Posts tagged with Irony
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.
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.
24 September 2012 - Book Review: Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This sequel to The Tale of Custard the Dragon charms the reader with more of Nash’s matchless rhyme…. If told with a serious way, the story might be frightening to sensitive children, but the peppy, poetic rhythm and lighthearted images do much to lighten the potentially sinister mood. If your kids liked the original, this is sure to be a hit.
17 September 2012 - Book Review: The Tale of Custard the Dragon
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Tale of Custard the Dragon is a whimsical fantasy in verse… Nash’s hilarious wordcraft and sly humor will amuse children and adults alike, and Lynn Munsinger’s whimsical illustrations merrily evoke the mood of the poem, while bringing the rather complex vocabulary into reach for kids.
14 August 2010 - Book Review: Oh, Were They Ever Happy!
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Before their parents leave the children at home to run errands for the day, Mrs. Noonan remarks to her husband that the house needs painting. When the babysitter never arrives, the three children decide to surprise their parents by painting the house themselves. The well-meaning mayhem that ensues is profoundly destructive, and the children innocently congratulate themselves for a job well done, gleefully anticipating how happy their parents will be to see their handiwork.
15 June 2009 - Book Review: Just Me and My Dad
Age 00-04. 3 Stars. In this story, Little Critter goes on a camping trip with his father, leaving his mother and baby sister at home. The story is narrated from Little Critter’s perspective, and his statements contradict the illustrations with a gentle irony that young children will appreciate. For example, he says, “My dad was tired, so I pitched the tent,” and the facing picture shows Dad rescuing him from a disordered pile of fabric and tent poles. The story could be a perfect preparation for a real camping trip, but is worthwhile to read for its own sake; the father is kind and loving, and the scene is very secure. This is a great story about a dad having fun with his son, giving him an exciting experience and teaching him new skills.
15 June 2009 - Book Review: Just Lost!
Age 00-04. 3 Stars. The Little Critter series mostly consist of short stories about a child whose ordinary experiences young readers will identify with. Many of them are useful for introducing new (and potentially frightening) scenarios to young readers. In this one, Little Critter gets separated from his mother and brother at the mall…. Not only does this book prepare a child for the emotional challenges of being lost, it also provides an example of what to do, and introduces the kinds of people most likely to protect and help a lost child. The story quality is good, but not exceptional, so I recommend reading this book a few times until the lesson is learned, and then phasing it out.
Imagination. The word comes from “image” — a mental picture. And these pictures have a way of sticking in our memory and making demands on our conscience long after the explanations have been rubbed thin by the frictions of daily life. — , Books That Build Character
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