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10/10
No Matter What by Debi Gliori Book Review
Animals , Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Picture Books / April 17, 2017

No Matter What written by Debi Gliori is the very FIRST picture book on this blog to receive a 10/10 rating. I make it a habit to review books that I read and loved as a child, or that I have discovered with my children however this book was first brought to my attention by my darling 4 year old niece. As she tromped down the stairs to our reading corner at grandma’s house, carrying an armful of books, she sat down beside me, shuffled through them and demanded we read this one first. Yes ma’am! I was blown away by the simple message of unconditional love shared between Large Fox and Small Fox. The verbiage is simple and funny, rhyming where appropriate. In combination with the bright, well done illustrations and the memories of my niece giggling with glee at the story, this is currently my favorite lap reader. Every child I know will be receiving their very own copies for the foreseeable holiday future. I recommend this book for ages 1 through 1st grade.

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8/10
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak Book Review
Animals , Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Picture Books / April 17, 2017

This bedtime (or anytime) book is a perfect lap reader for little ones and has been read hundreds of times in my home to the little people I love. The rhyming verse is so memorable that after a few reads little’s and big’s alike will have it memorized. The illustrations done by Caroline Jayne Church feature recycled paper backgrounds and a pre-k little boy along his partner-in-crime, a teddy bear. This book makes a wonderful baby shower or holiday gift and will without a doubt become a classic treasured part of any little’s library, just as our own copy has. I recommend this board book for children ages 9 months through 1st grade (or older if you can still convince them to snuggle).  

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7/10
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Classic , Fiction , Humorous , Middle Grade / April 8, 2017

How to Eat Fried Worms, first published in 1973, is Thomas Rockwell’s most popular middle reader for good reason. The main character, Billy, accepts a wager from his friend Alan that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. They shake on the terms and the hilarity ensues. Alan doesn’t want to have to pay up but Billy refuses to concede – after all, when he wins that $50 bet, he’ll be able to buy his very own motorbike! Who knew there were so many tasty ways to eat a worm? This disgustingly humorous read will have little boys gagging on giggles for days.

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6/10
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom
Early Readers , Fiction , Humorous / April 8, 2017

Freckle Juice is a Judy Blume classic, originally written in 1971. This book humorously tackles the downside of wishing to be different just to make life a little easier. The main character, Andrew Marcus, wants freckles more than anything and his least favorite classmate, Sharon, sees a way to take advantage of it. Sharon convinces Andrew to buy her top secret recipe for a sure fire, freckle-inducing-potion. Only after chugging the home made freckle juice and getting an awful stomach ache, does Andrew discover that the grass is not always greener on the other side, but the freckles are most certainly more blue. This funny little book is simply illustrated and makes a fantastic read-aloud chapter book for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade.