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

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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. 🙂

Jade

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Arthur Pong And His Smelly Song by Jose Fernandez

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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I thought it was really cute in a stinky sort of way 😉 At first I was a bit confused with no ending punctuation the I caught on that it was being wrote as a poem. I’m not too knowledgeable on the terminology here, so I’ll explain it. It was four sentences but no punctuation and in rhyme per page. The rhymes was done pretty well. There was one exception when I felt the words were a bit forced, but other than that it all rhymed and flowed nicely. This book is a silly type of book sort of like captain underpants. It tells the story of Arthur and how he creates music and well you’ll have to read it because I don’t want to give too much away. Each page has a title and each title is included in a table of contents at the beginning. 

 

There are simple illustrations done on each page to go with the text. Unlike the cover, the illustrations in the actual book aren’t in color, but rather shades of white and grey. It doesn’t take away from the story, but seems to allow focus on what is going on in the illustrations instead. The drawings are silly and represent the story well. Some of the illustrations are surrounded by white space where as some are boxed in with a light shade. I would recommend this book, but maybe towards an older crowd of maybe 6 and over because there are terms used such as “fart” and “poo” and I know some parent’s don’t really want these words put into young learners vocabulary right away. If you don’t have a problem with that, then read ahead because this one is sure to bring on the giggles!!! 🙂

 

xoxo,

Jade

Little Bird Lost by Kate Larkinson and photos by Steve Larkinson

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Good evening friends! So sorry it has been so long since I’ve reviewed. I’ve been a busy busy BUSY bee!

This story is a picture story like all of the books I review, but to be honest it is different! Usually the books have their words and then there is the illustrations. This photographer took the time to photograph a photo for each page. Each page has dialogue that goes in rhyme, but not necessarily ending on that page; basically page turners! The text is extremely easy to understand and although it is not a “young readers” book. It has short and simple sentence structure. I think a young reader would have no problem getting through it. I will let my son be the judge of that for reading time tomorrow!

Back to these wonderful photos! I can’t imagine the amount of time it took for the photographer to sit by this nest and gently snap these photos without scaring them and making them fit into the story. It is amazing how the text and these actual photos go hand in hand. I can’t praise this photographer enough. I urge all of you to go to Amazon and pull it up. It’s such a cute story about a bird family that will sure to bring smiles and sweet dreams to your little ones!

 

xoxo,

Jade

Cat Days by Alexa Andrews and illustrated by John & Wendy

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Andrews, Alexa. Cat Days. Illustrated by John and Wendy. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2012.

 

This book is a level one young reader. This is truly a young reader versus some of the other ones I’ve come across. The vocabulary is very simple and easy to sound out. The pages are repetitive to give children a chance to remember words. The break this book into sections, but not necessarily chapters. Then each section they run with the theme. For example Cat Plays section has a few pages about the cat playing. The story is predictable which also helps with retention for young readers. It also uses ideas that most children are familiar with.

 

The illustrations are bright and simple. They use very simple shapes to make the pictures and it doesn’t distract the reader from the text. Everything is outlined in either black or grey. There is very little usage of white space, but they use color space in its place. The pages that have the section titles are the only ones that have white space usage.

The story doesn’t have much of a plot, but it does a great job with simple words and familiar territory for young readers.

 

xoxo,

Jade

Flight of the Butterflies by Roberta Edwards and illustrated by Bob Kayganich and with photographs

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Edwards, Roberta. Flight of the Butterflies. Illustrated by Bob Kayganich and with photographs. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2010.

 

This book is a Penguin Young Readers book, level 3. They start off by describing what Migration is. They describe the journey that the Monarch Butterflies make into the forests in Mexico. This is a really neat book because it introduces new words that children may not know and also a pronunciation helper. We learn what dangers there are to the butterflies. We then are taken back through the flight back North, wear they lay their babies and back to where they first start. I am a big BIG lover of butterflies and one thing I found out from this book that I thought was very interesting is that the life span is very short;Approximately a year.

 

The illustrations are done with actual pictures and diagrams. When they describe things in the book, such as the plant they lay their eggs on, they show a picture so we know what it looks like. They show us a map with the migration and also the stages of their flight back up.

 

This is a really interesting read especially for science lovers. Even though this is an early reader, I think it would make a great Read Aloud book too!

 

xoxo, Jade

Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg by Tali Carmi and Illustrated by Mindy Liang

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Carmi, Tali. Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg. Illustrated by Mindy Liang. c,2013.

 

This is a story about a boy named Terry Treetop who loves to climb trees. Terry finds a little egg all alone on the ground and goes on an adventure to try to find its mother. He asks several animals he sees with eggs about it, and when he comes up with no answers he almost gives up. This is an adventurous story that gives young minds a glance at what type of animals have babies via eggs and how they hatch. It also gives a lesson to young kids that if you find something, they should try to find the owner.

 

The illustrations are really cute. They give you a chance to visualize what is going on in the story and see Terry Treetop go through his adventure. Each animal he visits we see their eggs and see the difference between them all. There are a lot of neutral colors used to signify nature, but some brighter colors are used on Terrys clothes and such.

 

I really like this story and how it gives so many different ideas.

 

xoxo, Jade

Chasing Butterflies by Harry Toews

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I absolutely ADORE this story!! The story is about a brother and sister that visit their grandmothers house after school lets out for the summer. We follow the children out into their abuela’s magical garden and through the adventures to find the magic that their grandmother says is there. Towards the end we go through the same emotions that the children go through when they find the magic. The author has amazing talent to be able to make readers feel the emotion in so few pages.

The illustrations go along with the text and give us a bit of outside information that isn’t in the text. We get to see how the characters look since they aren’t described (standard for picture books). We get to see abuela’s garden and many other features of the story that are written or aren’t written. The author uses a very limited color pattern when showing illustrations of the children or room furniture, but it doesn’t take away from the story. When we see the garden with the butterflies and flowers we are shown color and LIFE, aka the magic that is brought out.

On top of the story there is a message intertwined into the story. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the major point of the story; that and of course finding the ‘magic’. I really loved this story and I will definitely review more of this authors work!!

This is an absolutely charming story filled with such character! I definitely recommend this!!!!

xoxo, Jade

Arabelle the Frightened Spider by Jill Van Der Voort

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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.  

A dragon in a Wagon by Jane Moncure and Illustrated by Linda Hohag

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Moncure, Jane. A Dragon in a Wagon. Illustrated by Linda Hohag. Mankato: The Child’s World, c1988.

 

A Dragon in a Wagon gives us a story about a little girl and a dragon who go through different ways to travel. One thing I find very lovely about this book is that the author is able to cover all popular modes of transportation plus give us a story in rhyme! The story is very easy to understand and it flows very nicely! Sometimes when authors use rhyme, they make up words and try to make it fit and you can tell the awkwardness of the whole thing; not with this one. The author does a fantastic job of incorporating a great Read Aloud and also encourages listeners to participate by guessing the next form of transportation.

The illustrations are very simplistic and not very detailed, but this does not take away from the story at all. The characters are cartoonish, but it adds character to the story (as if it isn’t playful enough already). The illustrator uses a combination of pastel and bright colors. The illustrations help the listener to really visualize what they are hearing. The illustrations don’t really add much to the text, but I’m okay with this because this book is for a younger audience, and if the illustrator added to the story it may be too busy for little minds.

I will probably be posting my catch up reviews either later tonight or early on in the morning. I hope everyone is doing well!

The Mighty Thor (Little Golden Book) Adapted by Billy Wrecks and Illustrated by Storybook Art Group

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Billy Wrecks. The Mighty Thor. New York: A Golden Book, c2011.

My son was into the whole Thor and Marvel characters for a short period and when he was, he grabbed this book. I flipped through the pages and it looked easy to read for him so I bought it. It is a short story line, however there are big words that even some more experienced young readers would have trouble with. So, what was supposed to be a self reader turned into a Read Aloud, but none the less he still enjoyed it. It tells a shortened version of the Thor story.

 

The illustrations go along with the text and to no surprise resemble that of a comic book type drawing. There is no real organization as to how and where the text and illustrations are placed. There is also no real usage of white space except on one page where there is a fuzzy bubble illustration. The illustrators really capture the emotion in the drawings and you can see what some of these characters are feeling; from anger right down to being scared.

 

I would recommend this to an advanced young reader over 8 or as a read aloud to younger children.