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03 December 2014 - Book Review: Christmas Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
02 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Baby Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. While it would be impossible to equal the brilliance of the original Diary of a Wombat, this is a pretty good follow-up. Kids who loved the original will enjoy this one almost as much. Like the original, this one is good for reading aloud and for early reading practice.
01 December 2014 - Book Review: Diary of a Wombat
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. An introduction to an animal we won’t see in the wild outside of Australia, a satisfying story suffused with ironic humor, and an endearing, likable character which retains its animal qualities, all combine for a read-aloud with a very wide appeal. I highly recommend it.
20 November 2014 - Book Review: This is Not My Hat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here’s another hat-stealing yarn from Jon Klassen… This another well-crafted, highly accessible object lesson in ironic humor: The thief repeatedly makes claims the reader knows are false, and our ability to be “in the know” makes the final confrontation utterly satisfying.
19 November 2014 - Book Review: I Want My Hat Back
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. A bear realizes his hat is missing and goes to look for it… It makes a lousy moral story. But it’s not a moral story – it’s a joke, and a more complex one than you usually find at this reading level. The irony of both characters defensively lying in a way that betrays their own guilt is screamingly hilarious to elementary-aged children (at least once they understand the joke). The illustrations aren’t spectacular, but the well-crafted, meticulously timed humor is really worth reading.
04 February 2013 - Book Review: Are You My Mother?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When it begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother… This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird’s fear at being separated from his parents… It’s also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish.
21 November 2011 - Book Review: Three Little Kittens
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. In this faithful rendition of the classic nursery rhyme, the three little kittens play out their mitten drama, alternately scolded and praised by their mother, while a cheerful rat plays hide-and-seek in the background. Galdone’s cheery images and the classic repetitive text make this a great standby for toddlers and early readers, who will appreciate the predictable text.
13 October 2011 - Series Review: Nate the Great
Rating: Nate the Great is an extensive series of easy-reader mysteries. Nate, a young sleuth with a penchant for pancakes, is finishing breakfast when he receives a telephone call from a friend who has lost a picture. He walks to her house (considerately leaving a note for his mother) and uses observation and deductive reasoning [...]
05 October 2011 - Book Review: Wacky Wednesday
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Toddlers and elementary students are likely to find great satisfaction in counting up the wacky things on each page. The “I spy” component is time-consuming, making this this book a terrible read-aloud, but it’s a great choice for cultivating confidence in self-reading.
22 October 2010 - Book Review: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This is an unusually well-designed rhythmic book with a simple theme of monkeys using fingers and hands to produce rhythm on drums.
The pleasures of reading are, for the most part, good for us. We might even say that the reason we enjoy a book is that it is doing something good for us. We can benefit not only from a book’s themes and ideas; we can benefit from the very pleasures that impel us to keep turning the pages. — , Reading Between the Lines, 29
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