I have read many of Babette Cole's works and I have recently stumbled upon this rare gem, “The Trouble with Mom” “The Trouble with Mom” is a children'...moreI have read many of Babette Cole's works and I have recently stumbled upon this rare gem, “The Trouble with Mom” “The Trouble with Mom” is a children's book by Babette Cole which is about how a little boy's mother is a witch and is shown to be quite odd towards the other children and their parents. “The Trouble with Mom” may have some creepy images, but it is definitely one hilarious book for children!
Out of all the books I have read from Babette Cole, I think that this book was the most heartwarming, in standards of accepting your parents for who they are. Babette Cole's writing is extremely simple and cute at the same time as it details a young boy's eccentric mother and her odd ways. I loved the say that Babette Cole described the boy's mother as being a witch since I rarely read many books where a child describes their parents as warlocks or witches and thinks they are cool, which really brought out the creativity of the story. I also loved the message of this book about how a boy accepts his mother for who she is and never complained about how weird his mother is which really proved how much the boy cared about his mother. I also loved the surreal tone of this story as it is spooky and hilarious at the same time and I loved seeing all kinds of weird activities that the witch mother has done including turning a group of parents into toads. Babette Cole's illustrations are creepy yet hilarious at the same time as the boy's mother is shown to wear a black dress and a tall black hat with a blue snake, a rat and flowers all over it. I also loved the image of the boy's mother putting her husband in a jar and the jar has a label called “Pickled Husband 1982.”
The only problem I had with this book was that some of the images were a little too creepy, mainly the images of the monsters that lived at the boy's mother's house. Probably the creepiest image was of a dragon who had bloodshot eyes. Parents might want to make sure that their children can handle monster images before they read them this book.
Overall, “The Trouble with Mom” is a truly cute book about accepting your parents' unique natures that many children will love for many years! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to creepy images.(less)
There were many comics during the 1980s that really helped redefine the comic book industry, such as Frank Miller’s classi...more[image error]
There were many comics during the 1980s that really helped redefine the comic book industry, such as Frank Miller’s classic “Batman” story, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” which helped redefine Batman into a darker and edgier character. Another comic that really stood out for DC comics during the 1980s was none other than “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” which was actually the final “Superman” story to be written in the style of the silver age comics. After I read Alan Moore’s classic “Batman” story, “Batman: The Killing Joke,” I just had to check out Alan Moore’s other works with the DC Universe and after many of my friends recommended me this comic, I decided to check out “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” This is honestly the first “Superman” comic book I had ever read, even though I knew Superman from watching “Superman: The Animated Series” and “Smallville.”
What is this story about?
This is basically a what-if story about the events that led Superman to suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth. This story includes many of Superman’s greatest foes (Bizarro, Lex Luthor, Metallos and Kryptonite Man) trying to kill Superman. Will they succeed? Read this comic to find out!
What I loved about this story:
Alan Moore’s writing: Alan Moore, as usual, has written a truly inspiring story about the man of tomorrow as it was truly intense yet exciting at the same time. I loved the way that Alan Moore wrote this story in a what if scenario, even going as far as to say that this story is IMAGINARY, since I love reading “what-if” stories about what would have happened to our favorite comic book characters if certain situations that do not normally happen in the mainstream universe happened to that character. I found this story to be really interesting because of how various events are set up to lead to the mystery of Superman’s disappearance such as Bizarro attacking Metropolis for sadistic reasons. I also loved the fact that even though this story was extremely short, Alan Moore still managed to detail every event that was involved in Superman’s disappearance and I loved seeing the characters’ reactions towards certain situations, especially Superman himself. I really loved the portrayals of all the characters, including Lois Lane and Superman as Lois Lane is written as being extremely helpful towards Superman and caring about him when the situations got complicated for Superman. I really loved Superman’s personality as he is always shown as the man who would try to do the right thing and would try to help out his friends and the planet whenever they are attacked by his enemies.
Curt Swan’s artwork: Curt Swan’s artwork was fantastic as it really captured the feel of the Silver Age “Superman” comics with the characters looking extremely realistic and colorful. I also loved the way that Curt Swan drew the action scenes as they look intense and dramatic whenever Superman was fighting his foes.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
I guess the only worrisome thing about this comic is that it is a bit darker than your average “Superman” story. I will not go into much detail, but let us just say that many characters die in this comic and that might be upsetting for any “Superman” fan.
Overall, “Superman” Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” is a truly brilliant “Superman” story that fans of “Superman” will definitely enjoy for many years! This volume also contains two extra stories after the original story which are “The Jungle Line” with artwork by Rick Veitch and it is where Superman meets up with Swamp Thing and “For the Man Who Has Everything” with artwork by Dave Gibbons and it is about Superman being controlled by one of Mongul’s inventions…on his birthday! I would definitely check those two stories out also!
"My Great-Aunt Arizona" is a biography about the inspirational life of Arizona which is written by Gloria Houston along with illustrations by Susan Co...more"My Great-Aunt Arizona" is a biography about the inspirational life of Arizona which is written by Gloria Houston along with illustrations by Susan Condie Lamb and it is about the inspirational life of Gloria Houston's great aunt Arizona's career as a teacher. "My Great-Aunt Arizona" is truly one of the most inspirational books about teaching that both children and adults will for many years!
Basically, this is about the life of Arizona and about how she was interested in learning new things as a child as she loved to read. Also, it details her family life with her parents and her younger brother Jim as she and Jim both go to school together and learn so many things from school. Unfortunately, when Arizona's mother died, she had to drop out of school to take care of Jim and her father until her father remarried again and she was able to attend school again and become a teacher.
This book truly amazed me as I was astonished to learn that this book was about Gloria Houston's real life aunt Arizona and her inspiring dreams to one day become a teacher and show her students all the different places that they will go when they grow up. Gloria Houston has truly made this book extremely inspirational and touching as the mood of the book is full of hope and a yearn to learn more about the world. I love the way that Gloria Houston always identified her great aunt Arizona as a woman who always wore long full dresses with a pretty white apron, high button shoes and many petticoats, making Arizona truly stand out as a breakthrough character in this book. Another highlight of this book was Susan Condie Lamb's gorgeous illustrations as the background colors are truly beautiful and realistic, especially when Susan Condie Lamb draws the green meadows and forests with such beauty that I usually found myself just gawking at the beautiful landscape of Arizona's hometown. I also loved the appearance of Arizona herself as she wears old-fashioned clothing such as a long white apron, but she always looked so wise and her face was always full of excitement and tenderness as she always told her students that they can go to the far away places she mentions.
"My Great-Aunt Arizona" is truly one of the most inspirational books for children and adults who would love to be a teacher someday and teach their students everything they need to know about life. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
I like to thank all my Goodreads friends and the Children's Book Picture Book Club for recommending me this book, since it truly was inspirational and I would gladly recommend this book to anyone else who loves to learn the joys of teaching children!(less)
“Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp” is a clever tale set in the swamp by Mercer Mayer, well-known author of the “Little Critter” series and it is ab...more“Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp” is a clever tale set in the swamp by Mercer Mayer, well-known author of the “Little Critter” series and it is about how a smart and brave girl named Liza Lou manages to outsmart the monsters that lurk in the swamp. “Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp” is an amazing book about battle of wits that children will love for many years!
Mercer Mayer has certainly outdone himself in this tale of cunning and bravery as it details the wild adventures that Liza Lou has in the Yeller Belly Swamp. Mercer Mayer shows Liza Lou as a strong and cunning female character as she is able to trick any monster that comes in her path and she never shows fear in front of any monster she comes across. Liza Lou is also shown as a well-behaved child as she always does what her mother tells her to do and she has so much knowledge about what lies in the swamp as she knows every monster’s weakness and Liza Lou’s character will surely teach children how being cunning towards bullies always works out the best. Mercer Mayer’s illustrations are beautiful and hilarious at the same time, especially of the images of some of the monsters themselves as the monsters that Liza Lou encounter look large and menacing, such as the swamp haunt wearing a white sheet and yet has large feet and a bucktooth, but the monsters also look hilarious whenever they are shocked or frightened off by the tricks that Liza Lou pulls on them.
Parents should know that the monsters in this book might frighten smaller children as some of them do look a bit threatening such as the image of the swamp haunt looking like a large person being covered in a white sheet and has matted black hair and is shown to be transparent. Parents might want to tell their children that there are no such things as monsters in real life; however they must be careful whenever they travel to dangerous places by themselves or they should be accompanied by their parents until they get older to understand the dangers of the world.
“Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp” is a truly clever and exciting book that children who love reading about swamps and monsters will easily enjoy for many years. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the images of the monsters might scare smaller children.(less)
“When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a creative and hilarious book from the mind of Elise Broach along with illustrations by David Small and it is...more“When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a creative and hilarious book from the mind of Elise Broach along with illustrations by David Small and it is about how a boy and his mother go on errands on Friday and everywhere they went, every time they bought something, they have to buy a dinosaur. “When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a cute book for children who love dinosaurs.
Elise Broach has done an excellent job at writing this book as she describes a situation that would actually never happen in real life and that is what would happen if you can buy a dinosaur with every item you buy. Elise Broach’s story is humorous as the idea of buying dinosaurs is a truly hilarious idea and the mother’s discontent at having so many dinosaurs while the boy is so excited at the idea is extremely funny as it is similar to how a parent would react if their children are interested in activities that might seem outrageous. David Small’s illustrations are scratchy yet cute and creative at the same time as they are full of dinosaurs and the dinosaurs always take up the whole page and the dinosaurs are always looking content, so smaller children will not be frightened by the images or the dinosaurs. David Small also makes the images extremely hilarious, especially of the images of the mother being shocked at having so many dinosaurs while the boy is extremely excited and the image that stood out the most was the image of the mother crouching on the floor when the boy receives a pterosaur for a gift from the barber.
“When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a cute book about what happens when dinosaurs come with everything you buy and it is definitely a great book for children who love reading about dinosaurs. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book even though the story might seem a bit too simplistic due to the fact that most of the plot just merely involves the boy buying every dinosaur he gets from whatever errand place he has to go to.(less)
I was reading this book for the Children's Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and I was so into this book! “The Princess Knight” is a chi...moreI was reading this book for the Children's Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and I was so into this book! “The Princess Knight” is a children's book by Cornelia Funke along with illustrations by Kerstin Meyer and it is about a young woman named Violetta who ends up competing with the other knights to become the best knight in her father's kingdom. “The Princess Knight” is a truly brilliant book that shows women in a strong light that every child will definitely love for many years!
If you think that you have read any fairy tale that has a female knight, then you will definitely enjoy this rare gem that features such a strong and clever female knight! Originally published in Germany and being Cornelia Funke's first picture book to be published in English, “The Princess Knight” is definitely one phenomenal tale that should be well known to children everywhere! Cornelia Funke has done an impressive job at writing this book as it is a cute yet inspiring tale about a young woman's determination to become the best knight her father's kingdom. What I really loved about this book was the main character Violetta as she was truly a clever and strong woman whose determination and independent nature made her a successful character at the end. I loved the way that Violetta handled the situation about being married to one of the knights if they win since she used her cleverness and strength to get out of the situation. Personally, I totally understand how Violetta felt about having her father chose who she should marry because I would have been upset myself at the idea of marrying someone that was based on another person's opinion and not my own. I believe that only you would know who you want to spend the rest of your life with and what to look for in a successful relationship because the other person might choose a spouse that might either hurt you or does not share the same interests as you do. That is not to say that whoever your friends and family chose for you always comes out bad, but once again, only you have the power to say who you want to be with.
The only problem I had with this book were the illustrations by Kerstin Meyer. Now, I still gave this book a five star rating anyway because of the story itself, but the illustrations were just too simplistic and confusing for me to follow. What I mean is that whenever I try to read the story, the illustrations are shown differently from the story and they tend to kind of run ahead of the story that I get confused about what is really happening with the illustrations. Also, the illustrations rarely have any color to the characters and the background rarely have anything to indicate where the characters are positioned at.
Overall, “The Princess Knight” is a truly amazing book that children who love reading about strong heroines will definitely enjoy for many years! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this story.(less)
I was reading this book for the Goodreads Children’s Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and this was one of the rare occasions where I ha...moreI was reading this book for the Goodreads Children’s Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and this was one of the rare occasions where I have read a children’s book that has religion as the theme of the story besides “The Clown of God.” “Queen Esther the Morning Star” is a children’s book by Mordicai Gerstein about how a young woman named Esther is chosen to be King Ahasuerus’ new wife and she and her cousin, Mordecai realizes the evil scheme of the king’s prime minister Haman, who wanted to have all the Jews killed because Mordecai refused to bow down to him. “Queen Esther the Morning Star” is an interesting story to read, but the revenge theme and the death scenes might scare smaller children.
Mordicai Gerstein has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this story about the consequences of getting revenge on other people. What really interests me about this book was how the author Mordicai Gerstein related his family history through this book as he mentioned that “Mordecai” is his family’s name as his grandfather is also named “Mordicai” and it was interesting learning about the Jewish holiday “Purim.” I was also impressed by the interesting plot about Esther trying to save her people with the help of her cousin Mordecai as Esther is shown as a brave and dedicated heroine who would do anything to save her people. I also loved how brave and loyal Mordecai was to his traditions and refused to let anyone tell him what to do and I also loved the relationship between him and Esther as stated in the book, they had a father/daughter relationship with each other and they are truly close to each other and are willing to protect each other, which is an aspect I truly loved. Mordicai Gerstein’s illustrations are colorful and fluent as there is lots of detail being put into each character and the background. I loved the way that Mordicai Gerstein painted the setting of Persia as there are beautiful domes surrounding the city and the inside of the king’s palace looks extremely colorful and rich that I just could not take my eyes of the illustrations. I loved the way that Haman is drawn as he truly looks like a true villain as he has an evil looking face in every image and I was interested in his clothing as he wears a green robe, black boots and has a huge pointed green hat.
Parents should know that this book revolves around revenge and there are several scenes where characters are killed off throughout the book. Now, the idea of people being killed sounds pretty frightening to a small child, so parents might want to watch out for the death scenes. I also thought that the ending of this book was pretty harsh, given that someone dies (I will not tell you who) and everyone celebrates like nothing happened. Also, the revenge theme of this book, where Haman wanted to kill all the Jews because Mordecai would not do what he said, is a little unsettling as innocent people are about to die because of Haman’s revenge against Mordecai and also Esther seems to be thrown into the middle of all this as she has to be the one to fix this situation.
Overall, “Queen Esther the Morning Star” is an interesting book about the importance of family and loyalty, but the whole revenge theme might be upsetting for some children and adults. I would recommend this book to children ages seven and up since this book is a bit too intense for smaller children to handle.(less)
“The Girl Who Spun Gold” is an African retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale “Rumpelstiltskin” by Virginia Hamilton along with illustrations by...more“The Girl Who Spun Gold” is an African retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale “Rumpelstiltskin” by Virginia Hamilton along with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon and it is about how a young and beautiful woman named Quashiba has to spin golden thread for the King while guessing the name of a mysterious and frightening little man. “The Girl Who Spun Gold” is truly one of the best retellings of the classic Brothers Grimm tale ever written!
Virginia Hamilton has done an excellent job at retelling this popular Brothers Grimm tale in a West Indian dialect, which greatly reflects the West Indian influence of this tale. Virginia Hamilton makes this story extremely intense as Quashiba goes through so much tension with both the King and Lit’mahn, who both threatened her with imprisonment if she does not do what they tell her to do. Even though Quashiba goes through so much turmoil, she is portrayed as a humble woman who tries her best to get through the horrible situations she is put through. Virginia Hamilton also does a great job at portraying Lit’mahn as a cocky and frightening character as he threatened to turn the queen into a small person and make her live with him and even the characters in this book are frightened of him as Virginia Hamilton effectively describes in detail about the mischief that Lit’mahn causes in a frightening manner. As usual, Leo and Diane Dillon’s illustrations are beautiful, but this time, their illustrations look much more realistic than in any other of their books. Leo and Diane Dillon have done an excellent job at drawing Lit’mahn as a truly frightening figure as he has sharp teeth, evil looking eyes, pointy eyes, a wooden leg and a long and pointed tail. Leo and Diane Dillon have also done a great job at capturing the style of West India as the characters are dressed in lavish robes and the background images of the forest clearly create the beautiful world that Quashiba lives in.
Parents should know that the king starts mistreating Quashiba after he marries her and even this incident happens in other variants of the classic Brothers Grimm tale, children might be upset at the idea of the king mistreating Quashiba after they are married and children might think that the king does not really love Quashiba at all, even though the reason why the king married Quashiba in the first place was because he thought she could spin thread into gold and that is the wrong reason to marry anyone just because they can make a person rich.
“The Girl Who Spun Gold” is easily one of the best retellings of “Rumpelstiltskin” ever created and children who love the story “Rumpelstiltskin” will easily enjoy this distinctive variation of the classic tale. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the West Indian dialect might confuse smaller children and the appearance of Lit’mahn might frighten smaller children.(less)
This is another book that I was reading for the Children’s Book Club for Black History Month and I will admit that I just loved this book to death! “H...moreThis is another book that I was reading for the Children’s Book Club for Black History Month and I will admit that I just loved this book to death! “Henry’s Freedom Box” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Ellen Levine along with illustrations by Kadir Nelson and it is about a runaway slave named Henry “Box” Brown who thinks of a clever plan to get out of slavery after his family is sold. “Henry’s Freedom Box” is a truly inspiring and dramatic book for children who want to learn more about the horrors of slavery.
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this book because I wanted to learn more about black history, being that this is black history month and I wanted to learn more about the horrors of slavery for blacks. Ellen Levine had done an excellent job at writing this true story about Henry “Box” Brown’s clever escape from slavery. I loved how Ellen Levine made this story extremely dramatic and breathtaking at the same time as I was really moved by Henry’s loss of his family and how he wanted to escape from the cruel life of slavery and I was so amazed at how Henry escaped slavery by mailing himself in a box to freedom because that idea sounded so ingenious and risky that I was practically worrying about Henry’s safety in arriving to a land of freedom. I also loved how Ellen Levine provided a note at the end of the book about how Henry Brown was one of the most famous runaway slaves and how there were over four million slaves living in the United States and that information alone was enough to let me ask myself about how could we have so many innocent people as slaves? It really gave me so much knowledge about Henry Brown that I never knew before and how his plan made him such a famous runaway slave, which I think that his recognition in black history is greatly well deserved because his plan was so brilliant. Kadir Nelson’s illustrations are extremely beautiful in this book as they realistically portrayed the pain and sorrow that Henry has to endure during his days of slavery. The image I really loved was a close up shot of Henry’s sad face after his wife Nancy told him that their children might be sold and you can see the sadness on Henry’s face and what truly made this image so breathtaking was how the light from the window reflected off of Henry’s face, which seems to make this image look like a foreshadowing about what is in store for Henry.
All in all, “Henry’s Freedom Box” is a truly touching book that children who want to learn more about slavery and the heroic figures during slavery will easily enjoy this book! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to some sad scenes.(less)
I have read this book for theChildren's Book Club and it was alright. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” is a Halloween children’s b...moreI have read this book for theChildren's Book Club and it was alright. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” is a Halloween children’s book by Linda Williams along with illustrations by Megan Lloyd and it is about how a brave old lady goes out of her cottage to get some herbs, spices, nuts and seeds when she started to walk home, she meets a spooky set of clothes that follow her along the way! “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” may have a brave protagonist and cute illustrations, but the story might not be creative enough for some children.
Even though I gave this book a rating of three stars, there were some elements that I liked about the book. Linda Williams has done a great job at providing us a protagonist (an old lady) that does not fear anything no matter how scary the situation is and that was a trait that I really liked about the character since most children might actually learn how to be brave in scary situations from the old lady. Another aspect that I loved about this book was Megan Lloyd’s cute illustrations, especially of the image of the old lady herself. I loved the way that Megan Lloyd illustrated the old lady wearing a red dress with a white apron and a straw hat and black stockings with black shoes. I also loved the images of the clothes which include two brown shoes, one pair of green pants, one white shirt, two white gloves, one black hat and an orange pumpkin, chasing the old lady through the spooky forest. Another image that I really enjoyed was the way that the forest looked as it truly looks extremely spooky and the tree branches look like they are twisting themselves to grab the old lady.
Now here is the reason why I gave this book a rating of three stars. I thought that the concept of a pack of magical clothes following an old lady was cute and not too scary for smaller children, however, the idea of just ordinary magical clothes following a little old lady seems to be lacking creativity and not creepy enough, but that’s just me.
All in all, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” does have cute illustrations and a brave protagonist that everyone will adore a lot, however they bland storyline might not be every child’s cup of tea to read.
"Stone Girl, Bone Girl" is a brilliant biography about Mary Anning, who was known for digging up extraordinary fossils back in her day. In this tale,...more"Stone Girl, Bone Girl" is a brilliant biography about Mary Anning, who was known for digging up extraordinary fossils back in her day. In this tale, Mary Anning loved digging for strange rocks called "curiosities," but when she meets the Philpot sisters, who were famous scientists, they told Mary that the "curiosities" were actually fossils and that one of the fossils, that belong to a giant sea monster, is the greatest treasure of all. Will Mary find the fossil of the giant sea monster? Read this book to find out!
Laurence Anholt has done a fantastic job at telling the story of Mary Anning's adventures in finding the fossils of the giant sea monster. Laurence Anholt makes this story dramatic and emotional at the same time, especially during the scene where Mary Anning was struck by lightning as a baby, but survives, which I found to be truly amazing since I have never heard about a baby being struck by lightning and surviving the accident. What made this book truly worth reading was the fact that Mary was engaged in an activity that was not common for children to do back then and I loved her devotion to collecting fossils, since I love collecting various items also and I can relate to her devotion in collecting fossils. Sheila Moxley's illustrations are colorful and beautiful at the same time as the characters look lively, especially of the image of Mary Anning herself as she wears a brown and white dress, indicating that she is an adventurer. Sheila Moxley also makes her illustrations somewhat chaotic, especially of the images of the houses in Mary Anning's neighborhood as they look disordered, but they give this book a creative look.
"Stone Girl, Bone Girl" is an excellent book on the real life adventures of Mary Anning and anyone who loves learning about dinosaur fossils and collecting various things for hobbies will definitely enjoy this book! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the scene of baby Mary being struck by lightning might scare smaller children.(less)
I was reading this book for the Goodreads Picture Book Club and I was extremely intrigued with this book! “The Philharmonic Gets Dressed” is a childre...moreI was reading this book for the Goodreads Picture Book Club and I was extremely intrigued with this book! “The Philharmonic Gets Dressed” is a children’s book by Karla Kuskin along with illustrations Marc Simont that details the preparation that the members of the Philharmonic Orchestra must undergo to get ready for their encore! “The Philharmonic Gets Dressed” is a great book for children who love learning about the inner workings of an orchestra!
It is Friday night and ninety-two men and thirteen women are getting dressed to get ready for work. First, they all take baths and wash themselves, then they put on the black and white outfits and then they pack up their instruments, head on to the auditorium and begin to play!
I truly enjoyed this book because it explained so much about what the musicians of the orchestra have to go through to prepare themselves for the orchestra performance. I loved the way that Karla Kuskin made this book extremely informative by just basically detailing what each member of the orchestra dresses up in to get ready for their performance and what really interested me about the uniforms that each member wears is how much attention is paid to the conductor as he dresses up for the performance. I loved how Karla Kuskin gave so much detail on what the conductor wears for his uniform such as having wavy black hair with a white lightning streak and having a very soft white shirt with ruffles down the front with special cuffs. Another aspect of this book that I really loved was Marc Simont’s illustrations as they are extremely cute and I really loved seeing all the members getting dressed up for the orchestra since I was always interested in seeing what their outfits would look like for the orchestra and it is interesting to see that the members of the orchestra mainly wears black and white outfits rather than colorful outfits for a performance. Now, some parents might complain about the members of the orchestra undressing and bathing themselves, but personally, this does not bother me since it was done in a non-sexual way.
Parents should know that this book might be a bit too lengthy for smaller children to go through, which is why I gave it a four star rating instead of a five star rating because it was a bit long to read through. Even though it would be interesting to children to see how the members of the orchestra dress up, most smaller children might become bored with the length of this book. Parents might want to save one half of the book for the next day to keep the child’s interest going.
Overall, “The Philharmonic Gets Dressed” is a great book in detailing the preparation phrase of getting dressed for a performance in the orchestra and what kinds of outfits each member dresses in for the orchestra. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the book might be a bit too long for smaller children. (less)
I was reading this book for the Goodreads Children's Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and I thought that it was pretty cute. “The Princ...moreI was reading this book for the Goodreads Children's Book Picture Book Club for the theme of royalty and I thought that it was pretty cute. “The Prince Won't Go to Bed!” is a children's book by Dayle Ann Dodds along with illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker and it is about a young prince who refuses to go to sleep when the king and queen went to the ball and left him at the castle. “The Prince Won't Go to Bed!” might have a simplistic plot but it is extremely cute for smaller children to enjoy!
When I read this book, I thought that it was a pretty unusual book about how to get a child to go to bed and it was done in such a cute way! Dayle Ann Dodds has done a good job at writing this story as the story is about how a household of servants tried to get a young prince to go to sleep. I liked the way that this book was written in a rhyming prose to tell the story such as this quote:
“He needs a nice warm BATH, suggested Old Lord Gerty. It's clear to me a prince can't sleep if he's soiled and dirty.”
I also loved the hilarious antics that followed the servants trying to get the young prince to fall asleep as one servant's attempts to get the prince to go to bed fails, another servant steps in to suggest another idea, which leads to the whole royal court being involved in trying to get the prince to fall to sleep. I really loved the ending of this book (which I will not spoil for you) which was extremely sweet and simple, that any parent could think of such an idea to put their child to sleep. Kyrsten Brooker's illustrations are extremely creative as the small prince is shown in a blue royal robe and he wears a small golden crown that makes him look adorable. It was also hilarious seeing the young prince's mouth go slightly wide whenever he screams out that he does not want to go to bed. I loved the way that Kyrsten Brooker used pastel painting to illustrate the pictures, while at the same time pasting items that seem cut out of magazines onto the pastel painted characters which really bring out the creativity in the illustrations.
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating instead of a five star rating was because I personally found the story to be a little bit too simplistic as it is just simply about the servants trying to put the prince to sleep. Even though children will easily love this book because of the hilarious way that the servants tried to put the prince to bed, I just personally wanted a little more from the story, like a little more action, but this book was meant to be aimed at small children, so some adults might be a little bored with reading this book to their child.
Overall, “The Prince Won't Go To Bed!” is a really cute book that will be vastly enjoyed by small children who also have trouble falling asleep. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.(less)
I actually heard of “Swamp Angel” when I first saw it on one of the “Weston Woods” videos. “Swamp Angel” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Anne Isaacs alon...moreI actually heard of “Swamp Angel” when I first saw it on one of the “Weston Woods” videos. “Swamp Angel” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Anne Isaacs along with gorgeous illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky and it is about how Tennessee’s greatest woods woman, Swamp Angel, tries to outsmart a threatening black bear named Thundering Tarnation. “Swamp Angel” may have some scattering images that might be a bit irritable for some children, but it still a great read for children who love tall tales!
Seeing as how this was Anne Isaacs’ first book, Anne Isaacs did a wonderful job at writing this story as she wrote this story in a southern dialect as she uses various phrases such as “she lifted those wagons like they were twigs in a puddle” and “seems he’d tried the sweet approach and got licked in more ways than one” and they greatly contributed to the southern background of this story. What I loved the most about this book was the humor and the characters as the humor of the story comes from the battle between Thundering Tarnation and Swamp Angel as they use various odd elements to defeat each other such as Swamp Angel using a tornado to bring Tarnation down from the sky. The character that stood out the most for me was Swamp Angel herself as she is shown as a sweet and strong woman who would help out anyone in her town and even goes up against Tarnation by herself just to get his pelt, which her character would greatly encourage children to go for their ambitions no matter what anyone else says. Paul O. Zelinsky’s illustrations are as usual gorgeous to look at, especially of the image of Swamp Angel herself as she has red pigtails, a yellow bonnet hat, and a blue dress with a white apron in front and is the size of a giant as she takes up most of the pages that she is on. Paul O. Zelinsky has also done a great job at illustrating Thundering Tarnation as a huge black bear who is twice the size as Swamp Angel and also provides Thundering Tarnation with realistic facial expressions that ranges from anger to greed.
The only problem I had with this book was that the illustrations seem a bit scattered all over the pages and what I mean by that is that for example, there are two pages that have five forms of Swamp Angel performing random heroic acts for the people of Tennessee and that might be a bit frustrating for children who are used to seeing one or two people per page performing one act at a time.
I truly think that “Swamp Angel” is an inspiring story about self-confidence and bravery that many children will enjoy and for anyone who love tall tale stories will definitely enjoy this book. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the southern language might confuse smaller children.
I was reading this book for the Children’s Picture Book Club for Black History Month and I have enjoyed it immensely! “Virgie Goes to School with Us B...moreI was reading this book for the Children’s Picture Book Club for Black History Month and I have enjoyed it immensely! “Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys” is a Coretta Scott King award-winning book by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard along with illustrations by E.B. Lewis and it is about a young African-American girl named Virgie who wanted so desperately to go to school with her brothers, even though they told her that she cannot go to school with them. “Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys” is certainly a great book about the power of being independent that you just cannot pass up!
Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard’s writing is simply amazing and inspiring as it details the hard trials that African-American girls have to deal with after the Civil War ended. What I really loved about Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard’s writing is that she made Virgie into a brave and independent female character as Virgie was determined to go to school at all costs and how she would not let any kind of obstacle stand in her path to get to school and that definitely sets a great example for many females who want to be brave and independent in their journeys through life. I also loved the fact that at the end of the book, Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard provided a informational background on how blacks were treated after the Civil War ended and how they were denied education and I loved the fact that Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard enforced the idea that education is extremely important and inspiring to have, which I definitely agree with since not everyone has the opportunity to go to school and I am lucky that I have gotten the education I needed to learn so much about life in the outside world. E.B. Lewis’s illustrations are extremely beautiful, especially of the images of Virgie always wearing a pink dress and a white cap on her head and I love seeing the excited smiles that Virgie wears whenever she is excited about school. I also loved the way that E.B. Lewis illustrated the gorgeous landscapes of the forest that Virgie and her brothers go through as the trees are green and are extremely tall, which makes them look somewhat intimidating yet gorgeous at the same time.
All in all, “Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys” is an excellent book about true determination from a young girl and anyone who wants to learn more about black history and love reading books about strong female characters will definitely enjoy this book! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might be a bit too long for smaller children.
What happens to the leaves on a tree when autumn and winter comes around the corner? Well, that is what we are about to find out! “Fletcher and the Fa...moreWhat happens to the leaves on a tree when autumn and winter comes around the corner? Well, that is what we are about to find out! “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a children’s book by Julia Rawlinson along with illustrations by Tiphanie Beek and it is about a young fox named Fletcher who tries to save a tree’s leaves from falling off during autumn and winter. “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a cute story about the beauty of changes in weather that I am sure that many children who are interested in knowing what happens to the trees during winter and autumn will easily enjoy for many years!
Each morning, Fletcher would come out of the den and explore the world, but then he realizes that the tree’s leaves were turning gold and beginning to fall off the tree. Fletcher than goes to the tree every day to keep the leaves on the tree; however, when winter came, Fletcher noticed that all the leaves were starting to fall off more rapidly than before.
Wow! I never thought that I would be so amazed in this book about what autumn is like to children who love trees, but innocently do not really understand about the life cycle of a tree. Julia Rawlinson has certainly done an awesome job at writing this story about a young fox’s attempts to save the tree he loves! I love the way that Julia Rawlinson makes Fletcher into such a cute and determined character and what I really loved about Fletcher was how he did not understand about how it is natural for leaves to fall off the trees during winter and autumn but it made him into a caring and determined character which many children will definitely relate to Fletcher’s predicament as I am pretty sure that some small children wondered about what happens to the leaves on the trees during winter and autumn just like little Fletcher here! Tiphanie Beeke’s illustrations are cute and beautiful, especially of the image of Fletcher himself as he has black dotted eyes, a short bushy tail, large ears and reddish-orange fur. The image I really loved the most was the final image where the tree is covered in icicles during winter and the icicles are covered with glitter which truly makes the image look beautiful and mesmerizing.
All in all, “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a cute little story about the beauty of changes in the weather that I think many children who also love trees will enjoy for many years to come! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.(less)
"Snowbear Whittington" is an Appalachian folktale that is based off of "Beauty and the Beast." In this tale, a young and beautiful girl named Nell mus...more"Snowbear Whittington" is an Appalachian folktale that is based off of "Beauty and the Beast." In this tale, a young and beautiful girl named Nell must live with an intimidating white bear after her father takes a Christmas rose from the bear's flower patch. Afterwards however, Nell soon discovers that the bear is a cursed man named Snowbear Whittington and she soon falls in love with him. However, one day, Nell wanted to go back home, but she must promise the bear that she should not reveal the bear's true name to anyone. Will Nell keep her promise and will Snowbear Whittington ever change back into a man? Read the book to find out!
This was the first Appalachian folktale that I have ever read and William H. Hooks has done a great job at making this story extremely exciting and dramatic at the same time. What I loved the most about this book are the characters and Nell's character is the one that stood out the most as she is shown as a caring and devoted girl as she is strongly devoted to finding the cure to Snowbear Whittington's curse and I loved the devotion that Nell gives to Snowbear Whittington, despite his current condition. Another character that I was fond of was Snowbear Whittington as he was shown as an intimidating bear at first but when Nell got to know more about the human version of him, she realizes that the bear truly does have a good heart. I really admired Victoria Lisi's illustrations as they are both beautiful and detailed, especially when the book is set up as two pages have mainly writing on it with a few images and then the next two pages are full of images that details the events that happens in the story, which is similiar to the book set up of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. The illustrations that stood out the most was the image of Nell being carried off by a dozen blackbirds over a raging river and Victoria Lisi did a great job at making the sky look foggy and the river look very fluid and beautiful.
I really enjoyed "Snowbear Whittington" since it is dramatic and exciting, have beautiful illustrations by Victoria Lisi and is a different retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon which I believe that most children will definitely enjoy. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up due to the length of the book which might bored smaller children.(less)
“The First Strawberries” is a Cherokee story retold by Joseph Bruchac along with gorgeous illustrations by Anna Vojtech and it is about how a man and...more“The First Strawberries” is a Cherokee story retold by Joseph Bruchac along with gorgeous illustrations by Anna Vojtech and it is about how a man and a woman got into a fight and the woman ended up leaving the man and it is up to the sun to help get the couple back together. “The First Strawberries” is a truly heartwarming story about true love that children will enjoy for many years!
Joseph Bruchac has done a wonderful job at retelling this Cherokee story about true love. Joseph Bruchac makes both the man and the woman sympathetic characters as they go through the trials of quarreling as a couple and readers will feel sympathy for the couple as they get angry at each other, but they felt sorry for each other for arguing and they try to make things right again. Joseph Bruchac has also done a great job at detailing the power of love and how love can overcome any tough trials that comes from a relationship or from life in general. Anna Vojtech’s illustrations are beautiful and fluid as both the man and the woman have long and shiny black hair and have beautiful looking dark eyes. Also, the images of the field that the man and the woman walk through throughout the book are colorful and beautiful as there are various hills in the background and the ground is covered in grass with various flowers and fruits sticking out of the ground.
“The First Strawberries” is a wonderful tale about the importance of true love and will be a pure enjoyment for children who love romance and Native American folktales. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book for smaller children.(less)
“The way to right wrongs is to turn to light of truth upon them.”
That was one of the memorable quotes by Ida B. Wells herself and there are more quot...more“The way to right wrongs is to turn to light of truth upon them.”
That was one of the memorable quotes by Ida B. Wells herself and there are more quotes coming along in this review! “Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells” is an inspirational children’s book by Philip Dray along with illustrations by Stephen Alcorn and it is about an African-American woman named Ida B. Wells who made history by exposing the horrors of lynching through the newspaper. “Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells” is clearly one of the best books about Ida B. Wells ever written!
Whew! This book was a stretch to read, but it was worth it! Philip Dray has definitely done an excellent job at writing this inspirational story about an African-American woman’s struggles in promoting awareness to the mistreatment of African-Americans during the 1800s. I loved the way that Philip Dray made this biography extremely intense and uplifting at the same time as I truly felt pure passion for Ida’s pursuits in stopping segregation during that time and I was truly horrified at the mistreatment that blacks had to endured during that time, including being lynched for no reason and cutting them out of society. I also loved the various quotes from Ida B. Wells that Philip Dray provided in this book. Some of my quotes were:
“I had hoped for such great things from my suit for my people and just now if it were possible [I] would gather my race in my arms and fly away with them.”
Stephen Alcorn’s illustrations are truly creative and inspiring especially of Ida herself as she is shown to be a beautiful and independent woman and I really loved the illustrations of how they literally take the situation shown in the book, such as illustrating the school that Ida goes to as a huge opened book while Ida and her mother walk towards the huge book and how the situation about blacks being denied their freedom was shown as an image of a huge hand pushing a black man away while having a “whites only” sign on its arm and I also loved the way that Stephen Alcorn made Ida seem like she is flying across each page, which makes her seem like an angel and a savior to African-Americans.
Parents should know that this book is pretty lengthy and smaller children might be bored with this book in one day. Also, the heavy themes of racism in this book might be upsetting to smaller children, especially the scenes where African-American men are being lynched. Parents need to explain to their children about the terrible experiences that African-Americans had to go through during the 1800s and how they can also help in stopping racism and prejudice from spreading like Ida did.
Overall, “Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells” is a truly brilliant and inspiring book that actually goes into the depths of racism and prejudice that every child should really enjoy. I would recommend this book for children ages six and up since the book is too long for smaller children and the racism themes might be too intense for smaller children.(less)
When I first heard this story on an episode of “Reading Rainbow,” I was immediately impressed with this story! “Borreguita and the Coyote” is a Mexica...moreWhen I first heard this story on an episode of “Reading Rainbow,” I was immediately impressed with this story! “Borreguita and the Coyote” is a Mexican folktale retold by master storyteller Verna Aardema along with illustrations by Petra Mathers and it is about how a young lamb named Borreguita manages to outwit a hungry coyote in many attempts. “Borreguita and the Coyote” is a brilliant folktale about cunning that children will enjoy for many years!
Verna Aardema has done an excellent job at retelling this folktale as the story is both hilarious and clever at the same time. Verna Aardema does a great job at making Borreguita a truly clever and cute little lamb as Borreguita shows children that even the smallest person can prove to be extremely resourceful and clever towards bullies and also, the coyote is shown to be slightly menacing as he repeatedly threatens to eat Borreguita, but is always foiled by Borreguita’s quick thinking, which helps develop so much humor for this story. Verna Aardema has also done a great job at providing helpful definitions at the beginning of the book which will greatly help many small children understand the Spanish language being used in this book and also help many children understand the culture of Mexico. Petra Mathers’ illustrations are both beautiful and hilarious at the same time as the background are colorful, especially of the images of Borreguita out on a clover field as there are red dots that indicate flowers drawn all over the green and grassy meadow. Petra Mathers also makes the coyote look both menacing and goofy at the same time as the coyote has yellow and slanted eyes and is colored in a dark grey color which makes him look a little intimidating, however whenever the coyote is tricked by Borreguita, he shows a shocked expression on his face which will make children laugh so hard.
“Borreguita and the Coyote” is a truly hilarious story for children who love books about animals and Mexican folktales and will be an instant hit for children everywhere! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might not understand the Spanish language in this book. (less)