I just got this from the library. So beautiful! I am going to have to buy a copy for Nana's house for sure. The story is very family oriented and hasI just got this from the library. So beautiful! I am going to have to buy a copy for Nana's house for sure. The story is very family oriented and has the perfect touch of Hebrew plus tikkum olam, or repairing the earth. We read it before bedtime and it reads as a natural goodnight story. :)...more
Smile by Raina Telgemeier really did make me smile. I had heard about the book but, I avoided it because I wasn’t really sure about graphic novels. FiSmile by Raina Telgemeier really did make me smile. I had heard about the book but, I avoided it because I wasn’t really sure about graphic novels. Finally, I took the plunge to read Smile. The book had me smiling from the start because of the connection to Girl Scouts which is an organization that I have been involved with for over 30 years. Seeing the characters in Girl Scout uniforms warmed my heart and I know that I was going to connect deeper with the novel as I continued to read. The pain, agony, and difficult situations might not have mirrored those I had in junior high, but I remembered feeling awkward and out of place, just like Raina.
Main character, Raina, has major issues when she has a mishap involving her teeth. It seems like trouble follows her, first forcing her into major orthodontia, then having to endure painful operations and teasing, all in her early teen years. Despite all of her troubles, Raina manages to have a few smiles, learn a few tough lessons, and come out on the other side a stronger person. Told in Graphic novel format, we are given a glimpse into many different parts of Raina life, meeting her family, friends, classmates, and dentists. Everything from love and friendship, to schoolwork and family life are covered.
I enjoyed meeting Raina. I enjoyed it so much; I made my husband read the book, then my mother. I put the book and their hands and let the book draw them in, the way it drew me in. That’s how a good book can make people feel. I felt connected, I wanted others to connect, and they did! I loved this book and am now willing to admit, I was surprised by how easy the graphic novel format was to read. I might have had to look back at pictures to gain understanding of some of the storylines, but overall the story flowed effortlessly. I can see why middle grade and YA readers like these books. So, Smile made me smile. I enjoyed the personal journey author Raina Telgemeier shared with readers, and I will happily read more of what she has to offer. (And I might just make others read it too!)
Crocodaddy by Kim Norman and illustrated by David Walker is one of those books that we fell in love with at my house. A rhyming story about a young boCrocodaddy by Kim Norman and illustrated by David Walker is one of those books that we fell in love with at my house. A rhyming story about a young boy whose imagination makes him believe that his father is a crocodile, this story is charming and sweet. The illustrations are beautifully done to show a father and son playing in the water, but cleverly showing a croc’s body (sometimes with dad’s swim trunks and shadow). The rhymes are perfect with splashes and roars punctuating a rhythmic day at a good old swimming spot.
There is just a lot to love about this book. It may not win awards or get on any best seller list, but it’s a treasure to read, especially if you are a father reading to your son. My Lil Guy loves to laugh about this one with his dad. There is something about the book that makes the reader feel like they are in on a secret, which is fun and gives a sense of confidence to the youngest “readers”. Maybe it’s also the beautiful pictures of a young boy spending quality time with his dad that also make this book appealing. Either way, I recommend Crocodaddy to fathers and sons, families who value quality time, reading books, and sharing a laugh.
The Circus Ship has all of the elements of a lovely picture book. It’s bright and colorful, cute and funny, lively and real. An actual true story of The Circus Ship has all of the elements of a lovely picture book. It’s bright and colorful, cute and funny, lively and real. An actual true story of a ship containing a circus full of animals was the inspiration for this story, but author Chris Van Dusen turns the story into a tale of animals who gain freedom from the shipwreck. An elephant, a zebra, a tiger, a lion, and a monkey are just a few of the creatures featured in this book. When their ocean trip to Boston is broken up, they swim to a nearby village and find a new home.
The book is told through perfectly written verse. It’s one of those books that was meant to be read aloud! We read it at our house before bedtime and it was a big success. The large pages full of colorful animals had us counting the animals that were hiding in the town. We also got to employ a few different voices during the reading, light and musical for some of the book and full of rage and bluster for other parts. It was a short but fun little read.
Circus lovers will instantly enjoy this amusing book, but so will non-circus lovers, like me. The story takes the circus into a homey new venue that pleases the animals and the reader. I also quite enjoyed the vocabulary and puns in the book, as well as the theme of finding a home where you are loved and wanted. Recommended for read-alouds for K-4.
And now introducing: The Lonely Hearts Club a beautifully clever book about one teen’s experiences dealing with a broken heart and learning how to lean on her friends, accept her family (with all their quirks), and possibly get revenge on teen boys. Penny Lane is named after the Beatle’s title character and she is almost as passionate about the Beatles as her parents, who are quite obsessed. Penny starts off in l.o.v.e. with a boy that she just knows is the one. the one! When he does the ultimate bad guy deed, she vows that all boys are jerks. She swears off dating and decides to focus on being the best she can be as a friend, sister, and daughter. Everyone around her see what she is doing and some girls even follow suit, forming this club, The Lonely Hearts Club. This book has a very loud Girl Power theme to it! The best part of this book isn’t the constant reference to the Beatles or the fun and quirky characters, it’s the surprising valuable and palatable lesson that Penny and her friends learn by the end of the book.
You already know that I love this book; I just hope that others are reading it and enjoying it as much as I did. I hope teen girls are talking about it. I hope, hope, hope, Eulberg writes more about these characters! (She has already hinted that she may return to these characters in the future.) The book isn’t too girlie, so it has appeal to a wide range of readers. I think it has a few mature scenes and should be reserved for teens. If you haven’t found Eulberg on your to be read list yet, I strongly suggest adding her books to your list....more
Told from a baby giraffe's point of view, this non-fiction story give simple details but also includes photographs. As I read with my 3 year old we weTold from a baby giraffe's point of view, this non-fiction story give simple details but also includes photographs. As I read with my 3 year old we were able to infer quite a bit about giraffe's without having read a list of facts. I would read more in this series....more
I remember when my niece was a little girl she would kiss each of the pages after we read the text in this adorable board book. We read it so many timI remember when my niece was a little girl she would kiss each of the pages after we read the text in this adorable board book. We read it so many times, the pages were soon stuck together from sticky kisses. Loved it....more