Category Archives: Book Reviews

Reading Series – “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume

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margaretA coming of age story, Margaret searches for a singular religious identity as well as journeying through puberty, boys, school and all the things that go with it.  First published in 1970 by Yearling, Judy’s Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” landed on Time’s Top 100 Fiction Books in 2011.  It’s popularity also spurned another book, only this time from a boys perspective.

Reading Series – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” By Ransom Riggs

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source - ransomriggs.comI’ve heard the old cliche “never judge a book by its cover”, but I did on this book and I am glad I did because Ransom Rigg’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was a frighteningly fantastical debut novel with just enough macabre and the ties that bind us to another human to keep you enveloped to the very end. I loved this young adult novel and the pictures that the story is built on really brings something to this story that so few books have.

Reading Series – The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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50I first read ‘The Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen when I was in grade school.  It was first published in 1987, and since then has been a classroom staple in the years following.  A story of survival, young Brian weathers the wilderness for 54 days after his plane crashes.  In his time there, he deals with how to survive, the death of the pilot and all the troubles in his home life. This is the first in a 5-book series and is definitely worth a read, especially if you have school aged children.

Reading Series – Green Eggs & Ham

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I think it would be very safe to assume that almost everyone at one point or another has read a book by Dr. Seuss.  I have and my daughter has quite the collection on her shelf.  One of her favourites is “Green Eggs & Ham.”
First published in 1960, ‘Green Eggs & Ham’  “was the 4th best-selling English language children’s book of all time.”  A part of the ‘Beginner’s Books’, this book has only 50 different words and simple vocabulary for children learning how to read.  It was a bet stemming between Dr. Seuss and his publisher that resulted in so few different words.  His publisher didn’t think he could write a book using that small amount of words.  Teacher’s and children have been reading this book since it’s publication and has been a class favourite ever since.

Reading Series – The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle

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4948Quoted as being “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time” ‘They Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.  Inspired by a hole punch, children are able to follow a very hungry caterpillar’s life cycle and the metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.  This book is great for early readers and not to mention helps with math with basic counting.  The pictures help beginners follow the story and strengthens developing reading skills.

Reading Series – That Yucky Love Thing by Michael Catchpool

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6611807Everyone is in love. Yuck. Double Yuck!  In “That Yucky Love Thing” by Michael Catchpool, a young boy is utterly disgusted by all the lovey dovey people in his life with all their kissing and holding hands.  Yuck.  So he leaves, but in his travels he only finds animals expressing their love. Double Yuck.  He then finds an abandoned Island where he gets to do all the awesome things he wants to do but soon comes to find a young girl living there as well.  Not so yucky.  This book is really funny as you can picture young children having the exact same reaction in real life.  The illustrations are quite good and I think that this would be a book good for young boys, but my Princess loves it too.  Come read about “That Yucky Love Thing.”

 

*I was not paid for this review and I purchased the book myself*

Reading Series – Bored Bill By Liz Pichon

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862071Mrs. Pickle’s dog Bill is bored.  He never wants to do the fun things that Mrs. Pickle does like cooking, reading and even kung fu!  In this story, Bill is swept away by a huge wind into space and meets some aliens where he learns what being bored is really about.  This book has colourful pictures, repetitive words that helps early readers and a story that is out of this world!  This book can be interactive as you can ask your children what makes them bored and what they can do to stop themselves from being bored.  Written by Liz Pichon, Bored Bill is a great story for children.

*I was not paid for this review and I purchased the book myself*