Erika-Elizabeth's Review: G. Guff's Granpa Guff, the Accidental Astronaut leave the reader in suspense right from the start of the book. The story is about how Grandpa Guff accidentally ends up on a trip to Mars. He has some troubles along the way when he meets some hairy spiders who were Mexican Barking Spiders. The illustrations were good and many were quite humorous while depicting gross and funny parts of the book. As a nine year old girl, I think all children will like this book. The story has a mysterious air to it as Granpa Guff has you believing his story may be real. The book was very descriptive and well-written and I loved how imaginative the names of the cities were. I think the book is a great read for children and is quite funny.
Our Review: The story is about a girl who comes from a family of readers, though she is not one of them. Her mother is an author and while some children would be proud, she finds it embarrassing. The book helps show the reader that just because they have a disability, it doesn't mean they need to be embarrassed. The story is well-written, humorous in many spots and in the point of view of the teenage character. Her dog Hound is also a huge delight and does a great job supporting her as comic relief with his affliction. There were some parts in the story that I did not see coming and they were hilarious! My daughter could not stop laughing throughout the book and it was hard to put the book down. We look forward to reading more of the author's stories and hope they are just as much of a delight as this one was.
Our Review: The book is about a little boy named Timmy and his pet and best friend Joe. Joe is incredibly cute in his outdoor clothing. Timmy does what too few people do. He looks around and appreciates all the beauty in the world that God has created. As Timmy enjoys the beauty of an osprey flying above and Joe is hiding because he doesn't want to be eaten (he is a lizard after all), it poops on Timmy's head. The story is humorous as the tale continues with Timmy having questions about God and why things happen. While the story is something most people would go through, questioning God, it was hard to not laugh throughout the story. The illustrations were well drawn and made the story even more funny. Our family had a fire and my daughter was left with some of the same questions as Timmy. I think this book helped her understand a bit better too.
Our Review: “Butterfly Girls” written by Beryl Reichenberg is a lovely story about two girls and a butterfly that teaches a little bit about Monarch butterflies while doing it in a make believe way. The book contains a mixture of photographs and illustrations beautifully done. For a few of the larger words that might be hard to understand, the back of the book had a glossary. The story was well-written and imaginative. It kept the reader listening and one can only imagine what this author's other books look like.
Our Review: Sandra Bennet's humorous tale, "Gingerbread Aliens," follows three brothers and the trouble they cause, which gets quite out of hand. A simple day of baking turns into a blown out of proportion extravaganza that will get the reader so involved in what is happening at the moment that it will leave the reader wondering what will happen next. My daughter thought the gingerbread aliens looked cute and funny and while the illustrations were not in color, they were well-drawn. I found it interesting that some of the words were done with a different font to emphasize words in the book. All in all, it was an enjoyable book to read. Sandra has told me that it is a book for early readers and reluctant readers who are in between stages from colored picture books to larger chapter book without any illustrations. I think this is a good idea! Just a note, this e-book isn't available in Canada.
Our Review: Ray Turner's "In the Land of Rhyme" is a delight to read. The rhymes were well-written and easy to read. They easily rolled off the tongue, making it fun and the story within was entertaining. The illustrations were well-drawn and enjoyable to view. A book that will have readers reading it again and again. My husband who is not much for poetry enjoyed listening to this as well. I would recommend this book for any shelf!
Our Review: “The Homework Goblin,” written by Ashley Howland is about a boy, his homework and the Homework Goblin that is a well-written story that leaves the reader in suspense as they continue to read, wondering what might happen next. The story keeps the reader interested at all times and is easy for children to read. The story was very creative and my daughter and I did not see the ending coming. The story had action in it, causing the reader to become more involved as they wonder what happens next. The story was very creative and my daughter and I look forward to reading some of Ashley Howland's other books.
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