Kids Book Reviews

Recently T and I had the chance to review some kids books.

Sometimes its turkey, Sometimes its feathers by Lorna & Lecia Balian

This is a mixed media book, the backgrounds are actual photographs of things while Mrs. Gumm etc are all drawings. At first I wasn’t sure I liked this idea but upon reading it a second time I decided that it was pretty neat.

The story is of an old woman *and her cat* who finds an egg and decides to try and hatch it. A turkey hatches out of the egg and she plans to fatten him up to eat for Thanksgiving Dinner. Month after month the turkey eats and eats getting fatter and fatter. Mrs. Gumm is excited at the prospect of eating that turkey but in the end she decides that it would be better to share Thanksgiving with two friends instead.

This story is what I would imagine myself to be like if I hatched an egg and then tried to eat it after it was all grown up. Definitely wouldn’t be eaten.

A cute story about forming friendships and I guess it would be a good book for vegetarians too.

Thank you to Star Bright Books for providing me with a copy to review.

Luca Lashes Visits the Doctor by Nicole and Damir Fonovich

Out of the four books I’m reviewing today this was T’s favourite.

Luca Lashes is a series of rhyming books geared toward children to help them through fearful situations. You can visit Luca Lashes for more information on the series.

Luca is off for a visit to the doctor’s to get his shots, he’s a  bit fearful but Luca has something special to help him. Luca has long lashes that when he blinks twice makes him brave and strong. Learn how Luca’s Lashes help him through a visit to the doctor’s leaving him much braver than when he first arrived.

T really enjoyed the rhyming in this book and I think as a parent it makes for a pleasant read as well, especially when you read it over and over again.

There is also a “Suggestions to parents” page at the end of the book on how to make these types of situations easier for your child.

T gives Luca Lashes Visits the dentist two thumbs up. I’d definitely be interested to read some of the other books in the series that help children copy with these types of situations.

Thanks to Kids Can Press who provided me a copy to review.

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

Ok how could I not review this book, a book about hand knit sweaters… I’m there.

Cousin Clara’s house is consumed by a crocodile so she has to move in with Lester’s family. All was going well, and Cousin Clara seems to occupy her time with knitting, and only knitting until Cousin Clara announces that she made Lester a sweater and it is hideous! Poor Lester suffers through sweater after sweater that Cousin Clara knits for him, each one suffer mysterious accidents.

This was a fun and quirky book for children and adults.The illustrations were fabulous,T loved turning the pages to see what the next sweater would look like.

 This book has language geared more towards school age children but that won’t stop us from reading it.

Thanks to Kids Can Press for providing a copy to review.

Food For A Fish by Kelly Pulley

I think this book was my favourite of the lot.

Much like Luca Lashes, this book rhymes and I am definitely a fan of rhyming books, they just seem to roll off the tongue.

This book retells the story of Jonah and the Whale in a humorous entertaining fashion that everyone will enjoy. I find Bible stories to be a bit dry but the fabulous illustrations paired with the fun rhyming scheme made this my favourite. I could definitely pick this book up at any time during the day and enjoy reading it again.

Thanks to David C. Cook publishing for sending me a copy to review.

3 thoughts on “Kids Book Reviews

  1. Thanks for the reviews. The Aminal by Lorna Balian was one of our favorites when my now grown children were small . I now own the recolored version done with her daughter. I see on the jacket they are Wisconsinites, as am I. I now have an answer to my daughter’s question of what I would like for Christmas. Answer- Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Nice lineup of books. Kiki (and I) recently read Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters and we thought it was hilarious! We’ll be checking out the others too, thanks for sharing.

  3. Disclaimer: I have no children at home anymore. But I still want to read Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters! The cover alone is probably worth the price! Thanks for the reviews, I guess my grandkids will be glad I read them….

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