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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Swap (PB)

AUTHOR: Jan Ormerod ; ILLUSTRATOR: Andrew Joyner

"This baby brother is not exactly what I want. It's smelly and it dribbles, it's no fun, and it takes up all the room on my mama's lap." Jealous and not happy with her baby brother, Caroline Crocodile trades him in at The Baby Shop for other animal infants, but soon finds they all have issues - the baby panda is a fussy eater, and the baby elephant squirts water everywhere. Eventually, Caroline finds a baby that is just right.

REVIEW: A new take on the relationship between an older sibling and a new baby, with sweet pictures and a feel-good ending. Perfect for the pre-schooler with a new baby in the family.

AGE: 3-6
RATING: 4 stars

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