When I was asked to join the the Dr. Seuss blog tour, I had no idea I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! even existed. Dr. Seuss has more books out that I canWhen I was asked to join the the Dr. Seuss blog tour, I had no idea I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! even existed. Dr. Seuss has more books out that I can keep track of and I shamefully have only read his more popular works like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. It was the same for my husband, so we sat down together last night and I read him a little bedtime story. It's amazing how no matter how old you get, you can still appreciate the simplicity of a Dr. Seuss book.
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! features three stories: the book's namesake, King Looie Katz and The Glunk that Got Thunk. Each are told in the same tone you'd expect from Seuss with a good measure of silliness for fun. This isn't an I Can Read! early reader's book, so a really young child would still need assistance with these stories.
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! showed its age with the main character occasionally saying he could "beat up" the tigers. Would a modern Childrens' book contain something like that today? I'm doubtful. It caused a little confusion because I thought he was trying to lick them, but whatever. Maybe I'm trying to apply too much logic to a Dr. Seuss book which is obviously ridiculous. Still, I ended up enjoying the book as a whole and it brought on some sweet, sweet nostalgia!
My personal favorite of the three was The Glunk that Got Thunk because it's perfect for reading out loud, made up words and all. And so my husband recorded this for your enjoyment!
I really think I'm physically incapable of giving Ben Hatke's books anything less than 5 stars. The reasons for this being that Hatke continues to creI really think I'm physically incapable of giving Ben Hatke's books anything less than 5 stars. The reasons for this being that Hatke continues to create such memorable characters and beautiful artwork. After reading all of his works, I totally consider him an auto-buy-author for me.
Not only are his books enjoyable for myself as an adult, but my kids absolutely love his works too. What makes Hatke's books stand out for me the most is that each of his main characters have been of different races. Sometimes it can be difficult to find this in childrens' books, so you have no idea how good it feels when you hear your daughter say, "Hey! She looks just like me!" Tears, guys. Tears.
Not only do his books feature diverse characters, but they feature strong female heroines who have super fun adventures like traveling through space, imaginary creatures, and the newest edition: a female mechanic!
But on to the review! Little Robot is a charming story about friendship and accepting differences. Our heroine is a very capable kid who doesn't exactly fit in with other kids her age. She enjoys fixing objects and creating new and improved versions things. Meanwhile, there is a little robot who has escape an assembly line and somehow their paths cross. And, thus, two unlikely friends become the best of friends. Through the book, their friendship changes. Our characters learn boundaries and how to deal with disagreements and acceptance.
In fact, I really loved the friendship between the characters because it was an issue my own kids could relate to. They could easily keep up with the pace of the story and tell when a character was "being mean" or "not being very nice," according to my kids. The simple, yet candid storytelling was an instant hit for us and provided a good discussion on what it means to be a good friend.
The illustrations in Little Robot is nothing short of breathtaking. But this is no surprise to me as I've been a huge fan of Hatke's art for a long time now. What I loved best were the full spreads with vivid colors. It was a great way to tell the story without actual words -- something that is great for my 5-year-old since he is not yet a reader. (The one thing my kids did seem to notice right from the start was the main character's lack of pants! Hehe.)
It kept him interested and we'd frequently stay on those pages and just admire the artwork. Likewise, the text was very simple and is perfect for early readers. My 7-year-old was able to read the entire book on her own.
All in all, this is another fantastic book from Hatke. If you have little readers in your home or enjoy picture books yourself, I would definitely recommend this one!
Review copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
I randomly thought about this book today, as I usually do every once in a while. My mom, awesome lady that she is, fueled my passion for books at a yoI randomly thought about this book today, as I usually do every once in a while. My mom, awesome lady that she is, fueled my passion for books at a young age and this was one of the many books she purchased for me. Out of all of the books I owned as a kid, this is the one that I remember the best and read the most. It's been YEARS, maybe over 15, since I've read it and I still have vivid memories of reading this and crying.
In fact, I think this was the first book EVER that gave me all the feels. I still remember the signature line from the book:
"Love you forever. Like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby, you'll be."
My daughter has the opportunity to bring home a new book from school every Friday. This was, unfortunately, one of the books chosen one week. You shouMy daughter has the opportunity to bring home a new book from school every Friday. This was, unfortunately, one of the books chosen one week. You should know that my rating is an mixed rating of both my feelings and my daughters. She really enjoyed Bob and Otto, but I was left underwhelmed. First off, it’s dull as dirt. Second, I don’t think the lesson it was trying to teach — jealousy — was executed well. The butterfly was trying to console the worm by telling him about all the great things worms are for, but it kind of came off as, “Even though you’re ugly and have an unappreciated job, and I’m obviously more beautiful, you’re not as worthless as you think.” Gee, thanks, butterfly. You’re a real friend. I mean, really....more
The best part about Waldo books is that they are so iconic. As much as I loved them in childhood, I love them even more as an adult, especially sinceThe best part about Waldo books is that they are so iconic. As much as I loved them in childhood, I love them even more as an adult, especially since I can now share the ultimate frustration of trying to find a certain character with my own kids.
I always get excited when I see a Waldo book being released. How many different ways can I find the characters? What new frustrations await me? In Where's Waldo? The Magnificent Mini Boxed Set, all the drawings are tiny and you get a cool magnifying glass! The difficulty level has definitely increased and I found myself having a little trouble locating Waldo even though these are the same scenarios from the previous editions.
I would recommend this edition for veteran Waldo finders, as younger children may get easily disheartened at not being able to find the characters as fast as they could with the other Waldo books. My 5-year-old in particular quickly gave up in her search on her own and only showed slightly more patience when I helped her. The magnifying glass, on the other hand, was a huge hit with my kids!
However, for those looking for more of a Waldo-finding challenge, this is a great book to get your neurons working! It's the perfect activity for a rainy day or if you are craving a bit of nostalgia.
A copy was provided for review from the publisher via YABC....more
At this point, I consider myself a Waldo expert. I have found him in almost every adventure, along with his stripe-shirted comrades. No, he's no matchAt this point, I consider myself a Waldo expert. I have found him in almost every adventure, along with his stripe-shirted comrades. No, he's no match for my superior searching skills that have been carefully honed since the ripe age of 7. I have even spotted the fellow in real life.
You may bow to my Waldo Finding Skillz.
This edition is no exception. It has new adventures to keep you up, screaming "Where the is Waldo?!" late into the night. Ahhh, the memories Waldo leaves in his wake. This is the perfect gift for your Waldo-Finding friend or family member. It even comes with a poster of Woof!
I was provided a copy for review via YABC. I was not paid for this review. I genuinely am a Waldo fanatic all by myself. ...more
This is by far my favorite Waldo edition! All seven books are bound in this travel sized book, perfect for long car rides, waiting in lines or air plaThis is by far my favorite Waldo edition! All seven books are bound in this travel sized book, perfect for long car rides, waiting in lines or air plane rides. Unlike Where's Waldo? The Magnificent Mini Boxed Set, the adventures aren't too small that you'd need assistance finding Waldo. Unfortunately, I still struggle with World of Waldos, Waldo: The Musical and World of Woofs. Those are easily the most difficult adventures to locate Waldo.
Other things I love about this edition:
1. The elastic bookmaker - This is one thing I wish the other editions had, but since this book is smaller, it works better in this format.
2. The sturdy, bendable cover - I love how this cover feels like a cross between a hardcover and paperback book. It could survive the love of a few kids and still maintain its practicality for flipping through the adventures.
3. Checklists: I was happy to see that the flip-out checklists were also included in this edition. The only thing is that the checklists only appear at the first adventure for each book. So, you'll have to flip back and forth to check off the found characters/items as you search. This works out better than having the checklists on each page. Otherwise, it would be too bulky.
Overall, if you are a Waldo fan, this edition is a must have.
I was provided a copy from the publisher for review via YABC....more
Let's see if I can write this review without calling this book ridiculously cute!
Janie Jane is one lucky little girl who gets puppy one day on her birLet's see if I can write this review without calling this book ridiculously cute!
Janie Jane is one lucky little girl who gets puppy one day on her birthday, Sir Yips-a-lot. The two are a happier than two pigs in a blanket and are inseparable until Janie Jane's birthday rolls around again and she's given a kitty as a present, Lady Meow-Meow. Janie Jane's attention begins to shift from her first pet to the newest. Lady Meow-Meow is the "shiny new toy" and Sir Yips-a-lot stars feeling the beginnings of jealousy.
My kids and I really enjoyed this book. The artwork was in comic book style, sometimes with arrows showing the sequence of pictures. It made it easier for my kids to follow along and understand the story. Not to mention the illustrations were just SO CUTE! :D
I also loved the message and believe Cute & Cuter would be the perfect book to read to a child expecting a new sibling who may feel left out during the adjustment period of an expanding family. It would be a great opportunity for a child to open up about their feelings and for the child to be reassured that he/she is not forgotten.
The only downside to Cute & Cuter is that now my daughter seems to think she's owed a puppy, kitty and an octopus. I blame Janie's parents for buying so many cool presents!
Guys, HE MAKES CUPCAKES RAIN FROM THE SKY. I love reading this one to my kids and it never gets old. It’s such a charming and cute story about jealousGuys, HE MAKES CUPCAKES RAIN FROM THE SKY. I love reading this one to my kids and it never gets old. It’s such a charming and cute story about jealousy and envy told in a way that is funny. The illustrations have legit GLITTER on the pages and the cover. This made my daughter eternally happy. (Okay… so me too. :D )...more