Monday, December 27, 2010

Book Review - Cooking With Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst

Cooking with Henry and ElliebellyCooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whether you are 5 or 45, this book will make you laugh! Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly is uproariously funny. Henry and his little sister Eleanor (or as Henry likes to call her Elliebelly) are hosting their own live cooking show. The treat they are making for us today - Raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon. YUM!
Henry is a very imaginative boy who is pretending to host his own cooking show. As he tries to go through the various steps to making his raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles, his little sister Elliebelly interjects with her own special brand of commentary. Elliebelly wants them to wear pirate not chef hats and would like to add a little pizza to the mix. Such is the way of little sisters and Henry learns there is not way to argue with a 2-year old. This is great book to read aloud, especially if you can do it with two readers or two voices.
I recommend it for reading aloud for all ages.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review - 13 Words by Lemony Snicket

13 Words13 Words by Lemony Snicket

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Bird - Despondent - Cake. These are words Lemony Snicket uses in his new picture book 13 Words.

Okay - enough said about the book's premise. I did not like this book. Mainly I do not think it should be a picture book. At least that is where our cataloger chose to place it. The book actually gave me the creeps. The bird is despondent. It reminds me of the Raven of Poe fame. The pictures are colorful but remind me of an Edvard Munch painting. (Think The Scream.) I don't believe children will appreciate or even get the imagery presented by way of a book on a table by Kafka or an angel playing a tambourine. I don't even understand some of it.

My recommendation for this book is - give it a miss.

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