Reviews by camelsamba
This book from the "Let's Read and Find Out" series presents solid basic science about fireflies in the context of a girl visiting her grandparents. There are a few anecdotes about how fireflies have been used in other countries and other times. The illustrations are pastels and the luminescence of the fireflies is nicely done (people, on the other hand, are slightly awkward looking).
I typically really enjoy Jan Brett books, but this one left me feeling flat. The illustrations are of course wonderful, but the story is mediocre.
I really enjoyed the original "Arnie the Doughnut" picture book, but this one did nothing for me (exception: the rendition of "Take me out for some Bowling" in the 7th Frame Stretch was highly amusing). It has very little of the charm of the original, and it just feel pointless. Have I crossed over to curmudgeon status? Maybe so. Need to check on what the 11yo thought of it and have him post a review, since he's closer to the target audience age.
This picture book has Patricia Polacco's wonderful illustrations, so of course I had to love that aspect. (Notice how the photos in frames are actual photos instead of illustrations - nice touch.) The story is also wonderful: multiple cultural traditions, overcoming mistaken accusations through honest work, the power of friendship and forgiveness - and lovely hats!
The Frog & Toad stories are sweet and funny, perfect for the preschool and early elementary set.