Eva reviews: “Little Red”

3323bb5900000578-0-image-a-74_1460665602454Little Red by Bethan Woolvin

The publisher says… On her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf. Now, that might scare some little girls but not this little girl! She knows just what the wolf is up to, and shes not going to let him get away with it. In this updated fairy tale with a mischievous twist, talented newcomer Bethan Woollvin uses sly humor, striking visuals, and a dark irreverence to turn a familiar tale on its head.

Eva says… This is the same old story about Little Red Riding Hood except you know what? It’s different and NEW! I like when they do that. It’s so CLEVER.

So everybody already KNOWS the story, but the pictures in this one are real good. They’re BLACK and WHITE and RED ALL OVER! HA!

2016-08-01-1470064058-5225362-littlered_spread9That’s from some joke.

Anyway, you know what else? I really like that girl Little Red. You know, she COULD be Mama. Because Mama has red hair and that’s what Tanya calls her, is “Red.” So there’s another reason for ME to like this one.

I think there’s a lot of KILLING and EATING in these old stories, but I guess that’s just what wild animals DO. And as long as we come out on top, who cares?

It’s a good one!

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(Little Red by Bethan Woollvin. Published by Peachtree Publishers. ISBN 978-1561459179)

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Eva reviews: “I Love My New Toy” (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

love_my_new_toyI Love My New Toy (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

The publisher says… Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can’t wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

Eva says… So here’s Gerald and Piggie again, and this time Piggie has a new toy, and when Elephant plays with it, guess what? He BREAKS it. And I guess I’d be like Piggie if MY new toy broke, even if it was my best friend who broke it. MAD and SAD and YELLING.
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And I don’t want to give away the ending, but Piggie gets over it. And you know who helps? A SQUIRREL!
And that’s one of the things I like about this guy’s books. Is that he brings other animals into the story. And you know, he’s not doing Elephant and Piggie books anymore, so maybe he could do a couple with that squirrel. Or maybe a FOX. I’d say do BEARS but EVERYBODY does books about them. Except you know what? I bet if this guy did books about bears, they’d be different and real funny, which a lot of bear books aren’t. They just show them hibernating or eating honey.
So I might send Mo Willems a letter and tell him to do that.
Anyway this is another great Elephant and Piggie one and I’m glad I haven’t read ALL of them, because there aren’t going to be any new ones.
And that’s another thing for this guy to think about.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of five )

I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems. Published by Disney-Hyperion. ISBN 978-1423109617

 


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Eva reviews: “Foxes in the Snow”

Foxes In The Snow by Jonathan Emmett and Rebecca Harry

foxes_in_the_snow-emmett_jonathan-10108115-frntlThe publisher says... When Mother Fox goes out to look for food she leaves her fox cubs, Alfie and Bonnie, with clear instructions to stay inside where it’s safe and snug. But the two young cubs can’t resist the exciting world above, and soon find themselves in the middle of their first ever snowfall But Alfie and Bonnie are only little and the world outside feels very big, and very white. If they snow keeps on falling, how will they ever find their way home?

Eva says... O.K. So do I need to even TELL you how great THIS one is? It’s called Foxes In The Snow and that’s what it’s about, with these two kits –Alfie and Bonnie– who are SUPPOSED to stay in their den because that’s what their mama told them, but instead guess what? They  go OUTSIDE and they get to see SNOW for the first time ever!

spread2And you know, I don’t remember how I felt the first time I saw snow, but I bet I felt like these foxes. Except I was probably with Mama, so I didn’t go out and get lost or anything dumb like THAT. But it all works out in this book so it’s O.K. anyway.

So I love FOXES and I love SNOW and so you already know what I think about THIS one. Before I even started READING it, I knew it was going to be a great one. Because how many books have EVERYTHING YOU LIKE??

But here’s what I think. That even if you don’t like foxes and you hate snow, this is still a good one and you’ll probably like it. Because the pictures are real good and the story is a little scary with a surprise and then a happy ending. And it’s cozy and you get to see these guys in their den. So that’s all good stuff.

So you need to read this one.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of five stars)

(Foxes In The Snow by Jonathan Emmett and Rebecca Harry. Published by MacMillan. ISBN 978-0230708280)

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Eva reviews: “The Fox in the Library”

9200000011402581The Fox In The Library by Lorenz Pauli and Katherin Schärer

The publisher says… Fox didn’t come to the library to read a book–he came to catch a mouse! But when Mouse offers the fox a book, Fox gets all sorts of creative new ideas. Like eating chickens! Until Chicken points out that chicken bones are dangerous. But then all the animals must band together when the chicken eating, fox-hating-Farmer walks into the library.

Eva says… So this FOX tries to catch this mouse in the library, but the mouse gets that fox READING instead! And then guess what? That fox catches a CHICKEN and he thinks THAT’S gonna be supper, but then you know what happens? The chicken TRICKS him!

pippi4And that’s ALMOST the end so I better shut up or else I’ll spoil it. And you don’t want THAT.

But now here’s what I think’s really WEIRD. Because people always act like foxes are sneaky and all that, but in a bunch of books I’ve read, like that one about the groundhog giving the fox cocoa and cinnamon toast (Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox), it’s those OTHER animals who trick the FOX.

So I don’t know why people think that FOXES are the sneaky ones.

It just sounds to me like everybody has a FOX PROBLEM. And I don’t know what to do about that.

Eva’s rating:  ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(The Fox In The Library by Lorenz Pauli and Katherin Schärer. Published by North-South Books. ISBN 978-0735842137)

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Eva reviews: “Names For Snow”

44937c45864dbb61d7d26398c30ad111Names For Snow by Judi K. Beach and Loretta Krupinski

The publisher says… “Mama, what is snow?” asks a curious little bunny on a crisp winter day. Just as every snowflake is unique, so are the names used to describe snow and its ever-changing nature. Sometimes snow is like the white wings of butterflies, other times it’s like a clever magician who makes the landscape disappear! Poet Judi K. Beach’s first picture book was inspired by Inuit culture (which has a very precise terminology to describe different kinds of snow), as well as her childhood memories of winters spent in Kentucky and Ohio.

Eva says… This is my FIRST SNOW BOOK this winter! I just want everyone to know that.

And it’s a pretty easy one with pretty pictures of snow and winter and bunnies, and it has all those bunnies’ names for snow.

But I heard that Eskimos have like a HUNDRED different names for snow. And in French it’s called “neige.” So I thought there might be more new words in this one.

But who cares? It’s about snow so that’s good enough.

The girl who wrote this one is named “Beach” and that’s weird that she wrote a book about SNOW, and not, like, Cape Cod or something. But I guess it even snows at the beach.

Anyway, this isn’t the BEST book about snow, but it’s still good. You need to start SOMEPLACE.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥ (out of five)

(Names For Snow by Judi K. Beach and Loretta Krupinski. Published by Disney Hyperion. ISBN 978-0786819379)

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Eva reviews: “What’s In Fox’s Sack?”

4c05deaabb902_64590bWhat’s In Fox’s Sack? by Paul Galdone

The publisher says… Sly Fox plays on people’s curiosity about what’s in his sack to make one good trade after another — until his greed gets the better of him. “It’s partly the marvelously expressive faces that Galdone gives his characters, partly the vitality of his drawing, and partly the exuberant humor of the illustrative details that make this version of an English folktale so engaging.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books IRA/CBC Children’s Choice

Eva says… You know, when I read some of these books and look at those movies on Facebook, I get the feeling that a lot of people really don’t LIKE foxes! And I don’t get that. Because they’re BEAUTIFUL with their floofy fur and plus their babies are CUTE.

But there’s that whole chicken thing that I think farmers don’t like. But farmers aren’t everyone.

whats-in-foxs-sackAnyway, there was this old book I read about this mama fox who wanted to have her babies but people kept throwing stuff at her and being mean even though it was snowy (Fox’s Garden by Princesse Cam Cam) and now there’s THIS one.

And what happens here is, this fox catches a bumblebee and puts it in his sack. And then he tells that old lady “Don’t look in my sack.” But then as soon as that fox leaves, guess what that old lady does? SHE LOOKS IN THE SACK ANYWAY! And the bee gets out and gets eaten. So the fox takes her rooster but all the way through the whole book, he just keeps saying “Dude, don’t look in my sack,” but everyone just goes right on ahead and does it anyway.

And I think that’s real ignorant.

So maybe the problem isn’t foxes, but people minding their own business. And maybe if people RESPECTED foxes, then they wouldn’t steal chickens and stuff.

And maybe everyone should THINK about that.

Eva’s rating: ♥ (out of five)

(What’s In Fox’s Sack? by Paul Galdone. Published by Clarion Books. ISBN 978-0899194912)

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Eva reviews: “That Pesky Rat”

660100That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child

The publisher says… This is the funny, touching tale of how a pesky street rat finds home, sweet home! In her latest tour de force, acclaimed author-illustrator Lauren Child introduces a surprisingly endearing character, and assures young readers there’s enough love for all of us.

Eva says… So this rat lives in trash can number three, and he doesn’t even have a name, just “That Pesky Rat.”

But you know what? There was this guy named Pesky who used to play for the Red Sox back in the old days and he was so good that they named a POLE after him.

So maybe that rat’s name IS Pesky and they’re related. You never know.

Anyway, that rat THINKS he doesn’t have a real name, and he also doesn’t have a HOME. And so he sticks a sign up at the pet shop to get a home, and see, HERE’S where the trouble starts. Because as soon as I looked at that sign, I thought “You know, that sure LOOKS like it says ‘cat’ and not ‘rat.'” I mean, they rhyme, so maybe he got confused. But anyway, if I say what happens that’ll ruin the book, and you want to read this one, so that’s all from me.

The drawings in this one are WACKY and the words go all over the place. I think I read another one by this girl before where the words went all random all over the place. So this makes TWO good ones by her, unless it was someone else. But even if it was, ONE good one still makes THIS one a good one.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥ (out of five)

(That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child. Published by Candlewick. ISBN 9780763618735)

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Eva reviews: “Tree”

25614318Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

The publisher says… Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins. . .

Eva says… Well, first of all, this book has FOXES on almost every page, so that automatically makes it a good one right there. But it’s mainly just a real nice poem about this tree and how it goes through all the seasons. And you get to see ALL the animals and the stuff they do, and how they change and the way the tree changes.

tree-intIt’s really CREATIVE.

And in the whole thing that OWL never changes. I mean the HOLE thing because that’s something else. This one has all these holes in the pages, and you can see those animals and birds through the holes, but that owl is the only one who stays the same.

The OWL is the only one HOOOO stays the same through the HOLE book! HAHAHA!

Plus it rhymes like poems do, and that’s good. Plus the pictures are real colorful like nature is.

So that’s why THIS one is a good one, bud!

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup. Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-1101932421)

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Eva reviews: “You Never Heard Of Willie Mays?”

13642612You Never Heard Of Willie Mays? by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

The publisher says… Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener’s fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays’s unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Complete with sidebars filled with stats, here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old.

Eva says… So I really needed to read some books about BASEBALL, and so I got this one. And it was kind of hard but I got through it. It’s about this guy Willie Mays who used to play baseball for the Giants way back in the old days when everyone’s clothes were all baggy. So I bet Grandpa Rich knew this guy, even though he didn’t play for Boston.

willie-maysThe guy who wrote this one said that black guys used to not be allowed to play baseball with white guys. So I guess that Big Papi and a bunch of the guys on the Red Sox would be out of luck, and a lot of guys on Baltimore too. And you know, that’s just plain crazy. Because what if they had rules like that about people getting married? Because Tanya’s black and Mama’s white, and they wouldn’t be married and we wouldn’t have Mikey!

So I think we’re all glad in this family that they got rid of THAT rule.

So Willie Mays could catch the ball and throw it and hit home runs and he was fast, and that’s all you need to do in baseball, isn’t it?

This one has great facts and the pictures are really COLORFUL. And I love the cover, which was like a movie of Willie hitting a home run! (Note from Tanya: It was a lenticular painting.)

So that was good too.

So I’m glad I got this one even if it WAS hard.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(You Never Heard Of Willie Mays? by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener. Published by  Schwartz and Wade. ISBN 978-0375868443)

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Eva reviews: “The Dead Bird”

51gKPAp5ROLThe Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson

The publisher says… One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way. This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully reillustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

Eva says… This is a sad one. It’s all about what you do when you find a dead bird, or a dead ANYTHING. You bury it and then you put flowers where you buried it, and you bless it so it can come back and live again. Because you have to RESPECT it.

Dead bird int 1I just kept thinking “I hope that DOG doesn’t try to eat that bird or dig it up.” Because that’s what dogs do. But I guess even DOGS have respect when something dies.

We saw a dead squirrel once in the road and we didn’t bury him, but Mama got out and put him on the side of the road so he didn’t get smooshed. And I think of that squirrel every time we drive out there. It’s on the way to Mo’ville, by the school.

So this is a good one.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson. Published by Harper-Collins. ISBN  978-0060289317)

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