Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mom and Me Mondays: Scholastic Edition

So, we were pressed for time this weekend, so Jake and I have done a review of two of our Scholastic picture books, instead of the chapter book that we didn't get around to finishing.


Beach Day
By Patricia Lakin
Pictures by Scott Nash
Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-439-79067-0
32 Pages
Ages: Baby to Preschool (Not for my book destroying younger child)

Description: SUN! Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are hot and sweaty. It's the perfect day for the beach. And once they've put on their swimsuits and packed a picnic lunch, they're off! But with Sam, Pam, Will and Jill, nothing is as easy as it seems. Will they actually make it to the beach?

Jake's Review: This book is for little kids not big kids like me.( Mom: Dude, this was your FAVORITE book 2 years ago, so don't get all snooty on me.) I liked the picture they were really funny! It rhymes but it doesn't have too much of a story. Are we done yet, I want to go play video games with Dad. Ok, this book would be really good for babies like Jesse and Mommy.
Rating: 8/10

Mom's Review: Beautiful little book for younger readers. Lots of colorful pictures and some easy rhyming text. This was one of Jake's favorites a couple of years ago. Hopefully Jesse will learn to sit still so that I can read it to him someday. Although I'm thinking maybe Jake and I can act it out for him, he would like that
Rating: 9/10

How do Dinosaurs go to School
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-545-10455-5
Ages: Infant (not for my book eating infant) to 6 yrs
http://www.scholastic.ca/titles/howdodinosaurs/gotoschool.htm

Description: Everyone's favourite dinosaurs are back — and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own! As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures. What would you do if a very large Ceratosaurus stomped into your classroom? And what if the student sitting next to you was a gigantic Silvisaurus - who decided to jump on top of the desk? Come along and join the fun as dinosaurs ride the bus, read their favorite books, and have fun on the playground with all their friends. Filled with entertaining details and familiar scenes, each illustration includes the name of the featured dinosaur hidden in the picture. Going to school has never been so much fun!

Jake's Review: Why are you making me read all the baby books today mom? (Mom: I was hoping you would get the hints in this one on how YOU are SUPPOSED to behave at school). We have lots of this series of books and they are really funny to look at. I like how the dinosaurs are drawn to look like little kids. I like it when you read this one to me -- but why do you stop and stare at me funny after certain sentances like "Does he interrupt class with his own show-and-tell" I think Jesse and other little kids like him will really like this one! I wish the actual names of the dinosaurs were spelled out like they sound.
Rating: 8/10

Jen's Review: I love these series of books! They are great at teaching kids manners in a fun and beautiful way. The illustrations are bright, and silly and the text is delightfully fun. I recommend these books, especially this one for all parents and teachers.  Kids and parents will get a kick out of reading this one together
Rating: 9/10

These books are from Jake and Jesse's personal library.

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