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Book Review: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story – by Tara Lazar

 

 

 

 

 

Book: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Author: Tara Lazar
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: children's picture book; humour
Pages: 32
Price: $18.99
My rating: Entertaining story filled with puns and humour

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story is a very entertaining story. And how can it not be, having been written by Tara Lazar?

Private I is asked by the number 6 to help him. He has heard that 7 Ate 9, and he is scared 7 would soon be after him. Private I pointed out that 7 is always after him – as in 5, 6, 7. That fact doesn’t console 6 and he fears his days are numbered as both 7 and 9 seem to be missing!

Private I goes to the café for a slice of pi.  (No, I didn’t mean to type pie.) The waitress, whose name is B, has the scoop. She’d heard that 7 ate 9, and she drops a scoop of ice-cream onto Private I’s pie that’s shaped like the number π – which is the mathematical pi.

As you can easily figure out from what little I have said – not wanting to give away the whole story – there are many puns and word plays in this funny picture book 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story. The bold, creative illustrations by Ross MacDonald (a Canadian now living in the US) are perfectly suited to the story and visually add to the puns. The reader must pay attention to the illustrations to not miss the added humour.

In a surprising and funny conclusion, Private I cleverly solves the mystery of missing 9 and 7, reminding the adult reader a little of Sherlock Holmes.  🙂

Tara Lazar has cleverly written a book for children that is full of puns, plays on words, and humour. Young readers are sure to enjoy 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story.

You can find 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar on my BUY THE BOOK pageI also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.

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Book Review: Turkey Tot – by George Shannon

 

 

 

 

Book: Turkey Tot
Author: George Shannon
Illustrator: Jennifer K. Mann
Publisher: Holiday House
Date: August 31, 2014
Genre: children's picture book; 4 - 7 yrs, Preschool - 1
Pages: 32
Price: $16.77
My rating: wonderful story to encourage ingenuity

 

Turkey Tot by George Shannon is an adorable story reminding one of the story of the Little Red Hen.

Turkey Tot had three friends, Chick, Hen, and Pig. One day they spied juicy berries on a bush, but they were too high to reach. The friends sadly went on their way to the pond, but then Turkey Tot came up with an idea. If they could find … something … it would help them reach the berries, but his friends said no, they won’t find that, he’s being silly, and he has been different from the day he was hatched. 

Turkey Tot was not one to give in to defeat. He kept coming up with ingenious ideas. His friends continued to reply the same negative way. Finally, they refused to listen to more of his schemes, so Turkey Tot worked at a plan alone with a variety of things he did manage to find.

When Turkey Tot appears in a way they never expect to see him – and with juicy berries to share – they marvel over his cleverness. After all, they decide, he has been different from the day he was hatched!

This is a cute story with bright, bold illustrations created by Jennifer K. Mann. The images give such expression to the story, each little character has its own personality and appeal. For little people learning to read, the font is large and dark for easy reading.

Children will enjoy this story, and very possibly be prompted to make things themselves.  It’s a great way to encourage creativity and to encourage children to trust themselves, to not be discouraged by other people’s negativity, and to not give up trying.

You can find Turkey Tot by George Shannon on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

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Book Review: The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart – by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

Book: The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart
Author(s): Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: children’s picture book: 3 – 6 yrs; Preschool – 3
Pages: 32
Price: $16.99
My rating: a sweet story to help a child build confidence

The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart, written by the mother-daughter team Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, is book six of the The Very Fairy Princess series.

Gerry believes in her heart that she is a princess because she can feel the sparkle inside. Valentine’s Day is coming up and that day is a favourite for Gerry. She worked hard making sparkly valentines for everyone in her class, even for the boy who pulls her hair.

Her mommy gave her a folder like her daddy’s to keep all her special valentines safe, and on Valentine’s Day morning Gerry got all dressed up, grabbed the folder, and rushed out to catch the bus to school.

Gerry could hardly wait for when their teacher says it’s time for everyone to give out their valentines. She was so excited, so when it was time to pass out the valentines she eagerly opened her folder. Oh-oh! – she had one of her daddy’s folders filled with his work papers! She must have mixed them up. Her day quickly went from sparkly to un-sparkly. Although Gerry was very sad about the mistake, she came up with a special idea for each person in the class. This is another adorable story in the The Very Fairy Princess series by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton. The story is told in a way that encourages the child reader to share from the heart, and is illustrated by Christine Davenier in bright and sweet images with lots of sparkle.

You can find The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and on Chapters.Indigo if available there.

 

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