Monday, April 23, 2018

#Kidlit: Fish-Boy An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager

Downloaded through Netgalley to read for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

When to buy: May 1, 2018

Summary: An Inuit boy and his grandfather with his team sail out to trade with a hunter on the other island. They arrive on the island where the grandfather tells the story of fish-boy and his adoptive father. They, too, are trying to trade/work with other villages but it doesn't go well. Fish-boy turns the men who weren't nice into sea-parrots permanently.

It is listed age range of first grade to fourth grade. It would be a great read aloud for the younger grades. There is enough to spread the story out a few days, especially, if you're working on folktales.

The illustrations in this are lovely, calming and fun throughout the book.

Recommend? Yes, definitely recommend this book.

Free Bookmarks Group 4

Free printable book marks. Size is 2.5 x 8.5 and ask permission from guardians of whether you can print this off.

There are six book marks in this set.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#RustyTheSqueakyRobot #NetGalley Review

Title: Rusty The Squeaky Robot
Author: Neil Clark
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group
Release Day: April 18, 2018 - tomorrow!
From: Netgalley
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:Rusty is a friendly robot, but not a very happy one; he’s feeling down about the way that he sounds. The other robots on Planet Robotone – Belle, Twango, Hoot and Boom-Bot – show Rusty that being a little bit different is the best way to be, and together make a raucous song and dance that celebrates their differences. This charming story about friendship, self-discovery and the strength of pooling everyone's talents together has a strong, empowering message of acceptance and embracing individuality. With wonderful, contemporary illustrations that will appeal to young children and parents alike, the story will provoke thought – and conversation – about being different, and how we should all embrace our characteristics and be comfortable and confident in ourselves.

My Review:

I received an email stating that since I've enjoyed another Quarto kid book they're sharing another one. I didn't request it but it's adorable.

The message of the book is it is okay to be different and like yourself. It's short, colorful and easy to read font. 



Monday, April 16, 2018

Free Bookmarks 2.5in by 8.5 Group 3

If you're a kid make sure you've asked to get here & to print off the bookmarks. Recommend card stock or glue to something sturdy. There is four in this set.  2.5 in x 8.5


Friday, April 13, 2018

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Book Title:  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Summary:  Claudia and her brother runaway to a museum.

Genre: Humor                            Rating: 4 stars


Enjoyable chapter book.



Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue Review

Book Title: Sleep Like a Tiger
Author: Mary Logue
Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski

Summary:  A night time story to fall asleep

Genre: Animals / Family Rating: 4 stars


Illustrations are great. Cute story!



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems Review

Book Title:  Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Author: Mo Willems
Illustrator: Mo Willems

Summary:  A pigeon wants to drive the bus. You have to stop him!

Genre: Humor                            Rating: 4 stars





Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What I Do with Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler

Book Title:  What I do with Vegetable Glue
Author: Susan Chandler
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola

Summary: Silly, bizarre things happen to a girl who doesn't eat her veggies! Her body parts fall off of her. She has to glue them on with veggie glue.

Genre: Humor                            Rating: 4 stars


It was hilarious and fun to read.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jay Leno: If Roast Beef Could Fly by Jay Leno

Book Title:  Jay Leno: If Roast Beef Could Fly
Author: Jay Leno
Illustrator: S. B. Whitehead

Summary:  Jay’s dad has decided to host the biggest barbecue he’s ever done. Things don’t go as planned.

Genre: Humor                            Rating: 4 stars


Silly family story about Jay and wanting to sneak a bite. I thought it was cute enough of a read.



Hunger Games Book 1 - Review - Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Book Title: The Hunger Games
Author:  Suzanne Collins
Illustrator: N/A

Summary: Follows Katniss in a future where people are forced to participate in the Hunger Games. She is focused on keeping her family alive.

Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Rating: 5 stars

Opinion: Loved this as it focused on Katniss and her need to keep her family alive. She finds friends and allies in the Games and ends up fighting for them, too.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish - Review

Score:  4 out of 5

I read this book repeatedly as a kid because I was determined to learn how to get her last name to rhyme with her first name. I knew it had to rhyme but I could not get it to.

Read alone/quiet reading in school mostly so I never heard anyone say her name.

This was a book that was never read aloud to me as a kid. I re-read it for an college class and loved it. Glad I went back to read it.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

White Bead Ceremony [With Native American Language Cards] by Sherrin Watkins

 White Bead Ceremony [With Native American Language Cards] by Sherrin Watkins

This was one of the many books for children I've picked up from Goodwill.

It was interesting enough. A decent story to read together. It doesn't seem like it's an easy to find book. I couldn't find any Youtube read alouds or anything.

#GreatPolarBear by Carolyn Lesser Review

Title: Great Polar Bear
Author & Illustrator: Carolyn Lesser
Publisher: Quarto Publishing -Seagrass Press
Release Day: April 3,2018

Summary:“Great crystal bear How do you survive on the thick ice Covering the deep Arctic sea?" Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser’s poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear. Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest -- and imperiled -- environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear, using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north. Great Polar Bear is a stunning one-on-one reading and sharing title.

Review:  Downloaded through Netgalley free for an honest review. This would be a great read aloud for elementary. Or, read alone for an older elementary student. The book would be too lengthy for younger elementary kids. But it's cute, informative and lovely to look at!

I enjoyed the artwork inside the eBook it looked as if you could feel the textures... if it was maybe a physical book?

Recommend? Yes.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears - Verna Aardema

Score: 4/5

No matter who and what you do.. has some kind of impact on your community.

Free Printable Bookmarks Group 2

If kid make sure you're asking to be here and to print this stuff off! Thanks.

These are small thin bookmarks. Recommend printing on card stock or gluing to something sturdy after printing out.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Porcupette Finds a Family by Vanita Oelschlager Review

Title: Porcupette Finds a Family
Author Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Mike Blanc
Release Day: October 1, 2010!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Netgalley download to read in exchange for an honest review

SummaryPorcupette Finds a Family, is a story about how a baby porcupine (called a porcupette) finds a new family after losing his mother. He wants to have an attachment to the bear family he finds, but is afraid his "bear" mother and "bear" brother and sister will leave him too. This causes him to act out his fears in ways that jeopardize acceptance from his adopted family. However, with the understanding and help of Mother Bear, Porcupette finally accepts that he is truly loved and wanted despite, or maybe because of, his differences.

Review: This book touches on what a child may feel if they've lost a parent from death, incarceration or by choice. This is a nice simple story about emotions, feeling afraid and finding a family. It is accurate with behavior of a child who is scared and not certain about their future.

Recommend: Yes!!!