BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (PB)

AUTHOR: Ian Falconer (U.S)

PLOT: Olivia the pig is fed up with all the girls who want to be fairy princesses. She is determined to be different at all costs!

REVIEW: A lovely addition to the 'Olivia' series.  Will resonate with anyone (child or adult) who likes subverting expectations and going against the flow.

AGE: Preschool - Junior Primary
RATING: 4 1/2 stars

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