Saturday, February 12, 2011

Book Review #1169
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh
Rating: one star (out of four)

The story was interesting and I liked the back and forth between the two cultures: it did a good job of showing the similarities. What I didn't like about this book were the illustrations. I just could not stand them. The mouths and heads were always at an angle and I did not like the white toenails on every single person. It grossed me out. I'm not sure why I had such an adverse reaction to the illustrations, but I thought they were a little disturbing. I wouldn't recommend.

Book Review #1168
I Really, Really Need Actual Ice Skates
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was a fun look at the whims of children. One moment they are for-sure they need this particular toy and they will die if they don't have it. And yet, once they get it they realize it might not be exactly what they had wanted. Luckily, this story had a happy ending. I like seeing the Charlie and Lola characters - they crack me up.

Book Review #1167
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick

Loved, loved, loved the illustrations! The colors and detail were fabulous. I especially loved how the little red eft wandered throughout the book and was a key character. The poems were nice - nothing terribly fancy about them, but I did enjoy them. I really liked the blend of poetry and non-fiction to create a book about animals that is fun to read and yet still simple. I would definitely recommend.

Book Review #1166
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was a story about the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson. The illustrations were fairly realistic and did a nice job of showing the different cultures. I thought the story was sweet, but I wished it had just a little something more. The story felt like it was missing something, but I still enjoyed it.
Book Review #1165
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I liked learning about an aspect of history that I hadn't heard about before. The story of a slave poet is very intriguing. The book didn't quite convince me just how amazing this was, and I wished the author had gone into more historical detail. The illustrations were nice, but I wasn't particularly fascinated with them. While I thought they illustrated the story well, I didn't want to gaze at them for long periods of time. I liked this book, and I would probably recommend, but it wasn't my new favorite.