Review of Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner is a fun book about table manners with dinosaurs! Which kid is not going to be happy learning about table manners if there are dinosaurs in it?! The book addresses the reader it provides some tips on organizing a dinner treat. It includes NOT taking a dragon to dinner.

It then goes through the different scenarios if you insist on bringing your dragon to dinner. They disturb everyone, they stink, they will grab a phone, burp loudly, pound on the table, plays with the food, and many other crazy things that anyone should not do on a fancy dinner table.

But toward the end, it affirms the bond between the narrator and her dragon and suggests eating dinner at home instead. She also gives some tips on how to teach a dragon some table manners.

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A Review of Captain Bling’s Christmas Plunder

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

“Captain Bling’s Christmas Plunder” is a story about pirates and Christmas! Captain Bling and his band of pirates were looking for plunder on Christmas eve and they found themselves at the North Pole. They found the house of Santa Claus. They made off with all the toys from Santa’s home. Santa gave chase but eventually gave himself up to the pirates.

Santa checked his list of naughty and nice. But because Captain Bling and his pirates had been naughty, they had never received Christmas gifts. That’s probably why “they acted so rotten, thinking nobody cared… but they’d just been forgotten.”

After being promised their gifts, they seem to have kidnapped Santa! But as it turned out, they were merely helping him deliver gifts for boys and girls. All’s well that ends well with a ship pulled aloft by Santa’s flying reindeer.

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I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang & Christopher Weyan

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

“I Am (Not) Scared” is a book about things that children can be easily afraid of such as snakes, spiders, roller coasters, and aliens. The two (nameless) characters in the book taunt each other about being scared of the Loop of Doom, a roller coaster ride. Then they name different things that are scarier than a roller coaster. Then a snake on a roller coaster enters the scene and they ride together.

Book Information

Title: I Am (Not) Scared
Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Published by Two Lions, New York (an imprint of Amazon)
Text Copyright 2017 by Anna Kang
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Christopher Weyant
No. of pages: 31 pages

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Christmas Traditions Filipinos in America Miss

It’s Christmas time! Nothing induces nostalgia among Filipinos in America than this season. Back in the Philippines, the Christmas season officially starts when the -BER months come around.

Early Start of the Christmas Season

To some people, it’s a joke, but there are those who take it seriously. In the United States, Thanksgiving is a big holiday, probably bigger than Christmas. Who could forget the shopping spree–Black Friday and Cyber Monday–that follows it?

Filipinos (at least the ones in the Philippines) don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in November and there’s nothing that prevents us from setting up decorations as early as September or October.

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Mr. Biddles by Kristine A. Lombardi

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Mr. Biddles
Author: Kristine A. Lombardi
Published by Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Copyright 2017 by Kristine A. Lombardi
No. of pages: 32

About the Author & Illustrator

(from the back flap jacket of the book) Kristine A. Lombardi has been collecting old office supplies, fountain pens, labels, typewriter erasers, and antique ledgers ever since she can remember–and found the perfect spot for many of these treasures in her detailed illustrations for Mr. Biddles. The author of two other books for children, Love Bunny and The Grumpy Pete (neither featuring a lobster pyramid), Kristine lives in Montclair, New Jersey, where she tries to make only right-hand turns whenever driving. Find her at www.kristinelobardi.com

Story

Mr. Biddles is about a genius inventor cat who lives by himself on a house up the hill. One day, a lobster named Hobson finds himself on Mr. Biddles’ doorsteps.

Mr. Biddles welcomes the company and he learns to live with someone else–a friend. Hobson became his lab assistant and a friend who watches TV shows with him. But Hobson misses his family. So Mr. Biddles uses his genius to find a solution, a way to transport Hobson back to Maine where his family lives. Mr. Biddles helps Hobson go back home and enjoys seeing Hobson happy with his family.

Because Hobson was so happy with his family, Mr. Biddles decides to go home by himself. Back home, he misses Hobson and was surprised and happy to see him back.

Values or Lessons

This book is an exploration of friendship and what it can mean to a lonely person. While Mr. Biddles is a good inventor, he still needs a friend. Everybody needs a friend.

Another topic that the book explores is dealing with loneliness and homesickness. Hobson misses his family. There are times that kids may go somewhere or that they are left with grandparents and they miss their family.

Mr. Biddles also helps solve a problem–how can Hobson travel to Maine. It was fun reading about how he and Hobson looked for a way to invent a transportation solution to allow Hobson to go home. That is a good quality to develop among kids and certainly aligns with how we tell our son to “try harder” whenever he experiences something difficult.

Artwork

The artwork is great. There are pages and spreads that are full of beautiful landscapes. A lot of pages are also cluttered nicely with photos of papers, cabinets, and other things that you would find in an inventor’s office.

The text is rendered in a serif font, sparse and easy to read. There are no long blocks of text that clutter the pages.