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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, by Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo (Inspiration), E.G. Keller (Illustrator)

19 May
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5 SOLID Stars

One of the sweetest books I’ve ever read.

My 6yr old granddaughter is already a BIG READER, and I couldn’t wait for her to come home so I could read this to her (she can read, but I wanted to read it to her). When I finished, she closed the book and studied the cover with a big smile on her face. “I REALLY like this book!” she said to me.

It’s the cutest of stories. What it is not is a political or social message. The story isn’t about understanding when someone is different, or even that who you love shouldn’t matter. The real message was that being different is normal, and that it’s abnormal to think otherwise.

Being different is NORMAL. That is the very simple message in the story. It’s told so simply, and the book is so full of happiness, that you don’t feel weighted by a Big Message in the story. You just want to open back to page one and read it all over again.


The Little Shop of Monsters, by R.L. Stine

26 Nov
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FIVE+ of Five stars

As far as my almost-4 year old granddaughter is concerned, this gets more than 5 stars.
When she saw it on the book bench, right away she said, “Oh no, this one is SCARY! …LET’S READ IT.”

She was immediately engaged. She held her nose for the stinky monsters, she tickled the not-ticklish monster, she was able to guess the rhyming name of one of the monsters…
And the moment the last page was turned: “LET’S READ IT AGAIN.”

The monster descriptions were scary, but Marc Brown’s illustrations were pretty cute, so it balanced out. Every page had some way for the child to engage with the story, all the way to the end.

I checked this out from the library, but this book was enjoyed enough to be a keeper. Off to the bookstore we go!

Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson

15 Nov
FIVE of FIVE stars

FIVE of FIVE stars

This is a lovely, beautiful book. The pictures are gorgeous and have a lot of detail to look at. Lots of little animal characters give me the chance to use lots of different voices when I read it out loud – and that always makes me happy.

But I never rate a kids book until I’ve read it to my 3 yr old granddaughter. She was immediately taken with Rabbit’s problem, and had lots of advice for him through the story. And the true sign of a five star rating: she wanted me to read it again the moment we finished.

It also gave us a lot to discuss. She talked about Rabbit having way more carrots than he needed, that one or two would have been enough, and how we don’t need to bring all of our possessions when we stay at a friend’s house. We spent a lot of time looking at the picture of the carrot party and deciding if we would like carrot juice or carrot soup.

It has everything I need to give it 5 stars. A good story, gorgeous detailed drawings, simple and basic lessons to be learned, lots of characters, and best of all – the request to read it again.

Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to review an advance copy. This book will definitely be purchased and added to my granddaughter’s book shelf.