Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Milo

Irving Berlin: the immigrant boy who made America sing

Review by Milo, This American Kid

This is the fourth book by Nancy Churnin. I was able to go to the book release party where Nancy read the book and told us how she wrote the story.

Irving Berlin was a famous American song writer, Nancy said that he wrote over 1,500 songs. This book is about his life and him writing the song “God Bless America.” Irving Berlin moved to New York City from Russia, when he was young.

I liked how he experienced many different types of music in his. My favorite part in the book was when he was playing music on the street and people threw him coins.

I really liked this book (and Nancy’s other books) because I like true stories and I like history. I never knew about who Irving Berlin was before I read this book.

I give it 5 stars.

I recommend it to anyone who likes history, America, music, or non-fiction.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Pink is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman

Illustrated by Eda Kaban

I was asked to review this book by the publisher. They shared a copy with me to write this review.

This book is about that all the colors are for everyone. It gives examples like yellow is for boys. And girls. And a crown to wear. Or Red is for boys. And girls. And cars racing along the track.

I like this book because the characters are very diverse and some were disabled! That means that anyone could find their selves in this book!!! I also like that it shows that there are no such thing as boy colors or girl colors.

I recommend this book to kids who think there are a such thing as boy and girl colors.

I give this book 25 color stars🌈🌟

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Oopsie-do!

Words by Tim Kubart

Pictures by Lori Richmond

Review by Coopbart aka Annoying Little Brother aka Tim Kubart’s biggest fan

I learned about this book a year ago and have been waiting patiently. But I was kind of saying when will it be here a lot over the last month. It came out yesterday and my copy was at my house when I got home.

This is the story called Oopsie-do. It is about all the oopsie that we make in a day. It is about how they are okay. You shouldn’t get yourself mad. The little girl drops stuff, messes up stuff and falls by tripping on a ball but she says “Oopsie do”. She doesn’t let it bug her.

I think the book is good for kids my age who make mistakes. I let myself get mad and need to work on this. I am going to try saying “Oopsie-do”.

I like the illustrations by Lori. She even snuck my name in. Even the names of the Sprout hosts are hidden in the book. I like that the characters look like real kids and are all kinds of kids.

Tim also wrote a song. It is very funny. I listened to it three, four maybe six times last night. Here is the link (https://youtu.be/4dJfyXF20KU

This book gets 10 tambourines and ten stars from me. That is the highest I will give a book. Go read it so Tim will write more books. I love you, Tim!

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, guest kid reviewer

Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle

By Charise Mericle Harper

Review by Ada

This book is a story about a girl named Birdie, who transforms into Crafty Cat, which is her crafty alter ego.  She does this whenever she needs to make something, or to help someone fix something.  Birdie makes her Crafty Cat suit out of different craft items whenever Crafty Cat is needed.  She has a friend named Cloudy who is a cloud.

Birdie wants to be a butterfly because her class is having a bug play about lots of different bugs.  She has to prove that she can be as fast as a butterfly, faster than the other kid who wants to be a butterfly.

You’d like this book if you like cats or crafts.  My favorite thing Crafty Cat can make is bookmarks.  If you want to make some too, there’s a craft section at the end of the book!  There is also a pattern to make butterfly hair clips, and I am happy this is in the book.  I give this book five stars. I can’t wait to get more books to read about Crafty Cat!

(Review copy provided by First Second)

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Adventures in Science: Human Body

Little brother was asked to review this interactive book by the publisher. He anxiously waited for it! The box was a little damaged but nothing was broken. Here is his review…

This book came with a build your own skeleton, poster that you put body parts on and some trading cards.

I enjoyed building the skeleton and learning where body parts are. Did you know the intestines are the body’s dump truck? You can read about different parts of the body and learn facts about it. On the eye page, they talk about color blind. The cards are easy to read but the book is a little bit hard. Because it has hard words and a lot of words on the pages. I needed help to read it.

I think people who don’t know about body parts would like this. I think the book is for kids older than first grade but first grade can build skeleton and do poster.

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Westley

You’re My Little Cuddle Bug

by Nicola Edwards.

Illustrations by Natalie Marshall.

Review by baby Taran, translated by big brother Westley.

Taran: Mama mama.  Ma ma.  Ma ma.  Eee eee.  Mama.  Mama.  Mmmm.

Westley: The book is very very sweet.  I like how it has cutouts.   The cutouts are the shapes of the animals.  On the first page it just shows the baby animal, then you turn the page and lift the cutout and it shows the baby with the mom.

Taran: Ah. Ah.  Aah ah.  Mommmum.

Westley: There are all sorts of different animals.  Some look cute and others look weird.  I liked how the story said very nice things, and when you flip the page the words from the first page show through the cut-out.

Taran: Mmmm. Hummmummummm.

Westley: People who like animals and being nice to animals should get this book, and also for babies.  I think we should get a copy of this book for my baby cousin.

Taran: (holding up one finger) Mah.  Mah.  (signing “more, more”) Uh-oh.

Westley: Grownups should also get this book even if they don’t like animals and don’t like being kind to animals because it is still very cute.

Taran:  Mah mah mah.  (leaves the room) Dun, dun (signs “all done”)

Posted in Awesome Kids, Friday Fun

When your dad wins the Caldecott….

Bridget note:I have interviewed Matthew Cordell previously. His daughter, Romy, has provided reviews for my blog. When I heard the news that Matthew had won the Caldecott this year,  I was curious what Romy thought. So I asked her about it.

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1. How did you find out your dad won the Caldecott Award?

When I woke up in the morning, my mom was very excited and she said, “Your Dad won the Caldecott!” And then I went into my parents’ room and my Dad was on the phone. When he finally got off the phone, I jumped on him and hugged him, and I screamed until I was hoarse. Then, my parents let me and my brother stay home from school for the morning, so we could watch Dad get the award on TV. My dad and I went and got donuts and when we went home, we ate our donuts and we watched the award announcements.

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2. What was your first thought when you heard the news?

My first thought was: AAAAAAHHHHHH! OH MY GOSH! AM I DREAMING? SOMEBODY PINCH ME!!!!!

3. This isn’t the first award Wolf in the Snow has won, but was this surprising or shocking?

Wolf in the Snow won a Boston Globe-Horn Book honor award first, and then when it won another award, you’d think it wouldn’t be as shocking. But it really was because the Caldecott is a huge honor.

4. Did your dad use his win to get out of a chore? (My Dad would.)

Actually no, but he wanted to. He didn’t because my mom wouldn’t let him.

5. What did your classmates think?

Some of my classmates didn’t know what it was, but the ones who did totally flipped. Some of my teachers didn’t know either, but the ones who did were silent for a minute.

6. Do you get to go with your dad to get the award?

Yes, because my Dad didn’t want to go without me. I’m so glad, my whole family is going. I am really excited about going to New Orleans, but I don’t like when my ears pop on the plane.

7. Both your parents are writers. What does that feel like? (P.S. My mom really likes your mom’s books.)

It feels really good since I can give my teachers a truck load of signed books for the holidays. (And that is so nice of you to tell me! I’m so glad!)

8. Who is the coolest person you have met?

Well, I’ve met lots of cool people, but I think the coolest person I’ve met is Carrie Fisher and her dog, Gary Fisher. (Bridget note:SUPER JEALOUS!)

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9. What was your favorite book this past year?

I love to read and I have a lot of favorite books, but I think my all time favorite is How to Train Your Dragon, book, 3, How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell.

10. Do you think you might write a book?

I’ve been working on a novel since second grade, but I don’t think I will finish that one. I want to write a different one, but I don’t really know what it will be about.

Thanks, Romy! I have seen lots of interviews from your dad on this but it is cool to hear what a kid thinks. Plus I can’t wait to see your book! ~ Bridget