Raising a Reader – 10 July 2017 & 15 July 2017

Evangeline had shown a good interest on reading so Papa borrowed more books for her on 10th July 2017. Six books to be exact. Evangeline was excited when Papa brought back the book from library and for the whole week she was telling everyone that the books were borrowed from library and she appreciated it. So to make her weekend awesome, we brought her to library on 15th July 2017. Once we were there, we borrowed two more books, not too many but just to make a point that every library trip we will have something to bring home. So total 8 books (6 from 10 July and 2 from 15 July)

The first 6 books were chosen by Papa during his workday lunchtime, so pardon if there’s insufficient research. Papa went to Bishan Library which is about 5-10 mins drive from workplace, and there’s a large section of children book in the Basement 1. Due to limited time constraint, Papa just skim through the books with decent quality (a lot of children books were tattered, some due to wear and tear and some due to .. well .. you know, kids. Barbarians.)

I will review the first three books at once because it’s of the same author. Same style.

Good night!
Thank you!
This three books by Ethan Long have animals illustration with their respective sounds they make. On the page with a dog, you will see the dialog baloon says “Woof“, and for cat it will say “Meow” and many more animals. On the final page it will be a boy or a girl saying “Good Night” or “Thank you” depending on the book title. It’s a good book for young readers because the colour is bright and the way they illustrate the animals is simplistic but not overly simplified. You can see it’s dog or cat even though the picture is quite basic or flat. I will recommend this book, but if you want to buy just buy one of the three because they are esentially the same. I would recommend the Thank You one because it promotes interaction between two animals. Animal A giving something to animal B and animal B say woof woof or chirp chirp means thank you. If what I write in previous sentence does not make sense, go have a children, it’s a perfectly understandable sentence for parents of toddlers.

Now we have a baby

A book by Lois Rock to prepare our Evangeline for the impending doomsday saga of the childbirth. Frankly, guys, we still haven’t figured out what’s gonna happen during the delivery of the young one. Who will take care of Evangeline? Do we bring her to hospital? What happened next? Ok anyway this is about the book review.

Like I said in my previous Raising a Reader post, this is the purpose driven book. We borrow this book to prepare Evangeline for the upcoming baby. The book is great in conveying the message but illustration wise I still prefer Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller. Anyway we have another book I will review next that will make these two pale in comparison.

Little Miss, Big Sis

This book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal takes the cake. Same like Now We Have a Baby by Lois Rock and Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller, it’s a purpose driven book. With a clean white background on every page, it tells the story of new experience of single daughter with the baby. The story is told in easy simple rhyming sentence. And the illustration is nice. I said “nice” even though it’s an understatement, because if I wrote “magical” I will sound like an unreasonable forumers mama. Yes, I read motherhood forums. Don’t go to breastfeeding vs formula thread, it’s a wild jungle. You’ve been warned.

Find the Circle

Out of the books I borrowed for Evangeline, maybe this is the most ordinary. Every page there is a circular item (ball, watermelon, clock, etc). The caveat is to have a replaya value, the parents must be creative to explain about the things other than the focal circular subject at every page. For example, Evangeline did learn new things like traffic lights. Red circle means stop, green circle means go. Overall this book by Britta Teckentrup is a good book but not something I will buy. But maybe that’s because I’m stingy.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Ghostbusters

When you asked me how to teach your child to read. Or actually to do anything. I will tell you that children mimic us. So if you want them to be polite, you have to be polite too. At least in front of them. Evangeline doesn’t need to know how menacing I am in my workplace. In order to let her read or have passion for reading, I also play my part by pretending to read in front of her. But this play pretend wears off after a while because I can’t really pretend to like reading her books. The solution is to get my own books.

This book by IDW publishing imagines the crossover universe between TMNT and Ghostbusters. While I’m not a Ghostbusters fan so I can’t decide on that side, as a TMNT fans the story makes sense, about how Donnie’s teleportation device port them to different universe instead of different place. Bending the time space continuum they land to another type of New York where the Ghostbusters reside. The storyline is a bit too predictable and I don’t see any moral message unlike the previous Mutanimals (also by IDW) comic I borrowed. But the drawing and colouring is awesome. What I admire is how the people behind TMNT and Ghostbusters (Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham) can set aside the ego of each group and reunite them in one balanced story. I see it as something praisable coming from two giant franchise with massive universe. Despite the Turtles are transported to Ghostbusters universe, it doesn’t feel like it’s a Ghostbuster comic with guest starring TMNT, nor the other way around. The airtime is balanced, their role in the plot is balanced too. It can’t be helped that Donnie will be having the most airtime out of the four turtles in the dialogue balloon, because only he could speak Geek language with all these PhDs.

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack

It’s a collection of comic strips from newspaper and magazine by cartoonist Tom Gauld. It’s supposedly a good book with good review from critics. It’s kind of hit or miss. There are some pages that I enjoyed the author’s point of view. I didn’t get the humor for most of the pages nor the message it’s trying to convey. Maybe I’m too dumb to understand. Or maybe it simply sucks.


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