Children's

Maddi’s Fridge

Maddi's Fridge

Summary:

With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge. Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the publisher.

Review:

This book does a fantastic job addressing a complex topics that can be sensitive and confusing to kids.  In addition to the principle of scarcity of food, I think what is really impressive about the story is that Brandt is also talk about how some secrets should be shared even if it feels like you might be betraying your friend.  This isn’t an easy topic to cover and it will prompt good conversation between adult and child.

The other thing I really like at the end of the book is that it gives recommendations for ways that kids can get involved with helping fight hunger!  Definitely recommended.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone who would like to introduce the principle that people may not have the same things to their kids.

Dragon and Captain

Dragon and Captain

Summary:

Armed with a (toy watch) compass, a (paper-towel tube) telescope, and a (hand-drawn) map, Dragon and Captain set off on a great adventure. Dragon is a boy in pajamas and a dragon robe. Captain is a boy with a three-sided hat. But as the boys' imaginations take over, we see them as they see themselves and the backyard as the boys see it: a dark forest, a craggy cliff, and the immense sea. Illustrated like a comic book, this book is a fantasy-filled graphic novel for the picture book set. Young readers will be enchanted with—and parents will appreciate—the creative backyard play, in which the boys use the simplest found items and the backyard features to create an elaborate adventure. Can Dragon and Captain find the lost ship before lunch? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the publisher.

Review:

This book was super cute!  I think the illustrator did a great job showing when the children were switching back and forth between what they were “seeing” themselves as and what was happening in real life.  This is a book that definitely would be enjoyed by kids who appreciate using their imagination in playtime (or need some inspiration!).

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Younger children into picture books and imagination!  

Sideways Stories from the Wayside School (Wayside School #1)

Sideways Stories From the Wayside School

Summary:

There was a terrible mistake - Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Louis Sachar is genius with short stories the same way Shel Siverstein is a genius with poems.  Both authors manage to be so unique that even years later there’s nothing else quite like them.  Sachar manages to do a fantastic job blending the odd and quirky with insightful observations of school life that result in great stories children will adore.

This was one of the few books universally loved growing up and likely one of the first chapter books I read in one sitting.  One thing that I loved this time around is that there is wordplay, puns and irony that I’m not sure I noticed as a kid.  This would certainly help both teachers/parents and children enjoy the story reading and re-reading it. 

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Children on early chapter books and adults young at heart.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Wayside School is Falling Down (Wayside School #2)
  • Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger (Wayside School #3)

The Perfect Raisin & Pretzel Cousins Club

Perfect Raisin

Summary:

"The Perfect Raisin and Pretzel Cousins Club" is a tale of cousins who decide to form a club. They are part of a blended family and are all very different little "raisins" or "pretzels". The original club members face questions and concerns about allowing new members who are different from them to join their club. 

They have to discover that being different is not only OK but also fun to add to the mix. You will love learning with these cute raisins and pretzels! You can be in the club too!

Enjoy the book and look for more adventures of the Raisin and Pretzel Cousins Club in the future. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

I don’t normally do reviews for children’s books, but this was a unique idea that I thought was worthwhile.  Children’s books are just starting to portray non-traditional families and this is a perfect example.  The story portrays a blended family and how children realize they are more alike than different.  What made it so enjoyable was that each child is a “raisin” or “pretzel” so it could be applicable to wide range of families with varying differences.  I’d highly recommend this to parents of young children to encourage them to see how we are all more alike than not!

As an added bonus, having read books to kids before and knowing how they get on kicks, this is a book I believe I could re-read many times in a row before it'd get tedious for me.

The book is not available everywhere yet, but if you'd like a copy you can order it here.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review from the author.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Kids! Parents trying to reinforce differences are ok and/or blended families.

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