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#blogbookaday: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

28 Jan

34002075Summary:  “This is a story about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.

When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anytime you pairMac Barnett and Jon Klassen together you come to expect the unexpected and love it every time. A scared little mouse gets gobbled up by a wolf, only to find a friend in the wolf’s belly. The hunter (wolf) soon becomes the hunted and with unexpected help, the animals work together to save each other!

Personal Reaction: I love Klassen and Barnett’s work both independently and together and I’ll be honest, I was not expecting this story and how it flowed, but it felt like an old story, similar to old fables and folklore with a lesson at at the end of it that brings it all together. Of course, when Barnett is writing the story, you’re bound to chuckle, if not laugh out loud and it only gets better with Klassen’s artwork! This is an unpredictable story that is so fun to read!

Title: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: October 10, 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: Escargot

21 Jan

29102801.jpgSummary:  “Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there’s a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it’s not so bad after all” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With his distinct voice, adorable French outfit and his staunch stand on no carrots, kids will love Escargot! All Escargot wants is a nice salad, with croutons and a light vinaigrette and absolutely no carrots – it’s a long way across the table to the salad bowl, but there’s just enough time to really get to know Escargot and have a little fun. This is a great story for kids who are having trouble trying new food on their plate, or a little shy about new experiences. And if you have a particularly horrible French accent – all the better!

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story with a unexpected star – a snail! Escargot is sassy, knows what he wants, but is also willing to try something new (which is a great lesson for all kids)! I really loved Escargot’s very French outfit, his French words and how the author breaks down the fourth wall to interact with the readers. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with watercolor washes of reds, blues, yellows and greens – perfect for a summer picnic. This is the perfect story to talk with kids about new experiences and be brave enough to try something new!

Title: Escargot
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 11, 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!

Picture Book Month (Nonfiction Monday): Humor

6 Nov

6 (1).jpgMove over princesses, pink isn’t just for you! Jess Keating brings together animals from across the globe that all have something in common – they’re pink! With fun and weird facts that I was sharing with boyfriend as I learned them! With an easy-to-read format, this book would be great for reluctant readers who are uncomfortable with full pages of text. With easy to share facts and full page photographs, this is the perfect book for kids who love Guinness Book of World Records and animal encyclopedias!
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Picture Book Month: Monkeys

4 Nov

4.jpgI grabbed the book Tall by Jez Alborough and then I opened it up and realized that the character was in fact a chimpanzee, not a monkey. But, then I remembered Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt and Matthew Forsythe and all was right with the world. This story is very interactive with a narrator, who at times, is very bossy, but as the reader continues turning pages, the narrator directs the reader to create a plan to trap all the monkeys (and toucans and the alligator) back inside the story. But, are you brave enough to set the trap? Read this giggle-inducing story to find out!
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Back to School – Middle Grade Edition

25 Aug

back to school middle grade

Back to school is always exciting and slightly scary time for kids and you can find gobs and gobs of picture books discussing the new school year, but it’s a lot more difficult to find titles for middle grade students getting ready for a new school building, a new school year or heading to school for the first time. Grab a title to enjoy during the first few weeks of schools!

  1. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  2. The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  5. School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough
  6. Sideways Stories for Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  7. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  9. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
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