Sunday, January 12, 2014

Magic Monday - IMAGINATION Magic

Véronique Boisjoly
Kids Can Press
Pub Date   Sep 1 2013
My thoughts: A children’s picture book that has wonderful illustrations, frame-worthy even with not much of a story to accompany them. The book takes us through one laundry-day in Francis’s life and I was waiting for something to happen as I turned the pages and reached the end of the book. This is exactly something I might end up telling my kids as I fall asleep while I am trying to get them to sleep. So, while the artwork is something I loved, I did not find much of a story in this book (maybe lessons in resourcefulness and teaming up with someone whom you do not truly like to help others in need)
Rating: C for the story, B+ for the artwork
Reread Level: 1.5/5
Reading Level: 4 to 8 years

Loula Is Leaving for Africa
Anne Villeneuve
Kids Can Press
Pub Date: Sep 1 2013
My thoughts: Delightful and sweet is how I would describe this story, and equally whimsical and adorably perfect illustrations accompany this story. Loula has just had enough of it all – the terrible triplets – her brothers (of course!) – and so she decides she is leaving for Africa. Africa is after all the perfect place to get away from her troubles – far enough and with snakes (that her brothers don’t like) and piranhas (that would take care of gobbling them up if they did venture behind her!).  She bids goodbye to her parents (who are busy with their own work and  I am guessing have an inkling of their little girl’s wonderful personality to indulge her in leaving for Africa).
So she steps out on an adventure to Africa with Gilbert, their faithful chauffeur. As they wander Africa together using the most powerful travel tool – their imaginations – readers can enjoy this journey themselves through the words, the illustrations, and their own imaginations.
It reminds me of all the make-believe games kids have always and will continue forever to play – which are for me, the best of games!
Rating: A
Reading Level:
Reread Level: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley for a eARC of the books.These are my honest opinions of the books.

 Linking these books to What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Texts and
What are you reading? @Book Journey

These books also go towards a couple of challenges I signed up for this year:
Picture Books Challenge @ Book Dragon's Lair
NetGalley/Edelweiss Books Challenge @ Falling Into YA

For Monday Musings, today the question answered at Should Be Reading is what I choose for my musing as well

Question: Are “best” and “favorite” the same thing? If someone asked you “What’s the best book you ever read?” would the answer be the same as for “What’s your favorite?”

 My answer: It depends on the genre of books I am talking about, I guess. If that is a genre I love, then "best" and "favorite" will be the same, else the best books (in a non-favored category of mine) might not even make it in my personal top "whatever" list of favorites.


  1. These are brand new titles to me, thanks for sharing! Will be on the lookout for them next time I visit the library this week. :)


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