Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Reviews- 140 characters or less

I decided to give myself a challenge this week. As I was thinking of linking up to "What my Child is Reading", I began to wonder, could I write my book reviews in 140 characters or less (the length of a tweet) for each book. It was a lot of fun trying to come up with the perfect words to summarize the book and give an opinion on the book. I decided to break down my thoughts on each book into whether I would recommend buying the book (because it's an A+ in my book), whether I would borrow it from the library (because it's worth "checking out") or whether I would skip it all together. I hope you enjoy my reviews this week!

SnowSnow-Cynthia Rylant reminds us to cherish snowy days; soon they will melt away into memories. Evokes feelings of peace and joy. Buy it.

Snow Happy!Rhyming text describes children playing in the snow- Snow Happy! by P. Hubbell. Cute. Good rhyme. Nothing new in story line. Borrow it.

Little Black Crow (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))Little Black Crow by Chris Raschka (Caldecott Medalist) A boy. A Crow. 27 ?s Good mentor text. Artwork not stereotypical of genre Borrow it.

OK GoOK Go by Carin Berger Polluting drivers are stopped until they "go green". Great illustrations. Important message in fun way. Buy it on sale

Love Is . . .Love Is.Text from 1 Cor. 13 illustrated by W. Halperin. Odd pics compare/contrast good character traits. Some pics are too graphic. Skip it.

(Ok, I have to give you more than 140 characters on this one. My husband told me to skip writing a review on this one because the picture I took offense at was this. On the page that reads, "Love Hopes all Things." there is a picture of soldiers pointing guns at the heads of women and children." On the next page, the women and children are walking free. To me, that's too graphic for a children's book. Greg told me, "Those people with guns are going to come after you. Don't write that." LOL. I think the author/illustrator had a good heart, it just doesn't work for me. Here is a quote from the illustrator:
"I loved illustrating these words, and if there's one thing I've learned from the experience, it is that how we respond to any person, any object, any situation, is our choice. We can choose to approach these things with envy or arrogance, impatience or selfishness... or we can choose to act with love." )

Curious George at the AquariumCurious George at the Aquarium- L's retelling: "C.G. put his finger in the crab tank! Ouch!" Borrow it.

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  1. I think this was a great way to write a review.

  2. As one famous Russian writer said, "Brevity is a sister of talent". I liked reading your reviews, and I think I would agree with you on Love Is.