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The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer


There are some things that I really love about this book. I bought it for my son to read to his dad. He is 8, transitioning from 2nd to 3rd grade. It was easy for him to read and comprehend what he was reading. Another thing that I love about this book is the illustrations. They are really well done and portray a minority family which is something that isn’t often seen in these sort of books. It was a fun read and I enjoyed listening to and watching my son read this story to my husband. It has a mixture of narration and dialect. I liked that he was able to use his “narrator voice” and switch to a “dialect voice.” I’d definitely recommend this story. 🙂



The Walk Back Home by Oliver Jeffers


The Walk Back Home is a cute little story about a boy from Earth who flew into space with his airplane. He ran out of fuel and landed on the moon. A martian also landed on the moon after his spaceship engine broke. The rest of the book talks about an adventure that the boy and martian go on to help them both get back home.

I am a first grade teacher. I read this story to my students for a Read-Aloud. They loved it because they were able to make predictions based on what we were reading. They connected with the characters because they too have had to help a friend do something.

The illustrations are done with water colors. They are clean and demonstrate what is being read on the page. The one complaint I do have about the book is on a few pages, the words are stuck on a part of the page that is dark and the letters are also dark. So, it is a bit hard to see, especially if a child was to attempt t read it on their own. I do recommend it as a read aloud.


Arabelle the Frightened Spider by Jill Van Der Voort


I got this in e-book form off of Amazon because my son loves creepy crawlers! The story is about a spider who is afraid of many things including a little boy that often plays near her web. The author notes at the ending that spiders are nothing to be frightened of, but I also felt the message applied to all things; concurring fears another words. It is told in rhyme, which I love because it has a steady beat. The words are extremely easy to understand.

The illustrations depict what we are told in the story. The lines are very clean and straight when they need to be and curvy when it is. I personally like illustrations that are a bit messy because I think it gives character and I like that.

I do like the fact that their is a whimsical feel to the illustrations. With Halloween right around the corner, it could be a great book that isn’t scary for young readers. I’m not sure if this is the case, but the illustrations look like they were done on the computer. That’s great, but with something naturesque I would prefer to see something more unperfect to go with the text.  

Numero Uno by Alex Dorros and Arthur Dorros and Illustrated by Susan Guevara


Dorros, Arthur and Alex. Numero Uno. Illustrated by Susan Guevara. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2007.


A village devises a plan to see who would be missed the most out of two men who thought the other one was beneath them. One thing about this book that is very intriguing is that we are exposed to several statements and words in Spanish along with the English words. The story flows from page to page very nicely! The text incorporates commentary from the villagers and the two men.


The illustrations are great. We are given a chance as readers and listeners to better picture what is going on. Young readers often confuse themselves with languages and will over compensate and say every language is French, or Spanish, or german, etc. So, this gives young children a chance into the Spanish culture and to possibly associate the language with the way the characters are dressed. The illustrations aren’t crisp and clear, but rather smudged on the edging, which is great! I love the character it brings to the art! Another note worthy aspect is that when the men are speaking in Spanish, not only do we see it in the text, but also on the illustrations.


This was a great multicultural read that incorporates another language to English speaking children. I would definitely recommend this book!




15 Day Book Blogger Challenge! Day 3!


Who are my blogging BFFs? I’m just getting into this blog, but I have made a friend in Laura Crean! 🙂

If you would like to do the 15 day book blogging challenge, please go to Good Food, Good wine , the creator. 🙂

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge! DAY 2

ImageWhat’s my bedtime reading ritual? Hmm…Well Either myself or my husband will read a story to our son. It’s usually me because I use the books as my reads for my book challenge. When I go to bed, I pull out my Nook that is safely nuzzled under my pillows. I usually buy the cheap reads under 2.99 on my Nook to read at night. As a matter of fact I was so excited a couple days ago because there were 2 Abraham Lincoln books on the 2.99 and under list that I bought. I love the president books!


Again, I’d like to mention credit toGood Food, Good Wine for coming up with this awesome challenge! 🙂


15 Day Book Blogging Challenge! (I couldn’t resist!) DAY 1

Hello everyone! Good evening or morning to you where ever you may be reading this from. A fellow blogger Good Food, Good Wine has started this 15 day challenge. I think it will be a great way for not only you to get to know my reading and book habits, but I’d like to hear yours as well, so please go ahead and do the challenge! Image

Day 1:

1. I am addicted to teen fiction books, especially the ones with a paranormal theme!

2. I hated reading as a child.

3. When determining if I will purchase a book or not, there has to be some sort of love story involved.

4. I own a Nook and another E-book reader, but I prefer to read actual books. There is nothing like the feel of a page turning between your fingers.

5. When I start a book, my life practically stops. Only the necessities are done. My husband will walk through the door and know I started a new book. 

6. I fell in love with the Twilight series so hard that last summer my husband, son and I went to Forks! Absolutely beautiful…I thought I saw Jacob! ;}

7. I usually won’t buy books that have actually peoples faces on the covers because I like to visualize the character. 

8. When I lend a book out and I don’t get it back in the amount of time that it would take me to read it, I start getting antsy.

9. I have 3 floor to almost ceiling bookshelves in my office with my books and my sons books.

10. I HATE Nicolas Sparks books. I do LOVE the movies though. 

11. I enjoy a good Non-fiction book just as much as a fiction book.

12. When buying books for my son, I prefer the paper backs because if the dust cover gets bent or wrinkled or the corners messed up, I cringe.

13. I buy books for my husband in hopes that he will take reading up.

14. I then read those books that he does or doesn’t read. =D

15. I change my moods according to the kind of story I am reading. If its depressing, I’m down. If it’s a love story, I have hearts in my eyes. Etc. 


Well that’s today’s challenge! Check in tomorrow for Day 2! =)

Petite Rouge A cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell Illustrated by Jim Harris

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Artell, Mike. Petite Rouge A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Illustrated by Jim Harris. New York: Puffin Books, c2001.

There have been many, many takes on all fairytales and this one is a version of Little Red Riding Hood, but Cajun style. What makes this a “Cajun” style version of little red riding hood is not just in the illustrations. The actual text and dialect is written to represent native Cajuns from down in the “baya” (bayou). The traditional form of this story is not told in rhyme, but this one is which makes it more fun to read. There are several words mentioned in the story that are common to the bayou, but not everywhere else; So, the author has given a glossary. The illustrations give the listener a chance to see what the story goes on about. Some of the above mentioned vocabulary words may be distinguished by looking at the illustrations. In the story all of the character’s are animals and their proportions are much larger than in actual life. They’ve also been given human like facial features which adds a flare to the story. The illustrations are done in natural color tones, meaning that they don’t have big bright colors. Instead of using color to show shade like many children illustrator’s do, Jim Harris uses black to show shades or contrasting outlines in black. Some of the pages go over two pages (double page spread), some are on single pages. Some pages incorporate white space into the page, some use the entire page to create the scene. This book is really a fun read and gives perspective into the southern New Orleans bayou culture.


Note from Jade:

I am from New Orleans, and we have a lot of books that are remade to fit our culture. We don’t all speak like the Swamp People. Actually most of us don’t. You get those accents closer towards the coast. We share the whole culture though. I wanted to review this for you all to encourage you to read books that are set in cultures outside of your own. You will find I enjoy multicultural books and as time goes on you will see a variety of them reviewed from me. If you happen to buy or rent this book as a recommendation from me, and you and your child(ren) enjoy it, then please check out a local publishing company called Penguin publishing. They are now a national publication company, but carried most of our cultural books. There are many many books that represent New Orleans and if you would like a suggestion for children’s books or even adult novels or nonfiction that is centered around my city, please comment or email me. xoxo


How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? By Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mark Teague


This book starts out with a group of questions about what a dinosaur should do. It then ends saying what a dinosaur should do. This is a great book for a child entering school to teach them how to behave in class. They address specific things that shouldn’t be done and let the listener know it shouldn’t be done. They then tell the audience what a dinosaur does do. The illustrations add a little more to the story than the text gives including a comedic aspect. The dinosaurs drawn in the story are what one would expect them to be; BIG! Against the students and teachers in the illustrations, the listeners will be able to see that dinosaurs are much larger than humans. The colors used aren’t bright or drab, but somewhere right in the middle. I think this is done because of the playful element already included in the illustrations. Unlike previous reviews, this book doesn’t rely heavily on line usage in the illustrations. Every page with the exception of the last one is a double page spread stretching the illustrations across two pages and having the text on one. This is definitely a great way for parents to help children transition into a school or daycare setting.


Note from Jade:

I think this is a wonderfully playful story that would be enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences. These Dinosaur books are so adorable. They’re also short and simple enough for an experienced beginner reader to attempt reading it on their own. One thing that I love is the way the author starts out with questions and then ends it with statements and matter of facts. 


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Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman


Eastman, P.D. Go, Dog, Go. Illustrated by author. New York: Random House, c1961.

There is no real storyline to this book. It is a beginner reader story about dogs with different colors doing different things. This book is really great for a reader that is just starting out because the words are really simple. The sentences are short enough so that if they are sounding out they won’t forget what they read. The story gives several different topics. They talk about colors, heights, and numbers just to name a few. The illustrations go along with the text. Some pages where there are more than one sentence, there are also more than one illustration. Each of these illustrations go with the individual sentences. For example, The blue dog is in. The illustration is of a big blue dog that is inside a dog house. This gives children an opportunity to look at the pictures if they are struggling with sounding out the words. The illustrations are very simplistic, more simple than any of the books reviewed so far in the challenge. The colors used are very basic: red, blue, green, yellow. Black is used for outlining and shading or anything needed to give dimension in the pictures with color. There is a lot of white space used on every page to help keep the reader focused on reading. The illustrations aren’t busy and keep to just what is needed to let the reader and/or listener know what each sentence is about.


Note from Jade:

I really love this book and what it does. It really gives a range of ideas and thoughts for young children to understand. I would highly recommend this to any reader that is starting out! Btw, sorry this is so late in the evening.