Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE Z WAS ZAPPED by Chris Van Allsburg

The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts


While Van Allsburg probably wanted to display various actions and unusual wordsmith in this black and white alphabet book, the majority of them come off as being quite bizarre and disturbing. No child really wants to see their beloved A get pummeled in an avalanche, or the Q getting quartered by a giant knife. In fact, I found myself being oddly unsettled by the bitten B, drowned D, and cut to ribbons C. It is almost like  Van Allsburg was set out to torture the alphabet in this macabre book.

Even the things that give the book strength reinforce the creepy mood. All the illustrations are done with such precision and depth that they almost resemble black and white photographs. Under normal circumstances, this would be beautiful. However, the realism in this case mixed with the somber black an white colors add to the weirdness. Plus, while the vocabulary is at a higher level than most books, (i.e. quartered, uprooted, warped, etc.) Van Allsburg’s diction adds even more eerie realism to the book.

The only real method of plot, if you could call it one, is hinged on the fact that Allsburg puts "Act 1" though "Act 26" on the top of each page, while placing each letter on a stage. If you think about it, the letters are getting abused for the readers entertainment. I try not to think about that…

I love Chris Van Allsburg’s work, but this book was just a tad bit too bizarre. While I found myself enjoying the unique and creative perspective of it, the weirdness outweighed the whimsy. "The Z Was Zapped" is a fun novelty book for Halloween, but please do not share this book with young children.
by Luke D.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A PIG TALE by OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

A Pig Tale  Ziggy's dad, Iggy, is weird. Compared to all the other dads in town, Iggy does something no one else does; he collects anything and everything. For example, Iggy keeps biscuits, trash lids, and miles of old string. The funny part is, no one knows why Iggy does this. It's all a big secret, even to his son Ziggy.

    As the days goes on, the amount of clutter Iggy collects increase. The clutter increases so much that it's almost impossible to live in the house! Word suddenly gets out that Ziggy is living in a dumpster and soon gets bullied. Ziggy is so embarrassed and just wishes his dad would quit collecting nonsense. One evening, Ziggy heard loud noises coming from the barn in the backyard. suddenly, Iggy erupts from the barn showing off his masterpiece! Finally, it all made sense as to why Iggy collected so much clutter.

    I thought this book was well written. The plot was extremely relatable as I am sure there are plenty of kids out there who are equally embarrassed of their dads as much as Ziggy was. This book reminded me of the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" which is a great message to relay.

    The illustrations complimented the story really well. Each page was filled with busyness that paralleled to the amount of clutter Iggy was collecting. it was nice that every once in a while, two consecutive pages were illustrations only which allowed the reader to interpret the picture in his or her own way.


MS

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The English Roses By: Madonna


   

                                                                         
  The English Roses
  By: Madonna    
         
           The topic of this book is bullying and acceptance. The English Roses learn two important lessons in this book. The first one is not to judge someone based on how they look. The other lesson is not to bully someone, because you never know what they are going through. Madonna tells a story based on her own daughter and her group of friends. At the end she even says " They'll grow up to be incredible women one day. And you know what? They did. If you don't believe me, then go and find out for yourself. I didn't make this up.

           This book is about a group of friends that call themselves the English Roses. In the book a beautiful new girl named Binah moves to town, and the English Roses are very jealous of her. The English Roses decide to ignore Binah and pretend that she doesn't exist. Everyone around them loves Binah and talks about how kind she is constantly. this only makes the English Roses like Binah less. At the end of the book, however, they learn that Binah doesn't have a perfect life. After becoming more appreciative for their own lives, the English Roses accept Binah and consider her a friend. They even start making life a little easier for Binah once she is an English Rose.    

     The English Roses is illustrated by Jeffrey FulvimariThe illustrations in this book are very vibrant and colorful. They are cartoons and appear to be done with water colors. Each page has a lot going on with the images. The colors are playful and don't always follow nature. for example the sun on the back cover of the book is pink yellow orange and red. I like the style that the illustrator uses, it matches the story very well.
   
     I personally really liked the book and its message. I did not expect such an honest and entertaining tale to come from Madonna. I guess I should take her books advice and not judge the book based on her singing career and image. I also really like that she tells you that this is based on a true story. I think it is important to know that bullying is something everyone faces and not just your "nerdy" types.I would recommend this book for children in fourth or fifth grade because some of the vocabulary is a bit tough.
~Emily Couture



















And the Winner Is... by LL Cool J

This book is about a basketball player who learns the importance of sportsmanship, and humility through his experience as a player.

The topic/genre of the book is labeled as a fiction picture book.  It has way more illustration than words.

The pace/tone of this book is very easy to follow along because the words rhyme.  Although it is easy to follow along with the rhymes, there are some words that may be difficult to read for young children.

I really connected with this book because I am an athlete as well.  Growing up playing sports teaches you a lot such as good sportsmanship, humility, believing in yourself, and also staying humble.

I would recommend this book to children from the ages of 8 and up, those who enjoys sports, or other athletes because you really connect to it.  It makes you remember those hardships of being an athlete and the challenges that you have to overcome.

Matt S.
Image result for chicka chicka boom boom Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book. This book is a great way to introduce the alphabet to a child who is just learning it. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tells the letters in order, so that students will start to understand what the letter is and where it comes in alphabetical order. 
        Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great way to teach students the letter because it is an interactive story. This story has a song that goes along with it, so the first time you can read it and the next time you can sing it with your class.

           The illustrations throughout the whole book only enhance the overall theme of the book. The letters are bright and colorful and are very identifiable to anyone who is just learning what letters look like. Each page has a big coconut tree in the background to help keep the theme of the story clear. The illustrations are a great part of the book because they add to students perception of what the letter will look like.

           Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a story that I would recommend for anyone in Preschool or Kindergarten. The pictures are a great way to show students what the letters actually look like. The story also shows both the lower and upper case letters, which is a huge point when starting to learn the alphabet. The one thing that concerns me about this book is some of the word choices that are used could really confuse a young student. In my future classroom I can see myself using the book if I am introducing the alphabet to a class full of young students. Chicka Chick Boom Boom is a must read for anyone starting to learn the alphabet.

Jessica R.


If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Muffin by Laura Numeroff starts off with "If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it." The whole story is about if you do this for the moose then he will want this and so on. This children's book is about a moose and a little boy. The moose walks into the house and the little boy is sitting in the kitchen making muffin's. This is not a realistic story,  it is a very good story to start out with for 1st-2nd graders.

Throughout the book the moose keeps asking for different things after each other. Not once does the moose say thank you or appreciates what the boy does for him. He keeps requesting for things once he is done and gets bored of what he is doing. Page after page is repetitive and the illustrations are  neatly done and are eye catching. 1st-2nd graders will love this book, just like I did when I was learning how to read.

I personally enjoyed this book as a kid and I still do now as a young adult. The moose seems very innocent, but also seems selfish too for not acknowledging the little boy for all that he is doing. If you really enjoyed this book then you will also enjoy If you Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. They all have the same overall meaning, but with different characters and settings within the story. I really recommend this book for someone that is looking for an easy read that has good illustrations and is enjoyable!

-Erin L

Curious George Goes Sledding by Margret and H.A Rey's










Carious George goes sledding by Margret and H.A Rey’s is  another classic piece out of the series. It starts out by George and the man in the hat taking a trip to the local sledding hill. The man in the yellow hat got George a new sled. With all the snow they got, it was the perfect time to test the new sled out. The man in the yellow hat told George he could climb the hill but told him ”don't get in any trouble!” But anyone that knows George, knows that is impossible. When George got to the top he saw the other children making a snow man. George wanted to fit in so he decided to makes a snow man of his own. His snow ball got so big that the ball started rolling down the hill knocking children of their sleds. All of the sledders got mad and started chasing after George. While being chanced George noticed a little boy on his sled was heading right towards a tree. George raced over, jumped on the boys sled, and saved the boy from hitting the tree. Everyone saw Georges courageous actions and treated him more like a hero then a trouble maker! 
This story has a very valuable lesson. Even though George might make some mistakes, he is still has a very kind heart. Sometimes people don’t mean to do the things they do, they just don’t know any better.
I think that this book could be read to a wide variety of students from anywhere from kindergarten to 5th grade. The younger children will enjoy the illustrations and the laugh at the funny things that George goes through. This will be good for the older children because they will be more able to depict the overall theme of the book. 

Overall I gave this book a 9 out of 10. The illustration does a really good job of explaining what is going on in the book. The overall message is what makes the Curious George series so original and fun to read. I recommend everyone to read this book. I believe everyone will get the same enjoyment out of it as I did. 

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Joffe Numeroff

Image result for if you give a mouse a cookieIf You Give A Mouse A Cookie is a repetitive, nonfiction book about all the things a mouse would ask for if you gave him a cookie. After offering the mouse a cookie he will ask for a glass of milk then go to the bathroom and end up making a mess then want to clean it up. He will then be tired and want to nap before drawing a picture for the refrigerator. Seeing the fridge at the end of the day he will want another glass of milk making him want another cookie, therefore starting the story all over again.
It is a very simple book that is cute and good for a little kid. I personally loved the book as a little kid when learning to read. It is a very simple read. Most adults probably would not like it as much to read it to their children, and it is better for the children to read by themselves.
Some of the illustrations are very detailed with a lot of little things. Other illustrations only have one simple thing that the words on the page were about. There are a few you can see the young boy struggling to get whatever the mouse has asked for and others where the boy simply got him what he wanted.
Overall, I would say this is about an 8. I would say this book is for first or second grade students or beginning readers. Second graders would be able to read this on their own and it is a simple story that students reading themselves would be able to understand.

Brittany H.
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Where's Waldo by Martin Handford

This book is all about finding a man named Waldo because he is setting off to see the world. He travels to all these places and writes the readers a letter for every place he goes about the things he has seen.

The topic/genre of this book would be classified as a fiction picture book. This book is all about finding Waldo in all the places he goes and the things he sees.

The story/plot of this book is finding Waldo. Though the plot is simple this book is entertaining and fun to find Waldo and all the things he has seen.

The biggest part of this book was illustrations because of all the details to hide Waldo. For every page there is a different scene that Waldo is visiting and for every scene there are different types of people to try and hide Waldo. The main thing in every page is to have other things with red and white stripes to distract your eyes from finding Waldo.

This book is a fun book for road trips or if taking children somewhere you know will be a wait for anything. This strengthens the mind and eyes by having your mind not get distracted by the other red and white stripes but also works on your vision by allowing you to see the bigger picture to find more.

I recommend this for all ages! No matter what age most people like to find things in picture books. For the reading portion if the child is younger the parents will probably read to the children but as the child gets older I would say this book is a third grade reading level.

Marisa Cappelletty
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Flora the Flamingo by Molly Idle                                                                                                                                                                      

This book is about a girl, Flora, who is trying to copy the moves that the flamingo is doing. At first, she is trying to do this in a sneaky way, then as the book goes on the flamingo and Flora are dancing together.

The topic/genre would be considered a wordless picture book, and also it is a fiction book. The story or plot of this book is that a girl and a flamingo are trying to teach each other to dance and do different moves together.

The illustrations in this book are very fitting to this type of book. They are simplistic and have a modern twist on them which is very intriguing, in my opinion. There is also a feature in the book where you can flip part of the page over and see different emotions that Flora and the flamingo had after they did different moves. I really enjoy this part because it is a fun and interactive part of the book that could engage all ages.

I would recommend this book for kindergarten through fifth grade, since there are no words kindergartners will be able to understand it and because of the interaction piece older students will be able to enjoy it and even at 21 years old I enjoyed this book very much.

Amanda Barry

Curious George At The Beach by Margret and H.A. Rey's

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Curious George At The Beach 
by. Margret and H.A. Rey's

Curious George books have always been one of my favorites growing up. I picked this one to read because I love monkeys and I love the beach. Starting off, the cover art explains the setting of the story. It shows Curious George being curious as always, checking out a sand castle on the beach. It also has a picture of an older lady with a young boy who would later be featured in the story. 

This book goes through the different things George does while waiting for the man in the yellow hat to change into his swim suit. First he tries to get into a volleyball game but once he gets the ball the kids playing get mad and so he gives the ball back. Next George finds that the lifeguard's stand is open so he decides to take a look at it. He climbs up and uses the binoculars to look all around him. Soon after looking around he sees a little boy on the pier, but the boy is running towards a hole. George quickly reacts by blowing the whistle to alert the boy in trouble. George quickly runs over to him and grabs his leg just in time to save the boy. The spectators around him were very proud of George. 

The recommended age level for this book would probably be early elementary around first or second grade. I believe kindergartners would love to hear this book read to them. As the student's reading levels advance, for example when they get into first and early second grade the students should be able to read this book on their own. I personally really enjoyed reading this book. 

Personally I think the pictures could have been drawn clearer with more detail. Otherwise I liked the plot of the story and different situations Curious George put himself in, and the positive ending. I think first graders even second graders would love to read these books and find the trouble George gets into to be very amusing. 


- Marley Griffith 

Elephant Goes to School....By: Jerry Smath

Elephant Goes to School
By: Jerry Smath

 Elephant Goes to School is a book that is taken in many different places. He travels from his grandma's house to school and around the park. The illustrations are very relative to the story line. When you look at the colors and pictures in the book they are very bright and noticeable. They help draw the eye of the reader to the illustrations. You could read the story without reading the words, the illustrations are very well put together; therefore, you can read the story by looking at the pictures in the book. 
Jerry Smath starts his story with the Grandmother taking care of many animal kids. All the kids return to school and the elephant is the only one whom doesn't go to school. The grandma notices the elephant is upset and lets him go to school the next day. While at school elephant makes plenty of friends, learns the alphabet and also learns how to count. Elephant even helps out the bus when it breaks down. He takes the kids on his own elephant back ride to get them all home safely. 

Personally I really liked this book. It has a easy story line but is also challenging because of the amount of words that are on each page. If you were to give a child this book you might have to read it to them depending on grade level. With that said I would recommend this book to the early elementary levels. I chose these levels because the word complexity is hard to understand if the child has issues with reading comprehension. 

Mackenzie Fisette
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                                                         By: Laura Numeroff
    If you give a pig a pancake is a book about the consequences for doing something for someone who will always want and ask for more. The book starts off with, "If you give a pig a pancake, she’ll want some syrup to go with it. You’ll give her your favorite maple syrup. She’ll probably get all sticky, so she’ll want to take a bath." As the book goes on the pig asks for bubbles in her bath and a rubber ducky to play with and so on. The book is very repetitive in the notion of what the pig wants and what the little girl will give her.
     Growing up I always loved these books, but I also thought the pig was selfish because she never says thank you all the little girl does for her. I loved the colors and how the illustrations are kid friendly but realistic enough for kids to understand that this would never happen in real life. 
      This book is for a younger audience I would suggest this to kids anywhere from pre-k to 3rd grade. Any older than that I feel the kids would be bored and feel like they are being treated like a child because they need a higher intellect in literature.

-Morgan S.

CURIOUS GEROGE AND THE PIZZA By Margret and H.A. Rey

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CURIOUS GEROGE AND THE PIZZA

By Margret and H.A. Rey

 

This colorful story begins with George and his friend hungry for some pizza. George decides to go to a pizza parlor to order his special pizza. When George enters the pizza place he is memorized by Tony, the restaurant owner, tossing the pizza dough into the air. Instantly George wonders if he himself could effortlessly toss the pizza dough. When Tony gets a call for an urgent pizza delivery to a factory, and while Tony is getting his coat, George decides to take over and put his pizza tossing to the test.

While George is tossing the dough one falls on a lady, while one flies on the juke box. Tony is furious! Scared, George runs outside and hides in a truck. Tony’s wife reminds him of the urgent pizza delivery and he hurries out the door. When Tony arrives at the factory he is disappointed to find out that factory is closed and the gates are shut. Tony gets out of his truck to get the pizza from the back and finds George! Tony is upset at first, but then comes up with the idea to have George jump over the gate to deliver the pizza. The men at the factory are pleased with the delivery, and so is Tony! Tony then decides to make George and his friend a special pizza!

I thought that this was a great read for children. I have always loved the Curious George series. I find that kids have fun with the idea of a monkey having various adventures.  The vocabulary used is simple and understandable for young children. The illustrations in the book are colorful and engaging. The fact that George helps Tony when he needs it the most is a great lesson and message for children. I enjoyed the fact that Tony repaid George with a pizza for helping him. I think that students will enjoy this book.

I would give this book a 10! I would love to have this book in my classroom, along with the rest of the Curious George series. I believe that this book would be great for first and second grade; however I find enjoyment reading this book, so I do think it is for all ages! I believe students will enjoy the story along with the pictures; I know I did!

Mickenzee Elliott

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BAD DAY AT RIVERBEND by Chris VanAllsburg

Bad Day at Riverbend


This delightful Western tale starts as the sheriff of the small town of Riverbed is informed that a stagecoach has arrived in town, but is covered in a tar-like substance with no driver. The sherif goes out to look for the driver and finds him covered in the same strange substance. When the sheriff gets back to town, he is shocked to find whole portions of it have been consumed by i. The townsfolk claim to have seen a bright light just before things were draped in goo. When the light comes back, the sherif decides to follow it, leading him and his posse to a very large and very slender (stick figure) cowboy The sherif decides to attack it, but before they can do so,he and his posse are consumed by the bright light and covered in the strange substance. At this point, it is revealed that the bright light and strange substance was a little girl coloring with crayons on cowboy themed coloring pages and the story ends.

I just love Allsburg’s original perspective on the world of coloring. It seems to be a similar story a young child would come up wth while scribbling hough the page of a coloring book, but from the perspective of the book itself. To me the story is a wonderful tribute to children and their imagination. The story has no direct educational value, but instead is simply a fun and whimsical story to share with people.

I just love the wonderful artwork that Allsburg uses. It is very simplistic, but it is supposed to be that way. It takes the childhood wonder of coloring in a hole new way. Plus, Allsburg seems to keep his characters very vibrant and expressive despite the simplistic, coloring bokk-esque style.

That being said, I think the complexity of the story and some higher level vocabulary could draw very young readers away. I would say that the book could be of interest to third or fourth graders and beyond. You have to have a solid understanding and appreciation for coloring in order to fully appreciate the story. Plus adults may enjoy the story because it brings back the nostalgic of either them coloring as a child, or them watching their kids color. Furthermore, there is a slightly dark tone to the ending that could possibly starts and alarm very sensitive children.

Overall, this is a wonderfully imaginative story that children and adults alike can love. Allsberg once again takes a beloved concept of childhood wonder.and put a unique and imaginative spin on it. Another classic from a classic author that will stand the test o time. It might not be as popular as "The Polar Express" or "Jumanji", but to those that read it, I believe that it has the potential to become dear to their hearts.

Lucas D.

Friday, September 9, 2016

ARE YOU THERE, BABY BEAR? Debi Gliori










  

     Are you there, Baby Bear by Debi Gliori was my all time favorite
book as a child. My mother said that she would read it to me three or four times till i fell asleep at night. The cover of the book is filled with bright welcoming colors. The  cover seem like it would get someone interested with just the naked eye.
     The book starts out by big Papa bear falling asleep under a tree, when he woke up he lost his baby bear. The whole book follows Papa bear as he goes to different animals through out the forest asking if they have seen baby bear. After asking everyone in the forest Papa bear couldn't find his baby bear anywhere . You could see from the illustrations that Papa bear was getting very flustered and worried. Just when Papa bear was about to give up, he went back to where he was sleeping and on the other side of the tree was sitting mama bear and baby bear. The whole time he thought he lost baby bear but really he was with Mama. The book ends by Papa bear telling Mama bear that he knew where the baby was the whole time.
     This book is a very good book for student/children in pre-k or first grade. The book has a very smooth tone through out the book. Some parts of the book consists of different rythmic patterns. The thing that really drew me to the book was the illustrations. Each page had an interaction pop out pictures. I know children of a younger age will love to play with these different pictures. When assessing the book with the questions we did in class I rated it a 8 out of 10. The only thing it is lacking is challenging vocabulary and the plot is kind of bland. But besides that it is a very interesting  book that i recommend everyone to read.



-Logan Milligan

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Product DetailsPersonally I am not a reader, but I have enjoyed reading this book in the classroom I worked in during the summer. The Pout Pout Fish is a very gloomy fish through the first part of the book. He blames it on being born that way. The fish always claims that he is not made for smiling. He claims "With a mouth like mine I am destined to be glum." As he goes around the sea he is talking to his friends and continues to get the same response from others. The response is always along the lines of looking too sad or mad and it makes him unattractive. Toward the end of the story he is kissed by a "silent silver shimmer" and his frown turns upside down. The fish is not gloomy looking anymore and he found out he was wrong.


The plot of this book is centered around the ocean and the Pout Pout Fish's friends. His adventure through the ocean has him finding out many things about his friends and the new glimmer fish. He learns how to become happy once again and not scare others away. The story follows the fish and his friends. While he is on his adventure, he finds out that he has no problem being a gloomy fellow.


Within this book the pictures and illustrations are very bright and colorful. The visuals are also very detailed showing his pouty face everywhere and the backgrounds are very intricate.
I recommend that the parents read this book to children, as the book is very easy to get involved with. I also believe that the parents need to be involved because the words and reading level are more advanced.


Personally, I do not like the story told in this book. I don't believe that it is right for children having kissing be the help with everything. Overall this book is for the parents to read to the children and discuss while reading.


Mackenzie Fisette

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Product DetailsOh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a motivational children's book that helps students know that they can make it through any problem that they might face in their life time.

       Oh, the Places You'll Go! follows a young boy who has just started living on his own and he has to decide which direction he is going to go in life. The boy goes to many different places and has a lot of fun along the way. At on point in the book, the tone becomes very serious as Dr. Seuss tries to express the fact that not everything in our lives is going to be great and sometimes we are going to end up at a low place. The story then goes back to a happy tone to show that even though we might have some difficult times in our lives we can make it out and be a better person for it. The book concludes by telling us that we can do great things as soon as we get up and become motivate to do it.
    
       The illustrations are a great compliment to the book. At no point well reading this book will you stop and think that the illustrations are over powering the rest of the story. The illustrations perfectly describe the text that is on the page. Whenever the text is happy, the pictures are bright, colorful and have a lively feel to them, but when the text is dark and serious, the pictures also become dark and cold to reflect the same tone of the story.

         As a future educator I can see myself using Oh, the Places You'll Go! as part of my classroom library for my students to read and enjoy, along with me. This book is a great motivational tool for anyone 5 to 95. I love that this book can help students find motivation as they are starting to find their way in life.

Jessica R

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

      The cover art is very colorful. It shows the fish looking sad because he thinks it is just the way he is. It also shows different sea creatures such as crabs and a little squid looking at the Pout Pout fish, wondering why he is so sad.

      A brief summary about the book is that a fish called the Pout Pout fish swims along the sea talking to different friends. The friends ask him why he is so sad and he replies "It's just the way I am".  He doesn't think that he has the power to change his mood until a silver shimmer fish comes along and kisses him. He then is filled with a lot of joy and at the end of the story he calls himself "the Kiss Kiss fish."
   
      I personally love the illustrations in the book. The story line is very relatable, because a lot of kids now get stuck in their personality and or get stuck in their emotions. The end of the story is good because it shows how just a simple gesture from someone can change your whole mood.

      I recommend this book for all different age levels. The lesson behind the story line is very relatable for kids all ages. The illustrations and rythm of the sentence structure are catchy for both young kids and kids in middle school. It also teaches kids even though they may be stuck in a rut, they can get out of it.

- Marley Griffith

     



COME OVER TO MY HOUSE BY THEO. LESIEG


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Come Over To My House By Theo LeSieg
       
         This picture book was published in 1966 as a Dr. Suess beginner book. The story follows an unnamed protagonist as he travels all over the world to meet new people and "come over to their house". The book highlights the fact that even though each of the many characters is different, they all are kind and friendly. The overall topic is acceptance of one another despite race, religion, or social/economic status.

         There isn't really a plot to this book, rather it is informational for the children reading it. Its main purpose is to show them that you can be friends with people who have a different culture and are not just like you. the book highlights the different ways people live, eat, sleep, and play. It even talks about people being more or less wealthy than you and says that it is good to befriend these different types of people.

          The illustrations in this book are very bright and colorful, the artist is Richard Erdoes Each character and setting has its own set of vibrant colors and backgrounds. the images range from simple to complex, depending on the specific culture and architecture needed for that page. While each person is different, each of the characters and places are drawn in the same style and it is obvious that they are drawn by the same artist.

           As a child this was my favorite book to read and I owned multiple copies that were spread out among my various family members households. The images and story line captured my attention because it showed me places I may never be able to visit. As a child I loved looking at pictures from around the world and this book had everything I loved. It is written to rhyme and can be memorized by a child rather quickly so when the repeated line of "come over to my house, come over to play" appears, the child can say it with you. I would recommend this book for adults reading to children or beginning readers.

 -Emily Couture

The Pout Pout Fish from Deborah Diesen













While reading this book I learned that this should be for preschoolers up to kindergarten. If this is read in a preschool they would enjoy the colors and the wording in my opinion. I liked how it sounded like you could sing the book, that makes it easier for the children to follow along with the book and get into it. The topic of the fish unsure of why he is sad makes children question things in books at a young age, you could stop and ask the children why they think the fish has a pouting face.

They plot of they story is interesting considering the ending is unexpected. You knew the fish was going to find out why his face was pouting but you didn't see the ending coming. I liked how each character that was introduced got more blunt as the story went on about why the fish was pouting. They were curious as to why the fish was the way he was and throughout the story he figured it out for himself as well

The illustrations in this book are vibrant and fun! They catch the attention of the children and the pages are all different even with the repetition of the words. Colors are such an important part in children's books because that is what makes the children want to read it. The shapes she uses throughout the book are how things should look in real life but you can still tell that they were drawn and not taken with a camera.

I really enjoyed this book, when I read it I imagined myself reading it to my preschoolers and thinking of how much they would enjoy it! They love the bright colored books and animals which is something that young kids do like. I found it a little odd that she had such big words for this age of a book but it may be due to the fact that she may have expected the teachers to be reading it.

Marisa C.

POUT POUT FISH By Deborah Diesen


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I really enjoyed reading this book because of the way it was written. The Pout Pout Fish is a children's picture book. I would say this book would be in appropriate for first to second graders and above!

The story line and/or plot of this book is about a fish who is always sad, yet all of his friends are attempting to make him realize that he can be happy. Then something major happens to the pout pout fish to make him realize that being happy and spreading cheer is the way to be!

I personally really like the illustrations in this book because they are very vibrant and up beat, and they would also apeal to a lot of children. I also like how there's repetition with the words but not the pictures in the book.

Lastly, I really enjoyed the book overall. The pictures are captivating and the story is cute and appropriate for young children. One thing that was tricky with this book was that it used larger words that could be difficult for some children, however, I like it because it can be a challenge for some children!!

Amanda Barry

BIG RED BARN by Margaret Wise Brown


Image result for big red barn cover    Big Red Barn is a children's book, for children who are still learning to read with a lulling text and exquisite illustrations following the animal's day on the farm as they make their noises, play in the grass, and return to the big red barn at the end of the day to fall sound asleep. 
The plot of this book is to help children learn and understand what each animal is and what noises that animal makes and some of their functions on the farm. for example on one page it says "and a big white hen standing on one leg. And under the hen was a quiet egg.". from that sentence children can start putting together then hen's lay eggs and sit on them till they hatch into chicks. 
I myself use to find this book as an amazing adventure where I started to learn and grow about animals lives on the farm, which in a sense helped me understand more about what was going on right outside my grandma's window  on her farm. I was very attracted to to the bright, realistic illustrations of the animals on the farm. 
Morgan S. 

THE POUT-POUT FISH by DEBORAH DIESEN

The Pout-Pout FishThe cover of the Pout-Pout fish is a good illustration of the fish and how he is always frowning. The story is about the fish who swims around always with a frown on his face, until the end when he is kissed by another fish.

At the beginning of the book the fish refers to himself as a "pout-pout fish" who is very gloomy and always pouting. All of the other fish did not like that the fish was spreading "dreary-wearies all over the place".

He came across a clam, a jellyfish, a squid, and an octopus who all said something to the fish about needing to smile. None of the other fish appreciated his constant frown and told him that he needed to cheer up instead of being down. He then explained to the others that he was a "pout-pout fish with a pout-pout face, Spreading dreary wearies all over the place."

Everyone in the sea did not like his pouting, until he came across a fish who was bright and brilliant swimmer. She came and gave him a kiss and swam away. It was only then he realized he was not a pout pout fish, but a "kiss-kiss" fish and he went and kissed all of his friends.

I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I would use it more for me to read to the children because there are big words that they would not be able to understand. It is a cute book that I believe students would think is fun to read. I would say it would be good for kindergarten or first grade students.

Brittany H.

The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor by Stan & Jan Berenstain

      The Berenstain Bears Go to The Doctor by Stan and Jan Berenstain is a children's book that tells a story about a family of bears going to the doctor for a check up appointment. The cover of the book shows a good illustration of what the story is about. It shows the Doctor checking up on the cubs.

      The story begins with Mama bear telling her cubs that they have to take a visit to the doctors. The cubs are shocked by this because they aren't sick, so they don't understand why they have to see the Doctor.

Papa Bear comes in and says goodnight to his cubs and brags about never being sick. All of a sudden he starts to sneeze uncontrollably and he starts to become sick, but he continues to deny that there is a possibility that he is sick.

      Once they arrive to the Doctor's Office, the Berenstain family walks in and the cubs begin to get nervous and start to ask questions about what is going to happen during their check up. The cubs are very concerned they will have to get shots and are worried that it's going to hurt them. This story allows children to see what going to the Doctor's is all about. It walks them through what a normal check up would be and to show them that there is nothing to be afraid of.

      I really liked this book when I was a child. There are over 50 books in the collection and each one of them teaches a lesson that the child will need to know at some point in his or her life while growing up. I would recommend this book to first or second graders. There are equal amount of words and pictures throughout the story. The words aren't difficult, so it is a good book to start out reading when you are just learning how to.

Erin L