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Oh Say Can You Say?

Author: Dr. Seuss

I dare you to read this book aloud three times fast. Okay, so for myself that would be impossible. In Oh Say Can You Say?, Dr. Seuss presents a variety of challenging, vocabulary-building, humorous, and nonsensical tongue twisters ranging in topic from traveling with unusual pets to purchasing gifts. All with the classic Seuss flair, naturally. I’m not typically a fan of tongue twister books–they feel cheap and not literary at all, something like joke books–but I make an exception for this one. This is one of the books that I read/had read to me when I was first learning to read, and I still remember it fondly from that time. It may not be great art, but it’s certainly good fun! Plus, it’s a good educational tool for teaching kids to read and enunciate clearly (or adults, for that matter). Personally, I think that Oh Say Can You Say? is one of those “children’s books” that is both timeless and ageless. And impossible to read aloud!

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Lulu and the Brontosaurus

lulu and the brontosaurusAuthor: Judith Viorst

Illustrator: Lane Smith

My rating: 5 of 5

Lulu, vol. 1

Lulu is a brat, there’s no way around it–a brat who gets whatever she wants. But when she decides she wants a pet brontosaurus for her birthday, her world gets shaken up a bit. After the shock of hearing “no” for once, Lulu decides to set out to find a pet brontosaurus for herself. What will she do when the brontosaurus decides he wants a little girl for a pet?

This is an adorable, creative chapter book. The story is cute and original. Throughout, Viorst makes excellent use of repetition and themes with variations. The ending(s) are also a fun twist. Smith’s illustrations complement the story marvelously, and the fun layouts and font combinations add just the right touch. Lulu and the Brontosaurus is a satisfying read that I would recommend, particularly to beginning readers.

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

the adventures of sir lancelot the greatAuthor: Gerald Morris

Illustrator: Aaron Renier

My rating: 4 of 5

Knights’ Tales, vol. 1

In his Squires Tales series, Gerald Morris has already crafted a vibrant collection of retellings of Arthurian legend. Now as he begins his Knights Tales series with The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great, Morris once again embarks on a quest to bring new life, humor, and good sense to the tales of Arthur’s court. This books is written in a style that is appropriate for younger audiences, moving quickly, keeping the story line from becoming overly complicated, and avoiding the stickier parts of Lancelot’s story. However, the witty episodes and endearing characters are accessible and enjoyable for all ages and reading abilities. I am looking forward to reading the other volumes in this series and would recommend the first volume to all readers, but particularly to younger readers or as a read-aloud book.

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