This Week’s Children’s Books: I am a Capybara -The Lady with the Books – Little Green Donkey – Pugtato Finds a Thing – Joy #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #Netgalley

I’m a little late posting these, but here are some of the children’s books we’ve enjoyed recently. These are early reviews for books that will be available in 2020.

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I am a Capybara

by Michela Fabbri

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Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, they’re often mistaken for dogs, and they love water, but did you know that they also have an appreciation for opera and poetry? I am a Capybara teaches readers some simple facts about capybaras with a humorous tone narrated by none other than the capybara himself.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ‘fact mixed with fiction’ story, but it kept the book comical and interesting. The illustrations are somewhat simple and look to be hand-sketched which inspired my young reader to sit down with a pencil and paper and attempt to draw him.

There are little messages here about the importance of acceptance, family, community, and caring for others. The only thing I would’ve loved is the addition of a fact section at the end for those interested in learning more, because this is an animal we personally didn’t know very much about. Overall, we enjoyed it.

4****

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Book Review: The End by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) #BookReview #TheEnd #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

The End is the final installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read and reviewed each book, and I have to admit this was my least favorite of all. If you plan to read this series, it may be best for you to skip my book review.

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Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer #BookReview #TheStoryThatCannotBeTold #MiddleGrade #HistoricalFiction

The Story That Cannot Be Told

by J. Kasper Kramer

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My Review:

Ileana loves to collect stories, and she has a very large number to share. The issue is that stories can be dangerous where she lives. Her uncle has experienced this first hand as he’s been missing since the publication of one of his stories. Now, when the family’s safety is put at risk in Bucharest, they send Ileana away to live with her grandparents for a time. Here Ileana discovers that there’s so much she never knew.

The setting is Communist Romania in the late 1980s. It’s such a difficult time with food rationing, unrest and low living standards in general. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this time period in Romania, nor did my kids. The book is both educational and entertaining— woven with folklore in between what’s happening in real time. We never lost interest and my kids were literally buried in their books. It’s beautifully crafted with wonderful characters and storytelling.

Personally, I enjoyed the story very much and decided on a 4-star rating, whereas the kids were a solid 5-stars —no questions asked. Some of the content was a little more complex, but it didn’t faze them. We looked forward to reading it daily. We read physical hardcovers and also enjoyed the audio along with the book.

The Story That Cannot Be Told is tense at times and also full of emotion, but funny too. It has also inspired me and my children to read more historical fiction. I recommend it for middle-graders, adults with an interest, and anyone who loves a good story.

4.5 stars

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Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

We’ve finally finished the 12th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events “The Penultimate Peril.” This turned out to be one of our favorite installments.

Mild spoilers

In the beginning of the story, the Baudelaires are traveling with Kit Snicket to the Hotel Denouement. Here they’ll take up positions as concierges to spy on some of the guests staying there. Their mission is to discern who’s working for and against V.F.D. and to investigate who this mysterious J.S. person is in the hotel.

“You’re not children anymore, Baudelaires. You’re volunteers, ready to face the challenges of a desperate and perplexing world.”

The children split up to assist guests of the hotel and all run into familiar characters from previous installments, eventually having a run in with Esme, Carmelita, Principal Nero, and Count Olaf once again. Count Olaf’s plan remains finding the sugar bowl (a mysterious object all the enemies want) and also the Medusoid Mycelium (deadly fungus that nearly killed Sunny) from the previous book The Grim Grotto. Continue reading “Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction”