Friday, September 27, 2013

293-295: TOON BOOK'S 3 Latest Books (2013) Reviewed

293. Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes
Toon Books, Level 2

Rating: (4/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug 6, 2013, Toon Books, 32 pgs

Age: 6+

"Equal parts adorable and bratty, this sweet bear transforms daily routine into fun adventures. As he keeps his parents on their toes from breakfast to bedtime, Patrick will also keep young readers coming back for more. Geoffrey Hayes, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner and the uncontested master of children's comics, gives us four classic Patrick stories."

Received a pdf from the publisher.

Three new Toon Books have been published this fall and Patrick Eats His Peas is my favourite one!  I'm a bit behind on my Toon Book reading and have not read the first Patrick book so didn't know what a wonderful read I was in for.  A collection of four stories that are unrelated yet give a sense of chronology as Patrick Eats, Helps Out, Takes a Bath then finally Goes to Bed.  The stories are hilarious, from Patrick's point of view, but with a mom who is wise to his ways.  Kids will easily relate to Patrick's situations, such as not wanting to eat his vegetables and the art is cute and matches the story.  I love Patrick!




294. Otto's Backwards Day by Frank Cammuso & Jay Lynch
Toon Books, Level 3

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug 6, 2013, Toon Books, 32 pgs

Age: 7+

"Someone stole Otto’s birthday! When Otto and his robot sidekick, Toot, follow the crook, they discover a topsy-turvy world where rats chase cats and people wear underpants over their clothes. To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles — but his greatest challenge comes at the journey’s very end. On this special day, will Otto discover something even better than cake or gifts?"

Received a pdf from the publisher.

Otto learns about palindromes by having a backwards day in Backwards World.  He's on the chase looking for his stolen birthday presents and while he learns something educational he also learns that there is something more important on birthdays than the gifts.  A fun story, and just what readers of Otto's Orange Day would expect.




295. The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers
Toon Books, Level 2

Rating: (3.5/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Sep 10, 2013, Toon Books, 32 pgs

Age: 6+

"When her little sister, Clemmie, refuses to go out in the rain, Matilda sets out to teach her all the delights of a wet Saturday. But after her enthusiasm leads her to make a big mistake, it’s Matilda who will end up learning an unforgettable lesson. The world-renowned cartoonist Liniers gives us a funny and sweet portrait of his daughters that is sure to become every beginning reader’s favorite story. "

Received a pdf from the publisher.



I was really looking forward to this Toon Book by a new contributor, a famous Argentinian cartoonist, because of the whimsical cover art that reminded me of an E.H. Shepard Winnie-the-Pooh sketch.  I did love the watercolour painted drawings of Matilda and her baby sister Clemmie.  They are delightful and match the mood of a rainy day spectacularly.  I have to say the story was a bit of a disappointment though; I just expected more.  This is a soft, quiet story and while I liked it, I think it is better suited to a bedtime story than an easy reader.

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