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review 2017-03-24 21:22
Oui Oui, Gigi! (free)
Oui Oui, Gigi! (Nuggies Book 4) - Jeff Minich,Renan Garcia

Ages 4-8


This is free as of the time of this review. If you have a child in the recommended age group I really think they would enjoy this.


Not only is this a cute story of two dogs lost in Paris, but the author was very creative about making this educational. Children will learn French words with their pronunciation and meaning, about famous and important buildings around the city, and more. The illustrations are very nice. I think an example is the best way to describe them:



Free on Amazon US

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text 2017-03-10 20:01
Children's Book Week will be May 1-7, 2017


 Major new plans for the longest-running national reading initiative in the U.S.  "…Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring reading by kids and teens, announced ... that its anchor program, Children’s Book Week, will open a dramatic new chapter in 2017 — its 98th year — with an increased number of events from May 1-7, reformatted book awards, new websites, original materials and artwork, and more.


As Shaina Birkhead, Programming and Strategic Partnerships Director for Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, stated: “Children’s Book Week is one of the cornerstones of Every Child a Reader’s literacy work, and we are pulling out all the stops for the biggest and best Children’s Book Week yet. Our goal is to more than triple the number of library, school, and bookstore Book Week event participants nationwide...” — from http://www.cbcbooks.org/every-child-a-reader-announces-expanded-plans-for-childrens-book-week-may-1-7-2017/#.WMMDYes8KrV 


Source: www.cbcbooks.org/every-child-a-reader-announces-expanded-plans-for-childrens-book-week-may-1-7-2017/#.WMMDYes8KrV
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review 2016-12-13 13:32
#CBR8 Book 118: Fortunately, the Milk... by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Fortunately, the Milk . . . - Neil Gaiman

While Mum is away on business, it's up to Dad to make sure that his son and daughter have everything they need. Like milk for their cereal. Dad goes to the shops, but is gone for really rather a long time. When he returns, he explains to his children why he was gone for so long. It's a story of adventure, danger, space aliens, time travel, vampires, angry South American gods, pirates and the amazing Professor Steg. The entire thing is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell throughout. 


I got this book back in spring of 2014, when Neil Gaiman was on a short visit to Oslo to talk about his work with refugees. He also did a very engaging reading from this book, which had just been translated into Norwegian. This was when my friend Ida was still pregnant with her first child (she's currently expecting her second). I mention this because my friend's baby bump was the reason we didn't have to queue for hours to get to meet Mr. Gaiman and get our books signed. As we were about to find our place in the long, long line, a nice lady came over and asked if we wanted to be fast-tracked, so to speak. I got this book, and my copy of The Kindly Ones signed.


Obviously this is a children's book, for slightly older children, who enjoy being read out loud to or who can read the book themselves. There's just enough silliness and adventure to keep a child interested throughout. I read it during the October Read-a-thon and it was a quick and entertaining read, a sort of palate cleanser between longer books. Not exactly as deep or as brilliant as some of Gaiman's other books, but a nice book nonetheless. 


Judging a book by its cover: The version I have is illustrated by the brilliant Chris Riddell, who has also done illustrations for the UK versions of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. I really like his art and there is certainly a lot happening on this very colourful cover. I think it's quite obvious that this is a children's book, and a rather eventful one at that. There's Professor Steg and the Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier. There's the Dad and his precious carton of milk. What you can't see in the picture is that the orange and gold on the cover is actually in metallics, so very shiny and extra psychedelic. It's a great cover.


Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-118-fortunately-milk-by-neil.html
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review 2016-11-10 22:39
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Suess is a must have in any classroom! His zany, fun books have been enjoyed for many years and will be enjoyed for many more. This book in particular is one his greater known books. Green Eggs and Ham is about a character who is repeatedly offered green eggs and ham by a friend, and he repeatedly refuses it. He does not like them in a box, he does not like them with a fox. He does not like green eggs and ham. Eventually he ends up eatting the green eggs and ham and he like it a lot! This would be a great book in a classroom to read for fun. But this could also be great to introduce a writing prompt on something that they do not like and why.

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review 2016-11-10 22:24
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes - James Dean,Kimberly Dean,James Dean

Pete and Gus are baking cupcakes for the cupcake party and they keep disappearing! The two friends decide to find the culprit and find a clue, sprinkles on the ground. They question multiple friends based on assumptions they make, and eventually find the guilty one. Grumpy Toad apologizes and Pete forgives him and lets him come to the party. 

Teachers could use this in classrooms to teach about not jumping to conclusions. They could also use this to teach about forgiveness. 

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