Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ReFoReMo 2018 Day 20 Book Reviews

BABY'S GOT THE BLUES by Carol Diggory Shields

So, you think babies have an easy life? Think again. This baby will show you that life as a baby isn't all that it seems to be.

First of all, if you're a baby, how are you supposed to tell someone you have a dirty diaper? Also, what if pizza or macaroni or beef stew look and smell delicious, but you can't eat any of them because you have no teeth? See, life ain't easy when you're a baby.

This delightful look at babyhood is made all the funnier with wonderful, rhyming, bluesy text and colorful, expressive illustrations.


Fiona is very busy today. She has a presentation to do with Felix for show-and-tell. They made a volcano that get to show off. Fiona is so busy getting ready for school she doesn't have time to go to the bathroom. She didn't get a chance to go when she got to school because the bus was late. When she asked to go to the bathroom during class, it was being used, so she went back to class.

By the time it was her and Felix's turn for show-and-tell, she really had to go. She had to go so badly that she had a "little accident" during the presentation. She was so embarrassed that she ran away and hid. He friend, Felix, said that it was no big deal, but Fiona wasn't convinced. What could make the humiliation go away?

In addition to providing a great little story that every little child can relate to, the end papers for the book provide pictorial directions for creating your own homemade volcano.

GREEN PANTS by Kenneth Kraegel

Jameson loves his green pants. In fact, the only color pants you will find in his wardrobe are green. With his green pants on, Jameson can do anything. And, he simply refuses to wear any pants that aren't green.

But, one day, he is asked to be in a wedding. He says "Yes" before he is told that he will have to wear a tuxedo - - with BLACK pants. Jameson really, really, really wants to be in the wedding, but he really, really, really doesn't want to wear black pants. But, if he wants to be in the wedding, he HAS to wear black pants.

It's his choice, and it's a tough one to make. What will Jameson decide?

I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN by Hélène Boudreau 

A young boy tries to stifle a yawn, but it gets away from him. His mom notices and whisks him off to bed. Problem is, he's not really all that tired. So, he has some advice for anyone who doesn't want to end up in bed.

* Stay away from huggable stuffed animals.
* Stay away from cozy pajamas.
* Avoid bedtime stories about sleepy animals.

All these things, and more, are sure to make you yawn and get you sent to bed. And, I'll bet you'll be yawning by the time you get to the end of this book, because like the book says, "Yawns are like colds. They spread." Nite, nite.

 JABARI JUMPS by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari has finished his swimming lessons and he has passed his swimming test. Now, he's ready for the diving board. He knows he's a great jumper, so he tells himself he's not scared at all. He gets in line to climb the ladder to the big board. When it's his turn he starts climbing, up and up and up. Then, he stops. His dad asks him if he's okay. He says he is, but he's just a bit tired. "Maybe you should climb down and take a tiny rest," his dad suggests. So, Jabari does just that.

Jabari keeps coming up with excuses for not jumping. His father tells him it's okay to feel a little scared. He says, "Sometimes, if I feel a little scared, I take a deep breath and tell myself I am ready." Jabari finally works up the courage to take the big jump the next day.

This is a great story that any kid can relate to. We all have fears; sometimes we just need a little extra encouragement to overcome them. 

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