Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Strega Nona Takes a Vacation

By: Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona Takes a Vacation

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Summary:
Strega Nona sends home gifts of candy and bubble bath while on vacation, but when Bambolona grabs the candy, Big Anthony is left with a lot of bubbles.

Rating: 3 ***

Another fun Strega Nona story, but this time Big Anthony is not the culprit.

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The House Takes a Vacation

Written By: Jacqueline Davies
Illustrated By: Lee White

The House Takes a Vacation

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Summary:
While the Petersons are away, their house decides to take a trip to the sea to watch the “Dance of the Sunlight,” despite some groaning from the chimney and the basement’s refusal to rise to the occasion.

Rating: 3 ***

In this silly story, the family who lives in the house goes on vacation, so the components of the house decide to go on one too. Kids will love how all of the doors, windows, roof and other elements have personalities that interact throughout the book.

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The Specific Ocean

Written By: Kyo Maclear
Illustrated By: Katty Maurey

The Specific Ocean

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Summary: A young girl visits the ocean and wants to take it home with her.

Rating: 2 **

About a young girl who does not want to go on vacation, but after a visit to a chilly ocean changes her mind.

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See You Next Year

Written By: Andrew Larsen
Illustrated By: Todd Stewart

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See You Next Year

Summary:
Each summer, a girl travels with her family to the same beachside resort, with everything being comfortably predictable, but this year, the pattern of her vacation changes when she meets a new friend.

Rating: 3 ***

There’s not much to this story. It’s kind of just matter of fact this is what I did on vacation.

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