Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Interstellar Cinderella

Written By: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated By: Meg Hunt

Interstellar Cinderella

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Summary: In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun girl empowered take on a fairy tale. However, the rhyming holds the story back.

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It’s Only Stanley

By: Jon Agee

It’s Only Stanley

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Summary: Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Rating: 3 ***

A clever story about a dog who does crazy things throughout the night and in the end it’s for an even crazier reason. Some of the things he does though don’t seem to add up.

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Last Stop on Market Street

Written By: Matt De La Pena
Illustrated By: Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street

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Summary: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Rating: 4 ****

Although the book won The Newbery Prize for Literature, it has been criticized for its poor grammar and a little too unrealistic view of how wonderful it is to take a city bus.

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Bernice Gets Carried Away

By: Hannah E. Harrison

Bernice Gets Carried Away

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Summary: Having missed out on the other treats at a friend’s birthday party, a grumpy cat grabs all of the balloons and floats into the sky, where she sees that her problems are not so big, after all.

Rating: 3 ***

A good book for kids having a not so good day.

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Red Yellow Blue

By: C.G. Esperanza

Red Yellow Blue and a Dash of White Too

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Summary: In rhyming stanzas, the painter’s images come to life, seize the paintbrush and mix colors, creating figures of their own.

Rating: 3 ***

A book about mixing colors.

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The Little Gardener

By: Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener

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Summary: A little gardener who is not very good at gardening makes a wish for a little help.

Rating: 2 **

A sweet book about helping, but it’s unfortunate that the little gardener could not do anything himself. The helpers don’t even realize they are helping someone else.

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Wolfie the Bunny

Written By: Ame Dyckman
Illustrated By: Zachariah OHora

Wolfie the Bunny

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Summary: When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

Rating: 3 ***

It starts out as a book about a different kind of sibling rivalry – one child believing the baby is going to eat the entire family – and in the end she saves the baby from being eaten.

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A Pet for Petunia

By: Paul Schmid

A Pet for Petunia

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Summary: Petunia so desperately wants a pet skunk that she refuses to believe her parents when they say skunks stink.

Rating: 4 ****

A cute story about a girl who wants a very nontraditional pet. What’s not cute though is the way she speaks to her parents without repercussions.

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Polar Bear’s Underwear

By: Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear’s Underwear

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Summary: Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.

Rating: 4 ****

A fun underwear story where the polar bear finds several different pairs of underwear and identifies their owners.

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This is Sadie

Written By: Sara O’Leary
Illustrated By: Julie Morstad

This is Sadie

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Summary: Sadie is a small girl with a big imagination. She likes to make and do and be lots of different things. Maybe you’re a bit like her?

Rating: 3 ***

A story about a rambunctious girl with a big imagination.

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