Leonard (My Life As A Cat) by Carlie the Sorosiak is one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a long time. I chose to read this to my granddaughter and found myself struggling not to read ahead when she wasn’t around. The author has a wicked sense of humour and a profound sense of humanity. We laughed out loud more than once.
Leonard is actually an alien who meant come to Earth as a human and spend one month in Yellowstone Park working as ranger. Unfortunately, something went wrong and he arrived hundreds of miles away, in the middle of a flash flood and in the body of a cat. He was rescued by a ten-year-old named Olive who is also a unique individual and going through tribulations of her own.
Leonard can type to communicate and can understand every species on the planet. It becomes Olive’s mission get him to the rendezvous point within a month’s time so that he can continue his immortal, hive-like, logical life. Olive tries to enrich his stay by fulfilling his unusual bucket-list, unusual that is, for a cat. However, a lot can change in a month. Both Leonard and Olive develop deep feelings for each and as the date approaches, we also find ourselves torn.
There are complications galore included the near impossibility of getting to the rendezvous point on time. Sorosiak builds the suspense and our angst over how this story will end. But she handles it like a master.
This story is about family, friendship, acceptance, love, courage, and sacrifice. My granddaughter and I were in tears when it was over, realizing that there could never be a more perfect ending.
This game has a plastic stand, a book of challenges, a hint and instruction book, and seventeen pieces of tile. It is a game for one person but two people helping each other can be a lot of fun. ￼The tiles have friendly dogs, unfriendly dogs, mice, cheese, fish, bones, and cats. The book of challenges contains a pattern of tiles that must be followed. Some of them have additional animals or items on it as well. ￼The challenge is to organize a prescribed set of tiles ￼in such a way that no food gets eaten or no animals fight. For example these tiles should not be beside each other: cat and dog, dog and bone, mouse and cheese, cat and mouse, and cat and fish. The tile arrangements begin with easy and increase in difficulty. There are 60 puzzles to complete.￼
Durability The plastic stand is very thin and can be easily broken. The plastic tiles are sturdy but the paper pictures glued onto them are beginning to peel.￼
Play quality This is a fun game for adults as well as children. It is a great way to teach children logic and the process of elimination .
SafetyThere are no sharp edges. The tiles should be kept away from children under three as they are a choking hazard￼.
Age interest The game is designated for five years and older but that seems a little young.￼ I would say six or seven.
Storage and portability Everything fits neatly into a small box.￼
Price$25.00 well worth the price.￼
Recommendationhighly recommended. Addictive and brain stimulating activity that even adults will enjoy.￼
This charming picture book tells us about the hatching of an independent-minded and curious little chick. He boldly sets out to explore the world without his mother. He wants to fly like the robin, swim like the duck, eat bones like the dog, and face down the big scary rooster. In the end mother hen has to drive off the rooster and the little chick finally excepts her wisdom that growing up takes patience.
The illustrations are realistic but lack any originality or pizzazz. It could have been more humorous.
The story ends with two pages of facts about baby chicks and hens.
This is a good book to teach a child that chickens are more than just meat and egg producers. They are living beings with relationships and personalities. As well, most children can relate to the little chicks impatience at not being able to do everything the grown ups do. It’s suitable for ages 4 to 7.
This is a good book to stimulate discussion about animals and about maturing at a safe and reasonable pace.
Two to four player build the characters Anna, Elsa, Hans, Olaf, and Kristoff containing four puzzle pieces each. Players take turns blindly picking up puzzle pieces. Duplicates are left behind. For added fun a player can occasionally put back an opponent’s piece. Once a four piece character is complete they are locked and safe from opponents. A “Spuzzle” card means every player gets to pick up a piece. When a player completes all five four-piece puzzles, they win.
There are other movie variations of this game.
Durability Four stars Well made heavy cardboard. Thick puzzle pieces.
Play quality Five stars. Loads of fun for small children especially Frozen fans. Rules are easy.
Safety Five stars.
Age interest Four stars. Labeled 4+ but teens might be bored. Some three-year-olds could play this.
Storage and portability four stars. Fits into a comfortably sized box.
The Biscuit series of books are classed as “I can read!”. They are perfect for very beginning readers. Biscuit is an adorable puppy who does the kinds of things real dogs do. In this story, he resists getting into the bath.
The little girl wants Biscuit to get into that tub but he wants to dig instead. She struggles to manipulate him into the water but, after a short emmersion, he escapes and chases another puppy named Puddles. The two of them dig in the mud and play in the water. Then they roll in the flower bed where the girl tries to catch them with a towel. Both puppies latch on and a tug-of-war ensues. It ends with the little girl falling into the bathtub herself. Children laugh out loud at this ending.
It is difficult to find emergent reading books that have engaging, logical stories children can relate to and enjoy reading. The Biscuit stories are perfect. Capucilli captures the mischievous and endearing nature of puppies while Schories draws them with simplicity and charm.
Highly recommended for emergent readers in Kindergarten and first grade.
Read the story. Enjoy Pirate’s adventures and the child’s imaginings,
Before reading the answer, try to guess the source of the smell from the close-up pictures that represent Pirate’s viewpoint.
Write and draw your answer to the question about Pirate’s last adventure.
At the back of the book, you will find a list of well-known books, classic and recent. Look for images or words on the cloud-framed pages of this story that remind you of the books listed. Write down the page number of any you find.
As you may have noticed, I have been focusing more on making videos and writing than on reviewing books. This is temporary as I am focusing on my creative projects before Parkinson’s makes them impossible. It is becoming a more difficult struggle and so I am feeling a time constraint. However, I am still open to accepting print books for review and will post my review other places as well if so requested. Here is the information you need to submit a book for review.
This popular humor writer now has two children’s books. Both feature a girl whose mother is a fairy and father is a mortal. This isn’t your typical fairy story however, as she uses a computerized wand and presents herself as a normal woman most of the time. The husband is reminiscent of the early Bewitched television series. He’s not too crazy about her using magic.
Kinsella uses humor and suspense effectively and engages a young audience from the first page. My almost six year old granddaughter listened eagerly as I read this book to her in four sittings. This early chapter book is supplemented with many pictures.
If you are a traveler to resorts, you’ll chuckle at the scene where two fairy mothers have a wand battle over reserving poolside seats with their towels. There is also a chapter with wacky monkeys that children will love.
All in all, this is a light-hearted romp through modern magic and family dynamics.
I procrastinated reviewing this book for quite some time because I was unsure what to say about it. I read it a few times to my granddaughter and solicited feedback from others.
The storyline is quite peculiar. A duck tries to get a groundhog to play Pushball with a giant ball. The groundhog dislikes the game and wants to eat the ball. The game does not go very well; the groundhog thinks it is too rough. At the end the groundhog eats the entire ball which swells him to four times his natural size.
The story is written in humorous rhyme abcb. Each page has from 1 to 3 quatrains. Here’s an example.
The groundhog was puzzled
And stopped in his tracks.
He said, *that’s what I get (sic)
for playing with quacks!”
There are 42 quatrains in total which seems more than necessary for such a simple story.
The author explains on the last two pages that the moral of the story is “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” Then he explains each animal’s secret for success. This felt a little awkward.
However, the other reviews on Amazon are all five stars. But the people I shared this with felt more like I did. My granddaughter thought it was funny and strange but long and wasn’t interested in subsequent readings.
The illustrations are great. Vivid, lively and funny.