Sunday, April 17, 2016

Finito

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I'm sure I barely have any active followers after not being on here for years.  However, I do get some review request emails here and there.  I am no longer blogging on here and I'm pretty sure I won't be resurrecting it anytime in the near future.  However, I am active on Goodreads.  So if you would like to follow me on there you can and that'd be the best way to contact me right now as well.  Thanks for a great few years of blogging!



Monday, October 20, 2014

MIA


Hi, guys! Just wanted to drop a quick note and update everyone on where I have been.  I didn't abandon the blog (not intentionally) and will hopefully be back to reviewing some soon.  I received my first teaching job this year as an elementary librarian and have been crazy busy with that and my son.  I'm slowly settling into the position and am starting to feel a tad less overwhelmed, so I'm hoping that I can pick up on here a bit more.  It may not be that often right off the bat, but I don't want to completely leave the blog just yet.  Thanks for sticking around and wading out all my sporadicalness the last few years!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi Review

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Title:  Zero
Author:  
 Kathryn Otoshi
Audience:  3+
Rating: Highly Recommend
Publisher:  KO Kids Books
Published:  Sept. 15, 2010
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I fell in love with One and wasn't sure how she could do it again using simple numbers and colors, but Zero was just as good.  Kathryn Otoshi is a great author that writes amazing stories for little ones on issues that arise in children's lives and even adults can relate.

In Zero you follow the number zero as she feels empty and that she has no value, which means she can't count with the other numbers, but the number seven helps her realize that she does and she is able to count with them.

Kathryn Otoshi's Zero shows us that even though we might have moments where we feel worthless, we truly aren't and that there are others out there who like us for who we are.

Just like One, Zero is a great book that can be used with any little ones within the classroom or at home.  I would highly recommend adding this one to your children's library.

Let's discuss!  Have you read any of Kathryn Otoshi's work?  What did you think?  Will you be checking out Zero?


Friday, July 25, 2014

One by Kathryn Otoshi Review

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Title:  One
Author:  
 Kathryn Otoshi
Audience:  4+
Rating: Highly Recommend
Publisher:  KO Kids Books
Published:  Oct. 1, 2008
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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One by Kathryn Otoshi may look like a simple picture book based on it's illustrations, but it is far from it.  It has a powerful message for all young children that is told beautifully.

In One you follow blue who is a lonely color as he gets bullied by red.  The other colors try to make blue feel better, but no one sticks up to red until one comes along.  One is different from the others and soon all the other colors learn to say no.

Kathryn Otoshi does a fantastic job discussing the issue of bullying in a great way that will really speak to children.  Once I read it I thought the illustrations fit perfectly as well.

I would highly recommend One to anyone with children.  It would especially be useful for anti-bullying week within the schools.

Let's discuss!  Have you read One?  What did you think?  Will you be reading it?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre Review

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Title:  Too Much Glue
Author:  
 Jason Lefebvre
Illustrator: Zac Retz
Audience:  5-7 years
Rating: Recommend
Publisher:  Flashlight Press
Published:  Sept. 1, 2013
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebrvre is a silly story about a boy who loves using glue and is repeatedly told in art to only use a small amount.  Well, one day in art he decides to use a ton of glue and makes himself the masterpiece, which his teacher isn't that impressed with at first.  His dad; however, loves glue just as much as him and loves it!

Lefebrvre will have children laughing at the antics that happen throughout the story... from the boy using all the glue, to those trying different methods to unstick him, and how his family reacts in the end.  

Zac Retz' illustrations are great.  The images are  cartoony which help lend to the silliness in the story.  

Overall, I would recommend checking this one out even if it's at your local library.

Let's discuss!  Have you read Too Much Glue?  Will you be checking it out?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker Review

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Title:  Steam Train, Dream Train
Author:  
 Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Audience:  4-6 years
Rating: Highly Recommend
Publisher:  Chronicle Books
Published:  April 16, 2013
Source: Received from the author & publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I'm sure many of you have seen Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld's Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and possibly even Steam Train, Dream Train.  GGC is a NY Times Best Seller and I'm sure STDT will follow suite.

Steam Train, Dream Train is beautiful... in word and in images.  With the use of rhyming text Rinker takes you on a journey of one child's dream of zoo animals preparing to ride a train.  Rinker's words are beautifully written and she does a great job using rhymes that give an overall sense of peace within the story.

Tom Lichtenheld's illustrations are amazing.  They are beautifully done and definitely complete the story.  The images remind me of chalk or pastels which give a dreamy childlike feel.

I would absolutely recommend Steam Train, Dream Train to anyone that has children, needs a gift for a child, or has their own classroom or library.  It's a must for any children's collection.

Let's discuss!  Have you read STDT or GGCS?  What did you think of them?  Will you be checking this one out?

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