Thursday, 14 January 2021

Kiddie's Corner: The Pugly Duckling, I Can Do Magic, Rissy No Kisses and A Beary Rainy Day

The Pugly Duckling by Carla Siravo

Jean and Joe Duck were oh-so-surprised, When their duckling hatched, not quite the right size, With a curly-swirly tail and hairy-scary paws, And furry fat rolls and sharp beast claws. They loved their son, though he was ugly, Not quite a duckling, and a little bit pugly.

My Thoughts:
I wanted to love this book. I mean, look at the cover! Look at that little pug! It's adorable and part of me did love it. It's a sweet story about a bird couple and their adopted child and it imparts an important lesson about being yourself and accepting who you are. The book is full of alliteration and onomatopoeic words which would appeal to younger children and the illustrations are great.

However, this book would seriously get on my nerves if I had to read it regularly to a small child who adored it. There are only so many times I can read the phrase "ugly-wugly" before I want to poke my eyes out and the other duckings were so mean to the pug! More importantly, DOGS DON'T HATCH FROM EGGS. Plot device or not, it's stupid and I'd be explaining to any child who reads this story how dogs are mammals, not birds, and thus don't come from eggs! Seriously, the pug could have been adopted by the birds in any other way! It didn't need to be shoved into an egg! 

All in all, I could see why kids would like this... But as a parent, I'm not convinced I'd buy it for them. 

Wow! I Can Do Magic by Mack van Gageldonk

This series is full of animals, plants, and phenomena that are so spectacular that you’ll be left in awe!

Have you ever seen a real magician? A magician who can make himself invisible, change his shape, or walk on water? Take a good look around you in nature, because magicians might be closer than you think. In this book, you’ll meet incredible plants and animals: chameleons, butterflies, black panthers, mushrooms . . . And they can all do magic!

Mack takes the reader on a journey discovering animals that appear to do 'magic.' Mixing fantastic photography and illustrations, the reader can expect to learn about chameleons, hummingbirds and their ability to stay still in the air or even fly backward, the magic of fireflies shining bright, trees and animals living for many years, and so on. It is a fantastic trip with loads of facts about fauna and flora.

The first book in the wow series. Let the best animals and plants enchant you. For little biologists ages 5 years and up.

My Thoughts:
This book isn't a story book for children and more an educational book aiming to highlight the magic of the natural world. It explores natural phenomenon such as how Basalisk lizards walk on water and how iguanas camouflage themselves. The pictures are a mix of actual photographs and "hand drawn doodles." It's quite wordy, and some of the vocabulary is more complex than you'd expect, so I think it would work beautifully for slightly older children (6-10) but could also work for younger children when you're reading to them. 
All in all, I think it's a book that feeds the natural curiosity of children and acts as a gateway to science. It makes science - biological science in this case - and makes it accessible. 
I liked it and I'd definitely buy it for my son.

Rissy No Kisses by Katey Howes

A lovebird who doesn't like kisses? Rissy's friends and family wonder if she's sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there's no one right way to show you care?

My Thoughts:
This was a super sweet book about a little lovebird called Rissy who didn't like kissies. The book explores the topic of consent, respecting people's boundaries and acceptance in a way that anyone can understand. It has cute pictures, simple vocabulary and imparts an important message without being preachy. I liked it and would definitely recommend for young children. 

A Beary Rainy Day by Adam Ciccio

Wallow the Bear lives a comfortable life deep in the woods. But when it rains, Wallow gets sad. He becomes gloomy and doesn't know what to do. When it starts drizzling, he hunkers down in his cave. One rainy day, he hears splashes and giggling coming from outside. What can that be? He takes a peek out the window and sees owl emptying water with a bucket. More of a reason to stay inside! And then he hears more splashing and giggling. Will Wallow have the courage to come out of his cave?

My Thoughts:
This is a tale of Wallow the bear who feels sad whenever it rains and how he learns to look past the negative for the positive and not let the rain make him sad or stop him from having fun.
It's a sweet and simple tale designed to encourage children to make the best of any situation.
I loved the illustrations but I found the text to be clunky. The vocabulary was pretty simple though so it would work well for young readers.

1 comment:

  1. Rissy No Kissies sounds so cute, and I love that it helps break down what consent means.



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