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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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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Review: Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle, Illustrated by Eric Carle

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Book Information:

Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Philomel Books
Published in 1992
ISBN 039921877
40 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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

An artist creates things, and this one is no different. From a young child to his elder years, he draws and creates things.

I love Eric Carle’s books since they are always so cute and almost fun, even now, even though I am an adult.

Even though I like his picture books, this one seems to touch the legend of creation and God, so it kind of turns me off from that point. It kind of makes it simple, but most parents will not like one of the illustrations. The illustration is of a naked man and woman, which is why this book is banned/challenged. If that kind of image/picture is a problem, find a piece a paper or something and cover the whole picture before you read the book to your kid. Or, you can just cover from the head down before reading it. Just so you know, it is AFTER the sun page.

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 bleh for me. Also, the text is very easy to see/read because it is either on a black or white background with text being either white or black as well.

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.

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 Eric Carle
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Little Lamb Books

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble