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

Places to Buy From:

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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

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: The Little Red Pen by Susan Stevens Crummel, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

The Little Red Pen by Stevens Crummel
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt Children’s Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780152064327
56 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5

The Little Red Pen always does all the work while all her helpers do nothing. However, when the Little Red Pen disappears, will they be able to finish grading the papers before the students come back to school?

The plot is kind of normal for a children’s book, but I liked the humor and characters in it. Also, I liked how they used office supplies in a school to tell the story, and it made the story much more amusing. :)

The illustrations were pretty good, but the colors made it kind of hard to see/read the text. Also, the type of font they used and the color of it made it even more even difficult to see/read.

All in all, it is a pretty good book, but I wish it had a little something more to the plot.

Where I Got It:

Bought 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
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Buckeye Bookworm

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Pied Piper Pics

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble