This book is hilarious. It’s clever. It’s fun. It uses play on words as much as it does play with numbers. There’s a real story here and it’s very cre...moreThis book is hilarious. It’s clever. It’s fun. It uses play on words as much as it does play with numbers. There’s a real story here and it’s very creatively done. I love it. I think it’s special.
There’s even a very amusing dedication page and a funny author’s bio section in the back of the book, etc. all using math, of course.
I’m embarrassed to say that there was at least one math problem that was over my head, this in a book for elementary school students. Ack!
I hated math until I took statistics in the psychology department in college, and since then I’ve loved the subject although I’m lacking in ability, but I wish it had been taught better to me when I was young, because I do think I’d have loved it from the start if that had been the case. I wish I’d had this book during my childhood.
The illustrations are wonderful. They’re offbeat, and they motivate the reader to do math using them.
The almost last page and the very last page are a hoot!(less)
Delightful! Mog is so endearing. I loved how Debbie, the girl in the house, sticks by Mog, even when she has her nightmare about a tiger. (That double...moreDelightful! Mog is so endearing. I loved how Debbie, the girl in the house, sticks by Mog, even when she has her nightmare about a tiger. (That double page illustration is my favorite picture in the book.) The illustrations are cute. The story is mostly funny, with a bit of sadness, and it has a fun twist ending. Readers who have known any less than brilliant cats and/or cats who find trouble, will especially enjoy this sweet book. It looks as though there are a lot of Mog books, and I’m sure after reading/listening to this book, many readers will want to read about the further adventures of Mog and the Thomas family.(less)
Oh, I just loved this book. (Thanks, Kathryn!) The illustrations are magical. The pictures LOOK like they’re dancing, at least when there is movement....moreOh, I just loved this book. (Thanks, Kathryn!) The illustrations are magical. The pictures LOOK like they’re dancing, at least when there is movement. My very favorite illustration was a one that’s static: it’s of Mabel and her dog Curly looking out the window, their backs to the reader.
The story of a young girl who’s put to bed before an adult dancing party downstairs, and who surreptiously views the party and then briefly joins in before being put back to bed, really rang true. What great parents for letting Mabel have her moment and yet still setting some limits. It did bring back memories of hiding at the top of the stairs to hear what was going on downstairs.
There is some repetition, counting, and sound effects, and they should appeal to young listeners, as should the illustrations and general storyline, but the language used to tell the story, that I’m thinking might not wow many young children. I liked it though.(less)
This quirky parody book went from really entertaining for me, a reader who hates The Giving Tree (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) with a pas...moreThis quirky parody book went from really entertaining for me, a reader who hates The Giving Tree (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...) with a passion, to okay maybe this is too topical, dark, dumb, black, with perhaps unwarranted or misplaced bias, etc. to the last pages and especially the last page, which was brilliant and to which I say touché! Touché particularly as regards to me, someone who hates the original book but who has a good 10,000 books in her apartment.
This picture book has a rather narrow audience range: I say it’s for adults who feel varying degrees of scorn, hatred, dislike, etc. for the book this book is parodying. It’s a picture book, but after I read it I took it off my childrens shelf. Older children and adolescents who’ve read and reacted with horror or sadness or other negative emotions to the original book might like this too, but it’s really a book for adults. It’s being marketed as a kids’ book though.
Also hilarious are the bios on the back inside cover of the author and the illustrator and the missing author photo that has been withheld by popular request.
The illustrations really worked well. I love the facial expressions on the boy/man and the trees, and all the colorful pictures.
Maybe it is just a gimmick, but oh how I chortled. I got a kick out of this. It’s kind of a one (or few) time read though. Unless I’m subjected to The Giving Tree and need a fix, this isn’t a book I’ll read again and again. But, it was sure an appropriate gift and I really enjoyed it. And, just as I finished writing this, I had the urge to read the book again, so maybe I will want to reread this, and I do want to share it with others who feel the way I do about The Giving Tree.
The last page got me to up this from 4 or 3 to 5 stars. (I have a warped sense of humor, yes.)(less)
This book is outdated. I loved reading about planet Pluto, but it’s a non-fiction book I wouldn’t recommend reading in 2010. In 1992, when it was publ...moreThis book is outdated. I loved reading about planet Pluto, but it’s a non-fiction book I wouldn’t recommend reading in 2010. In 1992, when it was published, I would have found it worthy.
The photos, illustrations, and other pictorial content are superb.
The solar system, the sun, each planet (at the time), asteroids, comets, and meteoroids are covered, and there is a fairly good index.
However, I’m sure there are more recently published books that would be better choices if the reader wants to learn about our solar system.
This was the sixth, optional for older children, book for this month’s “space” theme for the November Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group. I think I voted for it, but I should have checked its publication date.
This is tough to rate. It’s still got some interesting information that reflects our current knowledge so I will give it 3 stars. In 1992: 4 or 4-1/2 stars, now 1 or 2, though that’s not the book’s/author’s fault.
ETA: I just found out in a thread in the Children's Books group that this book does have an updated edition that explains the Pluto situation. I suspect I'd give that edition 4 stars. Make sure to get the newest edition of this book!!!(less)
A story that ended up bringing tears to my eyes, even though I thought it was not much better than mediocre for quite some time. Th...moreGorgeous paintings!
A story that ended up bringing tears to my eyes, even though I thought it was not much better than mediocre for quite some time. The story didn’t flow easily, I didn’t think, but it ended up being emotionally moving. The granddaughter-grandfather relationship is wonderful.
Not only wasn’t I in awe but I wasn’t even properly impressed with the first moon landing. Since then I’ve read books that have helped me to see the importance of that moment. This is one of them, and the best part of this book (other than some of the illustrations) is how the girl in the story (and her grandfather too) find personal meaning in what’s a worldwide sensation.
This is one of six books for the November “space” theme at the Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group and I’m so glad, because even though I like Aston and Pinkney, I doubt that I would have picked it up otherwise, and I ended up really enjoying it. I’m glad we have this historical fiction selection in the midst of (mostly) non-fiction books this month.
4 ½ stars for the paintings and 3 ½ stars for the story.(less)
I didn’t like the cover illustration or several of the other illustrations but adored many of them, includ...moreWow, this one was all over the place for me.
I didn’t like the cover illustration or several of the other illustrations but adored many of them, including the first page (love the cats & dog when they appear!!!), the moon shots, the foldout page, and many others. Just lovely!
There is some excellent information about the moon and moon exploration (for instance: the American flag put up got blown over when the spacecraft left, and because there is no air to carry sound waves, there is no sound, etc.), but I hated the “travelogue” aspect where the reader is told what they’ll feel and think if they’re making a journey to the moon; I don’t like the chutzpah of telling people what their reactions will be because the experience would be different for different explorers. I did like the environmental message about the importance of protecting the earth’s air and water; that message is given in a very straightforward manner.
Overall, I liked it, loving parts and not liking other parts. It probably deserves one more star but I can’t quite give it. 3-1/2 stars which might be upgraded as I think about it.
First of all I have to say that the illustrations in this book are truly magical! They’re amazing, beautiful, and very special. This is a gorgeous boo...moreFirst of all I have to say that the illustrations in this book are truly magical! They’re amazing, beautiful, and very special. This is a gorgeous book.
The story repeats the title line frequently, which is fun for young children. On the other hand, there’s quite a bit of suspense as the turtle faces one danger after another. Given that the turtle manages to avert falling prey to a catastrophe, many times due to human intervention of one sort or another, I think the book is fine for kids of all ages.
This book has a mission and that’s fine with me: the protection of endangered sea turtles. The story is of a particular turtle, a loggerhead sea turtle, and it follows her throughout her life cycle: from egg to laying eggs of her own.
There is a short informative and heartwarming author’s note at the end about all the rescue and protection efforts to protect these turtles. There is also a how you can help portion of that note.
So, except for extremely sensitive children, I think this is an excellent book. It’s a good read aloud book (for one child or a group of children) and also a good choice for independent readers. It also would be a perfect adjunct for lessons about endangered species, marine biology, the oceans, biology, and many nature and science subjects. I’m not sure whether I’d have adored it or been scared by it, or both, when I was young. I suspect it would have been both.(less)
Having recently read this author-illustrator’s (I am so impressed when book creators can do both the writing and illustrations!) Pumpkin Soup and Dog...moreHaving recently read this author-illustrator’s (I am so impressed when book creators can do both the writing and illustrations!) Pumpkin Soup and Dog Biscuit and given each of them 4 stars, I was intrigued by this book because of its title. And now, I’d definitely consider reading her other books too.
I think this is an excellent book for toddlers and preschoolers who tend to resist going to bed or as a bedtime story for any young child. Slightly older children might very well enjoy it too.
It’s a story of a very young child/baby who wants to stay up and play with everything in their environment but everything and everyone tells them it’s time to go to sleep. There’s a brief potentially scary moment when a shadowed figure comes up to the baby, but it turns out very well very quickly.
The pictures have a lot of clever touches and are enjoyable to view. Even the dedication page is incorporated into a beautiful and clever illustration.
I hated bedtime when I was young, and about half the kids I’ve known have also. This is a particularly fun book for kids who never want to go to bed when it’s time to go to sleep.(less)
This book is superb in every way. The illustrations and maps and photo, and diary entries too, are wonderful; the information is given clearly and in...moreThis book is superb in every way. The illustrations and maps and photo, and diary entries too, are wonderful; the information is given clearly and in detail and in an interesting manner, and at the end there are drawing and more details about the dinosaurs discovered by these paleontologists in the Utah/Colorado/Wyoming area during this era, in particular the Jurassic dinosaurs of the National Monument Quarry. Stellar job!
The late 1860s “Bone Wars” are made to sound so exciting here. Paleontologists trying to discover dinosaur fossils, especially something big, well, what an exciting era! The story of two of these men is covered, as well as much general information, including natural history museums of the era. Today’s Dinosaur National Monument’s history and how it came to be is covered. Makes me want to go there!
The maps and drawings and illustrations here are spectacular, rivaling this author-illustrator’s best. They’re all particularly great.
This is an excellent book for studying dinosaurs, fossils, the 3 main periods when dinosaurs lived, the discovery period of the late 1860s, paleontology and paleontologists’ work, and any related study subjects.
The ancillary material in the book is fabulous and at the end there is a wonderful author’s note, additional information about Earl Douglass and Andrew Carnegie, a glossary, and a bibliography.
This book is exciting; its account reads like a suspenseful mystery, all the while it’s covering history and natural history. Dinosaur lovers will adore it. I’m not a dinosaur fanatic, but this book further sparked the interest I already had.
These are very lucky family members, both to have the inherited talent and to have the family support and closeness. I did find it so funny about the kid (in this case (John) Thatcher Hurd) who couldn’t rebel except by (temporarily) not being an artist. I think this book shows how the important thing is to support and encourage children’s interests, whether they’re the same or different than parents/others’ interests. And it is fun reading about a family business that happens to be art.
I wanted a bit more though. A bit more about other family members (there is some) and more families/artists too. I did like how history and family history are incorporated into the stories of these specific artists and writers. I liked how some editors' letters were included.
There's a Books in the Family section in the back of the book that lists all the books written and illustrated by the above (as of publication date in 2007). There is also a glossary and it's mostly for art and publishing definitions.(less)
This one is a bit of a challenge for younger kids. Some of the shapes are ones they might have to learn, but it’s a terrific way to teach them. I found all the shapes quickly but I can see it being a true task for young kids. And, then it’s fun to look for all the other shapes that are in each painting.
Micklethwait is a genius at choosing paintings that will appeal to both children and their adults, and simply viewing the paintings in this book is enjoyable and educational too.
In the back of the book there’s a list with a bit more information about the paintings. I’m eager to read through most of this author’s books and I’ll keep them in mind for giving as gifts. They’re really wonderful.
I’m giving this book an extra start because I think it’s the best “shapes” book I’ve seen.(less)