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!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mom and Me Monday's: Picture Book Edition

Drumheller Dinosaur Dance

by Robert Heidbreder
Illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo
Kids Can Press
ISBN: 978-1-5533-7982-9
Suggested Ages: ANYONE & EVERYONE (or 3-7)
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 Description:  By daylight, the Drumheller dinosaurs rest their ancient bones. But when the moon rises, so do these slumbering skeletons — ready to tango, fandango, shimmy and shake! This exuberant read-aloud imagines what the dinosaur skeletons of world-famous Drumheller, Alberta, get up to when everyone's asleep. Kids will want to thumpity-thump along with these dynamic dinos as they dance across the dark, dusty Badlands.

Jake's Review:  This book is awesome. The pictures are cool and the rhyming story is fun and easy to read. I even think the little book hating midget would let mom read this one to him.  I still like this one even though I am too old to be reading it.

Jake's Rating: 10/10

Mom's Review: The illustrations in this picture book are so beautiful I would like to have them plastered as artwork all over my house. The backgrounds are visually stunning, the expression on the characters are delightful and the rhyme is simple yet wonderful. This is a favorite of the whole family.  This is the perfect book for storytime and one that I recommend all parents, educators and librarians have a copy of. It is truly delightful, fun and sweet. When Jake was young he requested that we read this one too him every night.  I had the honor of meeting Bill and Esperanca at the OLA conference a couple of years, and have this copy signed to Jake (Sorry Jesse it was before your time)

Mom's Rating: 10/10

Stanley's Party
By Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Kids Can Press
ISBN: 978-1-5533-7768-9
Suggested Ages: 3-7 (And the young at heart)
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Description: Stanley's people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is missing, and Stanley realizes that partying alone has lost its thrill.

Jake's Review:  I really like the Stanley books as they always make me laugh. Stanley is always getting into trouble but he is not a bad dog.  This one is very easy to read and even though they are written for the midget, I still like looking at them.  The pictures are really funny to look at too.  Mom scored me a signed copy of it too which is kinda sic.

Jake's Rating: 9/10

Mom's Review:  The story is delightfully charming and the illustrations are classic Slavin. So much expression and attention to detail in the illustrations that even those who have not yet learned to read, can understand the story.  I love Stanley he is so wonderfully charming and naughty  -- sort of reminds me of Jesse. The storyline is imaginative and unique and really makes you wonder what your pets do when you are not home. It is a fast paced story with plenty of fun moments and nice morals cleverly hidden within. This is another one that we used to read to Jake over and over.  It is the perfect book for the young and young at heart. I also highly recommend this one for story-time and a must have for all libraries.  The kids will laugh at Stanley's wild antics - also check out Stanley's Wild Ride for further Stanley adventures.

Mom's Rating: 10/10

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr Seuss
Random House Edition
ISBN: 978-0-375-83847-7
Suggested Ages: All ages
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Description: The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville's holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

Jake's Review:  It's the Grinch what else do you need to know. Even Brian will read this, so it has to be good.  I like watching the cartoon because it is even more fun than the book. I haven't seen the movie with real people playing the characters as mom won't allow it in the house. She says its a "travesty". The grinch is really mean at first, but than becomes nice. I love Max the dog because he is so cute and funny.  I like reading the words to because they rhyme and are silly.

Jake's Rating: 10/10

Mom's Review: One of the best children's books every written and quite frankly it is impossible to put into words the total brilliance of this book. My Dad used to read this book to me all the time so each time I see it I am reminded of him. He was brilliant at voices and read it to  us in a voice very close to Boris Karloff's. The story is funny and the moral so cleverly done that your children will get the point without feeling like they are being preached too.  Like Jake I love the movie even more because it brought the story to life.  I too love Max as he is the heart and soul of the cartoon. Still the book is a classic on its own and should be owned by everybody - whether you have kids or not.  And by the way that live action movie is a travesty and will NEVER be let into this house - so deal with it Jake.
Mom's Rating: 100/10 - CLASSIC!!!!

Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch
Firefly Books
ISBN: 9-7809-2066-837-5
Suggested Ages:  4- 7 (And Parents)
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Description:  The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels.

Jake's Review: Mom cries every-time she reads this and I don't get why. The story is kinda funny and the pictures are cool too, but its kinda creepy the way that the Dad rocks the old mom. It sort of makes me sad too.

Jake's Rating: 6/10

Mom's Review:  Don't get me started I cry like a baby each time I read this. So sensitively written, yet funny at the same time, Munsch is at his very best here. Lets face it though, this one was written for the parents and not the kids -- although when they are very young they get a kick out of the pictures and the rhymes. The artwork is exceptional and so beautifully detailed. Each time I look through it I notice something little that I never noticed before. This is the PERFECT gift for new parents - they will love you and hate you for it.  This is all about Unconditional love people -- don't psychoanalyze it too much and its not creepy its beautiful - now someone get me a frickin tissue.

Mom's Rating:  10/10

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach
by Melanie Watt
Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9-7815-5453-225-4
Suggested Ages: Everyone (ok 4-8)
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Description: We know by now that Scaredy Squirrel only feels safe when he's at home in his nut tree, with his defenses, his emergency kit and his back-up plans at the ready. So even though the sun is shining and it's time for a vacation, Scaredy does not want to go to the beach -- that vast, frightening place where a squirrel could get stranded. (Not to mention other hazards such as sea monsters, falling coconuts, seagulls, pirates and lobsters.)
Instead, Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree, complete with germ-free inflatable pool, artificial beach scenery, a flashlight and a plastic flamingo.
Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong -- even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can't resist it forever. Can his back-up plans save him from its perils? Will his No.65 sunscreen protect his delicate complexion?

Jake's Review: Everybody in my house loves Scaredy Squirrel and me and Scaredy have a lot in common that is why I love him so much.  He actually is scared of WAY more things than me which makes me feel better. I like this one a lot because he is at the beach which is a place I like to go too. I really like the illustrations in this one because they are silly and funny.  It is really easy to read -- I even think the midget might be able to recognize some words and he is really slow (Mom's Note: nice sibling love there people).  I ask mom to buy these for me even though they are way below my reading level.  I think I will try reading this to Jesse tonight, I think he will like the pictures.  Plus maybe than Mom will let me play with her scaredy squirrel puppet -- she says she bought it for me but I really don't believe her.

Jake's Rating:  10/10

Mom's Review:  Yes I must confess I bought the Scaredy puppet for myself, but I let the kids play with it so that makes me a good mom. This is another wonderful Scaredy Squirrel story with my favorite high maintenance rodent.   Adults and children will both enjoy another day in the life of this adorable, quirky squirrel as he learns to live with his issues.  The artwork is adorable with plenty to look at and something new to discover everytime.  The storyline is sweet, honest and extremely helpful to kids who have some unusual issues (It helped Jake learn to laugh at his issues and find ways to work through them). This is one I highly recommend to parents of kids who have anxiety issues as these issues are dealt with in a sensitive yet funny way.  I wish I could articulate how wonderful these books are. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this -- not to mention all the rest of the series -- you will THANK me.

Mom's Rating: 10/10

All of these items are from the Rayment's Library & we paid for all of them : )

1 comment:

  1. The DRUMHELLER DINOSUAR DANCE book sounds fantastic. It would be a great addition to the different dinosaur units I do and the Canadian students would love the connection to Canada.

    I love the Scaredy Squirrel books and have added this one to our order. I'm hoping we can work out an author visit with Melanie Watt. Dubai is far away but another teacher and I have created 2 grade levels filled with Watt fanatics.