Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: Ben's School Daze by Robyn Sims & Joanne Larco

Title: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Book Synopsis:
This is a story about Ben, a lively and active boy, who finds the sensory experiences within his day to be overwhelming.  

Loud noises vibrate through his body and “shoes and sock bother him.. they never feel just right”.  

This can make it hard for Ben to be a good student.  But don’t worry, his teacher and mum know what to do to help him through his day.

My Review:

If you have a child you feel that gets over stimulated at times, you'll love Ben's School Daze by Robyn Sims & Joanne Larsom.  I didn't have that problem with my kids; in fact, when I would see a child act up in public, I would say to myself thank God he's not mine.  But I didn't stop to think that maybe it was his surroundings or other factors and not that he was a "bad child"?  That's what I believe the authors thought of when they went to write this book.  But what I like about it is that it's not a how to book for adults in handling over-sensory pileup in their child, but a children's book to show the child they are normal.  We need more of these kinds of books for the simple reason that we don't want these children to feel they are different.

This story evolves around Ben who it seems is always on the go.  But sometimes things get out of whack for him.  He acts up apparently for no reason.  How many kids do that?  Lots and it makes you wonder if they have the same thing going on as Ben.  Now Ben will admit himself he doesn't like it when he acts up but doesn't know why it's happening.  Everything makes him upset and it's driving him beserk.  But his teacher understands and offers things for him to fidget with or jobs to do and this helps but doesn't make it go away when he's out of the classroom.  The point of this story is not only to show other children who might be going through this sort of thing that they're normal and can get help, but to show adults how to handle their children when this happens to them.

I love the illustrations - very whimsical and gave a good picture of what is going on in Ben's life.  The author did a marvelous job with this book and for that I give the five rainbows.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review: The Poofiest Pong by Katherine Graham #children

Title: The Poofiest Pong
Author: Katherine Graham
Publisher: Katherine Graham
Pages: 18
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Kindle

Book Synopsis:
How do you measure the poofiness of your pongs? This is a question that baffles Max, the budding inventor. But with the help of his pong-o-meter and his little brother's farts, Max and Billy are well on their way to blasting off for an adventure in outer space.

My Review: 

Who hasn't spit out the poofiest pongs lately?  We all have and that's what Katherine Graham's adorable yet quirky new children's book, The Poofiest Pong, is all about. Billy Burnham is a precocious little boy who notices such things as the different levels of "pong" that his family produces.  If you haven't guessed, "pong" is a fart.  One day he decides to create a pong-o-meter and the antics following his measurements of everyone's "pongs" is quite hilarious and I know your child will be enthralled with this story!  What I thought was so endearing about this book is how little Billy thinks to even create a pong-o-meter.  What we could do with one of those!  I won't spoil what happens after that but if your child is into rockets and aliens, he/she will love this!

I give this book 5 rainbows!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Review: Candy's Chocolate Kingdom #children #bookreview

Title: Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom(Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series)
Author: Nirit Littaney
Publisher: Nirit Littaney
Pages: 26
Genre: Children
Format: Kindle

Book Synopsis:
Meet Candy, the cute girl who loves chocolate so much she dreams about it at night. Grab some sweets and follow Candy though a Magical Chocolate Kingdom that fills her belly and teaches her an important lesson about limits, after something very unexpected happens in the delicious empire. 

Though the vivid illustrations are sure to make your mouth water, Candy’s new understanding is the real treat even you can munch on! 

Excellent for beginner's readers and children ages 3-6. Book 1 in the Kingdom Fantasy series.

My Review:

Being a chocolate lover, I was tempted to pass this one up because I just knew when I started looking through these colorful illustrations, I'd be headed out to the convenience store down the street to pick me up a Three Musketeers.  Anything chocolate just like the little girl, Candy, in Nirit Littaney's new children's picture book, Candy's Chocolate Kingdom

Here's what I absolutely love about this children's book.  As an adult, you almost know when you should stop (even if you don't), but all children know is that it tastes like heaven and they just keep on eating it even though it's going to eventually give them a belly-ache.  Graham handles it beautifully by sending Candy off to the Chocolate Kingdom to show Candy what will happen if she eats too much chocolate.

This children's picture book would be adorable for a child in your family who craves chocolate or any candy for that matter.  If you have a chocolate lover in your family, or know someone who does, tell them about Candy's Chocolate Kingdom by Nirit Littaney.

I give this book 5 rainbows.