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Late Primary, Junior Books I Have Read Lately

Over the last few days, I read several books to review. I am just going to write mini-reviews to give you my overall impressions.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend (Book 2)Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
by Cheryl Carpinello
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Children’s Books I Have Read Lately.

I read a lot of children’s books to recommend to my librarian friends as well as books to read with my grandchildren. I am not going to post separate reviews for all of them, I am going to put the last 10 in this post.

Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica ArnaldoLittle Brothers & Little Sisters
4 Stars

I loved this story. I could relate to it on several levels. I was the youngest in the family until my little brother came along when I was seven. I also had two children of my own. Siblings always seem to have that have/have not kind of relationship when they are younger. I had it with mine and I saw it with my own children. Of course as adults, we can look back and laugh, but when you are living it, not as much. This book demonstrates the best and the worst of having a sibling when you are young. There are cute pictures, simple, easy text. A great book to use when siblings are having problems or when expecting a new child in the home as a introduction to what may be coming your way. A good one for a family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

A Fire Truck for Chuck by Annika DunkleeA Fire Truck For Chuck
4 Stars 

There is not much to add after reading the description of this book. It says, “Told not in verse but with plenty of fun rhyme and repetition, this story’s bright, cartoon-like art conveys Chuck’s full range of emotions. With humor and warmth, it’s a lovable read-aloud that captures a child’s joy for their favorite toy.”

Lots of words that rhyme with “truck” abound in this story. Chuck could be any little boy who loves to play, whether in the living room or in the muck outside. He reminded me of my son who was always dirty. A fun story that I can see young children enjoying. A great addition to a pre-school or Kindergarten classroom. You could use it with older students to get them to write about the theme of my favorite toy or possession as well. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Crackerjack Jack by Bowman WilkerCrackerjack Jack
4 Stars

This is a cute and entertaining read for children. Yes, the duck gets away with the money and lives a life of luxury, but that is not the purpose of the book. It is a silly story with a lot of wordplay that can be used for entertainment or as a mentor text for older students learning about various speech elements. The illustrations compliment the text and are large and colorful. They alone can tell the story. A cute book for a school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Red Sky at Night

36648689by Elly MacKay

Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Tundra Books
5 Stars

My Review: This book is comprised of “weather sayings,” some of which we have probably all heard before and others that I had never heard of. If you follow the illustrations they tell a story of a grandfather taking his grandchildren fishing. The illustrations were the best part of the book for me. They were done paper artist, Elly McKay. They were beautiful scenes and look three dimensional. The colours are soft and the illustrations are large. You can look at each page for quite awhile to see everything that is happening. When you get to the end of the book, there is information about each saying such as where it came from, who wrote it etc. Most of them are partially true and have their roots in science. This would be a great book to use in a school in various ways. It can be used in a weather unit, as an inspiration for an art lesson using paper layers and even for an english unit to write sayings, research etc. A great book for any school library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. Continue reading “Red Sky at Night”

Fairy Mom and Me

Fairy Mom and Meby Sophie Kinsella

Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018
4 Stars

 

 

My Review: Fairy Mom and Me is the first book in a new children’s series by Sophie Kinsella. This could be read independently by beginning chapter book readers, but seems to be written as a book for parents and children to read together, specifically girls and their mothers. The book is narrated by Ella. She comes from a family that has a long line of female fairies. Her mom looks like a regular mom most of the time, but with her magic word, “Marchmallow” she becomes a fairy. Problem is, she is not very good at magic. The story is so much fun. Each chapter is about one of her spells and what happens when she tries. them. The story is also about Ella and how she copes with her bratty, not best friend, Zoe, who lives next door.

There are some pictures scattered within the book to break up the chapters and to interest younger readers. I would recommend this book to anyone age 7 and up. I love the back of the book where there are questions for parents and children or teachers and their classes as well as activities that go with the story. Messages about being patient, dealing with bullies or mean children and playing fair are all in the story and easily recognizable for discussion. I am waiting to see if the next book in the series is as cute as this one. A great book for families, primary classrooms and school libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. Continue reading “Fairy Mom and Me”

The Snowbear

The Snowbearby Sean TaylorClaire Alexander (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by words & pictures
5 Stars

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The Santa Thief

29332831by Alane Adams

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Sparkpress
4.5 Stars

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The Wacky Winter Wonderland (Hubble Bubble)

Hubble Bubble: The Wacky Winter Wonderland (Hubble Bubble Series)by Tracey CorderoyJoe Berger (Illustrator)

Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Nosy Crow
4 Stars

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Mary Lindeen Non-Fiction, Life Science Books

Animal DefensesAnimal Defenses

Published July 1st 2017 by Norwood House Press
4 Stars

My review: This is a great beginning to read, non-fiction book. The pictures are large and visually appealing. The text is full of high frequency words and makes it easy to read for young readers as well as easy to understand if it is being read to them. The content words are listed at the back of the book, so could be introduced prior to reading. A great book for use in a primary classroom studying animals and how they protect themselves. I liked that the animals species in the book were varied and showed many different kinds of defenses from camouflage to use of skin and hide as well as animals that use teeth and claws. The information was presented in a very succinct way so children could remember things easily. I recommend this book to schools and primary classrooms as well as family libraries, especially if your children like animals and non-fiction books. As with other Mary Lindeen books, there are questions, facts, websites and books for further information and notes to parents. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleReduce, Reuse, Recycle

Published July 1st 2017 by Norwood House Press
3 Stars

My Review: This is a great beginning to read, non-fiction book. The pictures are large and visually appealing. The text is full of high frequency words and makes it easy to read for young readers as well as easy to understand if it is being read to them. The content words are listed at the back of the book, so could be introduced prior to reading. A great book for use in a primary classroom studying the environment and the 3Rs of how to help the planet by producing less garbage. I liked the reduce and reuse sections, but the recycle missed a great opportunity. It showed things made from recycled materials, but really didn’t discuss how and what to recycle. Recycling boxes were not even shown. The information was presented in a very succinct way so children could remember things easily. I recommend this book to schools and primary classrooms as well as family libraries, especially when learning about the environment and the problems with garbage. As with other Mary Lindeen books, there are questions, facts, websites and books for further information and notes to parents. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

The Backup Bunny

The Backup Bunnyby Abigail RaynerGreg Stones (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by NorthSouth Books
4 Stars

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