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review 2017-05-13 16:10
Persistence pays off
The Grumpface - B.C.R. Fegan,Daniela Frongia

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, B.C.R. Fegan, who requested a review. This book is out now and you can get a physical or ebook copy by visiting the publisher's website, TaleBlade Press, or by checking out Amazon. :-)


The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan with illustrations by Daniela Frongia is told entirely in rhyme. It's the story of Dan who is a clumsy dreamer inventor who is simply trying to win over the affections of the girl he's loved from afar. The Grumpface is a creature determined to thwart anyone he comes into contact with no matter how earnest or good-hearted. It's not a huge leap to learn that the main character and Dan have a run-in and shenanigans ensue. If you're looking for a sweet book about a character that never gives up no matter how insurmountable the odds then you should look no further. Added bonus is that this book is told in rhyming verse which hearkens back to the fairytales of old (and which little people especially enjoy). This is one that I think they'll be requesting over and over to read. 7/10


Source: TaleBlade Press

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review 2017-04-08 03:05
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss

This is one of my favorite stories ever; it cracks me up every time! The Grinch hates Christmas and plans to “steal” the holiday from the Whos. He pretends to be Santa and steals everyone’s presents and decorations. After the fact, the Whos all still find a way to celebrate, because they know that the true meaning of Christmas is not about the presents or decorations. When the Grinch sees this, he realizes that he misunderstood what Christmas is truly about.



In the classroom, this would be a great Christmas time read. Students could be reminded that the true meaning of Christmas (and other holidays) is about family and being together, not about presents.



  • Lexile Measure:510L
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review 2017-04-08 03:03
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

This book is always a fun read, at any age. Sam-I-Am makes a valiant effort to make the other character try green eggs and ham, but he claims that he doesn’t like green eggs and ham. Sam-I-Am offers suggestions of where the character could eat them, or how he could eat them, but he still does not want to try. In the end, he ends up trying them and liking them. I love the book’s rhymes and illustrations!


In the classroom, this book would be great to use for learning about rhyming, especially during Dr. Suess week



  • Lexile Measure: 30L
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review 2017-04-07 06:27
My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough

My Friend Teddy is a sequel to the picture book Where's My Teddy?  In this book, Eddie wanders back into the woods while talking to his teddy bear about being sad because his bear can't talk back.  While in the woods he hears the bear crying because his teddy bear can't talk to him either.  Both the boy and the bear are lonely. The boy and bear discover each other in the woods and start playing together by pretend talking through their teddy bears.  When they part, they are friends and no longer lonely.


This book can be used to lead the children in a discussion about loneliness and friendship. 


The lexile level for this book is 370L.

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review 2017-04-06 03:32
Mooseltoe - Margie Palatini,Henry Cole

Mooseltoe is a story about a  father moose with an extremely long mustache who wanted to make everything perfect for his family at Christmas. He worked tirelessly for days shopping, wrapping presents, decorating and baking.  However, on Christmas Eve he discovered that he had forgotten to put up a Christmas tree.  When he couldn't find a Christmas tree to buy, he let his children put paste in his long mustache so they could shape and decorate it like a Christmas tree.  Then, he stood in the corner covered in Christmas tree lights and decorations waiting for Santa to come and leave presents underneath his mustache Christmas tree.


This book can be used to teach children about unknown text. They can use clues in the pictures to help them decode the meaning of certain words (tickling the ivories, galore, blustery). 


The lexile levelf for this book is 180L

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