Book Review: Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan

Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan

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BOOK INFO
Title: Theodore the Unfortunate Bear
Author: Cory Q. Tan
Publisher: The Luminous Cat
Publish Date: May 8, 2019
Genre: Children’s Book
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.33

BOOK BLURB
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Theodore was an unfortunate bear.
Exquisite, knowledgeable, well-mannered and immaculately dressed (with his impressive red bow tie), he was what you would call a ‘gentle-bear’.
For a teddy bear of his pedigree, one would expect nothing but the best of what life had to offer. But luck should have it that he would end up in the worst possible place on earth- the Chow family!
Loud, unrefined and even barbaric, this family brought him nothing but misery, day after day… Poor Theodore had no greater wish than for the whole family to disappear from his life.
One day, Theodore’s wish came true….
With 36 pages of full-colour illustrations (including 3 two-page spreads), this children’s picture book (targeted at 3-10 year-olds) will take you on an adventure far beyond your imagination.


Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan
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MY REVIEW
A children’s picture book about a teddy bear and his unruly family. The bear, Theodore, believes himself to be better than the Chow family. He even wishes that they would just disappear. Then, they do.

A creative story with a some humor. Theodore even learns something… that his family was pretty great. A lovely picture book with fantastic illustrations.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Dream by Cory Q. Tan

A Dream by Cory Q. Tan

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BOOK INFO
Title: A Dream
Author: Cory Q. Tan
Publisher: The Luminous Cat
Publish Date: January 20, 2019
Genre: Children’s Book
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.20

BOOK BLURB
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There’s a new addition to the family – it’s a baby boy! All seemed well and perfect but Mum is feeling rather on edge… Baby is healthy and normal like any other newborn, except that he’s way too small! Day after day, Baby’s (small) size became Mum’s only obsession. Then one night, she had a strange dream…


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MY REVIEW
A children’s picture book about a mother and her baby. The mother worries her baby boy is too small, and compares him to the other babies she sees. Her worrying starts to influence her dreams.

An imaginative story that includes a lesson about accepting things the way they are. Lovely illustrations in this charming book.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick

What If Everybody Said That?

by Ellen Javernick
Two Lions – August 1, 2018

BOOK BLURB
What if everybody chose to be kind?

If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought before they spoke, so the world would be a kinder place?

With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the power of words and shows kids that the things we say matter.

MY REVIEW ★★★☆☆
The main character is basically a bully and consistently says rude things. Everyone else in the story (parents, teachers, etc.) always respond with “What if everybody said that?” Then examples are shown of the chaos that would happen if everybody said mean things.

A picture book with a message. I like the message that people should be kinder to each other, but this book falls a little flat on delivering that message. Great, colorful illustrations.

I received a digital copy of this book via Amazon’s First Reads.

Book Review: Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

Ivy in Bloom
by Vanita Oelschlager

A story of a young girl enjoying the changing seasons, using selected verses from well-known authors.

Loved the bold, colorful artwork. The story starts in winter and is depicted in browns and grays. As the season’s change from winter to spring, the color gradually emerges until it explodes across the pages.

A bibliography is included in the back of this book that lists the author and works used to create Ivy in Bloom.

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

Fish-Boy
by Vanita Oelschlager

An Inuit folktale. While out fishing, a fisherman comes across Fish Boy. The fisherman adopts Fish Boy, and together they encounter rejection and angry villagers. The tale of Fish Boy involves a lesson in kindness and hospitality.

Colorful artwork. A charming story to introduce children to another culture. This book is geared toward older children. As a nice touch, a list of new words and their definitions was included in the back of the book.

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book’s expected release is in May 2018.

Book Review: If My Moon was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhofel

If My Moon Was your Sun by Andreas Steinhofel

If My Moon was Your Sun
by Andreas Steinhofel

I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Max is 10 years old and is scared of losing his grandfather, who has been moved to a nursing home because he suffers from dementia. One day, Max decides to break his grandfather out of the nursing home. For extra entertainment, Miss Schneider follows them out of the nursing home and joins them on their adventure.

A heartwarming book about a boy and his grandfather. Max wanted to help his grandfather. He thought of the perfect place to spend the day together, one that was familiar and held happy memories. The Miss Schneider character added humor and silliness to the story.

Colorful illustrations. This picture book contains a lot of text, so I would say it’s geared toward older kids. Great for families that are dealing with a grandparent’s dementia to read together.