I’m Trying to Love Spiders
Written and Illustrated by Bethany Barton
Ages: 4– 8
Grade level: P – 3
This is a cute book. The more I read, the more I liked it. But that’s not why I’m featuring it. It’s because of the story behind the story. Bethany wrote this book because a spider wandered across her artwork. She couldn’t smash it and ruin her picture. She was stuck watching, but her plot is no accident. Bethany researched spider superpowers. They have…8 eyes, REALLY! Spin webs, DUH! And eat bugs, My Favorite! The only thing I’d change is how our main character dealt with her fear of spiders. She wanted to smash them with a handprint but didn’t. I love spiders OUTSIDE, but inside…I face my fear with a shoe-covered foot. I like her inside strategy…till a spider sits beside me. EEK!!!
PS- I wrote my first story because of an accident. I held a bat, the flying mammal, on a mop. It’s safely stored in my computer. Maybe someday, I’ll pull it out and edit it, on purpose.
Disney’s The Never Girls #4: From the Mist
Written by Kiki Thorpe
Illustrated by Jana Christy
Ages: 6 – 10
Grade level: 1 – 4
I usually avoid Disney books, but I’m glad I checked this one out. This series of 13 books is about four girls who travel to Neverland. They meet the fairies of Pixie Hollow and follow them into adventure. In this story the girls enter a mist portal. A fog blankets Pixie Hollow, and the fairies are afraid of the dangers it brings, like a storm that summons a herd of mist horses. Kate, who’s been longing for adventure, climbs aboard. Her friends and the fairies discover an old legend about the horses. It’s says they take humans for rides, and never return. Her friends finally rescue Kate. Girls will love this story. Horses and fairies, what’s not to love!
Edward Gets Messy
Written by Rita Meade
Illustrated by Olga Stern
Ages: 4 – 8
Grade level: Preschool – 2
This is another great book! I love the story! Edward is the neatest kid ever. He refuses to get messy. But poor Edward, he never has any fun. Then the worst thing ever happens in art class. His supplies fall everywhere, over everything, including Edward. After a moment of complete horror, Edward realizes he’s made a great painting. He also realizes he can do all the messy things he’s avoided…because at the end of the day…he can take a bath. So readers, go ahead and get messy Have fun doing it! But don’t forget to take your bath!
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon
Written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann
Ages: 4 – 8
Grade level: Preschool – 3
I loved this book! It’s just beautiful! And such a great story! Our mouse hero loves everything about the moon. At night he studies it through a telescope and discovers it’s made of stone. He tries to tell his friends who know it’s made of cheese. Our hero is discouraged but discovers an invitation to a famous museum. He goes and meets fellow aviator, Lindbergh Mouse, who encourages him to follow his dream to be the first on the moon. Read to find out how our hero does it. My favorite part was when our mouse tries to catapult his way to the moon, and he catches the eyes of humans who look FBI or CIA agents. Uh-oh! I also loved the end papers that tell the human story of moon discoveries from Galileo to Neil Armstrong. This is a great book!
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.