This was a cute book, the kind that kids will enjoy for the animals that are featured on every page and the amusing rReview copy provided by Edelweiss
This was a cute book, the kind that kids will enjoy for the animals that are featured on every page and the amusing rhyming text. For all the adults old enough to remember the 80's version of Footloose, they'll enjoy the reminiscence of seeing the lyrics to the namesake tune from the film incorporated into this new book. All in all, this book will have a following among younger readers and parents who loved the song that this book's text is based upon....more
This is an outstanding book to add to the plant unit of elementary science curriculum. It brings up a topic that is eReview copy provided by NetGalley
This is an outstanding book to add to the plant unit of elementary science curriculum. It brings up a topic that is essential to understanding the adaptations of a plant to its environment in a way that is light enough to be understood by any level of reader while also providing greater depth on the subject in the afterword where the author provides further research on not just plant movement as a general topic, but also greater detail on the individual plants mentioned in this book. It was a simple read, with beautiful artwork done in water colors and cut paper similar to the style employed by Eric Carle or Lois Ehlert. I will be sure to add this to my collection when it becomes available this fall. Really well done....more
As a fan of Brandon Dorman's illustration work, I was excited to see that he had written a book. He's been a part ofReview copy provided by NetGalley
As a fan of Brandon Dorman's illustration work, I was excited to see that he had written a book. He's been a part of many great fantasy series over the past few years. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but I was hopeful. This is the beginning of a series, so it fits the mold of much of the other work that he's done.
Mr. Dorman's authorial debut follows trouble-making brothers who happen upon a highly destructive alien while racing a bully one day. The alien is not malicious in its destructiveness, but the brothers have to deal with the effects of his unintended rampage all the same as he searches for clothes to eat. Meanwhile, they decide to make an effort to conceal him from the authorities that might do the alien harm, which only makes their time more complicated.
All in all, this is a light fantasy romp that would appeal most to lower middle grade readers. It's a bit too long to fit within the early reader category, but it will be heavily illustrated so readers will probably have a less difficult time with the length of the text. Still, the plot is a bit silly. I'm not saying that with the intent to be insulting, because the silliness seems intentional. I think the story works in the same way that a series like Cynthia Rylant's Henry and Mudge, Patrick Carman's Elliot Park, or Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's Nate the Great does. It will have a lot of fans in the early elementary grades. It's very nicely done....more
This had a rough start in that it was difficult to discern what was going on in the early stages, but it got a lot beReview copy provided by NetGalley
This had a rough start in that it was difficult to discern what was going on in the early stages, but it got a lot better after the first twenty pages when everything slowly became clearer. Isabella is living a double life, one where she is the daughter of a famous countess at school with her new friends, but the rest of the time is a normal adolescent girl with a quirky family. The trouble is, since the countess life is a complete fabrication built around misinformation and a lack of redirection on Isabella's part, she has to pedal hard beneath it to keep it up, and it's not going so well. Unfortunately, her real life just got a lot of unplanned attention in the form of a viral sensation YouTube documentary that showcases Isabella being real and describing her family's many peculiarities. The documentary was never intended for broad public consumption, and as her other (fake) life comes apart because of it, we meet Isabella for the first time.
The story follows Isabella as she tries to avoid the inevitable or at the very least subdue it long enough to let go of the facade at her own desired pace. It's no easy task, one that is almost certain to fail, but through her efforts to prolong doing the wrong thing, Isabella finds herself extending to trust to new people and reexamining the implications of her decisions over the past few months as she comes to grips with herself and just what she has allowed herself to become. Ultimately, this unintended self-examination allows her to make decisions that neither she nor the readers would have expected when the story began.
Laid out in an unusual format, this is a combination of movie storyboard and comic strip, though the heart of the story is presented in a traditional narrative chapter book style. It does drop you right into the heat of the worst of moments for Isabella at the beginning, which will certainly leave readers confused at the start, but hopefully intrigued enough to continue because the story does gradually all come clear if readers simply hang on long enough.
By its end, I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would at the beginning. It reads like it's middle grade, though it might have appeal in the tweens group as well as the plot seems to be more for that age group. Though I'm a big Palatini fan due to her picture books, this is not a bad book with another audience in mind. I'll bring it to my library when it's available. ...more