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Poopendous! by Artie Bennett

Posted by hollybookscoops on September 10, 2012

I have to admit I was excited to get this book to review courtesy of Author Artie Bennett. I know it sounds rather odd that a book like this would excite me so much. But not really, when you consider that I am the mother to four boys. We once spent a whole dinner discussing the finer points of passing gas- yes, everyone- well actually, everything that has a digestive tract does this (we had to do our research after we came to a draw). Your possible next book idea Mr. Bennett?

After reading other reviews, I was prepared for much laughter and hilarity. I was not prepared, however, for what we actually got. My two year old has a new bible. Poopendous is his potty training, all about poop bible. He holds this book and studies it like it is the be all-end all book about poop. I only wish it had a picture of a kid actually sitting on the potty instead of running for the bathroom door in desperation. He knows now that pooping is normal (I’m not sure he was wondering, but just in case) and that there are many different animals that do it in many different places. So, he’s decided he is a puppy and needs to poop like a puppy outside. He ran outside with no pants on just yesterday in a serious attempt to prove to me that he is in charge of where he goes to the bathroom. All the characters in his ‘bible’ poop in different places, so why should he be restricted to the toilet?  I just hope he doesn’t take any cues from the monkey in the book, “Monkeys fling when ender stress it helps the monkey decompress.” Over all though it has encouraged him to make all kinds of poops in his potty. Thank goodness!

A big thumbs up goes to this book about the finer facts of Professor Pip Poopdeck’s favorite subject. And just so you know there was no laughter, just quiet internalizing and digesting of these exhaustive facts. By all four of my boys. I was rather surprised. The other children who have been in our home and looked at this book have all gotten a silly grin on their faces. There’s just something special about a whole book devoted to poop- and in rhyme no less. It deserves our utmost respect and hallowed devotion. Kudos to Mr. Bennett and thanks again for the book!

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Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B Robert and Shirin Adl

Posted by hollybookscoops on June 25, 2012

This is a sweet book written in verse about the Muslim celebration of Ramadan. I first learned about Ramadan from one of my neighbors in Forest Grove, Oregon back in 2001. I believe my neighbor was pregnant at the time, and the idea of fasting from dawn to dusk was astonishing to me. Iman (my beautiful neighbor) was cheerful about it though. I wish I had this book back then to help me understand all that was celebrated and looked forward to with henna patterns on hands, Eid day and an increased focus on charity, sharing, praying and giving.

Ramadan Moon is a rich and comprehensive picture book that reaches out to share some of the treasured beliefs of Muslim families everywhere. I love the collage enhancements on the illustrations. Well done!

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What Do Illustrators Do? written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow

Posted by hollybookscoops on April 2, 2012

I have a child who wants to be an illustrator when he grows up. I used to dream of that when I was younger myself. So, when I saw this book at the library I thought it would be the perfect thing for both of us. I really liked it. I loved seeing the whole process. Some of my favorite visits with author/illustrators have been learning about the development of pictures to final products. Creativity is such a variable thing for everyone. The book, in summary is about two different illustrators each illustrating the same story. It shows how an illustrator designs a character, chooses which perspective to illustrate each scene from, and what tools they use to create their illustrations. Each person comes up with a completely different version of the same book.

I highly recommend this for anyone interested in illustration, young or old. It’s full of great pointers and practical advice. Even my five year old could use some of these pointers, even though he’s not the one interested in illustration. He was in tears today over his homework- he had to draw a picture of his favorite television show, which is Wild Kratts. He was very unhappy with his picture. It wasn’t perfect- the hair, in his distraught opinion looked like birthday candles on a cake instead of spikes. I did try to tell him that even professionals make sketches and mess up a lot and start over. He didn’t want to believe me. They could mess up, but he wanted to be perfect. Without practice. Hmm. That would be kind of nice. I’d sign up for that ability any day.

But, since that’s not likely to happen, I decided to take an illustration class this summer from Julie Oleson. I’m a little nervous. I want to be perfect too. Even though I know I’m not and I will never improve if I throw fits and whine about how I’m not as good as I would like to be. I’m taking the plunge. I signed up for the class. There are no refunds. Wish me luck!

Do you have a life-long dream that you’ve thought about pursuing? Maybe you want to be a writer, or an illustrator, or a dancer? Take some lessons, sign up for a class! You’ll never get there if you don’t start down the path no matter how scary it may be.

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Nonfiction Monday May 11, 2009

Posted by caribookscoops on May 11, 2009

nonfictionmondayWelcome to Nonfiction Monday! For those of you new to Nonfiction Monday, its a weekly event hosted by various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere. All you do is put a link to a nonfiction kidlit book you have read in the comments and we will update through out the day.

We are excited to be hosting this week and for today Cari reviewed Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker. A wonderful book full of adventure and intrigue about the first successful submarine attack and later the recovery of the submarine upon it’s discovery in August of 2009. Lots of appeal for science, history or math buffs! A great read for older children – I used it in my 8th grade U.S. History class. Holly reviewed My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary. A follow-up to A Girl From Yamhill, the first autobiography of Beverly Cleary. Both are great books for middle readers and above who identified with any of Beverly’s many lovable quirky characters- Ramona, Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, etc. I wish I’d had these books for a few English papers I had to do once upon a time.

Nonfiction Monday Links!

Cari at Bookscoops reviewed Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley

Heidi Bee Roemer reviewed Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator at the Wild About Nature blog

Lori Calabrese Writes writes a nonfiction article, “Big Jobs for Little Stamps,” in the May 2009 issue of Stories for Children Magazine

Jennifer from Little Jean Library reviewed Nic Bishop’s Forest Explorer

In Need of Chocolate reviewed  One Small Square: Seashore

Great Kid Books Celebrate! reviewed Connections Among Cultures by Jan Reynolds

Amanda at A Patchwork of Books reviewed Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming by Jan Reynolds

Shirley at Simple Science reviewed A Raft of Science: Puffins

Wendie Old reviewed What to Do About Alice

Roberta Gibson at Wrapped In Foil reviewed Lizards by Mark O’Shea

Book Brew reviewed Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty

Hollybookscoops reviewed My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary

Robin Gaphni at posted Planting the Trees of Kenya.

Lynn at Infantbibliophile reviewed Uncover a Dolphin and A Kaleidopops Book: Oceans both books about dolphins.

Charlotte at Charlotte’s Library reviewed Come to the Castle!

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