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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. 🙂



A Moose Named Henry by Ryan McDonald

Hey guys! This really isn’t a review, but helping a fellow blogger out. This guy Ryan has a great story line for his series of books about a moose named Henry. Check out his project and there is a link for donations for a professional illustrator. The story line seems very intriguing and I’d love to be able to review it after publishing. My daily review is coming out soon. If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, please let me know! 🙂





The Big Hallloween Scare Level two ready to read (informal review)


Banks, Steven. The Big Halloween Scare. Illustrated by Heather Martinez. New York, Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon, c2003.

I wanted to do an informal review for this one just because it is a ready to read book and there is a Halloween episode of SpongeBob that it matches. I told my son to pick a book off his shelf, and he chose this one (Guess he is ready for Halloween, LoL). Anyway, describing the text and illustrations with this one would make a formal review really, really short because it matches the episode almost exactly and my brain got a little dizzy trying to sort out the show from this book; if that makes any sense at all. This is a stage 2 reader for young readers. Although my son is not on this reading level, his listening and understanding of it is still possible. He found this read to be hilarious, mostly due to my awful voice overs of the different characters from the show. When he is able to read this one by himself, I really like the way it is set up. The text is placed at the top of the page and so when you turn the page you know it’s there. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Spongebob, then you get a pretty good idea of what the illustrations look like. To be honest, I’m not sure if the illustrator has any involvement with the illustrations for the show, but you can not tell. I probably won’t do a formal review of a book today because I am mentally and physically drained from todays midterms. So I do hope you all enjoyed the review and will enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

xoxo Jade

Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London Illustrated by Michael Rex


London, Jonathan. Wiggle Waggle. Illustrated by Michael Rex. New York: Scholastic Inc., c1999.

This is a fun, playful and interactive book about sounds different animals make when walking. There are repetition with words allowing young readers to attempt the reading themselves. Along with the short easy to read and comprehend sentences are sound words associated with the animals walking. This gives the reader a chance to really engage listeners. The illustrations used are one of the more simple ones reviewed thus far. When the texts asks what sound is made, there is a simple illustration of that particular animal. Basic primary colors are used to add color. There is also minimal shading. There is a lot of white space used to keep the focus on the association between text and illustration. The book ends with a chance for little listeners to see what their steps sound like.


Note from Jade:

I am sorry this is so late but the majority of my day has been spent in front of my text books. My educational psychology midterm is Tuesday and we have a whole bunch of things due tomorrow. Anyways, I really love this book because it gave me the chance to act silly and make sounds and just be goofy with my son. I’d say the book is good for preschoolers and kindergarten, but the way my son enjoyed it, I’ll include first grade in this as well! I’ve had a few suggestions for reviews, and I promise those that suggested them will see the reviews one day this week! Keep sending in requests! 🙂


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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Favorite Children’s book of all time?

Hello everyone! I had a wonderful dream last night that involved one of my favorite children’s book’s of all time. Granted it was a story loved by small children, older children, teens, and adults alike, it still has the title of Children’s literature. My dream started out sitting on a platform in a stool facing hundreds of unfamiliar faces. I knew this scene very well, but the confusion as to why I was here at this moment was building up. I looked over to the cloaked woman standing to my right. She looked at me with a quizzical expression as she placed a tattered and wrinkled hat atop my head. I looked straight ahead and jumped a bit as a man’s voice started speaking. I seemed to be the only one that could hear him and before I could voice my opinion the man screamed aloud “Slytherin!”. My heart fell to my knees. How could I go to a group as awful as slytherin! I slowly and calmly stood up and walked towards the table to the far left.


By now I am sure you all realize what book my dream was about. Harry Potter is my favorite Children’s book ever! Don’t get this confused with my favorite book of all time, because it’s not Harry Potter. That would be Twilight, but this is about Children’s literature. I love the whole new dimension that J.K. Rowling created. The story line was so unique and the whimsical features of the castles and characters were so magical. I absolutely love this series. I don’t know if I have a particular favorite in the series, but I love love love these books!


So, I was just wondering what ya’lls favorite Children’s Book is? It could be one that your parents Read Aloud to you. It could be one that just had pictures, or mostly text. It could be one that is old, modern, or somewhere in between. I have a 6 year old son and I would love to read him some books that others fell in love with.

The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova; Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

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Casanova, Mary. The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, c2011.


Dirk Yeller is looking for remedies for cat scratch fever he stumbles across a boy that might be able to help him. Both the commentary and the text use an old western tone. The story goes through different stores looking for different remedies, and it keeps children guessing what Yeller will look for next. The words are easy enough to understand, however there are some words that are abbreviated on purpose to give the old west tone. The illustrations are simplistic and cartoonish. The usage of lines are very predominate. Not only do the lines outline everything, but short thin lines shadow everything giving it a pseudo movement. The clothing on the people in the illustrations as well as the building’s, prop’s and backgrounds depict what one may think the old west should look like. Color isn’t as strong of a usage in this book, probably to keep the focus on the line usage. Some pages are double page spreads, some single, and in some cases illustrations are surrounded by white space. The text is placed in no particular spot, just where there is enough blank space without a lot of usage of colors. The illustrator has done a lot of illustrations for books such as Utterly Otterly Day, The Hair of Zoe, and Daniel Boone’s Great Escape to name a few. In all of his illustrations you get lots of usage of line. In this particular book, the text and the illustrations compliment each other and give a bit of extra information’s such as pictures of people and the stores Yeller visits. Hoyt also does an exquisite job catching facial expressions in his work.


Note from Jade:

While I wouldn’t recommend a younger child in Kindergarten or first grade to tackle the reading, it is a great Read Aloud for them. When children start reading, as simple as it is to us it can be stressful to them causing a dislike for reading. This book would make a great read for a second or third grader or a Read Aloud for the younger ones. It may be a bit long for pre-k kids. I really do like this illustrator and I will review some of the books he has illustrated in the future. One of my favorite books Utterly Otterly Day is illustrated by Hoyt. Check it out if you haven’t read it yet! Btw, I do apologize for the wrong picture to match the book review.

The Three Silly Billies by Margie Palatini (6/26/13)

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Palatini, Margie. The Three Silly Billies. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005.

Hello everyone! Yesterday I didn’t have a lot of spare time, so I didn’t post the review, but I did read the book. Anywho, here she goes.

 Three goats approach a bridge, only to be stopped and asked to pay a toll by a grumpy little man. Unable to pay the toll, they wait near the bridge and are soon joined by three bears, a boy named Jack, and little red riding hood. The main characters are introduced right away. We are then presented the supporting characters through the story. The story has a very humorous and playful tone. There are remarks used that will put a smile on an adults face; It is nothing bad, just adult humor. There are sound words each time a new character is introduced that the reader can make the sounds. In addition to the story, there is also usage of money. The characters add money to equal a dollar each time a new one shows up. The illustrations are very simple. There is lots of white space usage. All of the illustrations are surrounded by white space which draws attention to the illustration. Even though the illustrations are simple, they are very detail oriented. Texture plays a great part in the illustrations. Dimension allows the listener to see the illustrations with a 3-d effect. The end pages are a royal blue. This story definitely screams problem solving. It allows children to observe what is going on, what will happen and hypothesis about what could be done to get the sought out result.