just for them!

What I thought – This was an amazing book series – I never knew one word could tell so much! When I read them to the group of kids at Star Wars Reads Day, we had a discussion about each page and what is happening in the photo illustration. It was a lot of fun. Probably my favorite scene is where it shows Vader leaning over the bridge-thing in Cloud City, and the one word is “Father”, because it summed up one of the biggest plot twists in movie history (I may be a bit biased) with just one word. The felt figures are extremely detailed, and make it seem like you are watching clips from the movie. Mr. & Mr. Wang have created a boardbook masterpiece! It belongs in the home of any parent or child who loves Star Wars.

I give this series five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

 

REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW! Picture Book Triple Play!!!

28 Jul

Have I got a great deal for you! Three great picture books! 😀

planesgoPlanes Go

By Steve Light

16 pages – ages pre-K +

Published by Chronicle Books on August 12, 2014

About: Publisher’s description – “The helicopter goes, “PITTATATATA PITTATATATA PITTATATATA.” The jumbo jet goes “Wheeeeeeeee VRRRRRRRRRRUUUHHHHHHHHHMMM.” The propeller plane goes “HUK HUK HUK WHIRRRRRRR WHIRRRRRR.” Prepare for liftoff with 8 exciting aircraft and the noises they make in this irresistible board book! The long oversized format lends itself to the shape of the vehicles and stands out on the shelf and the boisterous text begs to be read aloud.  ”

What I like about it: This book is simply amazing! The size of the book is perfect for young kids’ attention spans, and perfect for a bedtime story. Although the size of the book makes it difficult to fit on a book self – it’s 12 inches x 6 inches – the size and shape is kind of cool when it’s showing airplanes. The art is big, bright and wonderful! The text is easy do young kids can read along. I love the sound effects of the planes (and the one helicopter). Kids will love saying them out loud – I know I did! Mr. Light has other transportation themed picture books (Trains Go, Diggers Go) which I want to GO check out now. 😉

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. Light, please go to his website HERE.

Check out Sue Morris’ review of this book HERE.

Check out Chronicle Book’s page for this book HERE!

bearsseaThe Bear’s Sea Escape

By Benjamin Chaud

32 pages – ages 3-6

Published by Chronicle Books on August 5, 2014

About: From Inside Cover: “Papa Bear and Little Bear were trying to sleep… Suddenly, a case of mistaken identity results in a big adventure for Little Bear, with Papa Bear in pursuit!”

What I like about it: This is a wonderful Look&Find book. In the pages, you can search for Papa Bear and Little Bear in the crowded scenes. It is a very cute book, and Mr. Chaud’s art style adds lots of humor to it. Mr. Chaud is the guy who illustrated “I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…” (see my review HERE). I admire his art, and now I admire his writing skills. I love this book. I hope to be able to check out the first book in this series (The Bear’s Song). Take a look at an interior page!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out Chronicle Book’s page for this book HERE!

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Mix It Up!

By Hervé Tullet

56 pages – ages pre-K +

Published by Chronicle Books on September 14, 2014

About: Publisher’s description “Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.  ”

What I like about it: This is an amazing sequel to Press Here. M. Tullet is a great author, and he has a whimsical style for his books. 🙂 I think that tons of kids would enjoy this. Mix It Up has lots of interactiveness in it – all without flaps or apps! I have fun doing the instructions. This book introduces the mixing of colors (blue + yellow = green, add white to lighten, etc.), in simple instructions, as in below. It is quite fun to do and it is super educational. Make sure to get this one for your pre-schooler or kindergartener!

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I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about M. Tullet, click HERE to go to his website.

Visit the Chronicle Books page for this book HERE.

Check out these fun picture books!

11 Jun

 Today I have a three fun picture books I want to tell you about that will make great summer reading for your kids!
latelylilyLately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl Hardcover
by Micah Player
Series: Lately Lily
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 25, 2014

Opening and Synopsis –

“Bonjour! Ciao! Hola! Hello!

I’m Lily the Travelling Girl.”

Lily and her best friend, Zeborah travel all over the world and explore new and exciting places! Go travel with Lily as she rides on boat, trains, planes and even camels. The world is a beautiful place with lots to discover and friends to be made.

What I thought- The story is cute. It shows Lily all over the world doing all sorts of things. The story shows Lily’s excitement for all she is doing.  I like that Lily writes all of her adventures down in her notebook. What I REALLY like about the book is the artwork. It really shows Lily’s excitement for all she is doing. Take a look at an interior page –

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All the illustrations are this great. Micah Player is the Creative Director of the children’s clothing company – Lately Lily.

The book is perfect for summer time travel! 🙂

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

Check out the book’s trailer!

Check out the Lately Lily website HERE.

Lately Lily on Facebook HERE.

Follow Lately Lily on Twitter HERE.

 
jumping-jack_9781452131528_largeJumping Jack
by Germano Zullo

Illustrated by Albertine

Ages 5 +- 40 pages
Published by Chronicle Books on May 13, 2014

Synopsis (taken from the inside jacket)

“Jumping Jack is a winner! At least, he used to be. Now this superstar show-jumping champion is stumbling and tumbling all over the course like a colt just learning how his legs work. How could this happen? What could possibly be wrong? Jumping Jack’s best friend and rider, Rodger Trotter, is determined to find out.”

What I thought-  Here is another picture book with fabulous illustrations! I love  Albertine’s style! JumpingJack_INT_Mechs.inddThe story in the book is very cute too. I love how Jack’s best friend Rodger just won’t give up on him and sticks by him until they figure out what is wrong. It’s a nice tale of friendship, persevering  and not giving up. I think it would be good for kids who play sports and get into a “slump”  and have to work through it.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Okay this one isn’t exactly a picture book, but it is a book about drawing pictures. I think it is very cool and it will keep kids busy for hours!

doodledesignPhotoplay: Doodle. Design. Draw.

by M. J. Bronstein

ages 5+ – 128 pages
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Opening (from first page) –

“WHAT MIGHT YOU DO WITH THIS BOOK?

Draw right on top of the Photographs? Yes!

Design something that seems goofy or impossible? Yes!

Color outside of the lines? Yes!

Laugh out loud at my photographs? Yes!”

Laugh out loud at your own drawings? Why not?!”

What I thought- Give me a pencil! Ms. Bronstein is a professional photographer and an art educator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She packed this book with photographs or parts of photographs she has taken from around the world. The reader is supposed to complete the photographs!

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That’s completely cool! There is 128 pages of doodling fun in the book. I think it’d be great for car rides or rainy days. It is very creative and lets your imagination run wild. Kids of any age kid will love this! I like that Ms. Bronstein mixes up the photographs –  animals – buildings – landscape – people – objects – pretty much anything you can think of. There are blurbs on each page meant as a prompt as what to draw (or at least get your imagination going).  photoplay3

Get ready for hours of fun!

I give Photoplay five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Bronstein and Photoplay, please visit her website HERE!

Check out the trailer!

Check out this video showing some completed Photoplay called “No Life Without Water” – a project to bring a water well to Sudan.

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt

18 Apr

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 I love onomatopoeia!
catsaysCat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia
by Michael Arndt

36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014

Theme/Topic- Onomatopoeia

Genre- Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- 

Opening: First page (used with permission from Chronicle Books)

Cat Says Meow_Int_WoofPublisher’s description “Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters.”

 

Why I liked this book- I love onomatopoeia and aninalopoeia! This is an awesome book. The whole book is well done. I think it is great for kids learning to read and learning animal sounds. I think that the pictures are extremely unusual and eye-pleasing. I really like how the book is organized, and that the pictures have different fonts for different purposes. It is totally cool. I think that kids and parents will love this book.

Activities and Resources-

I found some great onomatopoeia worksheets for teachers and parents to use HERE and HERE.

Check out this Onomatopoeia video!


 

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

Perfect Picture Book Friday – Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack

7 Sep

Woot Woot Woot! Perfect Picture Book Friday is BACK!

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 I think this is now one of my favorite Picture Books and Josie, my little sister, liked it too. 🙂 

Good News Bad News

By Jeff Mack

40 Pages – Ages 1+

Published by Chronicle Books on July 4, 2012

Theme/Topic – Moods/Thinking Positive

Opening and Synopsis – GOOD NEWS, Rabbit and Mouse are going on a picnic. BAD NEWS, it is starting to rain. GOOD NEWS, Rabbit has an umbrella. BAD NEWS, the stormy winds blow the umbrella (and Mouse) into a tree” (taken from the front jacket flap). 

Rabbit always looks on the bright side. Mouse is a bit grouchy. Can they have a nice picnic together?

Why I liked this book –  This is one of the best books for kids just starting to look at books. The whole story is told using just FOUR words! The illustrations are bright and cute, the words repeat, making it easy to teach kids how to read. The story teaches that their moods can affect other people. I have read this 6 times already, and I still enjoy it!

Activities and Resources –

Chronicle Books made a nice activity kit to go with the book, you can click HERE to go there.

I also thought you could plan a picnic! If something bad happens, talk to your kids about something good that can come out of it.

The Trailer is really cute, I like the voices. 🙂

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

Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books! Win up to $500.00 in BOOKS!

22 Nov

Chronicle books is giving away up to $500 worth of Chronicle books to one lucky blogger (hopefully me) and one commenter (hopefully you) AND $500.00 in books to the blogger’s favorite charity! All YOU have to do to enter is post a comment on this post and/or make your own Happy Haul-idays post! Post on my blog post to enter or click on the Happy Haul-idays badge above to see all the details!

The charity I would choose is Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia. This charity promotes reading and literacy by putting books in the hands of needy children when they come in for check-ups at their doctors. They do a lot of really great work and I would love to have them win the Chronicle Books! I think it’s really important for young kids to have books of their own!

The Chronicle books I would choose are

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