Book Review: Borrowers Afield

The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton

The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2)
by Mary NortonBeth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

I love seeing how the Borrowers survive in the wild, fighting off insects, gathering nuts and berries, and finding shelter in an old boot. The plot in this book has so many interesting little twists and turns, as the Clock family meet Spiller, a Borrower who lives in the fields and hedges.

They are such funny characters with grit and determination. Pod is resourceful and serious, but cracks a joke now and then. Homily is fearful, but has a reserve of inner fortitude that comes up in a crisis. Arrietty is adorable and sweet, plucky and adventurous and playful. Spiller is mysterious and taciturn. I just love them all!

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Non Fiction Review: Space Encyclopedia

Space Encyclopedia by David A. Aguilar

Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
by David A. Aguilar (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

This book puts the reader into an imaginary spaceship, the Stella Nova, complete with scientists and crew. We follow the ship’s log as we travel through the solar system and learn about each planet, asteroid, moon, and dwarf planet.

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Non Fiction Review: Nerdlet Animals

Nerdlet by T J Resler

Nerdlet: Animals
by T J Resler
5 out of 5 stars

Did you know that some frogs can grow hair? There is a lizard that can run on top of water, and moth that drinks the tears of other animals. The okapi look almost like zebras with the head of a giraffe on a short neck.

This is such an informative and interesting book! Every page is filled with amazing facts and information about each animal. There are also wild destinations around the world where you can see cool and weird animals on land and in the sea. I loved reading the short bios of famous and influential animal experts. Of course I had to take some of the quizzes to find out my animal personality and my animal super-hero name.

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Book Review: The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre, #0.5)
by Gail Carson Levine (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

Perry is the adopted daughter of Lakti noble parents, but her real parents are Bamarre servants. Her true bloodline is kept a secret, because the Bamarre people are considered inferior and cowardly. The fairy Halina visits Perry and urges her to embrace her true heritage and free the Bamarre people from Lakti tyranny. With the help of a magic tablecloth, seven-league boots, and a perfect disguise, Perry plunges into espionage and rebellion. But can she ever escape her Lakti upbringing and be accepted by the Bamarre?

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Picture Book Review: Dance Like a Leaf

Dance Like a Leaf by A.J. Irving

Dance Like a Leaf
by A.J. Irving (Goodreads Author), Claudia Navarro (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

A little girl and her grandmother share a cup of tea, bundle up in multiple scarves, and dance with the autumn leaves. But as the months go by, the grandmother begins to decline. She can’t get out of bed, but the little girl paints the trees for her on a canvas full of autumn color. When the grandmother dies, her granddaughter still remembers how she was taught to dance with the leaves and enjoy a warm cup of tea. The moments of joy that they shared will never be lost.

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Picture Book Review: Voy a Portarme Muy Bien

Voy a portarme muy bien by Chris Haughton

Voy a portarme muy bien
by Chris Haughton (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

Simon has promised to be a good dog while his owner is away, but he is tempted by the delicious cake, the enticing cat chase, and digging in the dirt. He repents of his evil deeds, and learns some self-control. He is rewarded with a trip to the park, where he does NOT get into trouble. Or does he?

Simon ha prometido ser un buen perro mientras su dueño no esta en casa, pero se siente tentado por el delicioso pastel, la tentadora persecución del gato, y la excavación en la tierra. Se arrepiente de sus malas acciones y aprende algo de autocontrol. Es recompensado con un viaje al parque, donde NO se mete en problemas. ¿O si?

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Picture Book Review: Un Vampiro Peligrozo

Un Vampiro Peligrozo by José Carlos Andrés

Un Vampiro Peligrozo
by José Carlos AndrésGómez (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

A little vampire tries to scare a girl, but he isn’t scary at all, and she only laughs at him. He needs to pass his exam to become a vampire, or he will be forced to work with the banana peelers. With the help of some adorable werewolves and bats and a friendly ghost, the little vampire might be able to give the girl a big scare, but only if she plays along and pretends to be scared.

Un pequeño vampiro intenta asustar a una nina, pero él no da miedo en absoluto y ella solo se ríe de él. Necesita aprobar su examen para ser vampiro, o se verá obligado a trabajar con los peladores de platanos. Con la ayuda de unos adorables hombres lobo y murciélagos y un fantasma amistoso, el pequeño vampiro podría darle un gran susto a la niña, pero solo si ella sigue el juego y finge estar asustada.

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Picture Book Review: The Last Hazelnut

The Last Hazelnut by Susanna Isern

The Last Hazelnut
by Susanna IsernMariana Ruiz Johnson (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Tim and Teo love to eat hazelnuts together on top of their favorite mountain. When each of them thinks their friend selfishly took the last hazelnut instead of sharing, they have a huge argument! But who really took the last hazelnut? Tim and Teo spend the days missing each other and wishing they could be friends again. Can these friends ever forgive each other?

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Picture Book Review: The Tiny Baker

The Tiny Baker by Hayley  Barrett

The Tiny Baker
by Hayley Barrett (Author), Alison Jay (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

The tiny baker has the most dainty and delicious treats at her fashionable tearoom. Her insect customers are always well-behaved and elegantly dressed. But when the ladybug pastry chefs in the kitchen are called away to migrate, they leave a huge mess in the kitchen! How will the tiny baker clean up the mess and deliver delectable desserts to her fancy clientele? She discovers that true friends are always willing to help in a crisis.

I adore this book! Everything about it is perfection.
I love the positive messages about true friendship and jumping in to help someone in need.

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Picture Book Review: The Kiosk

The Kiosk by Anete Melece

The Kiosk
by Anete Melece
3 out of 5 stars

Olga, a very plump woman, lives in her newspaper kiosk, and dreams of travelling. She finds herself stuck in her kiosk, and unable to leave by the door because of her girth. So she picks up the kiosk structure and walks down the street looking for adventure with her kiosk on her back.

The illustrations are full of bright colors and little details in the setting that make the story come alive. Each character in the story has their own unique look. I like the whimsical art style.

I am concerned about stereotypes and unhealthy messages in this book. Olga lives in squalid conditions in her kiosk where she has an armchair, sink, and toilet squeezed into a small space. I worry about children getting confusing messages about the health of this woman and her extreme weight.

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