No Honking Allowed by Stephanie Calmenson & Antongionata Ferrari

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.

Book Information

Title: No Honking Allowed
Author: Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrator: Antongionata Ferrari
Published by Holiday House, New York
Text Copyright 2017 by Stephanie Calmenson
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Antongionata Ferrari
No. of pages: 35

About the Author & Illustrator

Stephanie Calmenson is an author based in New York. Here’s some information from her website, http://stephaniecalmenson.com:

“I began my professional life as an early childhood teacher and had the pleasure of reading to children and discovering which books captivate them. When budget cuts left me looking for work, I became a children’s book editor and got to see how a book is made. Planning to go back to teaching, I enrolled in a Master’s Program in Education at New York University where I took a course called, “Writing for Children.” My very first story was published in a children’s magazine. I was off and writing!”

According to Castoro Online, “AntonGionata Ferrari is one of the most renowned illustrators in the field of children’s literature in Italy. In 2006 he won the Andersen Award as Best Illustrator of the Year.”

Story

No Honking Allowed by Stephanie Calmenson & AntonGionata Ferrari tells the story of Rex, a dinosaur who just got a new car and his friend Stego who gets to ride with him. They enjoy the features of the new car: the sound of the engine, the brakes, and the horn. Ooops, but in the city, there is a rule: No Honking except for safety.

As Rex and Stego travel through the city, Rex wants to honk his horn for just about anything: remind a speeding car to slow down, help a dog owner untangle a leash, warn a dino about to litter, and just about anything. But Stego reminds him not to do so because of the rule.

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The Berenstain Bears Play Football by Mike Berenstain

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.

Book Information

Title: The Berenstain Bears Play Football
Author: Mike Berenstain
Published by: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher
Copyright 2017 by Berenstain Publishing, Inc.
No. of pages: 30

About the Author:

Mike Berenstain is continuing the legacy of Stan and Jan Berenstain who started the Berenstain Bears series. Mike writes and illustrates the books. According to the official Berenstain Bears website, “He lives and works in the rolling countryside of Eastern Pennsylvania–a place that looks very much like Berenstain Bear Country.”

Please visit http://www.berenstainbears.com/ for more information about the Berenstain Bears books.

Story

“The Berenstain Bears Play Football” is a fun family story about playing a sport outside the home, instead of just watching it on TV.

Football is such a big sport in the United States that watching the Superbowl on TV has become a big family event. In the Bear Country, the Berenstain Bears were supposed to watch the Grizzly Bowl, which is the equivalent of the Superbowl in their world.

The story even takes a jab at the air time that commentators and ads receive. When the cubs got bored waiting for the game to start, they decided to play a game instead. What better game to play than Football?

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My 2017 in Books (or a Report on my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge)

The annual Reading Challenge by Goodreads is an awesome way to inspire people to read and log the books they read on the site. In 2014, I read 40 books; 60 books in 2015; 52 books in 2016; and 15 books in 2017.

Here are some interesting tidbits for my year in books:

I read a total of 15 books in 2017.

That is significantly less than my usual 40-52 books a year over the 4 years. But that’s okay. Earlier this year, I decided to read only 12 books so I could spend more time thinking about and digesting the books I read.

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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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