Purr-fectly Lucky by Kimberly Palmucci celebrates how special and unique being different is.
Lucky is similar to the other cats at the shelter in the way he likes to frolic and play. He is also different because he has three legs. Every day families visit the shelter looking for a cat to call their own. Who will come to bring Lucky home?
In this charming book of rhyme, Palmucci reminds young readers that being different is a good thing. Inspired by the story of her own unique shelter cat, Lucky’s sweet story is one that kids will enjoy time and again. It also is a great way to teach youngsters about accepting the differences of others they may know.
Brandi McCann provides the colorful and adorable artwork for this first book in the series. Large eyes, rounded faces, and bright colors combine to endear the reader to Lucky and his friends at the shelter. She captures emotions well. I look forward to seeing more of her artwork as the series continues.
A book that educates while it entertains, everyone is sure to enjoy this delightful story.
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Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 9, 2018)
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
If you’re looking for some spooky rhyming fun, then Monster School by Kate Coombs will fit the bill.
In this kooky and zany book, young readers will find rhymes about a student who loses things–like body parts, a unique family tree, a boy who avoids his homework, a girl who you would be wise not to cross, and more monsters with all kinds of antics. These delightful lyrics will entertain any youngster who enjoys monsters. Accompanied by spectacular artwork from Lee Gatlin, Monster School is sure to be a favorite for Halloween and other times of the year when you want a laugh. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, this book will get lots of reading time.
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Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Lexile Measure: 690
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 28, 2018)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown is a book whose mission is to empower young people to care for our planet. It is the final book in the author’s The ABC’s of Everything series. Like How to Eat Your ABCs–which we reviewed here–this is an ABC book told in rhyme. From “awaken” to “zen” and everything in between, readers will enjoy turning the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.
I have to applaud the author’s dedication and desire to reach children with important concepts as early as possible. In this particular case it’s to get young people to realize how vital caring for the planet and each other is. This is a book I could see being displayed on a coffee table because the artwork is lovely. This would also allow for regular discussions on the ABCs on this topic.
One thing that distracted from the book for me is how prevalent the author’s presence is throughout it. From the very opening the author is talking about her mission to educate all and to share the things she has to say (Awaken). The author wants to convey the meaning of living green (Green) . The author deplores when people consume beyond their needs (Quality). Children want to learn for themselves. They want to come to their own conclusions. By nature, their immature brains are self-absorbed. So how is a child going to be invested in this mission if she can’t see it as her own? McKeown easily makes her point in several other areas where the author’s presence is totally invisible. It is in those moments she’s chatting with her readers, not speaking at them.
The ABCs of Living Green is a good addition to the series. Just like The ABCs of Being Me and How to Eat Your ABCs, there is tremendous value in taking time to read this final installment. Lyrical prose combined with stunning artwork are a win-win.
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Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC (2018)
I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Here’s a book that inspires the entrepreneur in your kids.
Patrick loves fishing holes and his grandmother’s lemon meringue pie. When his fishing line snaps and he finds himself short on funds, he remembers his grandmother told him that just because he enjoys doing something doesn’t mean he can’t get paid for it too. This sets Patrick on a journey to turn his play into pay.
Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay by Shani Muhammad and Patrick Muhammad is a fun story that will encourage young people to turn their passion into something that can support them later on. It’s a great idea, so don’t be surprised if you see a few more lemonade stands out there this spring. I’m glad the authors are turning this into a series, because there is so much involved in this topic that this short story can only touch the surface of it.
Proving that creating a rhyming story is a neat concept but not always easy to put into practice, the rhymes kind of took over this story and became a distraction. The character of Patrick is fun enough with out them, so I hope that style is abandoned in future books.
Absolutely loved the artwork by Natalie Jurosky. It’s colorful, engaging, and expressive. Would love to see more from her.
Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay will inspire your children to think of the future and all it can be.
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Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: 5 Star Representatives (October 23, 2013)
I received a copy of this book from the authors. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Witty and clever rhymes combine with vibrant, colorful illustrations to teach the alphabet and encourage healthy eating in How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown.
Little BuzzBee is your host flying from A to Z talking about fruits, vegetables, and other edibles kids can find in the garden. This book is a neat way to learn about nutrition and help your kids gravitate toward healthy eating. One thing I could see this book being used for is as a family project where parents and/or grandparents help youngsters find a recipe to make based upon each letter. It might also inspire them to take up gardening to grow their own food.
My one challenge with the book is its length. Kids who are learning their ABCs may not have the attention span to sit through the reading of three to five lines of verse for 26 letters. There’s a lot of helpful information included, so I understand why the length was necessary, I just don’t believe it meets the expectations of the market that way. How to Eat Your ABC’s seems to be for a child in the 7 to 10 age range. If that’s the intended market, then it works.
I truly love the focus of the book and hope to see more from this author.
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Hardcover: 53 pages
Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC; First edition (September 1, 2016)
I received a free digital copy from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.