Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Children's Book Bits #1

The OK Book The OK Book 
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

April 24th 2007 by HarperCollins
0061152552 (isbn13: 9780061152559)
3 of 5 stars
Turn "OK" on its side and you've got the stick figure of a kid! Rosenthal's character explores a lot of way that he/she is "okay." The book is better than okay, but not great - a little long, a little overly "precious." Still a great one to get from the library to read to your own kidlings.

Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-ZooProfessor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo
by Mercer Mayer
September 7th 2001 (first published 1976) by School Specialty Publishing
157768687X (isbn13: 9781577686873)
 4 of 5 stars
a more playful version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, this book is the story of Professor Wormbog, who can't see things right under his nose.  I was a little sensitive to all the animals he kept in cages, but mostly this is a fun romp of a book.  Another one to get from the library.
Jamaica Louise JamesJamaica Louise James 
by Amy Hest
August 5th 1996 by Candlewick
Hardcover, 32 pages
1564023486 (isbn13: 9781564023483)
3 of 5 stars
sweet story about a budding NYC artist who lives with her mother and grandmother; too wordy for preschoolers, best for older kids, maybe ages 6 and up

Wombat WalkaboutWombat Walkabout
by Carol Diggory Shields
March 19th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
Hardcover, 32 pages
0525478655 (isbn13: 9780525478652)
 4 of 5 stars
a counting poem chock-full of Australian terms and equally whimsical artwork; for preschoolers and older (there's a dingo who wants to eat the wombats)

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Reading Rainbow Book) Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
by John Steptoe

March 31st 1987 by Amistad
Hardcover, 32 pages
0688040454 (isbn13: 9780688040451)
4 of 5 stars
one of my favorite stories from around 5th grade or so when I fell in love with fairy tales; an excellent gift book for any little girl who's learning what it means to be a princess; unparalleled artwork


  1. I see you're getting a handle on your reviews. =) I had the same feelings about OK.This book isn't Rosenthal's best but she's still a great author.

  2. What an adorable collection. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hooray for reviews posted. *tap tap* Um, do you have a Vino flash-fic yet? The Boss and I are very interested.

  4. Oh NO! I mistyped the address. But you know who the Boss is.

  5. The Wombat Walkabout looks like fun and the illustrations for Mufaro look incredible if the cover's any indication. thanks!



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