Everyone needs to read this (and the sequel). Mirka has all the "best" of teenage strife rolled up into her one little head. I love all the Hebrew worEveryone needs to read this (and the sequel). Mirka has all the "best" of teenage strife rolled up into her one little head. I love all the Hebrew words interlaced in the text. It adds a little more kick to the book. ...more
I cannot stress this enough. BUY THIS SERIES! This is a tender little series about an owl, named Owly and his best friend who is a worm named Wormy, oI cannot stress this enough. BUY THIS SERIES! This is a tender little series about an owl, named Owly and his best friend who is a worm named Wormy, of course. Owly has big adorable eyes and little tiny wings, that don’t know how to fly. He likes going to one of the local gardening shops to look at new plants and look up information in the oodles of books they have.
The best thing about this series is (and you are going to think I’m sick in the head perhaps)… there are NO words! How great is that! For younger kids who can’t read yet or for kids who have trouble reading, or kids that want to use their imaginations, this is the perfect series. This way they can make up the conversations, the voices and expand on the emotions of the character. They can think about how the characters are feeling and how they imagine the characters would express these emotions.
This is also great for libraries with high populations of people that do not speak English, or do not speak it well. They are not burdened with having to know the English language and they can still enjoy it. If they have a very limited understanding of English, you will still be able to discuss the book without fear of them missing anything. Plus the series is something entertaining, and not purely educational (which can sometimes be boring).
I am no teacher by far, but I imagine teachers everywhere exclaiming in joy over this series. According to an article put out by ALA, wordless picture books promote language development, they allow you to concentrate on the illustrations, allow you to think about the feelings of the characters, and discuss how the story is moving along.
In conclusion, I repeat BUY THIS SERIES! Thank you....more
The Babymouse books are darling and fun to read. These should be quite acceptable in any school, especially the girls. With the pink and black illustrThe Babymouse books are darling and fun to read. These should be quite acceptable in any school, especially the girls. With the pink and black illustrations, girls will quickly snatch these off your shelves. The main character, Babymouse would like to be popular (in fact, she would like to be Queen of the WORLD!), however, she’s not willing to sacrifice her style, personality or her friends in order to get there. She would be a great role model for kids because she has a great imagination and a definite opinion about EVERYTHING. Unfortunately she’s got her problems too. She has trouble getting up in the morning (don’t we all), she misses the bus in the morning quite a bit, she’s always forgetting her sneakers for gym and she spends a lot of time getting eaten by her locker.
This will definitely not be a boy’s first choice, but I think this could be a charming addition to every reluctant reader’s wish list....more
I wanted to like this one. The concept was cute and the illustrations are interesting and drawn in a way that will appeal to kids. However, there areI wanted to like this one. The concept was cute and the illustrations are interesting and drawn in a way that will appeal to kids. However, there are a few things that bug me:
1) Some of the names of things: Onomatoland and Bubtopia Arena, for example. This is just like in science fiction novels where the characters have unpronounceable names. Its confusing, and in this case, there is no explanation, which goes into the second reason I was bugged by this comic book. 2) Borp Holes: These are holes that you can travel into and they transport you to different places. You don’t have control over where they send you, they can just send you anywhere. There is no explanation for these either, they just exist.
I’m not asking for an in depth dissertation into the logic of borp holes or why the names of some things are so confusing, but a general introduction would have been appreciated. Also it felt that the book started in the middle of everything. There are a lot of characters, mostly friends of Bumperboy’s, but all we really know is their names, we don’t get to know them, although that may have been pretty time consuming, because we are introduced to a lot of them. There was no “Hello, my name is Bumperboy, I’m really good at playing marbles and my best friends are my dog, Bumperpup and Gordy.”
This is a cute comic book. I hope that in the new comic, Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain, we get to know more about the characters and more insight that lets us know who Bumperboy and his friends really are.
P.S. After writing this review on my blog, I read other people’s reviews and everyone loves it… maybe I’m just insane....more
This is the perfect little book for all ages. Its about an eight-year-old girl named Hailey who spends her summers in the woods with Salamander. He teThis is the perfect little book for all ages. Its about an eight-year-old girl named Hailey who spends her summers in the woods with Salamander. He tells her wonderful stories about his friends in the woods, and she listens.
Then she starts growing up, and she doesn’t have as much time to spend with Salamander. She has other friends and they spend their days reading magazines and talking about boys. Every so often though, she bumps into Salamander and he tells her another story. Until one day…
This is a lovely story for anyone who loves to use their imagination in order to go to wild places or meet interesting characters. Its great for people of all ages, even adults, as they can reflect on times past when they were children with vivid imaginations.
The illustrations are darling and simple in black and green. The lines are clean and clear; almost child like in their simplicity, but that adds to the dreamlike quality.
This is a great addition to any collection. Suitable and easy to relate to in children of all ages....more