Story Time: Alfred the Time Traveling Dinosaur by Brandon Cullum

 

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Alfred the Time Traveling DinosaurAlfred the Time Traveling Dinosaur 
written by Brandon Cullum
published by Brandon Cullum, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
My kids thought it was entertaining, but I didn’t really enjoy it. The rhythm and rhyme weren’t quite right, and I found myself stumbling to read it aloud. It could have just been the after-dinner-ZOMG-is-it-bedtime-yet mood I was in, but I barely made it through the whole story. I’d like to tell you I’ll give it another go sometime when I’m not as cranky, but, well, I won’t.

I like that readers can vote on Alfred’s next adventure, but I’d recommend Mr. Cullum spend a bit more time polishing his text.

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Would I recommend it: Nope. The rhymes and rhythms don’t flow and there’s lots of superfluous text. Try THIS BOOK instead.

Melissa

About the book – from Goodreads: Alfred is a dinosaur. He is big and blue and and a little mean as he rules the Jurassic. But he finds himself alone, not getting to play with the other dinosaurs. It might take a little time travel, but Alfred is on a journey to be a good friend.

This is the first book in the Alfred the Dinosaur series. The story for each book is voted on by people like you! Find  more details on how you can join the adventure in the first few pages of the book.

 

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Paul’s Review: The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

The 13-Story TreehouseThe 13-Story Treehouse (The Treehouse Books, #1)
written by Andy Griffiths
illustrated by Terry Denton
published by Feiwel & Friends, 2011

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Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I really enjoyed it. It was good.

The diagrams of the treehouse were really cool. It shows you all around the treehouse. The catapult was my favorite; it was used as a garbage disposal. Andy and Terry are the main characters in the book. They do funny things. I liked the part where the monkeys were on the marshmallow machine, firing marshmallows at Andy and Terry.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, it’s a good book. A good book.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you’re hungry.

Two new characters – Andy and Terry – live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse.

This is a major new series from Andy and Terry- and it’s the logical evolution of all their previous books. There are echoes of the Just stories in the Andy and Terry friendship, the breakaway stories in the Bad Book (the Adventures of Super Finger), there’s the easy readability of the Cat on the Mat and the Big Fat Cow, and like all these books, the illustrations are as much a part of the story as the story itself.

 

 

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Paul’s Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Hi, Everyone! I’d like to introduce my son, Paul, to you! He is a new reviewer for EFC. He is almost 8 years old and a certified bookworm. He and I talked about this book, and I typed his review based on our chat and the questions he answered.

Enjoy!

The Long HaulThe Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9)
written by Jeff Kinney
published by Harry N. Abrams, 2014

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Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I really enjoyed it.

In The Long Haul, Greg and his family were going on a road trip to Disney World. But they didn’t get to go because the trip was a total disaster. And they got to go where Greg wanted to go . . . Soak Central!

It is really funny. The writing is good. I like the pictures, too. They are really cool and add to the story.  I like Greg because he has a funny imagination. My favorite scene was when their pet pig tried to escape the car. I was laughing out loud. I had to show my mom and brother that part. The seagull part made me laugh, too.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, I would tell my friends to read The Long Haul.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.

 

 

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Story Time Saturday: Happy Easter, Mouse!

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Happy Easter, Mouse!Happy Easter, Mouse! 
written by Laura Joffe Numeroff
published by Balzer & Bray, 2010

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I know, I know. It’s not Easter. But listen. If you’ve got a child under the age of, say, four, you’ll be reading this book–repeatedly–no matter when you buy it.

I originally purchased this book because I wanted to expose my kiddo to a secular (commercial?) side of the Easter holiday. He was already in love with the mouse/cookie relationship, so this seemed like a no-brainer. This book has the loveable mouse (and artwork) you’d expect, plus counting and color identification. My only complaint is that the eggs aren’t all exactly the colors they claim to be, but then, you know, no one is. Plus, it’s freaking adorable to hear a toddler yell, “IT’S BUNNY!” the moment before you turn the last page.

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Would I recommend it: Listen. You’re going to read this book ten thousand times if you buy it. I guarantee you’ll adore your kiddo’s guess as to who hid the eggs. Go for it.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he tries to figure out who’s leaving Easter eggs all over his house!

 

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Story Time Saturday: There’s A Hippopotamus Under My Bed

 

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There’s A Hippopotamus Under My Bed
written by Mike Thaler
published by Avon Books, 1977

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Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s cute! I like the way Thaler forces readers to listen to the words AND look at the pictures to figure out the whole story. The illustrations aren’t just eye candy–they actually add to the plot. The first few times we read it my son had trouble describing what was going on in the pictures (he’s three), but now he’s learned a new skill: listening and looking at the same time!  Sweet!

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Would I recommend it: Yeah! Not only is it a cute story, but it’s sneakily helped my son learn a new skill.

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About the book – from Goodreads: A youngster befriends an escaped hippopotamus that sooner or later must return to the zoo.

 

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Story Time Saturday: A Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman

 

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A Cloak For The DreamerA Cloak for the Dreamer 
written by Aileen Friedman
published by Scholastic Press, 1994

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Did I enjoy this book: 
Well, my son likes it.

My mother went to a used book sale at an elementary school and came home with this book, which I think was used as a way to teach basic geometry. It’s a neat, though not at all original, story, but my son doesn’t care a bit for the mathy parts. Perhaps in a few years he’ll want to understand why you can’t sew circles together and why triangles and hexagons work better, but for now, he just likes the colors and the pictures.

I, on the other hand, like that hidden in the mathy bits is a lesson that you don’t have to be what your parents want you to be–you have to be who you are, and that’s okay.

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Would I recommend it: I don’t think I’d go out and buy this for a children’s home library, but it’s not a terrible addition considering we got it for free.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Once there was a tailor who had three fine sons. Whenever his older sons Ivan and Alex weren’t working, they practiced measuring, cutting, and sewing. But Misha, the youngest, spent every moment poring over maps of the world and dreaming of traveling far and wide.

 

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Story Time Saturday: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

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MadelineMadeline
written by Ludwig Bemelmans
published by London: Hippo, 1939

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Did I enjoy this book: 
This is another one of my son’s favorite books. I’m not sure if it’s the rhyming or the brave little girl with the scar–all he’ll tell me is that he likes it because it’s good. Well, I agree. It was good when I was a little one and it’s still good now.

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Would I recommend it: Yes, obviously.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl’s trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.

 

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Story Time Saturday: Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

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SpoonSpoon 
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
published by Disney-Hyperion, 2009

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Did I enjoy this book: 
My son and I adore this book. It’s cute, it’s funny, and it’s got enough silverware puns to keep me interested even after the 100th time I’ve read it. We’ve been talking a lot lately about how it’s okay to be different, and this book is a great reminder of that. Plus, you know, it’s about a spoon.

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Would I recommend it: Yep. This is one of my favorite children’s books; unbelievably enough I don’t get tired of reading it!

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About the book – from Goodreads: Meet Spoon.

He’s always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn’t cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon? A book for all ages, Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us each special.

 

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Story Time Saturday: The Goodnight Train

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The Goodnight Train

written by June Sobel
published by HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006

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Did I enjoy this book: 
Listen. My son was obsessed with trains until about a month ago when he discovered Minecraft. OBSESSED. I’m not lying to you when I say I’ve read every. single. train. book. in. print. YES, even the science-y ones with nine zillion words and four pictures. My son is three. I was excited, then, when a friend sent this book for him. Hooray! A new and different train book!

. . . except . . .

This book is filled with weird noises. I mean, I was expecting some “chugga chuggas” and some “choo-choos.” I’m even OK with the occasional “clickety-clack,” but I draw the line at “huff-a-puff-a.” You can’t make me say it.

Since I also refuse to say, “rock-a, rock-a” or “hush-a, hush-a,” I only ended up reading about half the words in the book. Listen. I’m typically a fan onomatopoeia, but my kid is smarter than rock-a and hush-a. And listen, the story is cute, but I prefer to treat my children as though they’re intelligent little things (which is why I’m not going to read this to my 7-month-old either).

DISCLAIMER: I have an unnatural hatred of baby talk; I would definitely not be chosen as a jury member if this book goes to trial (which it should, because huff-a-puff-a).

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Would I recommend it: No. Try this one instead:  Trains

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About the book – from Goodreads: All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won’t want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don’t . . . close . . . your . . . eyes!

With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that’s guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.

 

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Story Time with Sara. . . err. . . Melissa: Nobunny’s Perfect by Anna Dewdney

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Nobunny's PerfectNobunny’s Perfect 
written by Anna Dewdney
published by Viking Books for Young Readers, 2012

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Did I enjoy this book: 
It’s adorable. The pictures are cute, the story is delightful (I mean, rhyming bunnies with good manners? Please!), and I’ve been reading it to my son since before he could talk. It’s one of his favorites, and even though it’s been passed down to his little sister, he still asks for it regularly. It’s one of the books I’m going to save for my kids to give their kids.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Even though he’s older than the target audience for the book now, I read it to my son every so often. . . he still loves it, and so do I!

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About the book – from Goodreads:

In simple sentences and sweet illustrations, Nobunny’s Perfect is an ideal introduction to behavior that young children will understand and enjoy. And, most importantly, it will make a bunny proud to be the best bunny he can be!

 

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