Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker

Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker and Illustrated by Bob Kolar is a simple book for beginning readers. What I disliked: No criticism. What I liked: The graphics are fun, the bus looks friendly, and the words on the pages are simple.  Being a Scholastic Reader Level 1, it has "short sentences and stories… Continue reading Hello, School Bus by Marjorie Blain Parker

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

The Tale of Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke

Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke is an adorable book about two competitive mice, showing sibling rivalry at its finest. What I disliked: SO many words!  The kids loved it, but by bedtime I am ready for the two promised books to whiz by so I can crawl into my comfy bed.  Pip & Squeak… Continue reading The Tale of Pip & Squeak by Kate Duke

Elementary Books, Open Books, PreK Books, Uncategorized

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berentain is A Bright & Early Book intended for Beginning Readers. What I disliked: While there was only a word or two on each page, the words were difficult for my kindergartener - not easily sounded out (outside, going, etc.).  Then by the time my kindergartener made… Continue reading Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg

Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg with pictures by Simms Taback is a cute riddle book that will squeak out at least one laugh from its readers, but many more if you are familiar with the reptile world. What I disliked: Snakes.  Ish.  No thanks. What I liked: It is funny, but more… Continue reading Snakey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechrold is a creative story about an expanding pair of socks and all the imaginative uses Duck finds for them. What I disliked: It was a great kids book.  No criticisms. What I liked:  I loved the creativity in this book.  I imagine this is how a young… Continue reading Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Goldilicious by Victoria Kann

Goldilicious by Victoria Kann is another fantastic book in the Pinkalicious series.  This book describes the magical creative play between brother and sister, set in a colorful land of pretend. What I disliked: I am a loyal fan of the Pinkalicious kids books.  I loved every interesting page. What I liked: I love the colorful,… Continue reading Goldilicious by Victoria Kann

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk is a classic story of a boy who is tricked into buying magic beans but takes advantage of the mistake.  The copy we have at home is retold by Carol Ottolenghi and illustrated by Guy Porfirio.  It is intended for upper elementary readers. What I disliked: It's not my favorite version. … Continue reading Jack and the Beanstalk

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog series

Clifford's Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell is a fun book in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series intended for early elementary audiences. What I disliked: I like this series, so the only criticism that I could come up with is that I felt bad for the dog in the story.  He tried so hard… Continue reading Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog series

Becky's Favorite Books, Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

Pretend by Jennifer Plecas

Pretend by Jennifer Plecas is a fun book that describes a creative play scenario between father and son, something I love to see (Why does dad always come out in rhyming stories, dad, bad, dad, sad, dad, mad, etc.). What I disliked: I honestly think this book is perfect. What I liked: I loved the… Continue reading Pretend by Jennifer Plecas

Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers and illustrated by Carole Etow is a book intended for upper preschool and younger elementary students.  It's about a happy train that loses his laughter when his life gets turned upside down. What I disliked: The title is misleading.  The first and last pages show a happy… Continue reading The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers