The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters


A great review on “The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters!”

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Bibliographic citation:Sierra, Judy. The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters. Candlewick Press, 2005. ISBN 0-763-6-1727
Format Examined: Hardcover print
Annotation: Monsters from different folklore are explained.
Personal Reaction: I loved this book! I do enjoy a good scary monster tale. Little kids might actually get scared, however, because some of these monsters are reputed to be quite deadly. The monsters are all ranked on a skull and crossbones scale, five skull and crossbones being the deadliest. I thought that was a cute touch. There is a forward that explains that all these monsters come from actual folk stories from countries all over the world. I would recommend this book for very brave children! This book encourages print motivation with its very colorful (often bloody) pictures.
Age Recommendation: 2 and up
Website: http://www.judysierra.net/

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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship


A fantastic review on the Fool and the Flying Ship!

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CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1969

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

retold by Arthur Ransome

illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968

44 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: folktales, Russia, magic, ships, flying

Also by this author: Old Peter’s Russian Tales, Swallows and Amazons series

Also by this illustrator: The Treasure, Snow, How I Learned Geography, SoSleepyStory

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Book Reviews #11


Some awesome book reviews!

Library Mom

I can’t believe this year is almost over! I’ve done pretty good with my reading total this year. It’s been updated twice, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to make to 300 in a month and a half (we’ll see). I’m up to 265. I’ve been trying really hard to finish to finish my Caldecott Challenge by the end of the year, and I think I’m under 40 books left. Same as the last couple of months, my adult books reading total has been rather crappy as I’ve not found much that interests me. My best book-related good news is that the publishing company that sent me Without Mercy back in September is going to send me another book to review! So I am looking forward to receiving that one.

I just started reading Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation by Daisy Hay, and it sounds pretty interesting. Though…

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McFig & McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending)


Wee Required Reading’s thoughts on Henrik Drescher’s McFig and McFly.

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By Henrik Drescher

Candlewick Press, 2008

Far away from anywhere big and important, in a little cozy cottage surrounded by fruit trees and berry bushes, lived McFig and his little daughter, Rosie. One day, a stranger named McFly and his son, Anton, bought the land next door. This was OK with McFig, as long as they weren’t noisy or smelly.

In fact, they’re just the opposite. McFig and McFly have quite a bit in common and get along marvelously. So marvelously in fact, that McFig helps McFly build a cottage exactly like his own. But when McFig also builds a tall tower with his leftover lumber — making his house just a teensy bit bigger and better — so starts a competition that will consume, and eventually end, their lives.

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Animal Friendly Children’s Books


Here’s twiterary list of animal friendly children’s books!

twiterary review, the blog.

If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise animal-friendly parent, you’re in luck!  There are several picture books that have been popping up on shelves in recent years which feature cruelty-free values and can teach or explain to children why you or your family doesn’t eat meat.  These would also be ideal for teaching non-veg kids about why their friends or relatives choose this compassionate lifestyle.  And aside from the explanatory aspect of these books, they can also be just plain entertaining, sweet, and moving stories and pictures.  Of course, previewing books is a good idea before you share them with your child; you are the best judge of whether or not the book is age appropriate, particularly for littler ones.

What do you think of this list?  Are there any that I am missing?  Have you read any of these — would you recommend them to others, why or why…

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