蠟筆小黑Book Review

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Title: 蠟筆小黑 (La4 bi3 xiao3 hei)/The Little Black Crayon

ISBN: 9789862168820

Author/Illustrator: 中屋美和

Publisher: 小天下

Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Fiction, Picture book

Summary: This is a Chinese translation of a Japanese series.

A little black crayon is sad because all the other colors are drawing and won’t let him contribute. But when the other crayons get in an argument, Mr. Mechanical Pencil comes up with a solution that has the little black crayon coming to the rescue.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

5 Minute Review: Glow Worm (4) loves this book. (He loves this whole series.) The plot has a great moral, the crayons are super cute, and the illustrations are imaginative and delightful.

I got this book last summer but only finally took it out in August (because I’m lazy, ok?) and so my older two kids never saw it until recently. They both seemed interested and Gamera (~6) even read it by herself. Cookie Monster (~8) was lazy and just glanced at the pictures, but he did enjoy listening to me read the book to Glow Worm.

Personally, I enjoyed the book and the illustrations and I was happy to read it several times to Glow Worm.

I highly recommend the book and the whole three book series.

愛唱歌的青蛙 Book Review

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Title: 愛唱歌的青蛙 (Ai4 chang4 ge de5 qing wa)/The Frog Who Likes to Sing

ISBN: 9789575709235

Author/Illustrator: 加古里子

Publisher: 台灣東方

Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Fiction, Chapter book

Summary: A singing frog is very poor and trying to make more money. His friend is in the hospital. He tries all to do all sorts of silly things to make money and ends up turning in a bunch of criminals for reward money. He uses that money to help himself and other poor people. When he goes back to visit his friend, she is better.

Keep in mind, I did not read this book personally and am relying on Cookie Monster’s (~8) mediocre sum up of what he read.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

5 Minute Review: Part of the Ferris Wheel set, we borrowed this from PharmGirl. I have the first five books in the set, but I never bothered buying more because I kept thinking that we had enough early chapter books. However, I was wrong but I’m glad I live close enough to PharmGirl so I can steal borrow her set.

Cookie Monster read the book in under an hour and he seemed to like it enough. I don’t know how much he understood about what was going on because he was very reluctant to summarize to me, but he did think it was amusing and was able to give me a bare bones summary.

Having not read it myself (and quite frankly, I’m not going to because EFFORT), I cannot exactly say it’s good or bad but hey. My kid liked it enough. It’s not amazing. It’s not horrible. The illustrations were interesting enough. And it was good practice for him.

我是雞蛋哥哥 Book Review

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Title: 我是雞蛋哥哥 (Wo3 shi4 ji dan4 ge ge)/I am Big Brother Egg

ISBN: 9789862114001

Author/Illustrator: 秋山匡

Publisher: 小魯文化

Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Fiction, Picture book

Summary: An egg doesn’t want to finish hatching or grow up because getting bigger is no fun. A doggy joins him in agreeing and they run around talking about why it’s good to not grow older.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

5 Minute Review: I read this to Glow Worm (4) the other day and he seemed to like it. The illustrations aren’t complicated and somewhat repetitive. This book is clearly for preschool aged children so it’s definitely more a book you would read to them versus getting your older children to read.

However, if your kids are still practicing zhuyin, it’s nice and easy and repetitive enough for them to be able to read without much difficulty. They might even understand the subtle humor in it!

As it is, the story isn’t memorable, nor will it be a favorite. So, if you have limited funds and space, I would pass. I bought it used as a book set that came with CDs. Now that I know better, I would likely have passed.