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review 2017-03-08 00:32
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

Never have I read a book that so succinctly turns every trope on it's head. I absolutely loved it!

The story is put together fantastically. Each character is amazing in their own right. No one does quite what I expect, even when I thought I had a handle on the way the story was breaking the rules. The family that Luna, Xan, Glerk, and Fyrian make is just adorable. All the people in the Protectorate are dealing with their own issues and making their way through life in ways that are not entirely opposite the norm that I would expectn or entirely the norm either. There's a part of me that feels like it's the way all the old stories should have been written, so that everyone has a little agenda and not all converge nor diverge. History isn't that neat and stories shouldn't be either. At the same time, it was loads of fun to watch the way these characters were like characters we were already a bit familiar with.

Basically, Barnhill did a fantastic job of "making familiar things new and new things familiar" as are the two great powers of a writer according to William Makepeace Thackery or Samuel Johnson. It's been attributed to both on different sites, not sure which is accurate. I listened to it on Audible, read by Christina Moore, who was great. I loved her voices for everyone, especially Fyrian.

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review 2017-01-15 20:14
Books for Kids: Should I Share My Toys?: (Children's book about a Little Boy Who Learns How To be Generous) by Michael Gordon
Books for Kids: Should I Share My Toys?... Books for Kids: Should I Share My Toys?: (Children's book about a Little Boy Who Learns How To be Generous, Picture Books, Preschool Books, Ages 3-5, Baby Books, Kids Book, Bedtime Story) - Michael Gordon

Books for Kids: Should I Share My Toys?: (Children's book about a Little Boy Who Learns How To be Generous) by Michael Gordon is a children's book for ages three to five. Finn was a little boy who had a pet bear called Chad.

 

"There was a problem with Finn's pet bear:
He really didn't like to share.
After days of trying, Finn said aloud,
'You're not a pet who makes me proud.'"

 

It has some good lessons. The illustrations were delightful and my favorite little boy loved it. I gave it five stars.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Kids-Childrens-Generous-Preschool-ebook/dp/B01N5KOEQ0

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review 2017-01-08 21:19
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Genre: Poetry / Comedy / Children


Year Published: 1974


Year Read:  2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

 

Sidewalk

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another book of poems from the creative mind of Shel Silverstein, who is the popular author of “A Light in the Attic.” This book details poems about silly people and animals doing crazy activities. Even though this book has some suggestive content, children will easily be delighted in this book for many years.

Shel Silverstein has done an awesome job with both illustrating and writing this book of poems. Shel Silverstein’s writing is witty and creative as uses bizarre creatures and humans to summarize each poem in a humorous way. The poem that I thought stood out the most was the poem about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who refused to take the garbage out and meets a grisly end (even though he never mentions what happened to her) and that poem expresses the moral that it is important to take the garbage out when it is needed and how one must listen to their parents when doing chores. Shel Silverstein’s illustrations are hilarious and crude as he illustrates each character with long limbs and exaggerated expressions and I also love the way that Shel Silverstein puts the illustrations in black and white format which is mostly found in chapters books for both children and adults.

Sidewalk

Parents should know that there is a great deal of suggestive content in this book mainly revolving around the topic of morbid humor and the topic of God. The two poems that might be the most controversial would be “Ma and God” and “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the Garbage Out.” In “Ma and God,” the poem talks about how Ma always tells her child to not do bad things, even though God has created the bad things for the child to do. For instance, one passage mentions that mother tells their children to eat their vegetables, but God creates sweets for children to eat. This poem might give children the wrong message about God and parents might want to teach their children about religion before they read them this poem. In “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the Garbage out,” the garbage overflows the house and eventually the city when Sarah refused to take the garbage out. This poem might worry small children who think that if the garbage overflows their house, then they will meet a tragic fate too. However, the poem merely tries to teach children to obey their parents and parents should try to comfort their children about this poem and the importance of taking the trash out.

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” is another great classic book of poems from Shel Silverstein and it will surely help engage children into the world of poetry. I would recommend this book for children ages six and up due to the suggestive themes of God and some morbid humor that younger children might not understand.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-01-05 00:00
Children's Books ages 4-8: The Princess Who Wanted a Friend
Children's Books ages 4-8: The Princess Who Wanted a Friend - Dr. Orly Katz I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4 1/2 stars

I really enjoyed this little book. I loved the rhyming, the story and the little lesson at the end. The book, overall was excellent. The illustrations were a disappointment. They were boring, and unexceptional, some of them were repeated, and they actually distracted me from the story. The story and rhyming were so good that I feel this story deserved some wonderful illustrations to go with it (I think that some beautiful watercolor paintings would fit this book well.)

So, I liked this book a lot. The story was cute, the rhyming was good, and the lesson was wonderful, but the pictures were not good.
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url 2016-12-02 19:25
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place - Julie Berry

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got this book from the library, but how could I resist a title like this? A scandalous sisterhood? Sign me up!

I listened to this one, narrated by Jayne Entwistle. I hadn't had the  time to read through the back cover when I chose it. I was going on a little roadtrip that was about two hours longer than the amount of time I had left on the book I was listening to at its start. I quickly found this wonderful title and downloaded it so I could start when the last one was over. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be quite an understatement.

The feel of the book was exactly what I expected when I saw the title but not the plot. We're given an introduction that includes how each girl ended up at the school, and that's when you know you will love this book or hate it. I knew I'd love it.

I loved the way each girl at St Etheldreda's School for Girls was addressed; Stout Alice, Smooth Kitty, Disgraceful Mary Jane, Dear Roberta, Dull Martha, Pocked Louise and Dour Eleanor. The girls are resourceful and some are brilliant. As their descriptors indicate, each girl is wildly different from the others but they are sisterhood. They're friends despite being very different and though they get annoyed and irate with each other, they are still loyal friends. They appreciate their differences and even seem to enjoy them sometimes.

What I didn't expect was a murder mystery. There was no way that this lot was not about to be entertaining, but there were some enjoyable little surprises and upsets as well. I had been enjoying the whole story and then was particularly pleased with the end and denouement.

It's a great middle grade book and could be enjoyed by some young adults, but I do feel like there is a bit of an age threshold for it.

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