Pig and Small is a delightful story about the power of friendship to overcome obstacles. Pig and Bug want to be friends, but their difference in size...morePig and Small is a delightful story about the power of friendship to overcome obstacles. Pig and Bug want to be friends, but their difference in size makes it tough to find things to do that suit them both. It takes some time and effort for them to find a way to be friends despite their differences. The illustrations are cute and friendly and very appealing. The ending made me laugh as did some of the details in the illustrations. A sure fire winner all around.(less)
The text is beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous. Overall, the book is a all around winner. Jim LaMarche has long been one of my favorite illustr...moreThe text is beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous. Overall, the book is a all around winner. Jim LaMarche has long been one of my favorite illustrators, so whenever I see a new book by him I have to get it. But in this case I ended up loving the text in verse as much as the illustrations. The soft and expressive illustrations demonstrate the joy that can come in watching the seasons change. The text allows the reader to feel the joy the girl feels as she sees the animals searching for food, taking notes and drawing pictures to remember it all, all from the safety of her tree platform. I also loved the way the illustrator took details from the text and included them in his illustrations all while adding his own special touches. Both the text and the illustrations convey the passage of time (the girl's changing clothes for example). A wonderful example of the joys that can be found in the world around us.(less)
Freddy the Frogcaster is a really fun way to learn about weather and the science of predicting it. Freddy is a frog that loves the weather. With the h...moreFreddy the Frogcaster is a really fun way to learn about weather and the science of predicting it. Freddy is a frog that loves the weather. With the help of his family he builds his own weather station where he spends hours recording weather information. He enjoys watching Sally Croaker, the local meteorologist, on TV to see if his predictions match up with hers. But when she goes on maternity leave and her substitute is more interested in publicity that accurately predicting the weather, can Freddy step in to save the day by predicting the weather for the upcoming Leapfrog Picnic?
The illustrations are bright and colorful and appealing. The story shows not only the importance of weather prediction but the challenges that go with it and how much people rely on it. The length of the text makes it more appropriate for slightly older readers but this would make a fun family read-aloud or a good introduction to weather in the classroom. The information at the end about weather prediction and the instruments used to do it is great for readers who are especially interested in weather (and if my experiences are anything to go by, many children are fascinated by weather). (less)
Whitesides has delivered another heart-pounding adventure full of fantastic inventions, daring-do, and betrayal. Spencer, Daisy, and their friends are...moreWhitesides has delivered another heart-pounding adventure full of fantastic inventions, daring-do, and betrayal. Spencer, Daisy, and their friends are determined to use the recently acquired Manualis Custodem (see book 3) to help bring back the Founding Witches. But things aren't looking good when they come up against Mr. Clean and his new goons, the Sweepers time and time again. Can the Rebels accomplish their goal of freeing the witches? And if they do will it turn out to be everything they hope for? I don't dare say more than that because I don't want to give anything away and there are some rather shocking twists in this book. But the excitement and fast moving plot will keep readers glued to the pages and eager to read the final volume. Sigh. I hate having to wait a year for the next book in a series, especially the last book. Although, you'd think I'd be used to it by now.
I really enjoyed getting back into the lives of Spencer and Daisy, Walter, Alan, Penny, and Bernard, the garbologist. One of my favorite things though is Bernard's fancy new garbage truck. I never would have expected to find a garbage truck cool, but this one is very cool (it's been Glopified of course). This is an amazing series perfect for fantasy loving readers, but there is fantasy violence and some deaths but they aren't graphic at all. One of my all time favorite series.(less)
Stanley the Hamster runs his own garage where he helps his friends with their car trouble. The simple yet colorful illustrations contrast beautifully...moreStanley the Hamster runs his own garage where he helps his friends with their car trouble. The simple yet colorful illustrations contrast beautifully with the white space creating very eye-catching pictures for young readers. Preschoolers are bound to love Stanley. I like how helpful and friendly Stanley is as he fills gas tanks, changes flat tires, fills radiators, and gets oily fixing cars. The simple text is short and sweet and perfect for sharing with preschoolers and even toddlers who have very short attention spans. A winner through and through.(less)