Children’s Fiction – 2018 Monarch Books Pt. 2


These are my short reactions/plot summaries of books 11-20 on the Monarch Book list.

For my reactions to the first 10, go ahead and look at my first post. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books on the list and your thoughts on them!

17981448Moldylocks and the Three Beards by Noah Z. Jones (2014)

I can see this one being a favorite of both genders. Princess Pink (first name Princess, last name Pink, and 100% tomboy) goes to the kitchen for a midnight snack when opens the fridge to find – another world! Smack in the middle of Fake Believe, Princess accidentally gets in a little trouble with Moldy Locks and then has to help her out of it.  This was such a light, funny story. I have read the others in the series and find them equally delightful. A great book that will be well loved. 4/5 stars

25745002Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

I read this book a few months ago because I thought the cover was too cute. I was not led astray. A bear accidentally becomes the fathermother of four little geese. Try as he might, Bruce is not able to relieve himself of his motherly duties. It is up to him to raise these chicks as his own. Another book with a charming sequel, Hotel Bruce. 4/5 stars

26074148One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
by Daniel Bernstrom

This cutie is a story in the same vain as There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. A snake swallows a little boy who is walking through the forest. With the little boy’s encouragement, the snake swallows more things in an attempt to prove himself. Maybe he swallows a little too much? Good for those working on repetitive words but got a little annoying for me. 3/5 stars

25489033Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals
by Jess Keating

Another of the non-fiction picks for the Monarch this year. Every two page spread focuses on a different pink animal that is slightly odd. Full of funny and weird-but-true facts, this one will be a favorite among the young readers. Because, come on, look at that cute little ugly face. 3/5 stars

22249668Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Michael Hall loves himself a book about crayons, doesn’t he? This one is about a crayon named Red. Raised in a loving home and encouraging school but he can’t help but feel different. Everyone’s expectations of him just make him show up…short. Luckily for us Red figures out what was making him so blue this whole time. A nice, funny read for young readers and their caregivers. This one will be a hit for lovers of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home. 4/5 stars

20708761Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

If you are anything like me, this book will frustrating the living daylights out of you. If you are a young kid, you will absolutely love it. Sam and Dave, two brothers, decide that they would like some adventure. This adventure results in digging…and digging…and digging…and stopping for snacks…and more digging. Along the way the pictures show us that Sam and Dave keep missing huge diamonds. Instead, they learn that their adventure will have a different outcome. Again, I can see young ones loving this. It just wasn’t for me. 3/5 stars

21535485Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

A nice alphabet book. Each two-page spread deals with a letter of the alphabet (spoilers: they are in order). The sentences prove the importance of each letter of the alphabet. As an example: “Take away the B. The Beast is Best.” It is accompanied by a picture of a beast on the first place on the sports podium. There was nothing remarkable about this book in my opinion. Again, this might be something that younger readers will find more fun and entertaining. 3/5 stars

26244910Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

This one showed up on the 2016 Goodreads Best Picture Book Nominee list. Sherman Alexie is much more famous for his long-form fiction. This particular story is about the origin of a young man’s name. He wonders what it would be like if he went by any other name. Why would his parents name him something so weird? A nice story about embracing family history and loving where you come from. Cute stuff. 3.5/5 stars

23167689Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

One of the great non-fiction picks on this list. A fun story from a young boy growing up in New Orleans. Music is such a large part of the culture in New Orleans and it found its way into the soul of Troy Andrews. From a play band to being up stage playing with one of his favorite musicians, Troy Andrews helps everyone feel encouraged to pursue their dreams. (And might I add – Troy is, at present, a young and very attractive man). 4/5 stars

26722967The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game
by Nancy Churnin

This is probably my favorite non-fiction pick on this list. Truthfully I do not follow baseball but I had no idea just how important William Hoy was to the history of the game. William Hoy loved the sport of baseball and pursued his dreams even when he had people discouraging his dreams. A fantastic story that everyone should read to learn about the beauty of perseverance and understanding/accommodation. 4/5 stars


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