The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish Series by Stephanie Guzman

If parents are looking for a fun series that teaches kids vital interpersonal skills, they don’t need to look any further than The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish, a series by author Stephanie Guzman.  

When readers first meet Oliver in Invitation Slip-up, the cheerful clownfish is not his usual happy self. It seems everyone has been invited to Sally the seahorse’s birthday party except he. It sure doesn’t help that his friend Paul is talking about what a great time it will be. Hurt and angry, Oliver finally confronts Sally, which leads him to find that sometimes things aren’t the way they seem.

In Acting Cool, Oliver and Paul enjoy playing with their new neighbor, Dolly, a dolphin whose body is covered in neon shapes. They spend the rest of the summer together, but when school starts, their friend Sally says she isn’t going to play with Dolly because of the way she looks. Paul and Oliver want to be cool, so at first they go along; but in the end, Oliver decides he must do what is right.

My youngest daughter (6) and I have read these books, together and separately. She is drawn to the vibrant illustrations provided by P.S. Babu  (Invitation Slip-up) and TD (Acting Cool), and the ease with which she can read through them. I, on the other hand, like a story where animal characters display human characteristics and deal with human conflicts. I feel this makes the message of the book easier for children to accept and appreciate. Most of all, though, these are delightful stories that will engage your youngster. I’m sure my daughter and I will be reading The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish again.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Invitation Slip-Up

  • Publisher: Not So Plain Jane Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1596640014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596640016
  • SRP:  $14.95
  • Acting Cool

  • Publisher: Not So Plain Jane Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1596640022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596640023
  • SRP:  $14.95

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    The Bear with Sticky Paws Won’t Go to Bed by Clara Vulliamy

    The adorable duo from The Bear with Sticky Paws and The Bear with Sticky Paws Goes to School are back with a whole new adventure in The Bear with the Sticky Paws Won’t Go to Bed.

    Lily is wide awake and doesn’t want her mother to tuck her in for the night. When the doorbell rings, Lily finds her friend, the bear with the sticky paws has arrived. He isn’t ready for bed either. So, they hop on Lily’s bed and take off out the window on an adventure that includes: 10 colorful drinks, 6 pebble faces, 3 grass skirts, and so much more!

    This is the first book by Clara Vulliamy I’ve read, and it is absolutely adorable. I couldn’t help but think of my own daughter, who at the age of 8, still fights bedtime.  With lyrical prose, high flying adventure, and a healthy dose of imagination, Vulliamy has created a story young readers are bound to enjoy.

    Vulliamy’s artwork is beautiful. The extra details like the face on the moon, the pinwheels sticking out of the sand, and bright pink flowers on the side of the cabana, will capture your child’s attention and have them oohing and aahing at every page.

    It’s large size (9 3/4″ x 10 3/4″) will make sure your child can find it on the shelf, but it won’t spend much time there because she’ll be asking to read it time and again.

    I look forward to reading more adventures with Lily and the bear with the sticky paws.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589250877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250871
  • SRP:  $15.95

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    Reviews on the Way for Select tiger tales Spring 2010 Titles

      I was so thrilled this week when our UPS man dropped off a box of books. Inside were finished review copies of the tiger tales Spring 2010 hardcover, paperback, and board book lines. I had not heard of tiger tales before, which is an imprint of ME Media, LLC. 

    Even though some of these books:  This Little Piggy, Animals Go, and Animals Talk are too young for my children, even my eight-year-old enjoyed reading through the rhymes of the first book and feeling the textured pages of the second and third titles.

    Having just skimmed through the 11 books we received, I can tell you that the vibrant colors, cute illustrations, and sizes of these books will make them easily recognizable on the shelf.

    I will review each of these titles separately. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

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    Answer to Dr. Seuss Trivia Question

    Yesterday we asked the following trivia question about Dr. Seuss:

    “Which Dr. Seuss book used just 220 words?”

    The correct answer, according to Don’t Know Much About Anything Else by Kenneth C. Davis is The Cat in the Hat, which was written in response to 1954 reports of poor reading in America.

    According to Common Knowledge, the classic Green Eggs and Ham was written using only 47 words that were arranged and re-arranged in different patterns.

    And that, my friends, is your Dr. Seuss trivia lesson for today. I’m glad I decided to talk about one of our most famous local children’s authors. I hope you enjoyed these posts.

    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

    While today is Read Across America Day, locally, it is also a special day to celebrate, because Theodore Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. You can find an extensive biography of the author at Seussville.

    In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I am going to share some of my favorite lines from his books:


    AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET!” – And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street


    “But that NOOTH GRUSH on my TOOTH BRUSH…

    Him I could do without!” – There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!


    “Should we tell her about it?

    Now, what should we do?

    Well…What would you do

    If your mother asked you?” – The Cat in the Hat


    “Oh the THINKS you can think up if only you try!” – Oh, the THINKS You Can Think!


    “That’s why I say, ‘Duckie!

    Don’t grumble! Don’t stew!

    Some critters are much-much

    oh, ever so much-much

    so muchly much-much more unlucky than you!'” – Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?


    ”Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.

    ‘Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!'” – How the Grinch Stole Christmas


    “The more that you read,

    the more things you will know.

    The more that you learn,

    the more places you’ll go.” – I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!


    “I do not eat green eggs and ham.

    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.” – Green Eggs and Ham

    Though I think this is common knowledge, Theodore Geisel also wrote several books under the name of Theo LeSieg (Geisel spelled backwards). Some of my favorites are: Wacky Wednesday, Come over to My House, and Hooper Humperdink…? NOT HIM!”

    Geisel also wrote a book under the name of Rosetta Stone which is titled Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo! This is a great book to read aloud. You can even make paper puppets of some of the characters that you glue to popsicle sticks so that kids can act it out as you read.

    What about you?  What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

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