Monday, May 20, 2013

Mini Monday #39


Mini Monday: Where my son and I do two “mini” reviews on two children’s books. Each book will get a Thumbs up, Middle Thumb, or Thumbs down rating!

Beep and Bah by James Burks
, 32 pages
March 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Books
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Beep is a robot who hungers for adventure. Bah is a goat that wants to stay out of trouble. When Bah discovers a single sock, Beep knows theres only one thing to do: find its match! Together, Beep and Bah begin a journey that takes them over winding hills and deep into the ocean. On the way, theyll meet monkeys, whales, and angry bearsbut will they meet the socks owner?


This was a cute story about a robot and a goat that go in search of a missing sock. They go on an adventure asking every animal they come to if the sock is theirs. Robot is the only one in the story that actually talks; all the other animals just make whatever sound the animal makes. Most of the story is set up almost comic book style with different frames on each page. Although there are some pages that just have a full page illustration. Robot gets himself into some funny situations and goat just follows along. My son and I both liked this book, especially the ending, which I won’t spoil for you. This book is for ages 5-8 but would also be really good for children learning their animal sounds.


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Spork by Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press

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His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table? This "multi-cutlery" tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.
Well I obviously had to pick this book up because it is about a spork and spork is a funny word/utensil. That also happens to be what this book is about. This book talks about a mixed utensil, i.e.: his dad was a fork and his mom was a spoon. This book shows that even though you think you aren’t important or that you don’t fit in, there is always a place for you and something for you to do.


The illustrations in this book are interesting. They are sketches but in some of the pictures it looks like things are cut and pasted into the pictures. Though my son liked it when the spoon put on different hats to try and blend in with other utensils.


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