A kid-friendly approach to good hygiene that could have been more informative.

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GERM CONCERN

This children’s picture book explains the dangers of germs and how to prevent infection.

The opening of this work employs odd phrasing and emphatic exclamation marks: “Germ Concern!”; “Germ instruction awareness production! / Learn and be concerned about germs!” After this somewhat clumsy beginning, the book settles into rhyming verse with varying stanza lengths and rhyme schemes. The book warns kids that illness can spread by touch or through the air. Good hygiene includes washing one’s hands after using the bathroom, not sharing bites of food, and turning one’s head away from others during naptime to avoid others’ exhalations, the third-person narrator says. To prevent sickness, one should have a healthy diet, get rest, and use medicine and disinfectant spray. A glossary defines potentially unfamiliar words. In his debut, author/illustrator Mikos offers good basic information. However, it’s somewhat incomplete; for example, the glossary says that germs are “tiny,” but not that one needs special equipment to see them. Also left out is the role of vaccines in disease prevention. That said, kids are likely to respond well to the book’s humor, rhyme, and intriguing illustrations. The latter depict light-skinned children realistically in pen and ink, while germs are conceived fantastically as watercolor creatures with googly eyes.

A kid-friendly approach to good hygiene that could have been more informative.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-1-5255-4534-4

Page Count: -

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: June 26, 2019

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

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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