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Sat 3 Nov 2012
Celebrity sightings are often newsworthy events.
Someone sees George Clooney eating in a restaurant or Katy Perry purchasing toilet paper and pictures or anecdotes immediately pop up on the Internet.
Part of what makes celebrity sightings newsworthy is that famous folks are often elusive. It’s hard to tell when or where they might appear.
Margi Preus didn’t have that problem when she wrote Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World (Christy Ottaviano Books, 2010). She knew exactly where most of her subjects were. And, she was fairly confident they weren’t going anywhere.
This delightful book looks at 14 famous trees — most of which are still standing. Some are famous for their height or width. Others are famous for cool things that happened to them or near them. Most are very old, and many can be visited, if you have a big enough travel budget.
The book tells highlights from each tree’s history, where it’s located, what type of tree it is and about how old it is. Fun comparisons put everything into context. One tree is taller than the Statue of Liberty. Another is older than any other living thing on earth. And yet another weighs more than a town of 20,000 peoople.
Whether you read this book intently, which I would recommend, or merely flip through it, you will come away with a new appreciation for the trees all around you.
As the author says: “Each tree has a story to tell.”
Today, Sonia joins us to share her thoughts. She’s shown in the photo with a turtle made out of a tree trunk.
Take it away, Sonia!
Today’s reviewer: Sonia
I like: Playing piano and clarinet. Having sleepovers with my friends. Playing on my iPod. Reading books.
This book was about: All these different kinds of trees and how they got their names.
My favorite tree was: The Post Office Tree. I thought it was cool that people would pin a whole bunch of letters on it, and then travelers who would pass by would pick up their letters.
The most interesting tree was: The Scythe Tree. Because the soldier left his scythe in the tree and said he would come back, but he didn’t, and then two soldiers after him saw what he did and did the exact same thing. And, you can still see their blades in the tree.
The tree I’d most like to visit is: Hyperion. Because it’s taller than the tallest skyscraper and the Statue of Liberty.
The tree that surprised me the most was: General Sherman. Because it weighs more than lots of dinosauers put together.
The most unusual tree was: Methuselah. Because it looks like one tree with a whole bunch of other trees attached to it.
The most memorable tree was: The Tree of One Hundred Horses. Because it had a queen under it along with 100 horses. That’s a really big tree.
The most impressive tree was: The Major Oak. It looks like you can go inside of it. And Robin Hood met his men there and hid there.
The neatest tree I’ve ever seen is: A small little pine that’s almost as tall as me. My dad calls it “Sonia’s tree.” Even though it’s really not mine.
Thank you, Sonia!
If you’d like to learn more about author Margi Preus, you can visit her website. You also can read this kid review of her book Heart of a Samurai.
If you’d like to learn more about illustrator Rebecca Gibbon, you can view more of her artwork.
If you’ve seen one of these trees — or if you’d like to share a story about your favorite tree — please do so in the comments below.
Fri 6 Jul 2012
Today’s guest reviewer has pets — a cat and a gerbil to be exact.
So when she decided that another cat would be a good thing, others in our family were not convinced.
“You already have a cat,” said her dad.
“Another cat means more cat hair,” said her older sister.
But Sonia would not be dissuaded. She made a list of reasons another cat was a good idea. (See the photo in the lower right.) She shared the merits of cats. She drew pictures of cats. She dreamed about cats.
Eventually, her persistence won out, and Sunny joined our family.
Sonia’s story is remarkably similar to Prudence’s as described in Prudence Wants a Pet (Roaring Brook Press, 2011) by Cathleen Daly and Stephen Michael King.
Prudence desperately wants a pet. Her parents say no for all the usual reasons. Prudence decides to take matters into her own hands and tries out a branch, a twig, a shoe, a tire and her baby brother as possible pets.
Let’s just say none are ideal.
Things look hopeful when her parents say she can get a packet of sea buddies. But the buddies don’t move or even have faces.
It is the final straw. Prudence takes to her closet in despair.
Which leads to her parents having a whispered conversation.
I won’t share the ending, except to say everyone involved is happy. And that’s always a good thing.
As an aside, this is totally my kind of picture book. It has the sort of dry, understated humor that I like with a lot of heart just below its surface.
The writing is well done. And, I love how the illustrations only show the parents’ legs and arms.
Now, let’s see what animal-loving Sonia had to say.
Our reviewer: Sonia
Things I like to do: Play with my new cat, Sunny. Play with water. Make concoctions. Play with sidewalk chalk, draw, sleep and eat.
This book was about: A girl who wants a pet, but her parents don’t want one. They think it’s too much work.
My favorite part was: When Prudence got a pet that was a cat.
I was worried when: She lost Twig.
I was surprised when: She used her little brother as a pet.
My favorite words or phrase in the book was: “Dad broke the branch into little bits and put them on the woodpile.”
My favorite picture in the book is: When she’s hugging the kitten.
Three words that describe this book: “Pet.” “Meow.” “Branch.”
Other kids reading the book should watch for: Her begging for a pet. The small specks in the fish bowl. And, when her little brother turns green.
You should read this book because: If you want a pet, it shows you how to get one. (Sonia’s best tip from her own personal experience? “Say you’ll clean the cat litter.”)
Thank you, Sonia!
If you’d like to learn more about author Cathleen Daly, you can:
If you’d like to learn more about illustrator Stephen Michael King, you can:
Wed 9 May 2012
Today’s guest reviewer is a bit of a nature enthusiast. She enjoys all kinds of animals — especially in their natural habitat.
So I was confident she’d appreciate Birds of a Feather (WordSong, 2011) a collection of poems about different types of birds by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple.
And she did.
The book features two-page spreads, each containing one of Stemple’s glorious photos followed by one of Yolen’s marvelous poems about that particular type of bird. Small sidebar boxes provide an interesting fact about each bird. I especially liked the brevity of these. They told just enough to intrigue but not overwhelm.
When it came time to take a photo of Sonia with the book for this blog post, she insisted on doing it outside — even though it was raining heavily — because, “That’s where the birds are. It only makes sense.”
So I bowed her superior judgement, followed her outside and took her photo. Yes, I got a little wet, but it was worth it to maintain this blog’s artistic integrity.
Besides, I figured it could have been worse. She could have asked me to climb a tree.
Take it away, Sonia!
Today’s reviewer: Sonia
I like: Animals — especially horses and pigs – my gerbil and my cat.
Favorite fact I learned: That the kingfisher slaps fish against a tree to kill them. I also liked his blue mohawk.
Most surprising fact I learned: That crows can work together to beat an eagle when they need to.
Most unusual bird: The hooded merganser. It looks like it has a huge brain. It also sort of looks like the bride of Frankenstein. Or maybe like it’s an ancient Egyptian.
Cutest bird: The chickadee. It’s a sweet, little puffball.
Most mysterious bird: The cedar waxwings. They look like they’re wearing masks.
Best beaks: The marbled godwit. Its beak is long. And its head is really tiny. And, the oystercatchers’ beaks are bright orange.
The funniest poem: The one about the terns. It used the word “turn” a lot. And the one about the owl uses “hoo” and “who.”
Favorite poems: The one about the kingfisher that starts, “Hey, girl.” And the one about the kingbird that calls it a “flying ninja.”
Thank you, Sonia.
If you’d like to learn more about Jane, you can visit her website. (For a kid review of another Jane Yolen book, check out Elsie’s Bird.)
If you’d like to learn more about Jason, you can visit his website.
Tue 21 Feb 2012
Posted by Pat under Book reviews
I could tell you that Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire (Schwartz & Wade, 2012) is an outstanding, laugh-out-loud book.
I could say that it’s chock full of eccentric, endearing characters, lovely writing, inside jokes and humor designed to appeal to kids and parents.
I could also tell you that it uses language better than any book I remember reading in a good long while without sacrificing story in the slightest.
And all those things would be true.
But I think today’s guest reviewer, Sonia, who absolutely adored this book, is a better authority than I. She is, as they say, the target demographic.
Sonia was in quite the chatty mood when we discussed this book, and here’s how she summed up the plot. She said everything below without taking a breath. I’ve added punctuation and a paragraph break for clarity.
This book was about a couple of bunnies helping a little girl find her parents because some foxes took them so they could decode a recipe about how to cook bunnies. But the bunnies are very smart bunnies except for Mr. Bunny who just wants the weird marmot to decode the recipe. But the foxes want to decode the recipe too, and then the marmot captures Madeline because he just wants to eat garlic bread and he doesn’t want Mr. Bunny and Madeline to follow him to his new house, but they do and then he just keeps on moving but they keep following him and he does not like it and Mr. Bunny thinks that the butler in the one who is behind it but he isn’t.
And then Madeline’s uncle gets sick so she has to get the bunnies to help her and when the bunnies move into their new house and there is a new red car there and Mr. Bunny really, really, really wants to drive it but number one he doesn’t know how to get it started and number two Mrs. Bunny does not want Mr. Bunny to drive the car because she is scared that Mr. Bunny will hurt himself and her while driving the car, but Mr. Bunny puts on some purple disco heels so he can reach the gas pedal and after that they go pick up the marmot and the marmot uses the recipe to wipe after he goes to the bathroom …
Sonia showed every sign of wanting to keep going in this fashion, but then I reminded her that brevity is the soul of wit, and we moved on to the other questions.
(Plus, she hadn’t even mentioned MY favorite parts of the book which included shoes made of dental floss, a lively commentary on the necessity of a monarchy, a game called “What’s that lump?” a cool reference to burying the lead and a character whose speech patterns closely resemble Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.)
But enough about me. Without further ado, here’s more of what Sonia had to say:
Our reviewer: Sonia
Things I like to do: Jump rope, sing, watch TV, and play with my cat and gerbil but not at the same time. (That’s what my mom told me to say.) I also like playing on my mom’s iPod and playing on Webkinz World with my stuffed koala, Esther.
The best part was when: Mr. Bunny had to drive the car wearing high heels. Purple, disco high heels.
I smiled when: When Madeline met Prince Charles wearing her shoes made out of used dental floss. Mrs. Bunny made the shoes for her.
I was worried when: Madeleine got captured. (I knew it was by the marmot, but I thought he was in cahoots with the foxes.)
I was surprised when: Flo and Mildred couldn’t remember Uncle Runyon’s address. That’s just sad.
This book taught me: You never know if you’re going to talk to a bunny that can solve a case you need help with and drive a car wearing high heels.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Mr. Bunny.” “Drives.” “In heels.”
My favorite line or phrase in this book is: “ ‘It’s not our fault. For such a little girl, you certainly have a big bottom,’ said Mr. Bunny.” My second favorite phrase was, “For so I am called.” Mr. Bunny said it all the time whenever someone used his name.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The funny lines that Mr. Bunny says. That’s why he’s my favorite character.
You should read this book because: Mr. Bunny’s funny.
Thank you, Sonia!
Sonia and I both strongly suggest you read this book as soon as possible. We haven’t even mentioned the story lines surrounding bonnets, things that explode, industrial rubber and prune plums.
You can learn more about author Polly Horvath by visiting her website.
You can learn more about illustrator Sophie Blackall by visiting her website.
As an interesting sidelight, I was in New York last month and rode the subway. While I was riding, I admired a poster hanging in the train showing … people on a subway. When I read Mr. and Mrs Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire, I thought the art looked familiar even though Madeline and the bunnies don’t go anywhere near a subway. Why would they when Mr. Bunny has a red smart car and very cool driving shoes?
Anyway, a little Googling showed me that Sophie Blackall was the artist for the subway posters, too. Exciting!
Wed 11 Jan 2012
So what do you get when you combine parts of several different fairy tales with a case of mistaken identity and the notion that it might be better not to be royalty?
If you’re lucky, you get Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene’s new picture book The Princess and the Pig (Walker Books, 2011). It’s an extremely well-done homage to traditional fairy tales with a few fresh and very unexpected twists.
Today’s guest reviewer has already shown she has an affinity for pigs, so she seemed to be the perfect person to review this book.
Today’s reviewer: Sonia.
I like: Pigs, horses, sleeping and using the computer.
This book was about: A princess and a pig. The pig and the princess accidentally switch spots when the queen drops the princess. The princess falls over the edge of the tower into a haycart. When the princess lands in the cart, the pig flies up and lands in the princess’s cradle. The king thinks a bad witch has turned the princess into a pig just like happens all the time in stories. And the farmer thinks a good witch has turned the piglet into a baby.
The best part of the book was when: The farmer first got the pig. I love pigs.
I smiled when: The pig and the princess switched places.
I was worried when: The pig didn’t like being a princess, but the princess liked being a farmer’s daughter. I felt bad for the piggy. She seemed depressed that she was now a princess.
I was suprised when: The farmer returned the princess when she was all grown up and the queen thought the farmer was lying so the girl could get married to a fancy prince. But he wasn’t.
My favorite line or phrase was: “And so, without a second thought, the baby became Pigmella, the farmer’s daughter, and the piglet became Priscilla, the royal princess.
My favorite picture was when: The pig was running away because she didn’t want to wear her fancy dress.
Other people reading this book should watch for: The difference between the princess and the farmer’s daughter. As Pigmella grew older, she was smarter and beautiful and was admired by everyone she met. As Priscilla grew older, she grew not-so smart and not-so beautiful and was avoided by everyone she met.
Three words that describe this book are: “Princess.” “Pig.” “Stories.”
You should read this book because: It’s like five different stories in one. It has a little part of “Sleeping Beauty,” a little part of “Thumbelina,” a little of “The Prince and the Pauper,” a little bit of “Puss and Boots” and a little bit of “The Frog Prince.”
This book is getting some love over at the Cybils. It was one of seven books chosen as a finalist for the 2011 best fiction picture book award. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day.
And, it got a positively gushing review from the School Library Journal, which declared, in part:
“My first instinct was to just throw it on the pile with the rest of the princessey fare. Fortunately, I heard some low-key buzz about the book, making it clear that there might be something worthwhile going on here. Thank goodness I did, too. Ladies and gentlemen, two men have come together and somehow produced a book that thumbs its nose at the notion of a little girl wanting to be a princess. In fact, when it comes right down to it, this is a tale about how sometimes it’s difficult to tell the royalty from the swine. Now that’s a lesson I can get behind!”
If you’d like to learn more about author Jonathan Emmett, check out his funny responses to these serious questions.
If you’d like to learn more about illustrator Poly Bernatene, visit his website. He lives in Argentina, so it’s in Spanish, but you can use Google Translate to get a passable English version. And, of course, his artwork is beautiful in any language.
Thu 22 Dec 2011
Posted by Pat under Family
I hope you have a happy, peaceful holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate.
Here is my contribution to the holiday cheer. This is my daughter, Sonia, playing piano at her school concert.
This was her first-ever “public” performance. Her piece? “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”
Sun 18 Dec 2011
I read a lot of children’s books.
And thanks to Twitter, my writing friends and the Internet, I have a pretty lengthy list of books that I’ve heard a good buzz about requested through interlibrary loan. And, I’m always happy when I sit down to read one of them.
But, I still love browsing through the children’s section of my local library and discovering a gem of a book I haven’t heard of before.
That’s what happened a few weeks ago when I found Earth to Clunk (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011) a picture book written by Pam Smallcomb and illustrated by Joe Berger.
It shares the story of a boy whose teacher tells him to write a letter to a pen pal named Clunk who lives on another planet. The boy doesn’t want a pen pal, so along with his letters he sends odd items from Earth that he hopes will scare Clunk away. But Clunk counters with some unlikely objects of his own, and an unusual friendship is formed.
Allow me to gush for just a moment. This book is hilarious. Hil-ar-i-ous. In a very dry, deadpan way. Pam Smallcomb’s text is funny by itself. My favorite line is, “I’m sending Clunk an electric toothbrush, a toilet plunger, and a string of Christmas lights. He will be so confused he’ll never send me another thing.”
But when illustrator Joe Berger adds in a lot of clever details in the artwork, the story just takes off. This is a picture book that merits multiple readings just to pick up on everything that’s going on.
But enough from me. Now, let’s hear from today’s guest reviewer.
Our reviewer: Sonia
I like: Snuggling with my cat, playing with my gerbil and making art.
This book was about: Having a pen pal from another planet.
The best part was when: He sent his big sister to Quazar.
I smiled when: The zoid fell in love with his big sister.
I was worried when: He didn’t get a package from Clunk for a while.
I was surprised when: He didn’t want a pen pal at first and was mean to him.
This book taught me: If you ever send your big sister away, she’ll always come back.
My favorite line or phrase in the book is: “I’m sending Clunk my big sister. THAT will teach him to have a pen pal from Earth.”
My favorite picture was: When his sister comes back to earth with a disgusting glob of something on her head.
Three words that describe this book: “Clunk.” “Zoid.” “Forps.”
Other kids reading this book should watch for: All the packages that go back and forth between Quazar and Earth.
You should read this book because: It’s really funny.
Sonia has a pen pal in London, England whom she just started writing. She says if she had a pen pal on another planet, she’d send these items:
• An apple. “Because I like them.”
• A cat. “But not my cat — another cat — so my pen pal could see how affectionate kitties can be.”
• My big sister. (I guess no explanation is needed here.)
If you’d like to learn more about Pam, you can visit her website or read this blog interview.
If you’d like to learn more about Joe, you can visit his website or watch this television interview he did for another book he illustrated.
Sun 16 Oct 2011
Posted by Pat under Book reviews
There are picture books that are funny. Picture books that are reassuring. Picture books that are instructional. Picture books that share a story.
Then, there are picture books that are simply, unequivocally, beautiful.
Such is the case with Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee’s Stars (Beach Lane Books, 2011).
This is a picture book where the text and illustrations carry absolutely equal weight and combine into something greater than either could be alone.
As you might expect, it’s about stars. But not in a National Geographic sort of way. (Not that there would be anything wrong with that, it just would be another sort of book altogether.) Instead, this book is an ode to stars and their many uses — real and imagined.
Underneath all that, it’s reassurance that everyone has star power inside them to draw on when they need it most.
Of course, it received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist and School Library Journal.
It’s lyrical. It’s lovely. It’s life-affirming.
Today’s guest reviewer didn’t use those exact words. But she chose this book from a pile of recent releases and said it was her favorite. And I respect her opinion, because she’s something of a picture book connoisseur.
She’s also an honest critic. There have been many times she’s finished a book, looked at me and said, “Well, that was … odd.”
Not so today.
Let’s hear from Sonia, shown at the upper left, who decided to wrap herself up in her favorite star-spangled blanket in honor of the book. She also took a picture of her favorite star on her favorite blanket, and that’s shown to the right.
Today’s reviewer: Sonia
I like: To read about animals and sharks and play on my mom’s computer. I also like watching “Scooby-Doo.”
This book was about: Stars. And where you might find a star. And what you should do with one. And how to make your own out of paper.
The best part was when: Everybody was in their pajamas looking for stars on the roof.
This book taught me: Where to find stars. And that you should always look for them.
Three words that describe this book: “Shiny.” “Sparkly.” “Stars.”
My favorite phrase from this book is: “But you can draw a star on shiny paper and cut around it. Then, you can put it in your pocket. Having a star in you pocket is like having your best rock in your pocket, but different. Because a star is different from a rock.” (Here, Sonia pauses to note that although she likes stars, she’d rather have a rock in her pocket. Because she collects rocks. And, “A rock is something you can kick.”)
My favorite picture was: All the kids putting on their pajamas so they’ll have a better chance to see the stars.
You should read this book because: I really liked it. I like stars. They’re shiny and cool. Although they’re actually really hot because stars are like tiny, little suns.
Thank you, Sonia!
To learn more about Mary Lyn Ray, read this interview.
To learn more about Marla Frazee, visit her website.
Sun 14 Aug 2011
Like most kids this time of year, Sonia is getting ready to go back to school.
Her gym shoes are labeled. (With her first AND last name.)
Her pencils are sharpened. (Thanks to a sparkling, pink, shoe-shaped sharpener.)
And her summer reading list is complete. (See the photo at the lower left.)
So she’s ready to go back to school. But first, she wants to tell you about one of the favorite books she read this summer — Fourth-Grade Fairy (Aladdin, 2011) by Eileen Cook.
Sonia’s starting fourth grade herself this fall, which is one reason she liked the book, but the story also is about a lot of her favorite things — animals, fairies, magic and a main character with an annoying older sister. (OK, so that last part may not be her favorite, but it is something she says she’s experienced in real life.)
The book is about Willow Doyle. She comes from a family of fairies. Willow’s destined to be a fairy godmother, which doesn’t excite her too much. Her older sister, Lucinda, is a tiny fairy with wings, and that seems more thrilling to Willow. But if she had her fondest wish granted, she’d be a human.
That’s not likely to happen, however, as fairies of any kind aren’t encouraged to associate with humans, or “humdrums” as they’re referred to in casual conversation.
For her 10th birthday, Willow gets the chance to live out her wish and attend human school for two weeks. Of course, that ends up being much harder than she anticipated, especially after her fairy gift of being able to talk to animals kicks in and the perfect Lucinda gets captured by a human.
Want to hear more? Take it away, Sonia!
Today’s reviewer: Sonia
I like to: Read, watch TV, play “Go Fish” with my grandpa, play croquet and cook.
This book was about: A girl named Willow Doyle and her sister, Lucinda. Lucinda is a fairy, and in their family, everyone gets their powers when they turn 10. Willow did too, but she kept them a secret, because she wanted to go to a human school. Willow’s talent is talking to animals. She talks to a dog, who’s her best friend. She also meets a bird at a human friend’s house. Willow doesn’t like the bird’s feet, and the bird finds out and is not happy. Willow has done a lot of research on humans, and she’s going to become a fairy godmother. Later, Willow ends up saving her sister, after she’s caught in a jar.
The best part was when: Willow got to keep the dog. Because Willow could talk to animals, she told the dog not to eat her sister.
I smiled when: Willow got pink sparkly hair after she went to the doctor’s office.
I was worried when: The dog almost got run over, and when Willow told the bird it had weird feet.
I was surprised when: Willow still got to go to human school even though she hadn’t told her parents about her powers. She got to go all year because she saved her sister.
This book taught me: Only mythical creatures can talk to animals.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Willow.” “Fairy.” “Godmother.”
My favorite line or phrase in this book is: “If your know-it-all sister is captured in a jar by the neighborhood humdrum kid, you might feel: A — happy, B — excited or C — really scared, and you might throw up.”
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The multiple-choice questions that start each chapter. They’re really funny.
You should read this book because: Willow gets to talk to animals, and I like animals. And there are fairies and godmothers and mythical creatures. I like all those things, too.
Thanks, Sonia. Have fun in fourth grade.
If you’d like to see what other reviewers had to say about this book, check out these blogs below. And, may I simply add, these are three of the best-named blogs I have encountered yet:
• My Love Affair with Books
• Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
• Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
And, if you’d like to learn more about author Eileen Cook — who’s written several awesome young-adult books, as well — visit her website or read this interview. Eileen also has a blog.
Tue 7 Jun 2011
Young readers first met Nellie Sue, and all her glittery glory, in Rebecca Janni’s debut picture book Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse. (Dutton Children’s Books, 2010).
The spunky cowgirl proved to be so popular that’s she’s back for another adventure in Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots (Dutton Children’s Books, 2011).
In this tale, Nellie Sue has mastered riding Beauty, her two-wheeled horse, and is looking for a friend to help her break in her new dancing boots. But the only girl her age in the neighborhood seems more interested in ballet than barn dances. But Nellie Sue doesn’t give up until she and Anna find out just what they have in common.
The story features lots of down-home language, vibrant artwork by illustrator Lynne Avril and a happy ending.
As Kirkus Reviews says, “The glittery stars and hearts on the cover may lure readers into Nellie Sue’s pink cowgirl world, but it’s her hopeful, unbroken spirit that’ll win ‘em over.”
Now, let’s see what today’s guest reviewer, Sonia, has to say. Sonia is, after all, a bit of an expert on cowgirl boots as she owns two pair. You’ll notice she’s wearing one of each in the photo. Sonia also relates to Nellie Sue because she just mastered riding her two-wheeler and because she tries to ride real horses whenever she possibly can.
Take it away, Sonia!
Our reviewer: Sonia
I like:Playing DS fashion stylist games, getting new stuffed animals, watching TV and playing with my friends.
This book was about: A cowgirl named Nellie Sue who wants to play with friends, but the only people her age in her neighborhood are the glitter girls, and Nellie Sue doesn’t think they’ll like the same things she does. So Nellie Sue gets an idea from her dog, Ginger, and throws a barn dance and invites the girls. First, she doesn’t think anyone will come, but they do. And Nellie Sue gets to dance in her dancing boots. And, so do the glitter girls. Nellie shares pink lemonade and even her boots with her new friends.
The best part was when: Anna and Nellie Sue became friends.
I smiled when: Nellie Sue gave her boots to Anna.
I was worried when: I thought the glitter girls might not come to her party.
My favorite line or phrase in the book was: “I’d rather be a cowgirl,” said Anna.
My favorite picture was: When Nellie Sue is looking over at the glitter girls and one of the girls spots her and thinks she is spying.
This book taught me: You should be nice to everyone, because they might turn into a really good friend.
Three words that best describe this book: “Dancing.” “Boots.” “Glitter.”
Other kids reading this book should watch for: Lots and lots of pink and bigger words like “Trip. Slip. Slide.”
You should read this book: If you like cowgirls or glitter.
If you’d like to learn more about Rebecca Janni, you can visit her website or read this interview on Cynsations.
If you’d like to learn more about Lynne Avril, visit her website or read this quick interview.
And, if you’re not familiar with Rebecca and Lynne’s first collaborative effort, read Brooke’s review of Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse.