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Jen Robinson
San Jose, CA
Interests: travel, lost, children's books, hiking, reading, walking, red sox baseball, wine tasting, mysteries, literacy
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Waiting Is Not Easy! is the newest title in Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie early reader series. In this installment, Piggie tells Gerald that she has a surprise for him. Gerald spends most of the book trying to figure out what the surprise might be, and then lamenting how long he has to wait. Of course in the end, the surprise is worth waiting for. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
That layer was definitely pronounced, Becky. Personally, though, I think I'd have to read all three over a short time to pick a favorite. Seems like Sybella broke my heart the most, but I have a poor memory :-)
Mortal Heart has strong characters, a suspenseful, secret-filled plot, and an intriguing setting and premise. I found it to be a satisfying conclusion to a top-notch series. I highly recommend Mortal Heart for fans of the series. And, since the series is now complete, this would be a great time for new readers to immerse themselves in LaFevers' tale. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Topics this week include book lists (many!), the National Book Awards, the Cybils Awards, diversity, growing bookworms, National Readathon Day, KidLit TV, parenting, schools, libraries, and time management. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
If you remember '78, Stacey, then you'll definitely enjoy BLIZZARD. Reading about Buffalo this morning made me think of the book, too. Happy reading!
You are very welcome, Kirk. I hope that the review helps some readers to find your lovely book. Thanks for sharing my review and website. I am always happy to find new readers, too.
Pirate, Viking & Scientist, by Jared Chapman, is a lively picture book about a boy (Scientist) who is friends with both a pirate and a viking. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Fingers crossed for no actual blizzards for you this winter, Carol. But perhaps you should stock up on hot chocolate just in case :-). Hope you enjoy the book!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Blizzard: John Rocco at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'm glad you have access to this one, Susan. Hope you like it!
It's all about the big picture, Susan ;-) Sounds like they are having fun!
In this issue I have eight book reviews (picture book through young adult), two posts with links that I shared on Twitter recently, and one post with a recent literacy milestone for my daughter. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
This post is about my daughter's latest literacy milestone: recognizing an illustrator, and being able to cite other work by the same person. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Guess it was only fun at a certain age, Gail. I grew to NOT appreciate snow not too long after that. But at 10, it was still fun... My daughter adores this book.
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The Iron Trial is the first book in the new Magisterium series, the first collaboration between friends Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. This is an excellent choice for middle grade fans of fantasy, or anyone else who enjoys well-written, original reads. Highly recommended. I look forward to future books. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Mr. Tweed's Good Deeds is a combination seek-and-find and counting book by Jim Stoten. Mr. Tweed, as he is strolling about his town, keeps running into people who have lost items that are important to them. Seeking to help, Mr. Tweed assists each person. First there is one lost kite, which readers are asked to help look for in a busy park scene, then there are two lost kittens in a garden, and so on. All the way up until the last search, in which the neighbors give Mr. Tweed a party to thank him, and the reader searches for ten presents. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jen Robinson's Book Page
John Rocco's Blizzard is the story of New England's Blizzard of 1978, from the author's remembered childhood perspective. It is simply wonderful. Of course, the fact that I, too, remember the Blizzard of '78 may be coloring my experience of the book. But I am pretty sure that it would still be delightful, even if you had not experienced a week off from school, and 15 foot snowdrifts, personally. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. This week there are tons of book lists (it's that time of year), in addition to posts about the Cybils awards, diversity, growing bookworms, reading research, introversion, reading levels, and parenting. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Yes, we have one of the Henry and Mudge books. I'm likely to get more once the child actually starts reading early readers herself :-)
It's well worth finding, Amy!
Gumballs: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure, is an early reader that tells a story, while also illustrating the concept of estimation. All in a six-year-old-friendly package. Mr. and Mrs. Green are an alligator couple (also featured in several other early readers), distinguishable from one another by their different neck-wear. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Superfab Saves the Day by Jean Leroy and Bérengère Delaporte is a kind of spoof of a superhero story. Superfab is a superhero who is obsessed with costumes. He spends so much time selecting the correct superhero outfit for each occasion that by the time he arrives, someone else has already saved the day. Eventually, people stop calling him. One day, however, a monster comes whom the other superheroes cannot defeat. Superfab manages to save the day because of, rather than in spite of, his fashion sense. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
I'll have to look for that one, Deanna. I haven't see it. But I am increasingly learning that these books are very loved!
I think that kids relate to characters, however old they might be. Perhaps the adults remind them of grandparents, or perhaps the human foibles are just universal :-)
But the real heart of this book is Mr. Putter, tucked up in bed in striped pajamas, with Tabby on his head, reading a book. The Mr. Putter & Tabby books are timeless early readers with real personality. That's why they are still being published today, 20 years after the first book. Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page is a wonderful new installment to a fine series. A must-purchase for libraries, and a welcome addition to any new reader's bookshelf. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Jen Robinson's Book Page
When it's warm I want to sit outside and read, and when it's cool I want to curl up on the couch and read, too, Ami. And you guys are reading some great books. I haven't read Mr. Popper's Penguins since I was a kid, but I do think that would be a good one to try with my daughter. She's still only sort of kind of on board with chapter books, but I'm sure we'll get there before I know it :-) I am looking forward to Greenglass House, too. I have seen positive feedback for that one all over the place, and it does sound right up my alley. I hope you enjoy it!