Review: Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha, Illustrated by A Lot of People (See Post)

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Book Information:

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Anthony Spay, Shawn McCauley, Marcio Abreu, Agustin Alessio, German Nobile, H. G. Young, Gabriel Rearte, Shawn van Briesen
Colors by Andrew Elder, John Hunt
Letters by Jim Campbell
Designing by David Seidman, Christopher Cote, Cause Design Co., Rod Whitney
Main Editing by Jennifer Bermel
(Many other people…)
Silver Dragon Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781937088905
120 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

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

Gives information, such as fun facts; recorded attacks; unprovoked fatalities; what their prey are; and other things, to promote knowledge of sharks.

Okay, I’ll start with how they presented the information. I read some interesting information about 10 sharks they thought was the Top 10 Deadliest sharks. At first I didn’t get how they made their Top 10 list, but now, I think they made it based on how aggressive the sharks are in their attacks. :S

Anyways some of information that was interesting was how sharks played a role in World War 2 – with how the pilots landed in the sea, wounded, with sharks. Another interesting piece of information was about the shipwreck and how many people died from the sharks. However, on one of the sharks, it didn’t give any kind of example of any attacks – only ways to avoid sharks. Most likely, the tips would have been better at the end of the book, as a way to summarize the book. >.<

Next, the artwork and coloring was really pretty. I liked how they drew the sharks and made it look like it was really under water. Also, the artwork and panels perfectly matched what was being said in the text. The text was also very easy to read since they were in boxes or circles, instead of the background. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good graphic novel, but I would have preferred the tips be at the end of the book, with the shark having an actual example of an attack.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Wal-Mart, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Joe Brusha
$New_Bullet Anthony Spay
$New_Bullet Shawn McCauley
$New_Bullet Marcio Abreu
$New_Bullet German Nobile
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$New_Bullet Shawn van Briesen
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Review: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt, Inc.
Published in 2005
ISBN 0152046267
46 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

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

When Violet drops her ball down a prairie dog hole, the prairie dogs are confuses at first. However, after the confusion, what kind of things will they do with the ball?

Based on a true story of when Janet Stevens’ dog, Violet, drops a tennis ball down a prairie dog hole. That’s when the two authors started wondering what the prairie dogs thought about the strange object, and, what they did with it. I found it interesting how both of the authors created a story over something as simple as that. It was pretty amusing and interesting what they came up with. The prairie dogs find several uses for it – most of those uses are interesting and funny. :D

Also, even though the drawings were mostly made with dark colors, they were kind of cute, but I still would have liked some brighter colors in the pictures. Anyways, the ease of seeing/reading the text was a little hard because the text was kind of small and it was also against a dark background.

Overall, I liked how funny, amusing, and creative the book was. There is also a little lesson that you shouldn’t fight over things don’t really need and fight over it between family and/or friends. So, I also enjoyed that little lesson. It is a pretty good and amusing read for your children, so go ahead and read it to them. :)

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 Susan Stevens Crummel
$New_Bullet Janet Stevens
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet A Thousand New Books

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Review: Help Me, Mr.Mutt! by Susan Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

Help Me, Mr. Mutt! by Stevens Crummel and Janet Stevens
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt, Inc.
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780152046286
56 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

Dogs with everyday people (and cat) problems write to Mr. Mutt for advice.

What can I say about this book? It was very… err… boring. :( The plot would have been interesting if there was a little bit more to it. I like the idea using dogs to write to another dog for the advice, but my attention was drawn more to the cat, The Queen. The parts with the cat and where she cuts in are pretty much the only parts I like. Other than that, I was mostly kind of bored reading the advice letters. Advice columns might be good for newspapers, but not for children’s books.

Anyways, the illustrations didn’t draw my attention like the other books by this illustrator. The only good part was that it was all right reading/seeing the text because it was easy to see/read.

Overall, I didn’t find the book enjoyable or funny. So, basically, read this book at your own risk.

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 Susan Stevens Crummel
$New_Bullet Janet Stevens
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Young Readers

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Review: Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Susan Stevens Crummel, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Stevens Crummel
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Voyager Books
Published in 1999
ISBN 9780152056582
48 Pages

Series Information:

Retelling and/or Sequel to The Little Red Hen.
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

The Rooster is tired of eating the same thing every single day, so he gets the idea to be like his grandmother, the Little Red Hen, and cook something. However, will no one help him cook it?

Okay, I’m going to call this a sequel to The Little Red Hen, even though it really isn’t because it only mentions it only a little bit. Though, I guess it could also be considered a retelling. Oh, well, I’m going to call it a retelling/sequel. xD

Anyways, it has the same basic outline as The Little Red Hen, but it has a couple of differences. I’ll just let you read it, so you can find them out yourself. However, I think it has more comedy and humor than in The Little Red Hen. I also liked how there were cooking tips on the side of the story. I loved the twists the author put on the story, and the personalities of the characters. :)

The illustrations were kind of good since they reminded me of how they were like when I was a kid. It was also very easy to see/read the text. :D

Overall, I like this retelling/sequel of The Little Red Hen. Go ahead and go read it to your children.

Where I Got It:

Won in a drawing from my library, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Susan Stevens Crummel
$New_Bullet Janet Stevens
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Pied Piper Pics

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Review: The Three Bully Goats by Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Will Terry

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Book Information:

The Three Bully Goats by Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by Will Terry
Picture Window Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781404861657
32 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

Three goats, Gruff, Rugg, and Tuff, are nothing but bullies to everyone in the meadow. When they pass over the little ogre’s bridge, they ruin the peace on the other side of the meadow. However, the bullies will learn their lesson, when they pick on the wrong animal.

This book puts a very nice twist on the children’s classic, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It still has the basic outline of the original, but the author changes the characters personality and even adds something to make it a little different from it. The author makes it so that the goats are the bad guys and the ogre is the good one. Even with some slight changes, it was still a nice and interesting take.

Also, I think the illustrations were more adorable than the original. :P They had a very soft and gentle feeling to them, and they were enjoyable to look at. It was also very easy to read/see the text.

Overall, the book is a very enjoyable read, so go ahead and read it to your children. :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 Leslie Kimmelman
$New_Bullet Will Terry
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The QuickWitLitniks

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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
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Sarah’s Book Log

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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

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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

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Review: Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, Illustrated by David Diaz

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Book Information:
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by David Diaz
Harcourt Brace & Company
Published in 1994
ISBN 0152699546
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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

Riots are breaking out in the streets of Los Angeles, and it isn’t any different in Daniel’s neighborhood. Daniel and his neighbors learn an important lesson after two always-fighting cats finally get along.

This picture book is set during an actual historical event, the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Because it uses a historical related event, the plot is very well informed and good because it teaches anybody who read this book, including adults, that we should value people and get along, no matter how different we are. Also, it teachers young children about the racial differences we had, and still have, through simple measures.

Even though the plot is very nicely done, the illustrations and how easy you can read the text isn’t. The illustrations seem overdone with the textures all over the place, and I paid more attention to the textures instead of the actual drawings. Also, with most of the text, it was over textures that were hard to read the black text.

Anyways, those were the only two things that I had a problem with in this book. It also has a wonderful lesson for everyone to learn and remember. Though, I have just a word of warning, it has the theme of racism in the book. However, it isn’t really that noticeable, if the kid is really young. This is a very good book with an important lesson to learn, no matter how young the child is, but the illustrations and how well you can see/read the text is kind of hard and bleh.

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 Eve Bunting
$New_Bullet David Diaz
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The Rookie’s View
$New_Bullet Best Children’s Books

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Review: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Book Information:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780689878459
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Based on a true story, Roy and Silo are two penguins who are a couple, but when they notice all the other penguins having babies, they want one as well. Then, their caretaker, Mr. Gramzay, gives them a left over egg to take care of. And when Tango is hatched, they created a new kind of penguin family.

This is one of the top ten challenged books in 2006, 2007, and 2008. It was also number two for 2009. Anyways, I can’t see how it is one of the top challenged children’s books. It only retells a true story about penguins in New York. Yeah, sure, it is about two male penguins, but it goes in about how there are different types of families. I guess most people are just too touchy about subjects like two males being together, even if it is penguins.

I thought the story/plot was cute, even if it is based on a true story. You might have to explain some weird things, if your kid asks about it. But it might be a good way to start explaining different kinds of families and not to start hate over different people. Anyways, I really didn’t like the illustrations that much, but they did remind me of how picture books used to be – colored with colored pencils. :X

The only lesson I can think that’s in there is to not judge different kinds of families, which makes it sort of enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations, even if they are basic looking. And if they do ask questions, explain it without hate or judging. :)

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 Justin Richardson
$New_Bullet Peter Parnell
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Books for Kids Blog
$New_Bullet The Quick Wit Litniks

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