#BookReview: The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

#BookReview: The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

The Seventh WishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

middle grade

A school uninvited Kate Messner from an author visit because her latest book, The Seventh Wish, deals with substance abuse. My father is an addict. I felt all of the fear, anger, and disappointment that Charlie feels when her sister’s heroin addiction starts to tear their family apart. Rebecca Stead meets Wonderfalls, this book uses magic to deal with a very real and common problem. Kids need access to this book.

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#PictureBook Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

#PictureBook Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

GigantosaurusGigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: 2014

Dinosaur version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Dino moms warn little dinos of Gigantosaurus before they go off and play. Little Ankylosaurus keeps tricking the others by screaming and telling them to run and hide from Gigantosaurus. On the edge of the page, there are clues as to what dino is really coming toward them which is fun for little ones to point out. This happens several times and finally the friends are fed up. They don’t believe it when little Ankylosaurus is REALLY warning them of Gigantosaurus. After Gigantosaurus wanders off, the friends think their little buddy Ankylosaurus had been turned into lunch. Luckily, their friend is ok and apologizes for tricking them.

The last two pages of the book gives some information about each of the dinosaurs encountered throughout the story. And I was most happy to see in the back endpapers the disclaimer that Gigantosaurs had been made up for the story BUT that it is very similar to what once was a real dinosaur, the Giganotosaurus.

A pet peeve is when all we are given is Generic Dinosaur. I appreciate it when picture books try to accurately depict a specific genus of dinosaur. There are little curious minds who want to know! 🙂

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#PictureBook Review: Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

#PictureBook Review: Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

Dino-BasketballDino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published: 2011

I have to say that I am a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I was thinking it was going to be playing heavily to “boys who love sports and dinosaurs because duh they are boys”. Instead, I was pretty impressed with how this book handled gender. There are dino cheerleaders but several of them are wearing pants. Several if not most of the dinosaurs playing basketball are referred to as “she”. We enjoyed pointing out the Allosaurus and other favorites on each page. The text is simple rhyme and basically gives play-by-play of the game. Fun… and apparently somewhat progressive!

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#PictureBook Review: Boy by James Mayhew

#PictureBook Review: Boy by James Mayhew

BoyBoy by James Mayhew

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Published: 2004

A boy wakes up cold in his cave. He finds several other places to get warm and comfy, but they are already occupied by sabertooth cats, mammoths, or… dinosaurs? Really beautiful illustrations but I had one major issue with this book. A large sauropod alongside Ice Age mammals and homo sapiens? This is a real problem for me and my 4.5 year old who is obsessed with the Ice Age and saber tooth cats.

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#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Up, Down, and AroundUp, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: 2007

Adorable book about all of the wonderful things you can find and grow in the garden! “Corn grows up. Carrots grow down. Cucumbers climb around and around.” “Fresh and tasty, get a bunch. Pick some. Pull some. Let’s have lunch!” Simple, sweet, and a great reminder that growing and eating vegetables can be fun and delicious!

This would be another great action storytime title. Ask the kids to pop up, crouch down low, or twirl around and around.

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#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness  The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

published: 2004

picture book, nonfiction

This book does an excellent job of keeping text per page short with a lot of white space and great illustration, while also including lots of facts and diagrams of various body systems such as the nervous, digestive, and circulatory systems. It wraps up showing lots of kids doing fun activities and asks your audience which is their favorite.

Excellent beginning book for talking about the human body with young curious children!

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#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

picture book

Published: 2010

Bright and beautiful book that cleverly informs about several different dinosaurs in rhyme. The repetitive action rhymes would be great for storytime encouraging the children to get up and do the actions along with each dinosaur.

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