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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Octopuppy (PB)

AUTHOR: Martin McKenna

Edgar always wanted a dog, but instead he got Jarvis the octopus. Still, he's determined to train Jarvis just like a dog. Sit. Stay. Play dead. What could go wrong? Jarvis is very smart. Maybe too smart. He makes Edgar crazy! But Jarvis feel rejected and leaves. It is then that Edgar realises how special his Octopuppy really is.

A gorgeous story sure to be a hit. The themes of friendship and unusual pets are universally liked by children.

AGE: 3-7
RATING: 4 1/2 stars

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