Posts tagged with Humor
10 December 2014 - Book Review: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. If sly hilarity and perfectly-paced comedic gags are your thing, you’ll love this series… Not everyone will love a children’s series dedicated to the criminal exploits of two polar bears driven by an insatiable desire for muffins. Some parents might feel the author treats stealing too lightly. But it’s clearly a fantasy, and the bears’ bumbling attempts never lead them into violence. For a perceptive readership, parents might even have a discussion about how when you lack self-control, you make foolish decisions that get you into trouble. This isn’t a moral story, but it happens in a moral world, where the bears’ outlandish behavior leads to consequences.
3 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.
2 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.
1 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.
26 November 2014 - Book Review: Birthday Monsters
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton brings us yet another snappy, silly book of hilarity for preschoolers… Preschoolers will love the rhythmic, crisp way this story is told, and will really enjoy the over-the-top bad example of these birthday monsters. And it’s actually funny enough that you might not be tempted to hide it on a high shelf after a few dozen readings.
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.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
13 November 2014 - Book Review: Doggies
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. It might seem that a board book whose words consist entirely of different kinds of dog barks (and one cat) would be boring. But Boynton, a master of rhythm and humor, captures ten different dog personalities through the sounds they make.
9 February 2013 - Book Review: How to Be a Baby… by Me the Big Sister
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a wonderful portrayal of a positive sibling relationship, providing a positive example for older siblings to emulate without being at all moralistic.
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