Tag: Children’s

The Worst Class Trip Ever


Author: Dave Barry
Narrator: Todd Haberkorn
Published: May 5, 2015
Audible

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 20-21, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:
In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack-or maybe not.

Jessica’s Review:
The Worst Class Trip Ever was 100% an unexpected and pleasant surprise for me. I chose this one due to its short length (my longer commute and there were just two days until the long four day Christmas weekend) and it really delivered! This one would be a fun read for both adults and the kids!

The Worst Class Trip Ever is about an eighth grade class trip to Washington DC. Our narrator is Wyatt and he tells us all about the adventure he and a few others from his class go on. The kids convince themselves that there are some terrorists that are going to attack the White House. You don’t know what’s going to happen next in this fun read that takes you all over DC.

I was really drawn into the story and had no clue how it was going to end. You think the adventure can’t get any crazier than it already has then Barry has something else happen! This is a great short read and I highly recommend the audio version. The narrator Todd Haberkorn performed very well.

I really liked that the narrator was a boy. It seems like there are not many books written for boys or feature boys, but there is no way a girl could have been the narrator: boys just seem to get themselves into trouble easier.

There was only one negative for me and it is not the book: I hate that we live in a world where children’s books have the subject of terrorists and bombings in them. But this is the world we live in and terrorists and TSA rules is our life now.

I would say this book would be fine for middle schoolers.

The Worst Class Trip Ever is very highly recommended!

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The Gift that I Can Give

Author: Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrator: Julia Seal
Published: October 23, 2018
32 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

God, will You show me
The gift that I can give
As I grow and love
And learn how to live?

Help your children discover that they don’t have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful new picture book was written by Kathie Lee Gifford and illustrated by Julia Seals.

The Gift That I Can Give is a heartwarming story from Kathie Lee Gifford of how all children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick, or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again.

Kathie Lee Gifford is a trusted voice who feels like a friend for countless people. With her strong faith, enthusiasm, and playful writings, she appeals to young hearts and empowers them with the message that no one is too young or too small to share their gift with others.

Jessica’s Review:

The Gift That I Can Give is a short children’s picture book that talks about how we all have a special gift.  This story is a journey for one little girl as she tries to figure out just what her gift is.  This book shows God’s love and she even prays to try to find out her gift.  This book shows that even the smallest and simplest action (even from a child) can help someone in a huge way.

The illustrations are impressive:  They are large, colorful, and show a diversity of children throughout.  The pictures help to enhance the reading experience.

The Gift That I Can Give is written in a fun way for children (everything rhymes!) and they are sure to enjoy it.  Maybe they will even realize what their special gift is after reading this book!

Special thanks to Netgalley for my copy that I received.

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Harold and the Poopy Little Puppy

Author: Ellie Crowe
Illustrator: Janet King
Published: August 31, 2018
26 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

It’s hard to be a good dog, but Harold, the golden retriever, really tries. Then the Dad brings home Prince, a silly little puppy that the Dad says is smart and brave.

Prince! “Smart and brave!” Harold can hardly believe his ears! And, even worse, when Prince does a doggy-doo right in the house, the Dad blames Harold!

Harold thinks Prince is a poopy little puppy. How is he going to live with him in his house?

Jessica’s Review:

Harold is just living his ‘happy-go-lucky’ life as a golden retriever when Dad brings home a new puppy named Prince.  Harold has to adjust to all the changes that come along with Prince,  which includes taking the blame for the things Prince does. This includes a huge No No: Pooping on the floor!  Prince seemingly takes over Harold’s  space and gets all of the attention unless Harold is getting fussed at.

There are parallels to this story and  the feelings a child may experience when a new sibling arrives.  **Spoiler alert** There will be tension until mutual feelings occur as they do at the end of this story.

This story is for children ages 6-8 years old.  There are pictures at the beginning of each chapter to help tell the story.  If you know kids who like dogs, or may have a new sibling arriving, then this would be the book for them.

I enjoyed this children’s book and liked Harold. If I had kids, I would most likely get them this book. Harold is very likeable and I can see (and hope) Crowe writes more adventures starring him.

**Many thanks to the author Ellie Crowe for sending me a copy to review!**

 

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