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review 2018-12-10 02:20
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick - Drew Daywalt,David Spencer
What a hilarious book! This is the best Drew Daywalt book I have read. I found myself laughing out loud as I read this book. The illustrations are just as entertaining as the text as this duo takes quite an adventure together.
 
I’m not sure who I like better in this book, Huggie or Stick. Huggie and Stick spend most of their day in the backpack of Reese, a little boy, as he goes about his day. One day, the pair find themselves falling out of Reese’s backpack and their story begins.
 
Just thinking about this book makes me laugh. Stick is having the time of his life as they try to find their way home. Stick is thrilled and amazed with their adventures. He’s delighted and excited about everything they encounter. He sees everything through rose-colored glasses. Huggie, on the other hand is just the opposite. Huggie’s sarcastic tones and his familiarity with these events, puts their travels into perspective. I found myself reading this book multiple times as it’s hilarious the way that each character describes the world they see. Ironically, they both are correct.
 
This is a large square book and the illustrations are wonderfully done. Using glossy paper, these bright illustrations pop-out and I could feel the energy of Stick as he enjoyed this journey and looking at Huggie, I knew exactly how he felt as he listened and watched Stick in each encounter.
 
What a gem! This book is worth more than 5 stars, I really love it! It comes with a glowing recommendation.
(I read some reviews after I wrote mine and see that some people didn't like some of the language in the book.  You need to know your audience and I wasn't offend by the language.  If you look at circumstances of that line, Stick "broke his fall" he was saving his friend, things happen.  Good parenting/teaching moment.)
 
“BEST trip ever!” “Today we were rescued by these nice guys in super awesome hats.” “Huggie kinda barfed on the one with the biggest hat and they had us try out their diving board.” (Stick) “WORST trip ever.” “Today we were captured by pirates.” “I got seasick on their captain, then they made us walk the plank.” (Huggie)

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-10 04:39
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

When Duncan goes to use his crayons he finds notes from all the crayons and how they are feeling! Red is overwhelmed. Purple is tired of being colored outside the lines. Beige doesn't like to be called light brown or dark tan and doesn't like being in second place to Brown! Grey is tired. White is feeling empty. Black doesn't like to be an outline. Green is writing for Yellow and Orange because they won't talk, they both think they should be the color of the sun! Blue is feeling like he needs a break, Pink is feeling unused and Peach doesn't like having a cover! Duncan has to figure out how to make all the crayons happy so he can continue to color! I would use this book to work on expression and voice!

Lexile: AD730L

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review 2018-09-09 18:29
Crayons have feelings too!
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

Duncan just wants to color but when he opens his crayon box he finds only letters. Letters from his crayons all saying the same thing - his crayons have had enough! Blue needs a break from coloring the sky and the ocean. Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking for each believes they are the true color of the sum. Black wants to be used more. Duncan must find a way to make all of his crayons happy so he can color his new picture. 

 

After reading, students can pick a color and come up with some more grievances they might have and write letters to Duncan telling him about. When students share their letters the whole class can come up with a way to solve each crayons problem so that Duncan can color again. 

 

Lexile: AD730L

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review 2018-09-04 20:13
The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt,Oliver Jeffers

This book is a collection of letters written by a child's crayon to the child. Each letter is written by a different crayon and includes a humorous explanation of how each crayon feels about being the color that they are.

 

This would be a great book to introduce the format of letter writing. Students could practice writing letters to their favorite crayon, or take the point of view of the crayon.

 

Lexile Level AD730L

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review 2018-06-03 22:53
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Drew Daywalt,Adam Rex

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I normally don't do half stars, but I really am between 2 and 3 stars on this one. 

Overall, this is an interesting read about the fictional origins of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Those origins are basically epic battles between household items. Why are the household items fighting all the time? We will never know. But it's a silly and fun read. 

The book is written with a knight-like mentality, i.e. "I must be the best warrior, but I also want a challenge.", so pretty much fighting for the sake of fighting. Good message for kids? Probably not. But it is entertaining enough if you don't take it too seriously (which you are obviously not meant to do). 

The pictures are interesting, although some of the battle scenes were a little cringe-y. The smooshed apricot and pile of decapitated dinosaur nuggets were a bit much. 

This is a weird, but interesting book. Kind of creepy, kind of fun. I like the idea behind it.

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