Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Rules of Summer

By Shaun Tan


Rules of Summer

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


Imani’s Moon

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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