Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Cool Kitty

So this Christmas we got a couple kittens. I know I said the next couple posts would be themed to love, and they are. This one just happens to be for lovers of cats.

“I Don’t Want a Cool Cat”

By Emma Dodd
For Ages 3 – 6
Cat lovers and will enjoy this fun romp through crazy rhyming feline attributes. Those who don't like cats may enjoy it too, as a young girl searches for the perfect cat to be her pet. Rated 3.5 (rhyming verse, cats, humor)

Greedy cats, stuffy cats, and treat-me-like-a-fool cats are all represented here as a young girl looks for the one cat she can call her own. She doesn’t want just any teeny cat, she wants the right cat – one that she can love and will love her in return.

Families with cats in the household will enjoy this fun and playful tale. The will have no trouble seeing their cat spelled out on the books pages. The strong rhyming text makes for a good read-aloud story for young readers still working on sounds and rhythm. The bright and energetic illustrations will keep their attention with bright colors and humor. “I Don’t Want a Cool Cat” is the purrfect gift for cat lovers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For the Love of Thumb

I know it's not February anymore and Valentine's Day is long gone, but I was feeling inspired to write a few reviews of books that fall under the love theme. Maybe it's because I didn't review any Valentine's books or maybe I am just a loving guy. Either way you are stuck with the theme of "Love" for a few reviews.

“Thumb Love”

By Elise Primavera
For Ages 4 – 6
A 12 step program to quick sucking your thumb, this humorous tale of thumb sucking has plenty of style. Rated 3.75 (humor, life lessons, thumb sucking)
Lulu is very happy sucking her thumb. She sees no reason to stop, but since her family is putting pressure on her she begins a 12 step program to quit. Lulu finds it more difficult to quit her thumb sucking ways than she thought it would be. Part of this struggle is due to the sway her anthropomorphic thumb has over her. When She listens to her thumb until the night Lulu has a nightmare. She finds herself with buck teeth and speech problems and decides it’s time to get serious.

Primavera, best known for her “Auntie Claus” books, shows a different side of her talents with subtle vignette illustrations that use playful color and humor to create energy and character. Although the tale positions itself as a manual for children to quit thumb sucking, it will appeal more to parents and those children who have already quit. Primavera fans may be disappointed that it’s not “Auntie Claus,” but “Thumb Love” is intriguing, fast-paced and offers plenty of humor and style to make it worth the read.