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review 2017-03-22 01:12
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary,Louis Darling,Tracy Dockray
  Ralph the Mouse lives with his family in a hotel. Kevin and his family stay in the hotel where Ralph sees Kevin's toy motorcycle and desires to ride it. After all, it is the perfect size for a mouse. Ralph gets a chance to ride it but he gets into a lot of trouble which puts his family in trouble. Ralph also gets some side benefits for his family though. When tragedy happens Ralph is there to help.

I enjoyed this story. It was fun and imaginative. I liked how Ralph was independent but thoughtful of his family. When he gets into trouble he knows when to admit it and tries to find ways that will undo the hardship on his family. I liked the courage he shows when Kevin needs help.

I enjoy Ms. Cleary's books. I plan to enjoy more of them no matter what my age.
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review 2017-02-05 16:57
CAPS FOR SALE by Esphyr Slobonkina
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some... Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business - Esphyr Slobodkina
  The peddler carries his caps on his head. When he wakes up from a nap his caps are missing. He looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys wearing his caps. He cannot figure out how to get the caps back and he get frustrated.

This is a classic tale. I liked how the peddler showed his frustration and the monkeys followed suit. It teaches children about imitation. It also got the peddler back his caps. It is a fun, easy read.
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review 2017-02-05 16:49
ANATOLE by Eve Titus
Anatole - Eve Titus,Paul Galdone
  Anatole is a mouse who goes into the human world at night to find food for his family. One night he overhears what humans think about mice and decides he will help instead of being a freeloader. He goes to the cheese factory and rates their cheeses, leaving notes on how to improve them. The cheese factory increases its sales. Anatole remains anonymous.

I enjoyed this story. It is fun. I like Anatole's solution and his comments on the cheese. I think the Disney movie, Ratatouille, is somewhat based on this book. The kids will enjoy it
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review 2017-02-05 16:42
CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS by H. A. Rey
CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL - H. A. Rey, Louise Borden (Afterword), Louise W Borden (Afterword)
 
  Cecily Giraffe is alone and George and his family are homeless. They meet and play. Cecily has an idea that George and his family can live with her.

It's a cute story full of whimsy . This is the first story where Curious George appears before he goes off on his own. It's a good story to teach children about pretend and working together to help each other.

At the end of the book is a short biography of the author and his wife. I enjoyed that more. It helps children to learn more of the world and the past.

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review 2016-12-21 18:44
The BFG Book Review
The BFG - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This is a re-read of this wonderful children's classic. I watched the movie the other day and really wanted to read the book again. I listened to it this time around and found the narrator to be wonderful.

 

Sophie is snatched from her bedroom at the orphanage one night by a giant. Luckily this one is friendly and his job is to snatch peoples' dreams. But not all giants are friendly, there's several big nasty giants that snatch many children all over the world. Its up to the BFG and Sophie to stop those giants!

 

A great adventure story for children. Dahl is truly a master of writing. I listened to Maltilda earlier to this year and loved that one as well. They seem to do a great job of making his books into movies. Both the BFG and Maltilda followed the plot nearly to the word which was nice to see.

 

I do think I enjoyed this more as a child than an adult. But it really does have great themes all around as well as silly moments that one can relive over and over again.

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