April 6, 2013

Littlest Bookworm Reviews for March

Littlest Bookworm Reviews

Reviews for the children's books I read in March.  
Some are shortened reviews as they were posted on my kid's blog, Very Hungry Bookworm, and the link is posted so you can read the rest of the review.  Hope you don't mind that.  Seemed redundant to re-post them all.  

I read a lot of cute books, informative books, and interesting books in March and I am excited to share them with you.

Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists

This is a compilation of 17 fairy tales, written in comic form.  Each comic is illustrated by a different cartoonist and so each story has a different feel to it as far as the pictures go.  Fairy tales included range from the well-known, such as Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, and Puss in Boots, to a few lesser known, such as Sweet Porridge and The Boy Who Drew Cats.  I was impressed by the range included for both stories and cartoonists.  I think all fans of both fairy tales and comic books will find themselves enjoying this book.

I Wish I Knew That...U.S. Presidents: Cool Stuff You Need to Know, edited by Patricia A. Halbert

Do you know who was the first and only president to command the military on the field while he was president?

What about which President the Teddy Bear is named for?

Do you know which president had a pet alligator?

You can learn all these facts and more in this thorough volume all about the U.S. Presidents and their lives.

Each President is mentioned in order, starting with their full name, when and where they were born, their political party, their vice president, and their family members (including their pets!).  There is also a picture of the president and a quote underneath it.

The rest of the chapter includes...(continue)

Eat Your Dinner, Becky Sue by Kimberly Bennet

Any parent, teacher, or babysitter who has tried to get a child who refuses to eat, to, well, eat, will understand Becky Sue's momma's dilemma.  Bennet's book uses rhyming to tell the story of Becky Sue, who will gladly eat her breakfast and lunch, but refuses to eat dinner for whatever reason.  Probably just because she feels like it!  But momma has a trick up her sleeve.  Since Becky Sue won't eat, she says she won't eat either.  Becky Sue wants momma to grow up big and strong so she says let's eat dinner together and they do.  Lots of wonderful vocabulary words, rhyming, sweet illustrations, and repetitive phrasing from Becky Sue to help young children "read" with you, makes this book an instantly likable book to add to your shelves.

In Lucia's Neighborhood by Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek

This is Lucia and this is Lucia's neighborhood.  There are people playing in the park and kids on the way home from school. Mothers are shopping and Grandmas are soaking up the sun.  There are lots of things about the neighborhood that are like Portugal, such as the Senhar Da Pedra Festival every summer. The book is written for...(continue) 

The Arab World Thought of It: Inventions, Innovations, and Amazing Faces by Sa

Do you know who invented tents?  Or carpets?  Or bars of soap?  How about public libraries, where anyone could borrow a book?  Do you know who invented stained glass windows?  What about the first ever observatory so we could study the skies more accurately?  What about the scalpel, used in modern surgery? 

The Arab world actually invented all of these things and so much more.  Who are the Arab people, you ask?  A simple definition would be those people who can trace their ancestry back to the Middle East and North Africa (called Arabia then), and whose original language was Arabic.  This is not a definition everyone agrees on, as this book explains, but this is a good starting place.  This book even gives you a map so you can locate the countries.  It also shows you how the Arabs grew from small nomadic tribes into over 10 countries.  There are, of course, many Arabs who live all over the world now, too. 

I was very impressed with the amount of information included in this book that is also written for a middle grade audience to understand.  I was doubly impressed the author included...(continue)

Lucy the Wonder Weenie by Nina Clark

Lucy is a dachshund, or weenie dog, and Lucy is notorious for being a diva and also for licking.  Lucy licks everyone, any time of day, during any activity.  One day Lucy eats some beans in the front yard she found.  They were not just beans, but some kind of magic beans and they turned Lucy into a Wonder Dog.  She had a cape and everything.

Well, Lucy discovered that her licking "problem" was actually a good thing.  She found distressed children and licked them to make them feel better.  They would giggle and feel better instantly from whatever slight they had endured.  Lucy vowed to never neglect her responsibilities to the neighborhood children just to be a diva in her house. 
This is a cute book.  I love, love, love the concept that a child (or a weenie dog!) can take a personality quirk or "problematic" fault in herself and turn it into something helpful for others.  What a great lesson for kids!...(continue) 


(Awesome Story of an Inuit Child)


  1. Just ordered the US Presidents book....my nephew's birthday is upcoming and he is obsessed with US Presidents, lol....perfect gift so thank you!

    1. Wow, that is great! I hope he loves it! I am confident he will.

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    1. Thanks! I love sharing all the different types of books there are in the world with kids. It helps if they are only interested in a certain type of book to keep reading.

  3. I thought Lucy the Wonder Weenie was soooo cute. I actually teared up a bit at the end. I am a sap.

    1. Your friend should be so proud of her book!


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