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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Save the Laughing Children! Kid Reviews Part One

Before we get started talking about the great participation in April's Save the Laughing Children!, I have a semi-related question for you. If you saw the following sign near your bank, what would you think it meant:

Giant Children's Sale

If you were horrified, even for a moment, because you thought giant children were for sale (as if they hadn't the rights and dignity of regular size children) then you are probably a children's book writer.

Here it is only April 8, and I've had 5 teachers already turn in kid reviews to Save the Laughing Children! (and the Picture Book.) I'm going to give each school or class their own day to be featured on the blog. Later this month, I'll post my reviews on the books I have.

Remember that you can also follow along on Facebook @Author Bridget Heos. Finally, happy late April Fool's Day!

Without further ado, here are reviews sent in by 4th Grade teacher Molly Wholey, from St. Peter's in Kansas City, one of the first schools to participate this month! They did a phenomenal job--putting lots of time, effort, and thought into this. They wrote out reviews and also did a drawing.

Students read 5 books from the list, which was fun to see. I'd like to send the authors their reviews because I'm only able to post one from each, and they are all so cute!

First up, Animal House by Candace Ryan, ill. by Nathan Hale, Walker and Company, 2010, reviewed by Isabel, 10. She says, "What I liked about it was that all the objects in his house were animals...I think that it would take a lot of time to think that up."

Second, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, by Audrey Vernick, ill. by Daniel Jennewein, Balzer + Bray, 2010, reviewed by Grace, 10. She loved the book and suggested an additional scene where the buffalo did ballet or tangoed with a zebra. Perhaps it will happen in the soon-to-be released sequel, Teach Your Buffalo to Play the Drums, which comes out this summer!

Next, Pet Shop Follies, by Mary Ann Fraser, Boyds Mills Press, 2010, reviewed by Spencer, who said, "This book made me feel like I just wanted to go crazy. Then have a talent show." Hey, I think that's how American Idol got started!

Next, Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel, ill. by Henry Cole, Harcourt, 2006, reviewed by Jackson, who says, "I think it was funny how they said 'R' a lot. I also liked the part when he said, 'Walk the plank.'"

Finally, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, by Melanie Watt, Kids Can Press, 2007, was reviewed by Audrey. She says, "This book made me feel that I'm lucky to have the friends I have because I wouldn't want a goldfish or dog as my only friend."

Thank you, Miss Wholey's class. You did an amazing job! For your prize, you will receive four picture books and some funny stuff. Wait--you think bacon band-aids are funny, right? Obviously a rhetorical question. Who doesn't think bacon band-aids are funny?

1 comment:

  1. What great pictures and fun reviews! Thanks to Miss Wholey's class in Kansas City!