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#blogbookaday: Maurice the Unbeastly

16 Jan

34227840.jpgSummary:  “With his melodious voice, fondness for kale, and unfailing politeness, Maurice isn’t quite like other beasts. So his concerned Mama and Papa send their ridiculously photogenic beastie to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to learn how to behave badly. Will Maurice master growling, scowling, snarling, and howling? Or will he prove that being different is a good thing after all?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Not an uncommon storyline in today’s picture books – celebrating differences, but you can’t help but fall in love with Maurice who just isn’t like other beasts. He has a beautiful singing voice, loves to eat vegetables and is much too light on his feet to be a really great beast. But, in the end his qualities allow him to save the day from a horrible creature! I love the illustrations in tones of green and red, I loved the vocabulary with words like garguantuan, dashingly and infiltrated. Kids will get a kick out of the scary creature that Maurice befriends and I’m sure they’ll understand that they should embrace what makes them unique.

Personal Reaction: As I said above, I loved the color palette in this book – pinks and reds, yellows and greens – these colors lend themselves to the perfect colors to create brutish beasts. Each beast has its own unique look and kids will love drawing their own beasts inspired by this story. This is an adorable story that is fun to read and sends his a positive message!

Title: Maurice the Unbeastly
Author: Amy Dixon
Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
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!


#MGBookmas Day 6: A Book That Makes Me Feel Thankful

18 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

Picture Book Month: School

29 Nov

29The first day of school can be nerve-wracking… even for the school itself! This is the adorable story of a school who’s not quite sure that he wants to be a school. Lots of kids seems like a lot of work, but after learning the kids names, learning about shapes in kindergarten, eating lunch, having an accidental fire alarm and playing on the playground, school knows that being a school is the best type of building to be. This is a great story about first day jitters and lets kids look at things from another perspective!
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Picture Book Month: Creativity

22 Nov

22Vashti knows she’s no artist, but with a little encouragement and faith from her art teacher, Vashti soon realizes that art is in the eye of the beholder. If Vasthi’s art teacher thinks her dot is good enough to be signed and hung in a frame, what else could Vashti do? She begins experimenting with size, color, and space and soon gets the chance to encourage another non-artist. Spend some time making your own dot creations using different materials you can find at home!
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Middle Grade Review: The First Rule of Punk

22 Nov

32050089Synopsis: It’s the first day in a new school a thousand miles away from her dad, best friend and everything she knows and loves and Malu is nervous. After a tough day (violating the school dress code, upsetting the school’s queen bee and so much more), Malu has disappointed her mom… yet again. Malu is nothing like the daughter SuperMexican (as she calls her mom) wants her to be – she hates cilantro, loves punk music and zines, and just wants to move back home.

But, with some courage from her dad she creates her own band of outcasts and learns that following the beat of your own drum is most important! There’s just one thing… her mom doesn’t know about the band and Malu’s pretty sure she’s not going to be happy when she finds out! Continue reading

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