I loved it. It's fun. It's funny. The illustrations are great. It keeps your interest with the catchy rhymes. Then, as if I needed an additional selliI loved it. It's fun. It's funny. The illustrations are great. It keeps your interest with the catchy rhymes. Then, as if I needed an additional selling point, there is a CD.
Oh my goodness, I fell in love with John Lithgow all over again. What a fun and catchy song! Kids can listen to the song and use the book to help them with their sight reading. It's genius.
If you need any more selling points:
1- The book is about dogs. All kids love dogs.
2- The book can be used for a great comparison lesson. How are the two dogs the same? How are they different?
3- The book could be turned into a really fun skit or puppet show.
4- Kids can participate with the well placed OOOOOO's.
I give the book 5 stars. Caroline (my 4 year old) on the other hand gives it 6. Six out of five.
Bella really loved this story and begged me to read it so I did. I thought it was cute. It has a happy ending and it teaches about being true to yourseBella really loved this story and begged me to read it so I did. I thought it was cute. It has a happy ending and it teaches about being true to yourself, navigating through changing friendships, and understanding people beyond their external selves. It is also a great story to teach kids that not all kids are blessed with a honky-dory life but are just doing the best they can with the cards they've been dealt.
Overall it wasn't amazing, but a good read with a fun plot about a tree that tells secrets and a new budding friendship....more
When I received this book in the mail, I quickly snuck a peek at the first chapter and I was immediately sucked into the life of the misfit hero (a.k.When I received this book in the mail, I quickly snuck a peek at the first chapter and I was immediately sucked into the life of the misfit hero (a.k.a Andrew), the newest Mormon deacon with an issue of "deacon's collar." From the first few pages and the way author Matt Peterson described Andrew's frustration with how his tie always peeked out from under his collar while passing the sacrament at church, I knew that this guy would be fun to read. And I was right. Of course.
I hope Matt Peterson plans to take Andrew on many more adventures because I think every aspiring Mormon deacon out there(and behives)should tag along. This story was suspenseful and inspiring. It was also funny and oh so true. I loved the way that all the characters were portrayed and could imagine all kinds of kids that I know personally in each one. My only critique for future books is that the author try to write in a way that wouldn't leave Non-Mormons confused. Peterson's cute stories should be able to resonate with every child and sometimes the "Mormon references" might leave a non-Mormon reader confused.
Although I originally thought this book would be great for a 12 year old audience, after reading I think it would better suit an 8-10 year old reader. (I admit my kids are pretty advanced readers though so if your kids aren't then adjust the best reader's age accordingly) That being said, I can still see my 13 year old daughter who reads at a college level enjoying this story as much as I did.
For me the best part of this story was absolutely the plain and simple truth that all readers can't help but grapple with: "the fulness of the gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and simple unto the ends of the earth." It was absolutely exhilarating to peek inside the main character's heart as he pondered on this idea that was presented to him by a Scout leader during a campfire. It was also wonderful to see how this short and simple sermon affected Andrew in such a profound way.
As a reader, peeking inside my own heart to think about what God has been able to accomplish through me, one of His weak and simple, was also a highlight of this book. Isn't that what they say makes great writing, when the reader can relate to the story? And it's even better when the reader can learn about them-self through the story. Thank you Matt Peterson. Well done.
This is such a darling kids book. I loved it. It's quirky but so cute. It's a great story to teach the power of human connection. A poor old couple fiThis is such a darling kids book. I loved it. It's quirky but so cute. It's a great story to teach the power of human connection. A poor old couple find a big pot in their garden. The pot has magic powers and can multiply things. My three year old, my thirteen year old and my husband and I all were entertained at the same time....more
Mid-evil times in England were intriguing. It's still odd to me how much witchery was such a integral part of life back in the day.
This story is of anMid-evil times in England were intriguing. It's still odd to me how much witchery was such a integral part of life back in the day.
This story is of an orphaned girl who finds her way. It's very much a coming of age story. Readers everywhere will relate to the girl's story. Our life experiences and our choices among circumstances are what define us. We might as all learn to enjoy our journeys, no matter how unfair they may seem.
I loved this book. I related with the orphan girl, especially when she chose her own name and the choice was Alyce. We all need to realize that we are capable and have our own strengths for our own missions and life. We all need to take time to really think about what we want....more
This is a short story about a Black family farming in the south shortly after the civil war. It raises awareness to the prejudices among Southerners aThis is a short story about a Black family farming in the south shortly after the civil war. It raises awareness to the prejudices among Southerners and the origins of it from slavery. It is a great story of victory for the little guys and what comes around goes around....more
I can't believe I never read this book until this year. WOW! Another great recommendation by my local librarian. This book was written by ChristopherI can't believe I never read this book until this year. WOW! Another great recommendation by my local librarian. This book was written by Christopher Paul Curtis, and was nominated for many awards including The Caldecott. It is beyond me why this book didn't win and Bud Not Buddy did. Bud Not Buddy was also a great read, but this book was phenomenal. Phe-nom-e-nal!
The characters are so real and the story so close to home that I really truly thought it was a work of non-fiction the whole time I was reading.
The Weird Watsons are loveable. So loveable. So real. So funny. The book has a very light feel to it until the very end when the family of 5 takes a trip to Birmingham, where they come face to face with an ugly part of American history: the racism and hatred in the South during the civil rights movement.
This book was emotional. It was raw. It was funny. It was so real. I felt like I was a fly on the wall to the home of the Watsons and to the soul of each member of the family.
The end was perfection. Pure perfection with the most unlikely of heroes. I don't want to give away too much, but once again love conquers all. ...more
The librarian at our local library has amazing taste in books. When she hands me a stack every time I go to the library I know I will like every singlThe librarian at our local library has amazing taste in books. When she hands me a stack every time I go to the library I know I will like every single one. She is such a motivation for me to read often.
This book is the first in a series of three books and was recommended to me by her and she said, "You are going to love these." She was absolutely right. While reading the whole time I kept thinking I want to write books like these. Forget the huge daunting novel. How about a short, quirky, hilarious, and fun short series for older kids? I think I can do that.
The book is about a bunch of gnomes. They are very literal and live in the walls of a store. They've been around since humans have even though they never show themselves to humans. A group of gnomes shakes things up when they arrive from the outside (a place no one thought existed). The inside gnomes worship the store maker as their God and they try to follow all the signs in the store like "everything must go." The outside gnomes try to be patient with the inside gnomes funny ways and whimpy attitudes. The characters are wonderfully intricate and the plots are almost silly yet still intriguing. I read all three books in a week.
I hope that someday my kids will read these stories and get as many laughs as I did. Thank you Terry Pratchett. You are so witty and I love your relaxed writing style....more