More silly, superhero fun for fruit fans.

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HARVEST TIME AT SHELDON'S BLUEBERRY FARM

An antioxidant superhero returns to track down a mysterious blueberry squisher on his farm in this sequel.

Sheldon Bilberry, aka Blueberry Boy, has opened his family’s new farm to provide the first crop of berries to all the markets and residents of Jaloonsville. Sheldon and his friends, a group of boys with varying skin hues, are the primary harvesters. The antioxidants enhancing Blueberry Boy’s powers make his efforts lightning quick. But when the farm is open to all the residents to pick their berries, Sheldon hears a disturbing squishing noise. He hops on his tractor to discover the evildoer—only to find someone very surprising. Sheldon then comes up with a solution that shares the blueberry wealth. In this second installment of a picture book series from the team of Jones and Motz (Sheldon, the Antioxidant Super Hero of Jaloonsville, 2012), the superhero’s escapades are more comical than serious and the stakes are never very high. But fans of the first adventure should be glad to see Sheldon’s farm progressing. Motz’s humorous images are more funny pages than graphic novel. The two-dimensional pages feature flat lettering, little shading, and only occasional texturing. But the lack of additional details is appropriate to the tone of Jones’ story, and kids are likely to find someone who looks like them in the classroom at the end. The capper, in which Sheldon’s mother, a teacher, is telling his story to the class, seems an unnecessary and confusing conclusion, but the blue wonder’s tale should still amuse.

More silly, superhero fun for fruit fans.

Pub Date: July 15, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-615-84955-3

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Melissa's Book Publishing LLC

Review Posted Online: May 25, 2018

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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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