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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Tacky The Penguin

By Helen Lester

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Tacky The Penguin

Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of a different drummer. Tacky’s perfect friends find him annoying until his eccentric behavior saves the day.

Rating: *****

Your child will love tacky. It’s a fun story about conventions and conformism.

Suggested Activity: Watch the animated movie Happy Feet. It’s very similar to Tacky.

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The Gingerbread Boy

By Richard Egielski

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The Gingerbread Boy

“Run run run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me! I’m the gingerbread man.”

Rating: *****

This classic book will have your child chasing the gingerbread boy along with all of the storybook characters. A timeless story from your childhood that you can share together.

 

Suggested Activity: Make your own gingerbread boys. Your child will love decorating him and even more so catching and eating him.

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