My 22 month old daughter loved this book! She was excited about every pages and talked about what was going on while I read the story. She enjoyed theMy 22 month old daughter loved this book! She was excited about every pages and talked about what was going on while I read the story. She enjoyed the CD in a car ride shortly after. I watched her face (I wasn't driving) and she kept smiling. She is very fond of bath time so she really got a kick out of this book. I was delighted to see her enjoying this book so much. The illustrations are superb, capturing the mood and expressions on everyone's faces so well. It was vibrantly detailed. I am so glad it won a Caldecott Honor Book Award.
The story was fun for the both of us. I enjoyed the humor of it and my daughter enjoyed the rhythm of it. The book says it is for ages 4-8. I would say children possibly as young as 1 would find this book amusing.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favorite books. I read it again tonight and realized it is now 32 years old. It could have been writtenCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favorite books. I read it again tonight and realized it is now 32 years old. It could have been written yesterday. It has stood the test of time. I believe years from now I will still have the same thoughts. This book holds a special place in my heart because it is a book I shared with my 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I think most little boys and girls love stories in the larger-than-life category and of course it helps that it has to do with food. Who doesn't love food? The title of this book is just perfect to explain what the book is about. Food and the weather. I get lost in the illustrations everytime I read the book. I have to pause and look at all the fun little details. I think it was a great idea to start and end the book in black and white and to make grandpa's story section color. It adds extra charm to the book. I didn't know this husband and wife team also did two other books besides the sequel Pickles To Pittsburghuntil tonight. I am excited to read them. I will add them here for others who might not know and maybe interested Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like PeopleAnimals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing...more
When my husband saw this selection from the library, he decided to read this one out loud. I had fun listening to the collection of humorous poems mostly about well known monsters. I know my husband enjoyed himself because I watched him transformed before my eyes into a little boy laying on the bed snickering at the book. When my husband was about 10 he got stuck on a ride at Disneyland for about an hour. That ride happened to be It's a Small World After All. Yes, the song played the whole time! He has told this story on numerous occasions and reminds us with any mention of Disneyland that he will never ride it again. I laughed when he read the poem about the Phantom of the Opera having the same song stuck in his head. Very fun, put you in the Halloween mood book.
This is a lengthy picture book and had to be read in two parts. We read both in the same day. Some of the illustrations could be disturbing to very young children, although my two year old didn't seem to mind the parts of the book we chose to read to her. The mix of black and white illustrations and colored ones was a perfect fit. Be sure to read the about the author flap if your book contains one....more
I read this with a small head lamp I held in my hand and then looked at the pictures again in normal lighting later. Reading a picture book in the darI read this with a small head lamp I held in my hand and then looked at the pictures again in normal lighting later. Reading a picture book in the dark is not a normal practice for my but my daughter is teething and she wanted me near when she feel asleep. I am so glad I looked at the pictures in both settings. The illustrations are gorgeous and hold magic especially when looked at with the little light I rolled it around the pages, some several times. My favorite page to view this way was the one with the castle. It was magical it seemed to almost illuminate when you caught the lighter areas of the picture just right. I loved the way the castle looked. Hopefully if you give it a try you will get the same effects.
The story is a version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses tale. The story of princesses who every morning have worn out satin dancing slippers and the mystery of how they got them. I liked the humble farmer who sets out to help solve the mystery for the king despite that others think he is foolish. I agree with others who stated the tale was a bit long.
The story is okay, illustrations were vibrant. Teaching about the different seasons. Peek-a-Boo Bard was the big hit. Kept baby busy on long car ride.The story is okay, illustrations were vibrant. Teaching about the different seasons. Peek-a-Boo Bard was the big hit. Kept baby busy on long car ride. So I have to give it a four instead of 3 stars....more
Vegan Cupcakes take over the World was a definitely delicious find. Let me start by saying I love cupcakes! Not just eating them, but looking at them.Vegan Cupcakes take over the World was a definitely delicious find. Let me start by saying I love cupcakes! Not just eating them, but looking at them. They are just so cute! I guess that is why I call my daughter “Cupcake” as a term of endearment.
Even though I have only made two recipes from this book, I feel I can leave a confident review. Well written, easy to follow directions, extra added tips, and the healthy factor makes this a cupcake book I will return to over and over. Both recipes I made were not 100% vegan; partially because I am not a vegan and partially because I could not find some of the ingredients. Through conversations here on goodreads with vegan friends, I am now prepared to make 100% vegan cupcakes to get the full experience. The two recipes I made were the Dulce Sin Leche Cupcakes (I used regular powdered milk instead of soy powdered milk) and the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Ganache Topping. I made both in double batches for church parties. Each recipe makes 12 cupcakes. I only had to make one serving of the Ganache; there was plenty for all 24 cupcakes and enough to indulge in before throwing the pan in the sink. Oh my, was that divine! I made a substitution on both recipes one calling for maple syrup and the other for brown rice syrup. I used agave syrup instead. I never used it before and wanted to try it. I will say I will continue to use it, it is a winner. The cupcakes were a hit. I decorated the Golden Vanilla’s to look like reindeer which I saw in a FamilyFun magazine http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/rudol... If you are a parent or anyone who cares for children you really should check out this magazine. I am always finding something in it of value. If you don’t want to get the magazine they have a wonderful website. The candies used to make the reindeer were not vegan. Either way the kids and adults loved the cupcakes! My little girl wanted to be lifted up several times to see them on the counter. I also felt better about letting her eat the cake portion of these cupcakes. My hubby snapped two pictures for me to share with you. He is not a professional photographer, no lighting or any fancy stuff was used. You have to admit these cuppies (my little girl’s word for cupcakes) say “EAT ME.” ...more
I am going to rate this book from the eyes of a 20 month old. She has enjoyed this book for several months since receiving it as a gift from her GrandI am going to rate this book from the eyes of a 20 month old. She has enjoyed this book for several months since receiving it as a gift from her Grandma. We read this book several times a week, sometimes several times a day. I actually haven't gotten tired of it. It is a short book with several interactive things for a little one to do. I also love when Grandma comes to town and they bond reading this book. It would be a great gift from a Grandparent....more
I read Boris and Bella and I loved it! It was funny, warm, and gruesome all at the same time! I totally agree with Brenda on the whole old movie monstI read Boris and Bella and I loved it! It was funny, warm, and gruesome all at the same time! I totally agree with Brenda on the whole old movie monster feel. Those were my exact thoughts as I read it. The book is very well written and really puts you in the Halloween mood. Attention to detail from beginning to end makes this book especially delightful. I love it when you read all parts of a book and the theme continues. For example, the author and illustrators bios were hauntingly fun. I love the message about how two monsters that are complete opposites and absolutely did not want anything to do with each other learn how to become very good friends. For Boris and Bella to make a compromise for each other was a great lesson. I can see this as a made for TV thirty minute Halloween special! One thing I think that makes this book a great one is I thought about it at after I had read it at different times going about my day. A book that does this, in my opinion, is truly magical! Thanks again for the suggestion from the Children's Book Group!...more
I am very impressed with this wordless picture book! I read both Zoom and the follow up book Re-Zoom back to back. I enjoyed the experience. The illusI am very impressed with this wordless picture book! I read both Zoom and the follow up book Re-Zoom back to back. I enjoyed the experience. The illustrations worked well with the concept of the book. I had to show this to my husband when I was done. He is sort of getting into photography, so I thought he would appreciate the zooming aspect of the story. I enjoyed it all over again with him. My 23 month old daughter really liked the way I read these books to her. I sang a tune as I went along adding a few words at a time on some pages. "This is the girl looking at the farm, this is a boy looking at the girl looking at the farm, etc." She picked up the book when I was done and imitated me. We really had fun with these. It is a clever wordless picture book all ages would enjoy. Recommending this one to my friends....more
I disagree with the book being too scary. I think it is great to start early teaching your child that there is no such thing as monsters and there isI disagree with the book being too scary. I think it is great to start early teaching your child that there is no such thing as monsters and there is no need to be afraid of them. What better way than to show it through a story of a monster mama loving her monster little one?...more
All the woman of the land are invited to the king's palace so he can choose his worthy bride. Both Mufaro's daughters are beautiful, but only one is beautiful both inside and out. Nyasha was so compassionate that she didn't even tell her father the way Manyara treated her because she was too considerate of her father's feelings to complain. I love the magic of the story and the way the story ends. A classic good trumps evil tale.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom was a moving book to read. I only realized after reading it that it was a fictional story based oMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom was a moving book to read. I only realized after reading it that it was a fictional story based on true events. I find author’s notes to be just as fascinating as the stories themselves. The illustrations are beautiful and in fact, I went back to the particular page where Harriet’s has an extreme close-up several times to admire it. The artists captured her determination superbly. I enjoyed the story equally as well. It was quite inspiring. I also found it amazing how Harriet made the trip south 19 times and freed so many. Harriet was a very religious woman and this book is quite spiritual.
The story of a little girl who is blind and her appreciation for the ocean. Every year her family takes a trip to the ocean and every year her brotherThe story of a little girl who is blind and her appreciation for the ocean. Every year her family takes a trip to the ocean and every year her brothers play a game of who can see the ocean first. One year Nellie plays too. The brother's were a little harsh for me. I would have loved to see a touch of a softer side from them. Maybe not calling Nellie a cheater would have been enough. One part of the story about when Nellie was a baby laying in the sand actually saddened me. I am not really sure if that was the author's intention here. I did really like Nellie's description of the ocean and how her family helped stimulate her senses.
The illustrations are lovely and my two year old daughter loved every page and listen to the entire story. I didn't care for the fact that every picture with Nellie had her eyes covered by a hat.
It is interesting that the author is blind and I enjoyed reading that she believes "Our barriers are only in our minds. Whatever we can conceive we can achieve."...more