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#blogbookaday: Shorty & Clem

29 Apr

Shorty and Clem.jpgSummary:  “The creator of the award-winning app Scruffy Kitty, Michael Slack, brings young readers a fresh, dynamic duo: an energetic dinosaur and a cranky but loving bird who both pack lots of silly noises and fuzzy surprises in this vibrantly illustrated friendship story.

Meet Shorty & Clem! Shorty is a really short dinosaur. A shortysaurus, to be exact. Clem is a blue quail. A quail is some kind of bird.

While Clem is out, a package arrives at the door with his name on it. Shorty gets super excited and finds the box irresistible. What’s inside? A race car…trampoline…bongos…monkeys? He REALLY wants to open it but, he knows that it’s Clem’s. Should he open the box? Of course not! Instead, he jumps on it like a trampoline—THUMP!—and bangs on it like a drum—BOOM BADA BOOM!—until he finally opens it. That’s when Clem comes home. Shorty is sure he’s done something terrible, but Clem proves to him that best friends are the best surprises of all!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A package arrives for Clem, but with Clem not at home Shorty has a hard time NOT opening the package – trying very hard to play with the box and not open it, until… he finally can’t take it anymore and opens it up! He quickly realizes his mistake and tells the truth when Clem comes home. This is a sweet story of friendship and surprises with an adorable dinosaur and a very understanding quail.

Personal Reaction: This book reminded me very much of Elephant & Piggie with speech bubbles, short text and two best friends. I loved how hard Shorty worked to try and not open the package and the ending was cute (no spoilers here!). But, my only concern is that they don’t address how wrong Shorty is to have opened something that didn’t belong to him. Then again, I don’t think every picture book needs to have a lesson attached to it, especially if parents and teachers use the book as a teaching tool to talk to kids about the issue presented in the book. This story in the end is about friendship and that’s pretty special.

Title: Shorty & Clem
Author: Michael Slack
Illustrator: Michael Slack
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 25, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: When’s My Birthday?

11 Jan

13Summary:  “In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.

when’s my birthday?
where’s my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?

i’d like a pony for my birthday
and a necklace for my birthday.
i’d like a chicken for my birthday.
i’d like a ball to bounce and bounce.

i’d like a big cake on my birthday
with lots of chocolate on my birthday
and lots of candles on my birthday
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Written from a child’s impatient perspective, this adorable birthday story is one that you hear from kids all the time as they anxiously await their own special day! Julie Fogliano’s poetic verses run at a breakneck pace as questions and statements collide as the narrator gets more and more excited about her birthday. Christian Robinson’s collage style showcases candles, cake, balloons and all things birthday (including a chicken!) with a simple style that is child-like and perfect! This is the perfect title for your own soon-to-be six year old (or anyone for that matter) who can’t wait for their birthday day to come!

Personal Reaction: With my own birthday just a couple days after Christmas were always very careful to make the day special with a special out-to-eat lunch wherever I wanted to go just me and my dad, to picking my favorite food for dinner and choosing what kind of cake I wanted (in a house with three siblings – these were all really exciting choices to be able to make!) I remember even though Christmas was a big day, celebrating my birthday meant so much to me!

Title: When’s My Birthday?
Author: Julie Fogliano
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)

20 Dec

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  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling
  2. 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  4. “When in doubt go to the library” print (Etsy.com)
  5. Library Card Tote Bag (Out of Print)
  6. Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards (Obvious State)
  7. Aged Page Candle (Etsy.com)
  8. Little Free Library (Little Free Library)
  9. Girl In the Library Print (Eric Carle Museum)
  10. Anne of Green Gables scarf (Storiarts)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

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