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review 2017-10-02 07:32
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
George's Marvellous Medicine - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine is a very short children's book that is enhanced by Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations. George's grandmother isn't very nice so he decides to make her a new medicine with the hopes of improving her temperament. However, things don't go as planned and George manages to concoct several medicines with unusual properties. This is a funny story that little children will probably enjoy - their grandmother's, not so much.

 

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review 2017-09-26 08:59
Fantastic Mr Fox - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This is a short, not-so-tame, absolutely hilarious children's story about how Fantastic Mr Fox outfoxes a trio of fox-hungry farmers.  The illustrations by Quentin Blake add to the quirky humour of the story.

 

 

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review 2017-09-21 15:03
THE BFG by Roald Dahl
Bfg;The (Pb) - ROALD DAHL

This is a re-read for me - I had to replace my read-to-death copy of the book recently and decided to read it again.

 

This is an amusing (non-politically correct) children's book about the fascinating adventures of a quirky, lovable giant, his not-so-lovable neighbours, and a little girl.  The illustrations by Quentin Blake also add to the enjoyment of this book.  The text is easy enough for a novice reader to understand (with the occasional big word) but the made-up words might prove a bit difficult, if somewhat amusing when read aloud.  The story itself is also interesting enough to keep an adults attention while he/she is reading it to the kiddies.  There are also bits of morality issues which can be discussed with the children. 

 

My edition of the book has black and white sketches, but I've seen some lovely full colour editions of Roald Dahl's books.

 

 

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review 2017-09-12 01:50
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Swimmy - Leo Lionni

Title:  Swimmy

Author:  Leo Lionni

Genre:  Animals / Drama / Family / Danger


Year Published: 1963


Year Read:  2010

Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Scary Scenes and Death of a Family Member)

 

 

Swimmy

I have have heard works from Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Marc Brown and David Wiesner, but I have finally stumbled upon some works that came from my childhood a long time ago and those works consist of Leo Lionni! “Swimmy” is a Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni and it is about how an unusual little fish named Swimmy, who survives a giant fish attack, tries to find another family to live with. “Swimmy” may have an intense scene with the big fish that might frighten small children, but I am pretty sure that most children will easily enjoy this book!

Once there lived a happy school of small fish who were all red except for one fish was black and his name was Swimmy. One terrible day however, a huge tuna fish came by and swallowed up all of the red fish except for Swimmy who had escape from the huge tuna. Swimmy, now the sole survivor of a tuna attack, then swims around in the deep watery world by himself in order to find a new family to be in.

Will Swimmy find a new family?

Read this book to find out!
 


Never have I read a children's book that has both effective drawings and a heartwarming story at the same time as Leo Lionni has made this book! Leo Lionni has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book as it details the adventures of a unique black fish named Swimmy. Leo Lionni's illustrations might look a little bit simplistic, however, they are extremely effective and colorful, especially of the images of the underwater world where it seems that Leo Lionni took a piece of sponge and patted the background with the painted sponge, which really brings out the creativity of the images of the underwater world. The image that truly stood out the most for me was the image of Swimmy himself as he is shown to be the only black fish among a group of red fishes, who merely look like red outlines of fish. Leo Lionni has certainly made this book extremely intense yet heartwarming at the same time as I have felt sympathy for Swimmy after he lost his family to a tuna fish and I can understand how many children and adults will also sympathize with Swimmy's predicament, especially if they lost loved ones to an accident.

Swimmy

Parents should know that at the beginning of this book, Swimmy's family is eaten by a giant tuna fish and that might be too upsetting for smaller children to handle. On a side note, this scene strongly reminds me of a scene in “Finding Nemo” where Marlon's family except Nemo is also eaten by a huge fish and how Marlon has to cope with protecting his only son from anymore danger. Parents might want to discuss about death of a family member with their children before they read them this book.

Overall, “Swimmy” is a highly emotional and heartwarming book for children who have also lost their family members and how they can still find love among friends and other family members. I personally would recommend this book to anyone who loves Leo Lionni's works and learning about what it takes to be a true family. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the scene where the big fish eats all the other fish might scare smaller children.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-08-07 15:42
Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story: Children’s Books – Picture Books for Kids – Story Books for Children – Beginner Book for Children – Age 3-7 - Gita V. Reddy,Gita V. Reddy

Hop and Chomp by Gita V. Reddy
This colorful children's book is about a grasshopper who is named Hop. He hops very well.
He sees an egg on a leaf and he watches it wiggle free. It just chomps on leafs all day. As time goes on he changes form and Hop introduces him to his other insect friends.
Chomp just wants to chomp all day as he goes through yet more changes to his body.
What I love about this book is it is not just for young children but for older ones as well as they may not be familiar with what happens to the egg then caterpillar.
Fun and educational along the way. Love the ending where other characteristics of the insect are discussed. Rangoili the art form of India is also discussed and shown in diagrams. Author bio and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Love this series as it's so easy for a child to follow along and they don't realize they are learning things.
I received this book from the author and this is my honest review.

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