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The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Joffe Numeroff
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Sep 26, 2011

really liked it

The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza is about a girl, Anna, who loves to read. She reads everywhere she goes and she goes to the library everyday. She has three best friends who all love different things (dance, soccer and art). The friends call themselves the Jellybeans because that is their favorite candy and just like jellybeans are different, so are the girls. The girls all go to school together and one day they were assigned to read a book and write a report. Anna took the girls to the library and they all found books about things that they loved. When it came time for them to read their reports, Anna was very nervous and did not want to read hers to the class. Her three best friends went up to Anna and held her hands and told her she could do it. Anna found the courage to read her report to the class. To celebrate, the four friends went to their favorite candy store and shared jellybeans.

I think the quality of the plot was good. It was easy to understand which is good for young readers. However, it wasn't so easy that it wasn't interesting. I think the story included good lessons for young readers like how we are all different but can still be friends and how to encourage each other. Also, it shows children that there are books about things that they love and not just "boring" subjects.

I think the age range would be between primary and intermediate. I think the words and story are simple and interesting enough for a primary reader to understand but I think the subject matter (i.e. writing reports) would relate better to intermediate readers.

Artistic elements include the illustrations in the book. They are very colorful and appealing to the eyes. They look like they've been drawn with colored pencils and maybe painted with water colors. They are realistically drawn for the most part. For example, the animals actually look like animals but they're wearing clothes which isn't realistic. The pictures don't take up the whole page, so the writing is either above or below the illustration. The text is a font that looks like someone wrote it so I think that makes the story a little more personal.

I recommend this book because it has good lessons and morals for children to learn. The pictures are detailed, realistic, and full of color. This would be a good book to read to children who don't like reading because it shows that there are books that anyone would enjoy and reading can be fun.

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