Thursday, March 22, 2018

ReFoReMo Day 16 Book Reviews

BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Alex receives a book for his birthday called "Birthday Bunny." Alex thinks the book he received is silly and sappy. He uses a pencil and turns the birthday bunny story into a story called "Battle Bunny." He crosses out words and letters from the text and fills them in with his own text. He also draws cartoon sketches to illustrate his new story.

Here's a small sampling of how the story has been changed. Here is the original story: "Birthday Bunny made himself his favorite breakfast: carrot juice and a bowl of Carrot Crispies. 'My birthday is the most special day of the year because I get super birthday present from all my friends.'"

Here's how Alex has changed the original story: "Battle Bunny made himself his favorite breakfast: brain juice and a bowl of Greasy Guts. 'My birthday is the most special day of the year because I get super birthday powers over all my enemies.'"

The story continues in this matter throughout.

I must say this is one of the most creative ways I've ever seen a story told. It's like two stories in one. You can almost see Alex scratching out words and writing in his own to make the story go the way he wants. It's delightful fun.


This book has no words but it certainly tells a story. The wonderfully expressive illustrations by Molly Idle, along with some interactive flaps along the way, tell the story of Flora as she makes friends with a flamingo.

I DON'T LIKE KOALA by Sean Ferrell 

Adam's parents got him a stuffed koala bear. Adam doesn't like it. He thinks it is creepy. He tries to get rid of it, but somehow, the bear keeps turning back up. He tries everything he can think of because he just doesn't like koala. Will anything happen to change his mind?

PRESS HERE by HervĂ© Tullet 

What a delightful book. On the first page is a yellow dot, just like the one on the cover. The reader is instructed to "Press here and turn the page." Of course, young children will press the yellow dot and then turn the page. When they do....they'll find a page with two yellow dots. They'll wonder how that happened and they will be anxious to keep going and find out what happens next.

Like I said, what a delightful book. I can see kids asking to go through this book time and time again.


It's time for bed, but the little ninjas are not tired. They're slipping and sliding and swinging out of bed. Can Daddy and the sensei get them to settle down?

This is an adorable counting book. Instead of going from 10 little ninjas to 9 little ninjas to 8 little ninjas, etc., author Miranda Paul has changed things up a bit. After the first little ninja gets tucked into bed, then their are 9 little astronauts and then 8 little race car drivers, etc.

Kids will enjoy the many different antics of these boisterous kiddies as mom and dad tried to get them all into bed.

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