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review 2017-06-03 18:19
Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
Argyle Fox - Marie Letourneau

Genre:  Childhood / Family / Humor / Animals


Year Published: 2017


Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Tanglewood Publishing Inc

 

 

Fox

I would like to thank NetGalley and Tanglewood Publishing Inc. for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It was time that I read more children’s books from NetGalley and I happened to pick up another children’s book from NetGalley called “Argyle Fox” by Marie Letourneau and I actually found this book to be quite cute!

The story starts off with a young fox named Argyle Fox who wanted to go outside and play, but his mother warns him that it is very windy outside and that he might not be able to play the games that he wanted to play. But, Argyle Fox went outside to play with his cards anyway and while Argyle was playing with his cards, the wind blows his cards away and Argyle had to go back home to find something else to play with. Argyle then finds an old spider costume and decided to play as a spider in the trees outside. But the squirrels warned Argyle that it is too windy outside to play as a spider. But Argyle ignored the squirrels’ warnings and continued playing outside, but then the wind comes up and blows at Argyle, which causes him to get tangled in his homemade webs. Argyle then goes back home and tried to find another game to play outside and every time Argyle tries to find a new game to play on this windy day, the wind just keeps on messing up his games. Just as Argyle was going to give up playing games outside, his mother quietly encourages to think of another game to play on a windy day.

What game can Argyle play on a windy day?

Read this book to find out!


I have been reading many children’s books that deal with the main characters (usually children) trying to find a fun game to play whether they are inside or outside and it has been awhile since I had read such as book as this. Marie Letourneau has done a great job at telling a story about a young fox’s determination to play outside, despite it being a windy day and I enjoyed seeing the various games that Argyle tries out on the windy day such as playing as a spider and playing as a pirate. I also like the fact that Argyle never gave up on trying to find the right game to play on the windy day as it shows that he has a lot of determination in trying out various games, no matter how windy the day got. I really loved the fact that Argyle’s mother was supportive of Argyle’s determination in finding the perfect game to play on a windy day as it was great seeing a parent support their child during their time of need and I liked the fact that Argyle’s mother encouraged Argyle to find a different game that would be more suitable to play in the wind. Marie Letourneau’s artwork is adorable and colorful to look at as I loved the images of Argyle Fox doing different activities such as playing as a spider and playing as a pirate and I also loved the images of the wind coming in with the words “WHOOSH” accompanying it as it gives it a huge presence in the story.

Fox

The reason why I gave this story a four-star rating was because even though I found the story to be really cute, I have already read plenty of children’s books where the main character is trying to find a new game to play either outside or inside the house and I just found this story to be a bit repetitive at this point.

Overall, “Argyle Fox” is a truly cute story about encouraging children to find good games to play on a windy day and I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-02-11 10:52
Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
Argyle Fox - Marie Letourneau

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a cleverly written children's book for ages three to seven. Argyle is a smart little fox who learns the different things he cannot do on a windy day and finally figures out what he could do that would be fun. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary copy from Tanglewood and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Argyle-Fox-Marie-LeTourneau/dp/1939100097

 

This book is in pre-order status until March 14, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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review 2016-09-02 00:00
The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres
The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres - Marie LeTourneau The mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres published by Tanglewood Press written and illustrated by Marie LeTourneau with Danielle Reed Baty, is a beautiful children's story. I thank Netgalley for it.

Pictures researched, with a special aristocratic touch to my point of view.

The story is this one: Once upon a time there was a place (Paris) populated only by mices. They were like humans so, our society, plenty of shops, stores etc. One of these ones was a wonderful bistrot: The Bistrot des Sept Frère Chef Marcel. The chef has seven sons and one daughter Petite Michelle. This chef goes proud for something: he won per years and years a special prize, the one of, can you guess what? Best Cheese Soup of all the France. At least, you know mices falls in love for cheese and France is a Cheese Paradise with wagons and wagons of varieties of all sort.

But what happens? Well, something pretty embarrassing: Chef Marcel uses for this special Cheese Soup a special ingredient. No other one of his family or friends knows the secret ingredient but he goes in panic when he receives a telegrams saying:

"Cher Chef Marcel, (Cher is for Dear in Francais, voilà!),
it is that time of year again.
French Culinary Judge Alfred Le Whisk
will arrive at your bistro
to taste your famous cheese soup
on the 2nd of June,
at one o'clock sharp,
Best regards as ever.

The Committe for the Best Cheese Soup in All of France"

Panic sounded a word literally too little and insignificant for trying to understand what happened at Chef Marcel.

The man, ops, sorry, mice, didn't have in fact the secret ingredient!!!
Just her little Petite Michelle, the latest one of his children will help him, the secret ingredient will be add and Judge Le Whisk satisfied after very stressing days! of palpitations.
And of course Chef Marcel won't forget this time Petite Michelle.
Not anymore...

Absolutely beauty, funny for the chaos eheheh, and cute!

I thank Netgalley for this funny children's book!
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review 2016-07-18 02:00
The Mice Of Bistrot Des Sept Frères
The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres - Marie LeTourneau

I'll just admit it. I had seen this little book so many times on Netgalley and I thought the cover was really cute. Besides, thinking mice and cooking, I couldn't help but think of Ratatouille.

 

And while the inside was also nice, it can best be read with (very) small children. They will probably enjoy the story a lot with all the food that flies around all the time. The drawings are nice and there is also an opportunity to learn some French.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-05-18 16:10
Children's Review: Is A Worry Worrying You?
Is a Worry Worrying You? - Marie LeTourneau,Ferida Wolff,Harriet May Savitz
We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
 
I saw the title of this book and read what the book was about and thought this would be a great book to read to K. He is my worrier over everything so I think this was a good book to read to him. He would laugh at some parts such as the rhino crossing the road and not paying attention to you. 
I think the authors did a great job with approaching worrying for young children. I really enjoyed how we get some "tips" on how we should handle a worry. K and I laughed at the tip of putting the worry in a closet and smiling and packing it in suitcase and shipping it away. I will have to remember to tell K that when he starts worrying about something so it doesn't get him too upset.
Now to me the pictures were decent though it all seemed dark but I guess it was done that way as worrying isn't something happy it is glumly. 
I will say after a while the receptive of different scenes got to me as I was reading to him. 
I think the overall message within the story was great a worry will not be solved until you stop worrying over it. 
 
Questions and Answers with K
 
1. Did you like the book?
"Yeah it was cool."
2. Did you learn anything?
"I shouldn't worry but what happens if there is a test I can worry right?"
3. Do you think your friends would enjoy this book?
"I don't know if they would but I could tell them about it.
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