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, February 6, 2012

Mom and Me Mondays: Scholastic Picture Book Edition

The Runaway Hug
by Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood
Scholastic Canada Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-4431-1369-4
Ages: 3-7
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Description: “Mommy,” said Lucy. “Can I have a hug before I go to bed? I promise I’ll give it back.”

Lucy shares the hug with everyone in her family. Along the way it becomes softer, sleepier, bigger, even peanut-buttery. But when the hug runs away, Lucy discovers that it’s not so easy to get it back.

Jake's Review: It's kinda cute, but I don't get why mom liked it so much -- must be a mom thing or something.  The pictures are really funny and the story is easy to read but I think girls would like it better. (Mom's note: yup my little sexist pig) I really liked the dog!

Jake's Rating: 7/10

Mom's Review: The story was so sweet and childlike it made me smile and tear up at the same time.  I could just read this story over and over -- just so damn beautiful.  I want to move in with this family -- oh no, wait a minute -way too many  kids, I would never get any reading done. The illustrations were a little difficult to get used to at first, but after a few pages I started to enjoy them. I think they just bothered my eyes a little as they have a bit of a blurry feeling to them but it really does work with the story.  The detail in the illustrations are hilarious and quirky and I really enjoyed them - they had a very realistic look to them in terms of the messiness of the house, etc. A  pure delight go get yourself a copy and make sure your libraries have a copy too. This is a perfect bedtime story -- well it would be if your toddler liked bedtime stories (sniff sniff)

Mom's Rating: 9.75/10

It's My Room
by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
Scholastic Canada Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-4431-1365-6
Ages: 3-8
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Description: Matthew is thrilled to find out that he is getting his VERY OWN bedroom and won’t have to share with anyone. But then all Mom’s relatives come to stay. Getting his room back isn’t going to be easy!

Jake's Review:  This was a funny story about a kid who finally gets his own room and than his mom makes him share it with his relatives (parent's are always changing their minds).  I didn't like it as much as David's Father or some of his other stories, but it was still ok. The pictures are the best part of the book.  They are really funny -- I think even Jesse would like to look at the pictures - if we could maybe sit on him or something so he stays still.

Jake's Rating: 8/10

Mom's Review: One of my favorite things about Munsch's books (Well, the ones with Martchenko) is the  sheer delight at looking at every little detail in the illustrations.  They are so much fun and you see something new every-time you look at them. This is a another fun Munsch book that would be perfect for story-time, especially with an enthusiastic Teacher/Librarian/Parent.  Actually I find I enjoy Munsch books more when I read them aloud with some creative voices. I also recommend you listen to the author read his books aloud, as he is  truly gifted storyteller.  I found the beginning of the story a little flat, but it did pick up 4 pages in and than I really enjoyed it. The end also made me giggle out loud.  Not his best, but still a fun story that hopefully one day Jesse will let me read aloud to him.  Oh yeah, and I also loved the line about the mailman -- that was awesome.
Mom's Rating: 8.5/10

The Very Cranky Bear
by Nick Bland
Scholastic Canada Ltd
ISBN: 978-1-4431-0785-3
Ages: 3-7
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Description: When four friends come across a cranky bear, they decide they must cheer him up. But Moose, Lion and Zebra’s crazy ideas just make the bear crankier… What will they do?

Jake's Review:  I liked this picture book, it was really funny and easy to read. I think little kids like my brother would like this book since the pictures are colorful and goofy.  The rhyme sounds really good when you read it aloud and I'm sure mom would say the story has a good moral to it (parent's love that moral stuff) The book is also really strong so even my brother wouldn't be able to destroy it when he throws it across the room (Oh no mom's going to cry again when she reads this -- the midget doesn't like books)

Jake's Rating: 9/10

Mom's Review:  OMG, I just adored this board book. The illustrations are worth the price of the book alone and will appeal to kids of all ages (and yes that includes overgrown kids like me). The rhyme flows nicely and would be a great story for reading aloud or for older kids to develop their language skills.  The expressions on the animals are priceless and will make you giggle and smile.  Story also has a nice message and its done in a non schmaltzy in your face way that kids will enjoy.  You must go out and snag yourself a copy of this, you will not be disappointed.   I'm still giggling over the picture below.

Picture from website

Mom's Rating: 10/10

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