Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Rules of Summer

By Shaun Tan

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Rules of Summer

Summary:
Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious “rules” they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.

Rating: 2 **

An extremely confusing and bizarre book in both words and illustrations. Not sure it’s meant for children, or if it’s supposed to be funny, satirical or just weird.

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Imani’s Moon

Written By: JaNay Brown-Wood
Illustrated By: Hazel Mitchell

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Imani’s Moon

Summary:
Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her.

Rating: 5 *****

A great story resembling folklore of the triumph of a young girl’s accomplishments despite her size.

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The Plot Chickens

By Mary Jane Auch

The Plot Chickens
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Henrietta the chicken loves to read so much that she decides to write a book herself, but first no one will publish a book written by a chicken, and then, when she publishes it herself and it gets a terrible review in “The Corn Book,” Henrietta is devastated.

Rating: 4 ****

This book has a lot of puns as seen by the title. It’s an interesting story but without much of a point.

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Whistle for Willie

By Ezra Jack Keats

Whistle For Willie

A little boy goes about his daily routine, all the while trying to learn how to whistle.

Rating: *****

This is a really nice book about trying and accomplishments. Personally I’m a little jealous because I can’t whistle.

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