Raising a Reader – 16 September 2017

This time we are going to review the book we borrowed from Tampines Regional Library. It’s a huge hub with library, swimming pool, football field, and many amenities in one complex. It’s a good place to go as a family as a one stop fits all. We borrowed 10 books and here are the review.

宝宝爱认知. 3
There’s something interesting about the book by 徐鲁. I believe it’s just a coincidence but the Five Little Ducklings looks eerily similar to Carol Roth’s. For now let’s just say that great minds think alike. But apart from the similarity of the book to Five Little Duckling series, the book leaves no impression to me. Perhaps because my chinese is too lousy to appreciate.

What sisters do best 
Laura Joffe Numeroff did a very good job portraying the animal siblings in this book. We borrow this book hoping Evangeline will show more sister relationship with Adeline. The animals in this book always comes in a pair with one sized bigger than another to show that they are big and little sister. There is no plot, only different animals doing different things in every pages. Illustration is good. Evangeline like this book and our target is achieved when Evangeline point to one Koala and said “This is Angel.” and point to the smaller koala “This is Meimei Adeline.”

Costume party!
Aaron Leighton and Mike Pereira ‘s book didn’t really strike interest to us. For me it’s just a group of cartoon character wearing costumes. Something like Halloween party. I think there must be an introduction of who are these people. There are too many characters and we don’t know any of them. And they are not called by the species, each of them have name. So we can’t just call them Cat or Kitty, they have name like Steve or whatnot. I put this book back on the shelves after Evangeline shows no interest.

Hooray for hat!
A book by Brian Won. A universe where sadness and grumpiness can be solved simply by giving a hat as a present. The plot is animal A see animal B is sad or grumpy or angry, and A give B a hat. And B will be happy. And move on to animal C. Until everyone got a hat. And everyone is happy. Hooray for hat. I don’t know what’s interesting about this plot or this book. Okay the illustration is cute something like Dreamworks’ Madagascar. But Evangeline really likes this book. She can read it over and over again.

BooBoo
Ollie the stomper
Another book by Olivier Dunrea under Gossie series. Booboo is the little goose who like to eat everything. The story revolves around the menu Boo boo is eating. And Ollie is just another little fowl whose friend, Gossie and Gertie, brought him to fame. I could not believe I’m keep reading these books. The illustrations are really good drawings for kids. It’s simple with white background and it has all the necessary elements for simple plot story telling.

快乐宝宝小词典. 1, 在农场
Book by 许勒尔, 卡特娅, telling you about the objects at the farm. Being a basic Chinese speakers, I do not know many vocabularies, especially those I do not use in daily conversation. So when you ask me to read book about things at the farm, it is actually not Evangeline learning, but Papa as well.

That’s not my lion
Fiona Watt and his series of this is not the animal you’re looking for. This time is about the lion. It is good touch and feel book, to teach kid about the adjective on the sensory. And it always ends with the reader found the animal they are looking for. It is my Lion, its mane is so fluffy!

Who’s hiding?
Polly Dunbar successfully apply the brand on this series. My daughter Evangeline can spot this book from hundreds or even thousands of books in Tampines Library, pick it up and shove it to me saying “Papa! This is Tilly book!”. We have borrowed another book by the same author under the title What is Everyone Doing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. 1, The war to come
Another TMNT books from IDW which confuse me. I’m an avid TMNT fans but I started from watching the 80s series in cassettes, and watched the 2003 series randomly in TV when I was schooling, rewatched the whole 2003 series in sequence when I was already an adult, and trying to keep up with Nickelodeon’s 2012 series (still lack behind few seasons). I think I’m now what I’m talking about when we are dealing with turtles. But in this book, I can’t locate the timeline of this story. In The War to Come, the turtles works together with Baxter Stockman, fighting another new mutant named Scorpion. Its fighting style is so brutal and merciless. And during its fight there are some troops from Null too which suggest this coincides with Mutanimals timeline. Being a TMNT fans embarking from the animation series, I think I need to dedicate time and commitment to read IDW’s comics. The premise is interesting, but the continuity or lack thereof is disturbing.

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