Eva reviews: “Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia”

9780060014216Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish and Lynn Sweat

The publisher says… Prescription Date: A hot day in August. Symptoms: Dr. Horton’s office is full of waiting patients. The doctor is delayed. The patients’ patience is running out. Nurse Ames needs help. Treatment: Amelia Bedelia, helper par excellence, who solves all problems, even if she creates new ones along the way.

Eva says… So in this one Amelia has to go to work at the Doctor’s office. And that must be hard because they still have old school thermometers that take THREE MINUTES to tell your temperature. And of course Amelia gets all confused just like normal. It’s like she hears all the words but they just mean something ELSE to her.

img_20170127_121123And that could lead to TROUBLE but guess what? If someone got hurt, they’re already AT the doctor’s office! So that’s lucky, anyway.

And this is a real good one. You know, I really like these chapter books! They have more words than just plain picture books, and the pictures aren’t as big, but the stories are real good. Some of them are mysteries and some of them are about animals and some of them are just plain SILLY like Amelia.  And there you have it.

So this is a good one, but I already said that.

And that’s ALL.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

(Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish and Lynn Sweat. Published by Scholastic. ISBN 978-0439576536)

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Eva reviews: “Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracking”

crinkle1Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracking by Jim Arnosky

(previously published as Crinkleroot’s Book of Animal Tracks and Wildlife Signs)

The publisher says… Can you find the signs that tell about raccoons, deer, rabbits, foxes, otters, and other animals in the wild? Crinkleroot can — and he’s eager to share his secrets! His lively introduction to the art of animal tracking is packed with solid, useful information– including his own wildlife charts. Why, Crinkleroot even knows how to find an owl in the daytime — and he wants you to be able to find one, too. Happy tracking.

Eva says… O.K., now THIS is MY kind of book! Great facts AND a story! I mean, it’s got LOTS of facts about all these animals. And what it’s mainly about is, how you find these guys in the woods by looking at their FOOTPRINTS. Because their feet are all different and so their footprints are all different too. And when you look, those footprints GO all different places that tell you about where they live and what they eat and where they hide and even who else is following them. All from FOOTPRINTS. It’s like those footprints even tell a STORY. Wow.

What I like about this one is that each animal gets his own page with lots of facts AND drawings on it. And that’s because the guy who wrote this one is a good writer PLUS he’s a real expert about animals. He’s done a LOT of books about animals. The ones I’ve read are about turkeys (All About Turkeys) and raccoons (Raccoon On His Own) and armadillos (Armadillo’s Orange) and bears (Every Autumn Comes The Bear). The armadillo and raccoon ones were stories, but the other ones were kind of stories and kind of fact books.

100_1881So this guy can do both kinds. Now THAT’S talented.

And you know what the best part is? He’s from VERMONT! And that’s good because if he’s from Vermont, then he must have seen all these animals HERE, right? Which means I can see them, too. Including FOXES. So that makes this book EXTRA useful!

I might need to buy this one because you can only renew a library book one time and then you have to take it back and wait to get it again. And I want to keep looking at this one.

Oh, and one other thing I like is, it’s not super easy. I like some easy books with pictures when they’re stories, but when they make fact books too easy, that means they’re not telling you enough, which means they’re MISSING FACTS. And that’s not good.

But this guy doesn’t miss anything. It’s informative and USEFUL.

So this is a real good one! YEAH!

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

Crinkleroot’s Book Of Animal Tracking by Jim Arnosky. Published by Bradbury Press. ISBN 978-0027058512 

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Eva reviews: “This Is Sadie”

this-is-sadieThis is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad

The publisher says… Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again. She likes to make things — boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities … This is Sadie, and this is her story.

img_20161213_114014-crEva says… Now this girl Sadie is SO MUCH like me. Because she likes pretending and playing and reading and imagining, but you know what else? Guess what kind of stuffed animal she has. A FOX! THAT nailed it for me!

So I hope I get that fox puppet for Christmas.

Eva’s rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of five)

This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad. Published by Tundra Books. ISBN 978-1770495326

 

 


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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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