Princesses are a topic that is always popular among little girls. But to be honest, I get sick of the Disney princess type, although they are getting...morePrincesses are a topic that is always popular among little girls. But to be honest, I get sick of the Disney princess type, although they are getting better, the type where the princess has to be rescued, is beautiful, etc. Because of this, I am glad that there are more princess books coming out involving girls that don't fit that image. The princess in Dangerously Ever After is very much her own person. She loves things that are dangerous. Things like her pet scorpion, a bike with no brakes, and a garden full of 'prickles and stickles and brambles and nettles.' When a prince shows up and wreaks havoc in her garden she is not pleased. And when he tries to fix the damage by giving her roses, she is even less pleased, until she sees the thorns. She loves the thorns and seeks some rose seeds of her own, but what she gets is not what she wanted and adventure results. I enjoyed the fairy tale feel to the story, the story is definitely unique and fun. I highly recommend this to those who want a fairy tale, but a untypical one.(less)
This book makes me laugh. Little Dragons antics remind me so much of a toddler, who loves to play but who doesn't like to get cleaned up. I seriously...moreThis book makes me laugh. Little Dragons antics remind me so much of a toddler, who loves to play but who doesn't like to get cleaned up. I seriously admire his mother's patience. The illustrations are delightful, full of color and life. The splashes of bright orange and red for the fire are impossible to ignore. This book is also perfect for helping children learn about solving problems. When Little Dragon's fire goes out at first he tries to solve the problem himself. When that doesn't work, he goes to his mother and she provides the help he needs. I also appreciate the ending where Little Dragon has learned the value of prevention. The ongoing refrain of "Oh, No" makes this perfect for an interactive storytime. I highly recommend this fun book.(less)
There are a lot of books being published about bullying and the effects of it. What I loved about this one is the imagination involved and the extra t...moreThere are a lot of books being published about bullying and the effects of it. What I loved about this one is the imagination involved and the extra twist involving thinking one is better than someone else and how that can lead to a different kind of bullying, even among friends. Chad and his imaginary friend, Pingo, spend recess playing with their friends, Gary, Tiffany, and Dustin along with their imaginary friends. They avoid Jeremy though and his imaginary friend, Grunt, because he bullies them. One day though they get into a contest about which imaginary friend is better. I loved that Pingo points out that this is silly because each of them has things that they do especially well. I especially liked the fact that when Jeremy and Grunt step up to bully the kids and their friends, instead of fighting back or getting defensive, Pingo steps up and invites Jeremy and Grunt to play with them. In addition to liking the story line, I loved Brandon Dorman's illustrations, they are so bright and colorful and imaginative, they create a lot of things to talk about when sharing the book. (less)
Bullying is such a big issue that there are more and more books coming out about it, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of those titles are told from t...moreBullying is such a big issue that there are more and more books coming out about it, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of those titles are told from the bullies perspective but the majority are told from the perspective of the victim. This book is told not only from the bully's perspective but it shows one way that bully's can be created. As I read this story about Millie and how overlooked she was until she became 'fierce' and started behaving badly, I immediately thought of some of the children that I work with and why they sometimes act out. Everyone needs to be noticed in a positive way and if it doesn't happen, sometimes people behave negatively in order to receive any attention at all. This is very true at school and undoubtedly true elsewhere as well.
I thought this story was told very well, in a straight-forward manner with no excuses. This kind of book can very easily become didactic, which I really dislike, but this book doesn't fall into that trap. The story is simply told leaving the reader to decide what they think of Millie and her choices. The illustrations are striking and the changes in Millie's demeanor and actions are very clear. I also appreciated that the story also reveals how other people's actions change based on how Millie behaves. A lot of times it is easy to forget just how much our own behavior effects those around us. I highly recommend this story to not only teachers but to anyone who wants an interesting and thought-provoking, discussion worthy picture book.(less)