Book Review: Tuesday by David Wiesner

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Title: Tuesday

Author: David Wiesner

Illustrator: David Wiesner

Publisher: Clarion Books

Published Date: 1991

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

David Wiesner received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday. In the years that followed, he went on to receive two more Caldecotts, and Tuesday went on to sell half a million copies in the United States and to be published in a dozen foreign countries. Now, with remarkable advances in the technology of color reproduction, the original artwork for Tuesday is being reproduced anew, for an edition even more faithful to the palette and texture of David Wiesner’s watercolor paintings. The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages. Continue reading

Book Review: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Title: Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Paul O. Zelinsky

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

Publisher: HMH Books

Published Date: 1986

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

David Wiesner received the 1991 Caldecott Medal for Tuesday. In the years that followed, he went on to receive two more Caldecotts, and Tuesday went on to sell half a million copies in the United States and to be published in a dozen foreign countries. Now, with remarkable advances in the technology of color reproduction, the original artwork for Tuesday is being reproduced anew, for an edition even more faithful to the palette and texture of David Wiesner’s watercolor paintings. The whimsical account of a Tuesday when frogs were airborne on their lily pads will continue to enchant readers of all ages.

My Thoughts:

Fairy Tales. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale that doesn’t have a happy ending? And one where you don’t have to give up your child in the process. BUT…a child was given up. The Miller gave up his daughter in the beginning. This stupid miller wanted to impress the King and basically sets his daughter to get killed if she can’t spin straw into gold. What kind of father does that to their child? No wonder this poor girl gives anything to stay alive. But to give a first born? And to marry the man who threatens to kill you? Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Feminism and all that has been around too long for me to be okay with that. I would have bargained for my freedom before I would have married a man, even if he were the King, that kept threatening to kill me. I just don’t see the appeal in all of it.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Rena

Book Review: Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto

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Title: Chato’s Kitchen

Author: Gary Soto

Illustrator: Susan Guevara

Publisher: Puffin Books

Published Date: September 22, 1997

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

Chato can’t believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and the beans–everything you’d need for a welcoming feast, except for the main dish, and the guests of honor. Of course, in Chato’s mind they are one and the same thing.

But the mice are bringing a surprise guest of their own, who may be more than a cool cat can swallow.

My Thoughts:

Chato thinks he is slick. He sees the new mouse family move in next door and thinks, “Dinner!” But he is mistaken! He cooks up a scheme to invite to the mouse family over for dinner. But wait! They have a dinner guest too! And he’s a dog! So much for the mouse dinner!

What I really liked about this was the description of the actual cooking of all the food. Plus, I don’t think the cat was actually going to eat the mice. Why would he have made all that food? To fatten them up? They were already fat. Who knows?

Auf Wiedersehen!

Rena

 

 

Book Review: George and Martha by James Marshall

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Title: George and Martha

Author: James Marshall

Illustrator: James Marshall

Publisher: HMH Books

Published Date: September 11, 1974

Source: library

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Goodreads Review:

Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: “Split Pea Soup,” “The Flying Machine,” “The Tub,” “The Mirror,” “The Tooth.”

My Thoughts:

George and Martha are “just friends.” They learn a lot from each other. Like not to lie to each other. That they like to be in each others company. Not to peep on each other while the other is in the tub. U.G.L.Y. you ain’t got no alibi, you ugly. And George the founder of the gold grill.

Friends…what are they good for? A lot. Just don’t try to look at them naked.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Rena

 

 

Book Review: The Bossy Gallito by Lucia M. Gonzalez

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Title: The Bossy Gallito

Author: Lucia M. Gonzalez

Illustrator: Lulu Delacre

Publisher: Scholastic en Espanol

Published Date: June 1, 1999

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

There was once a bossy little rooster, un gallito mandon, who was on his way to the wedding of his uncle the parrot, su tio el perico. Until he gets dirty and demands everyone help him become clean again. A very funny book in English and Spanish that will delight both adults and children.

My Thoughts:

Hi, I’m an asshole rooster and I think I’m better than everyone else. I’m going to eat this corn I found in the mud and I know that it’s going to make me dirty, but I don’t care. Damn, I’m dirty now. You must make me clean. You. No? You! Hurt the first person that wouldn’t help me! No? You! Hurt the second person that wouldn’t help me! No? You! Hurt the third person that wouldn’t help me! Oh, look here’s my best friend, the sun. He’ll help. Hey, bff. Could you please do something about these plebs not doing as I command? Yeah? Thanks! Bam!

I get it. He finally said please. But that asshat is well…an asshat to everyone he meets. And then he finally says please and gets his way? Uh? No! Go to the damn wedding with a dirty beak you assbutt(spn4ever!). Definitely talk to your kids after they read this.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Rena

 

 

Book Review: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

BarkGeorge1Title: Bark, George

Author: Jules Feiffer

Illustrator: Jules Feiffer

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published Date: June 3, 1999

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

Bark, George,” says George’s mother, and George goes: “Meow,” which definitely isn’t right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, “Bark, George.” And George goes, “Quack, quack.”

My Thoughts:

George “aka Hermione’s magic bag of tricks” doesn’t know how to bark. Or does he? He just has a problem of swallowing other beings whole and then sounding like them. So that vet has to put on his longest and best latex glove to get those damn animals out of him. And he goes and swallows a damn human. George is going to be put down for this. He crossed the line when he swallowed a human. Although…I wonder what the experience was like IN his stomach. That human could totally make a fortune writing a book about his harrowing experience being swallowed whole by a puppy and then being made to say “Hello” every time someone told him to bark. AND the owner of George could totally make this a thing. Like a circus thing, but totally a thing. I wonder if the being gets fed when George eats or if they slowly die of starvation down there. I guess that would definitely need to be in the book by the first human experience. Food for thought.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Rena

Book Review: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

dragonslovetacosTitle: Dragons Love Tacos

Author: Adam Rubin

Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri

Publisher: Dial Books

Published Date: June 14, 2012

Source: library

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Goodreads Summary:

This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack. Continue reading