Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Sonya’s Chickens

By: Phoebe Wahl

Sonya’s Chickens

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Summary: Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya a wonderful gift: an egg! One night, Sonya hears noises coming from the chicken coop and discovers that one of her hens has disappeared. Where did the hen go? What happened to her? When Sonya discovers the answers, she learns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another creature.

Rating: 3 ***

Might be a good story for once kids realize that the animal chicken and the food chicken are one and the same.

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Where Bear

By: Sophy Henn

Where Bear?

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Summary: A bear cub that has grown up with a boy gets too big and bearish to continue living in a house, so the boy sets out with his friend to find him a new place to live.

Rating: 3 ***

A nice story about emotions. As they visit different locations the bear says no for many different reasons, until they find the perfect place for him to call home.

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Prudence Wants a Pet

Written By: Cathleen Daly
Illustrated By: Stephen Michael King

Prudence Wants a Pet

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Summary: Prudence wants a pet so much that she adopts a branch, a twig, a tire, and even a shoe named Formal Footwear, but none is a suitable pet for Prudence.

Rating: 4 ****

A pet story driven by a creative imagination.

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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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What Pet Should I Get?

By: Dr. Seuss

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What Pet Should I Get?

Summary: A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one. End notes discuss Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for “What Pet Should I Get?”

Rating: 4 ****

It’s great to have a new Dr. Seuss book, but this one isn’t as polished as his finished work. What would be more interesting would be if they published the manuscript itself with all of his notes.

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One Word from Sophia

Written By: Jim Averbeck
Illustrated By: Yasmeen Ismail

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One Word from Sophia

Summary:
All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Includes glossary.

Rating: 3 ***

A unique take on the I want a pet book. Sophia tries to convince several members of her family, including an uncle and a grandma, that she should have a pet by appealing to their profession. For the lawyer, she makes a case, for the businessperson she makes a presentation, and so on.

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Findus Disappears!

By: Sven Nordqvist

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The Adventures of Pettson and Findus: Findus Disappears!

Summary: Farmer Pettson’s talking cat Findus disappears on the farm and runs into some mice and a badger before being rescued by Pettson.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet story about a lonely farmer who adopts a cat and makes a friend for life.

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Sparky!

Written By: Jenny Offill
Illustrated By: Chris Appelhans

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Sparky!

Summary:
A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.

Rating: 5 *****

Who knew sloths could be so much fun. Appelhans draws the most adorable sloth you’ve ever seen. A sweet story about a girl who really wants a pet and makes it work.

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Bad Kitty

By: Bad Kitty

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Bad Kitty

Summary:
When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

Rating: 4 ****

A funny alphabet inspired story. Not too keen on the kitty hating all of the healthy food, but all the food she does like is even more yucky.

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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

By: Chris Van Allsburg

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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

Summary: Sweetie Pie escapes the confines of her hamster cage–and a series of insufferable owners–to find a new home in the wild.

Rating: 5 *****

A terrific story about the life of a hamster from the hamster’s point of view.

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