Review: Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura

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Book Information:

Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura
Illustrated by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura
Orchard Books
Published in 2001
ISBN 0439416590
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Five animals and a child go on an adventure to go visit their friends.

This book is pretty much just a fun book with pretty much no plot. However, I like how they put Hiragana (どこへいくの?ともだちにあいに!) with romaji next to the Hiragana and English in it. To me, it was a very creative way for children to learn something new. Anyways, from the front of the book, it’s in English and drawn by Eric Carle. Then, for the Japanese version, you read it like you read manga (from the back of the book and then right to left). Then the illustrations in the back are from Kazuo Iwamura.

The illustrations are actually pretty good. The ones from Eric Carle are pretty average, and I didn’t like them that much. However, the illustrations by Kazuo Iwamura were very cutely drawn and looked great. I loved those illustrations more the ones from Eric Carle. Anyways, the text is pretty easy to read/see since it was black text on a white background.

Overall, it was a very good read and creative since it kind of introduces a new language for little kids.

Now a real quick guide on how to read the Hiragana:

  1. First, go to the back of the book and open it.
  2. Then it will look something like this here.
  3. Then you read it like this here.

Thanks to hika on how to separate the romaji and the short Japanese lesson. :D

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Eric Carle
$New_Bullet Kazuo Iwamura
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Sarah’s Book Log

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: The Choice by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Choice by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2003
ISBN 0786808519
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 09

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

When Catty recklessly drops Jimena into the past in order to change the future, she accidentally drops her into enemy gang-infested territory. As Jimena tries to fix the future, she also has to deal with sirens, the police, her old enemy, Payasa, and something she never thought could happen.

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took a little longer than the other books.

Like most of the other books, it tries to start out with a mythology story, or what seems like a mythology story. This time it was about Medusa and how her blood created something. No more about that right now though since you learn more about it in the book.

Anyways, in this book, we continue to learn more about the Daughters of the Moon, Atrox, and what’s more, we get to learn more about Jimena’s past. The plot isn’t really that interesting, and it only gets really interesting during the last few chapters of the book. Though, it did have a sort of good twist at the end of the book. The only parts I really liked where the ones with Collin and Chris, otherwise, I found almost all the book boring.

Anyways, the tone and dialogue still reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions are still very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

This series is very good, but this book is not one of the best ones since it was too bleh for me.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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Review: The Book That Eats People by John Perry, Illustrated by Mark Fearing

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Book Information:

The Book That Eats People by John Perry
Illustrated by Mark Fearing
Tricycle Press
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781582462684
38 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

One day Sammy Ruskin checks out this very same book, and he soon discovers that this book has an appetite for – people. GULP. Will this book ever stop eating people? And will you be next?

This book is actually very cute and funny. It is kind of nice turn of events by saying a book that has an appetite for people, instead people who have an appetite for books. The plot, like most other childrens’ books, is very simple. However, it might scare some of the little children. Though, they might become engage in the book, but since I don’t have children, I wouldn’t really know. HEH. :X

Anyways, the illustrations were very well done, and let’s say it matches the feeling and plot of the book very well. Also, you can read/see the text very well against the background. Even though there are no life lessons in this book, the book’s illustrations and plot are just meant to make you laugh and smile. :D

It is a very good children’s book, and I would recommend it for anyone. Though, it might scare some of the younger kids. :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet John Perry
$New_Bullet Mark Fearing
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Bookie Woogie

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Possession by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Possession by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2002
ISBN 0786808500
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 08

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After an old woman forces Serena to drink some very odd water, she starts to have lapses of memory, mood swings, and acting like a completely different person at times. Not only that, the old woman who gave her the water is following her. What has she done to Serena, and is it a part of bigger plan?

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other two books.

I’m not too familiar with all of the mythology legends, but it sounds like it starts with another legend in the beginning. However, I’m not too sure about it. Though, it is a pretty interesting story, even if it is a kind of false legend.

I was a little bored with this book because it really didn’t have the same “wow” factor as the other books in the series. However, the tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint.

Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). Despite the descriptions, there is very little growth. Also, I wish the author would take a different twist with Serena and have her character grow a little bit more. With all the books I have read so far, they all seem to be similar with Serena acting this way, and that makes it a little bit boring. However, it’s better than most books that have a series. :( As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

Anyways, this book of the series is pretty average and a little bit boring. The series is a good read, but I wish this book had a little more “wow” to it.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet SFA

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., Illustrated by Eric Carle

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Book Information:

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Company
Published in 2003
ISBN 0805092927
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Plot: 1 out of 5

A dreaming child sees all kinds of endangered animals.

I love Eric Carle’s books since they are always so cute and almost fun, even now, even though I am an adult. Though, this one of the first ones that I have read where he works with another author, so I was kind of interested to see how it would be. However, this time, instead of Eric Carle of writing this book, Bill Martin, Jr.

This book was really too simple compared to other children’s books. In order for your child to be interested in this book, I think that they will have to be under the age of five. Why? Because if they are any older, I think they will think it is as boring as I thought it was. I think the plot of showing different types of endangered animals was a very good idea, but it was poorly used to make it more interesting and less boring.

The illustrations are really very simple, but they are also kind of boring at the same time. However, I think it is creative how he can illustrate his own books with tissue paper, but it is still a little too simple for me to enjoy. The only thing that was well done for this book was how easy it was to read/see the text.

Anyways, I found this book kind of average and not really worth reading, but it is up to you if you think it is worth reading to your child. However, be warned that any child under the age of 5 might find it a little too boring. :|

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Bill Martin, Jr.
$New_Bullet Eric Carle
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Kids’ Book Review

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: Moon Demon by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Moon Demon by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2002
ISBN 0786808497
289 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 07

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

When Vanessa’s sixteenth birthday is almost here, she starts feeling upset and uneasy because there is only one more year until she has to make a decision that will change her life forever. With these depressing thoughts, she begins to doubt anything and everything in her life and herself. Though, when she meets Hector, she discovers a side of herself she never knew existed.

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other books.

In this book of the 13 book series, it kind of starts with a mythology story, but not really. Even though it really isn’t a mythology story, it was still pretty interesting to read about it. I miss the mythology stories in the beginning, but the information about the characters’ past in the prologue are also very good to know.

Anyways, in this book, we continue to learn more about the Daughters of the Moon, Atrox, and what’s more, we get to learn more about Vanessa’s dark/hidden side. We even get to learn a little bit more about Maggie’s past and her ex-lover. :X The plot of this book is very interesting, especially with more information about Maggie in it. Also, you get to know a side of Vanessa that isn’t shown that much in the other books of the series, which shows the characters do have growth throughout the series. I like how the author shows Vanessa’s inner self, and how she tries to show that everyone has a little bit of darkness in them – even the people who seem to be goody-goods. ;) I also like how she reveals a little bit more information about Maggie and her past.

The tone and dialogue still reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

Anyways, this book is one my favorites in the Daughters of the Moon series, and is a very good read. So go ahead and go read this book and series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet SFA

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no omnibus with books 7-13 in them.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Dear Vampa by Ross Collins, Illustrated by Ross Collins

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Book Information:

Dear Vampa by Ross Collins
Illustrated by Ross Collins
Katherine Tegan Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780061355349
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

It’s hard to find good neighbors. Though, when the Pires get the Wolfsons as new neighbors, they discover they are as different as day and night. They think the Wolfsons have strange rituals – staying up all day, liking sunshine, and other non-nocturnal activities. What does this Vampire family do in response to this new neighbor problem?

Who doesn’t have problems with new neighbors or neighbors in general? This book puts a new twist and outlook on neighbor problems by using vampires and neighbors who appear to be humans. Though, you will find out later that these humans are more than they appear to be. ;) The plot might seem very simple, but it really is very cute and a little bit funny – it actually made me smile a couple of times.

You can also see/read the text pretty easily, but it gets a little bit hard to see/read when it is against a black background with little white lines on the black. And the type of font they used for the book matches the vampire/supernatural theme of the book very well, which I liked a lot. However, I just wish they made the font a little bigger or made it in bold to make it even easier to see/read. The illustrations of the book are also very well done and cute.

Overall, I like the book very much, except the font could have used a little work. However, it is still a good read despite that, and I like the twist and supernatural use of the classic neighbor problem since it made the story a lot cuter than if it was just ordinary people. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ross Collins
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet KinderScares
$New_Bullet Maw Books

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: The Lost One by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Lost One by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2001
ISBN 0786807075
274 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 06

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

When Tiana wakes up one day, she finds that all of her memories are missing, including who and where she is. However, the only clue she has is a note, in her own handwriting, to the police that someone is trying to kill her. She then finds out that she isn’t like other people – she has the gift to move things with her mind. But when the Daughters of the Moon notice her, will she discover she is apart of a greater destiny?

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other books.

Like the previous book, this one doesn’t begin with a mythology story. Instead, it begins with Tiana’s past. Also, you can tell that the author was trying to make this book like the previous one because she was trying to put a different spin to the series that you wouldn’t thought would happen.

However, for me, it wasn’t a good spin or that interesting. In fact, I think it made the series a little worse than it I have come to expect from this series. With Tiana added in to the mix, it made the storyline more complicated than I would have liked, I guess. I get that she is need to try and save Catty, but to let her have a choice of becoming a Daughter of the Moon because of that, her power, and past is a little annoying. However, at least Tiana had to prove herself worthy first, but it is still kind of annoying. ^^;

Anyways, the tone and dialogue still reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). Despite the descriptions, there is very little growth, and it is not as interesting as the other books. However, it’s better than most books that have a series. :( As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book.

Anyways, this book of the series is my least favorite one because of the character, Tiana, and the small amount of character growth. The only reason why I would read this book of the series is just to see what happened in the series in order of the books.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Natalie’s Bookshelf

Places to Buy From:

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Review: The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein, Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Book Information:

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published in 2002
ISBN 0689835663
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Elmer is different from other male ducklings – he likes to cook, clean, paint pictures, and other non-masculine things. And because of this, everyone calls him a sissy, even his own father. But will they learn that Elmer is just fine the way he is?

This book is on the ALA Banned and Challenged book list, and I kind of understand why, that is, if I was really narrow-minded. Anyways, it has been banned/challenged because it has “gay tendencies”, which I could see in some ways.

However, to me, it is just teaching people, children mostly, that it is okay to be different and not like things based on the stereotypical views of today’s society. In my opinion, this book teaches a good lesson. Why? Because of the fact that no one likes being judged based on a mold that has been around for decades.

Anyways, besides liking the “don’t judge people by stereotypes” lesson, I like the illustrations. They matched the words very well, and were cutely drawn and very bright. Also, the text was very easy to see and read, which is always a plus with children’s books since most of them have text that’s hard to see/read.

That said, this book is very good if you want to teach your kids not to judge people by stereotypes and other unfair things.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Harvey Fierstein
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet See the World in Rainbows

Places to Buy From:

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Wow… 100

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Picture Taken By: Me

It’s amazing. I have been doing this for a little over two years, and I finally met the 100 reviews mark. Yay! \o/ Hopefully, I will be here to do another 100 reviews.