Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Book Review #345
A Visit to william blake's inn by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
Rating: two stars (out of four)

the poems in this book were rather whimsical and the rhyming was a nice touch that made the poetry flow smoothly.  While I can't say that I understood exactly what this book was about 100 percent of the time, I still enjoyed reading it.

Book Review #344
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This book is fairly simple in it's storyline, but the illustrations are nice.  You can almost feel the cold winter chill on the back of you neck as you fight to keep warm.  I enjoyed reading this book.

Book Review #343
King Bidgood's in the bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This story was fairly crazy, something though, a young child would love.  The drawings were rather humorous and added a lot to the book.  All in all, a crazily silly book that I'd recommend.

Book Review #342
Ten, nine, eight by Molly Bang
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This was a sweet little children's book that had simple illustrations that aptly showed the view a child might have before going to bed.  I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

Book Review #341
Song and dance man by Karen Ackerman, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This was a very sweet book that portrayed the relationship between a grandfather and his grandchildren.  It was done in such a way that it was endearing and tender.  The illustrations were bright and colorful as well.  I'd recommend this book.

Book Review #340
Have you seen my duckling by Nancy Tafuri
Rating: two stars (out of four)

With almost no words at all this story relies on its illustrations to guide the reader.  I thought that the drawings did a pretty good job of guiding the story along, and that children would have a fun time scanning the pictures to see if they could find the wayward little duckling.

Book Review #339
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons by Tomie dePaola
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was an entertaining and amusing little tale that had nice illustrations to go along with it.  I'd recommend it if you were a fan of Tomie de Paola.

Book Review #338
Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
Rating: three stars (out of four)

The illustrations for this book were by far my favorite aspect, I loved seeing all the muted colors and how they were vivid, and yet subtle.  The story was the same, but made new in how well drawn the pictures were to accompany it.  I'd definitely recommend this book.

Book Review #337
The polar express by Chris Van Allsburg
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This is a nice book, I liked the illustrations and definitely thought it was better then the movie.

Book Review #336
Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This book seemed like a rather random story to be telling to kids, I thought it had a nice message, but was a little too weird to correctly get its point across.  The illustrations were pretty nice, but I found one illustration especially disturbing, and that picture was of the dodo bird having hands underneath it's feathers, that was just a tad bit too odd.  This book wrapped up its point rather quickly and had some weird elements, so I don't think I'd recommend it.

Book Review #335
Shadow by Marcia Brown
Rating: one star (out of four)

While I thought that most of the illustrations for this book were very bright and unique in their design, there were a couple pictures in this book that I thought were a little frightening and might scare children.  I'm not sure that I really cared for the message of this book either, it seemed rather intellectual for a kids book and I found it annoying how often the setting changed.  Not a book that I would recommend.

Book Review #334
When I was young in the mountains by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Diane Goode
Rating: two stars (out of four)

The sentiments for this story were sweet, I liked the descriptions of the everyday life and the ending was realistically pleasing.  The illustrations were okay, but not astounding or anything.  A nice book.

Book Review #333
The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
Rating: one star (out of four)

As I progressed through the story I often found myself confused about parts that were told that completely popped out of nowhere and sometimes didn't even make any sense.  I wondered why these elements were in the story and why someone hadn't properly explained them to me.  The ending was very random and I basically sat there and said, "What?!"  I wouldn't recommend this book, it had too many random bits.

Book Review #332
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
Rating: one star (out of four)

The illustrations for this book were fairly nice, I thought that they were simplistic, but still conveyed enough detail to keep the reader satisfied.  The style which the book was written in was a little stilted.  Sometimes I wondered why it was so confusing, it could have definitely been easier to read.  I'm not sure if I would recommend it.

Book Review #331
Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksy
Rating: one star (out of four)

This is the same regular story that we all know.  This book didn't have any certain nuances that made it more entertaining or enlightening.  I didn't care for the illustrations and couldn't see myself reading this story out loud to a little child.

Book Review #330
Chat Room Chatter by Justin Lookadoo
Rating: four stars (out of four)

I love pretty much anything that Justin Lookadoo writes.  He has such an excellent way of blending hilarious comedy with sobering facts and realistic straight talk.  Every time I read one of his books, I take something away from it and have a new stance on certain issues.  This book had all sorts of questions that any teen would want answered, delivered in Justin's typical humorous approach.  I especially liked the way this book was set up, it was fun, hip, and innovative.  I would definitely recommend this book, even to buy!

Book Review #329
The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kolger
Rating: three stars (out of four)

I really liked this book.  What drew me to it was its intriguing cover, I absolutely love that photo.  When I was reading the first couple pages, I was pretty hooked, I wanted to know what would happen next and what it all meant.  I thought the author did an excellent job of blending fantasy elements with contemporary fiction elements and even throwing in a little bit of vampire along the way.  I would recommend this book, especially to people who love fantasy.