Review | What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss

Children’s Books: WHAT’S FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER? (Delightfully Fun, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Making Friends and Being ... Ages 2-8) (Happy Children's Series 5)Title: What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?
Author: Sally Huss
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 4th November, 2014
Published by: Huss Publishing
Pages: 50

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

 


Synopsis:

In this book you’ll meet several fine-feathered folks (a duck, a goose, and a turkey) who, after some tricky beginnings, become friends. With amusing rhyming verse to tell the story, the point gets across… that anyone can become a friend. This story is one to tickle the heart of any child, and subtly spark the spirit of gratitude within them. It emphasizes the importance of being thankful.


My Take:

It is a well written book- beautiful with lots of illustration, easy and rhyming verses. πŸ˜€ Everything required to hold a child’s attention. πŸ˜‰

This is a tale of making friends. Well, this is kind of an awkward way to make friends but this also teaches that something good can come out of every situation.

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This book follows the story of three species of fine-feathered folks who plan on making each other their thanksgiving dinner. It takes understanding and kindness on their part to agree to not eat each other and decide on a meal that they all can have without having to kill each other, which is a pumpkin pie.

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This book teaches thoughtfulness, togetherness, and problem resolution and most important, it teaches to be thankful. πŸ™‚


Why would I pick it up?

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For the rhyming verses and pretty pictures! πŸ˜€

 

Review | Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks

Title:Β Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks
Author:Β Riley Weber
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 24th July, 2014
Published by: Riley Weber
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 

 

 


Synopsis:

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks.


My Take:

This is a book about a King who wants to build a moat around his castle. He wants it so much that he invents or builds a excavator/ digger and a dump truck out of wood.

Now, kids aren’t going to think about why any metal wasn’t used. It might be the fact that metals weren’t that known in the time. This story just tells us about a King who wanted a moat and built big machines and equipments to build a moat.

The people of the kingdom are very proud of what their King has achieved and the King is happy with the moat. All well and happy in the kingdom.

How the wooden machines work is not told but then again it’s a children’s book. Good for a fun read, not much to learn though.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read.

Review | The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

 

Title:Β The Night Before Christmas
Author:Β Clement C. Moore
Genre: Classic, Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 16th December, 2014 (first published 1823)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 9

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 

 


Synopsis:

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus.


My Take:

I remember reading this last Christmas and I only got around talking about it one year later.

This is a classic Christmas read. I am so glad that I read this. There isn’t much for me to say that’s going to be any different from what a lot of people have said.

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I didn’t read an illustrated version but there are lots and lots of illustrated versions available by various illustrations.

This is one of the books that can be read as a tradition every Christmas. I really enjoyed reading this.


Why would I pick it up?

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As I said, “can be read as a tradition every Christmas.”

Review | The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake

The Awkward Owl

 

Title: The Awkward Owl
Author: Shawnda Blake
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, Short Story
Publishing date: 18th August, 2012
Published by: Awkward Owl Media, LLC
Pages: 32

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 


Synopsis:

When a little owl has difficulty flying, he needs an extra boost of confidence to try again. It takes the loving care of a little girl to help him overcome his awkwardness and take to the skies. A sweet and funny story for bedtime or anytime.


My Take:

This is a cute and colorful picture book with a beautiful message. πŸ˜€

Other owls can swoop and soar but our little guy is yet to learn how to use his wings properly. He flies backwards, to the sides, and bumps into trees. He is slowly discouraged. A little girl who observes him takes him home, her mom doesn’t approve of it, so she builds him a home, feeds him, gives him clean water to drink, and most importantly gives him love. She worries about him and wonders why he can’t fly like other owls.

It was a fun little book that has a very important message that kids should learn. ❀ πŸ˜€


Why would I pick it up?

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For the cute pictures and the moral! ❀ πŸ˜€

Review | Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard

Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I

 

Title:Β Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I
Author:Β Audrey Ballard
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 27th July, 2014
Published by: BookBaby

My Rating: 1/5 stars Β 

 


Synopsis:

Two sisters who initially are at odds, team up to help a mermaid with a broken tail. The mermaid, Aquamarine, performs at the local zoo with the dolphin show. There’s a witch, talking critters, mermaids, and a mysterious island. This story is put into short episodes for reading at bedtime or any other story time.


My Take:

This is the first and only book to date that I’ve rated only one star. It is so badly edited that I was frustrated reading it and didn’t want to finish it. The grammatical mistakes made me feel like the book never went to the editor.

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The story would’ve been good if not for how poorly it is told. I couldn’t enjoy the story because of how it is written. The books that kids read has an effect on them and this book is not going to leave a good one.


Why would I pick it up?

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Sadly, won’t.

Review | Take the Dog out! by Lynne Dempsey

Take the Dog Out!

 

Title: Take the Dog Out!
Author: Lynne Dempsey (Author), Mandy Newham-Cobb (Illustrator)
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 20th November , 2013
Published by: Lynne Dempsey
Pages: 33

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 


Synopsis:

A humorous picture book with fun illustrations, repetitive text, and sight words for the beginning reader.

“Take the Dog Out!” is a humorous picture book about a family who is too busy to take their dog outside. When the family ignores the barks, baking pans fly through the air, coffee splashes on the carpet, and Grandma gets wrapped in a cloud of toilet paper. Eventually, the family decides a walk outside is what they ALL need. Count the barks, find the dog bones, and look for the color red on each page.


My Take:

The cute little puppy wants to go out for a walk but nobody seems to pay any attention to him. He goes to every family member, barks and tries to make his demand known. He creates a mess for every person he goes to.

The illustrations are so bright and colorful. I spent a few minutes on every picture studying the pictures. πŸ˜› What can I say, I am easily impressed. Simple things! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

Readers are urged to count the number of barks, and find the color red as well as the number of bones hidden on each page. It makes for a good interactive book. It has a minimal word count, short sentences, and a lot of repetitions.

It is a good book for starters because of the word count, repetitions, short sentences, and vivid illustrations.


Why would I pick it up?

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To stare at the adorable illustrations! ❀ πŸ˜›