Rough around the edges, but a fun summertime read for children.


Jasmin's Summer Wish

A picture book about what can happen when wishes come true.

During a particularly strong heat wave, young Jasmin’s friends grumble and wish for winter, but she’s ready to celebrate. In fact, she says, she wishes that the heat would last all year—and her wish, through unexplained means, comes true. The intense heat lasts into other seasons and for several years afterward. At first, Jasmin, who doesn’t seem to age over the course of her endless summer, is happy with these results. She still loves summer, the heat and the sun, but she eventually begins to get bored with summer activities; worse yet, the lack of natural change starts to affect the plant life. Overall, the book feels inconsistent, as it sporadically rhymes and switches between casual and formal voices. “As she walked past faded gardens, little Jasmin pieced together / how the city is affected by the changes to the weather” comes off as somewhat stilted compared to earlier, more dynamic language. However, the tone is consistently happy and light. The author pairs half pages of text with half-page, black-and-white cartoonish illustrations, or with full-page color scenes. Jasmin’s friends represent a diverse range of ethnicities, and their reactions are especially amusing in contrast to Jasmin’s enthusiasm; one scene, for example, shows them all seeking “refuge in the frozen food aisle.” The brightly colored illustrations, which emphasize large eyes and long hair, can be a bit awkward from time to time, but, for the most part, nicely capture the characters.

Rough around the edges, but a fun summertime read for children.

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-0982711583

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Wilderness House Press

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2013

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.


From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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