Children’s Book Review: The Fox Who Ate Books by Franziska Biermann

Children’s Book Review: The Fox Who Ate Books by Franziska BiermannThe Fox Who Ate Books by Franziska Biermann
Published by Annick Press on October 11th 2016
Genres: Children's Picture Book
Pages: 56

Meet Mr. Fox, who loves books so much that every time he finishes one, he eats it (with a little salt and pepper, of course)! His insatiable appetite drives him to seek more and more books, until one day, he discovers the local library, where he can “devour” books to his heart’s content. Eventually, the librarian catches him “sampling” from the collection and bans him from the library.Down on his luck, the crafty Mr. Fox must find other ways to satisfy his cravings. His attempt to rob the local bookstore, however, ends badly. Arrested for stealing, Mr. Fox lands in jail, where he discovers a surprising way to satisfy his literary cravings (and become rich and famous).With its deft combination of humor and whimsy, and bright, edgy artwork, The Fox Who Ate Books is a tongue-in-cheek approach to promote a love of books and reading. The ever-inventive, wily Mr. Fox is the perfect anti-hero whose antics are guaranteed to make young readers laugh, while the play on words will delight older children.

Fox is a book lover, but he also has an insatiable appetite for eating books. The bookworm in all of us can understand what Mr. Fox is going through, and even commiserate with him. However, I think the book lover in us would be appalled with Mr. Fox for gobbling up the books and causing them physical harm.

Mr. Fox’s appetite is so ravenous that he ends up selling everything he owns to buy more books to read and eat. Once he runs out of books and money, he turns to the library and eventually the corner bookstore to subdue his hunger. Unfortunately, he does not consider the consequences of his actions at each location and ends up in quite a bit of trouble. Luckily, reading and eating all those books might have given Mr. Fox the fuel he needs to write his way out of the trouble he ends up in.

Overall I enjoyed the story. I love Mr. Fox even though he is a bit of a rascal. Mr. Fox loves everything about books, from their smell to the feel of the pages, and I can totally relate to that sentiment. I’m pretty sure most young readers will enjoy cheering for Mr. Fox to find more books to eat, and for him to cause additional mischief. The author did not shy away from using bigger and harder vocabulary words, which I approve of. This is important as it can lead to a great teaching moment for younger and older readers alike. The illustrations though vivid and bright left were not aesthetically pleasing.

Although the end resolution wasn’t handled in a way I find appropriate for younger readers, I do believe there is plenty of positive messages in this book. There are many themes that can develop into great conversations with young readers. Such as the proper care of books, following library rules and all the places where books can be found. Another great message is to consider the consequences of your actions and the importance of not being greedy. Younger readers might even be inspired to write up their own stories, just like Mr. Fox does. Whether you read it to a group or by yourself, there is plenty of humor to be found in the story.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Names I Would Name A Pet

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. This week’s prompt is all about Bookish names. I have decided to share with you some of the bookish names I would name my pets.

Bailey, Poppet or Widget

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Jane & Giffy

My Lady Jane (I’ve named the bunnies that live in my yard this) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows



The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder



Dracula by Bram Stoker



Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling



The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss



Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

What are some of the bookish names you would name your pets? Do you already have pets named after a character in a book you loved? Share your answers with me in the comments below and don’t forget to leave me a link to your TTT list.


Children’s Picture Book Review: The Pruwahaha Monster by Jean-Paul Mulders, Jacques Maes (Illustrations), Lise Braekers (Illustrations)

Children’s Picture Book Review: The Pruwahaha Monster by Jean-Paul Mulders, Jacques Maes (Illustrations), Lise Braekers (Illustrations)The Pruwahaha Monster by Jean-Paul Mulders, Jacques Maes, Lise Braekers
Published by Kids Can Press on October 4th 2016
Pages: 26

A five-year-old boy has gone with his father to swing on his favorite swing near the woods. But while he's been having fun swinging, a huuuuuge monster has woken up nearby from a very long nap. The monster is ravenous, and there's only one thing that will satisfy its hunger: little children! At first, the monster has no luck as it searches the woods for food. Then, oh, no! The monster spies the little boy on the swing! But when the monster creeps closer and tries to scare the boy with its fierce cry, “pruwwwahhahaha!” the boy isn't frightened at all. In fact, he only laughs at the monster and keeps swinging! Is the boy fearless? Or does he know something about this monster that we don't know?
With humor and suspense, children will be on the edge of their seats listening to this lively picture book. Author Jean-Paul Mulders artfully tells the story using rhythmic language and fun monster sounds that children will love repeating aloud. The two-color illustrations by team Jacques Maes and Lise Braekers feature lots of busy forest scenes to keep readers guessing what might be “out there” while, of course, never actually revealing the “monster.” Small children delight in being spooked, and this book offers just the right amount of thrill, perfectly balanced with humor and the warmth of the relationship between the boy and his father.


The Pruwahaha Monster is a story told by a father to his son while he pushes him on a swing. The story is a bit scary with a monster who is looking for a child to feast upon. Personally, I thought it was sort of funny in a “morbid” kind of way. However, this story is not meant to scare but to empower the little boy not to fear the monster.

The illustrations are gorgeous. I love the colors used, and all the details throughout. With the words of the story contained to every other page, the reader gets a chance to fully explore the illustrations and see all the beauty within them. My favorite things about the illustrations are the woodland creatures (especially the bunny). As you read the book it is clear that the story and the illustrations go hand in hand. It is a perfect artistic pairing.

The writing is descriptive and beautiful. With a change in font size, the illustrator/author gives the reader a visual cue to remind them to change his/her voice while reading the story out loud. Along with visual cues, the author uses more difficult vocabulary that opens up the opportunity for readers and listeners of the story to learn new words.

One of my favorite things about the Pruwahaha Monster is the feeling of mystery created by the author in regards to the monster. Younger readers are sure to be on the edge of their seats. There will be questions that will arise as to who the monster really is. This can lead to an excellent opportunity to discuss the meaning of the word “monster’. Are there different meanings/types of monsters? How do they differ from the ones created in our own imagination?

At first, I was a bit concerned that this book would frighten little kids. However, the story’s tone does change quickly and the cheerful illustrations also help take away from the “scary” factor. Due to the positive message about conquering one’s fear and laughing at it. As well as the mystery behind who the monster really is. I believe both kids and adults will enjoy and be entertained by this story.

The Pruwahaha Monster is the perfect Fall read as we approach Halloween. A bit scary, fun, and entertaining. It is sure to delight young and old readers alike.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for providing me with an E-ARC in return for an honest review.


Middle Grade Book Review: Moo by Sharon Creech

Middle Grade Book Review: Moo by Sharon CreechMoo by Sharon Creech
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Pages: 288

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.
When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.
This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.


Moo is a heartwarming story about a “city” family’s move to rural Maine. Reena has always loved living in the busy and noisy city. Due to economic issues that arise in her family, her parents decide it will be better to move the whole family to the country. Upon settling into their new hometown, Reena and her younger brother Luke set off to explore. They find themselves oddly drawn to the cows, and this leads them to become friends with the young teens who work on a nearby farm.

Unbenounced to them, Reena’s parents are also befriending new people, including the cranky neighbor Mrs. Falala. They volunteer Reena and Luke to help Mrs. Falala to care for the animals on her farm. Though Reena and Luke are not quite sure what to make of Mrs. Falala, they do come to slowly get to know her better. Reena and Luke come to love the farm, especially working with the animals. Reena even shares a special bond with the stubborn cow named Zora (Stubborn cows are not an uncommon occurrence, from what my farm family tells me).

Moo is written in poetic “blank” verse and is definitely a different format than what I am used to. I found it lovely, and heartfelt. I have dear friends who own a dairy farm, and it’s wonderful to visit them and see all the wonderful animals. This is why I was able to relate to Reena and Luke’s fascination with the cows. Because it was probably similar to how I felt when I first visited my friends at their farm.

I loved how the author put such emphasis on building bonds and relationships, not just between humans and humans, but also humans to animals. One of my favorite parts was reading about Reena bonding with Zora the ornery and stubborn cow. It brought a huge smile to my face and made me think fondly the times I spent at my friend’s farm. I also enjoyed seeing Reena interest with her brother and the evolving relationship she built with Mrs. Falala. Another thing I really enjoyed was the beautiful setting the author created for her story to take place. It made me long for the summer days I spent in Maine.

Moo is a story about kindness, friendship, family and change does not always have to be something negative. Though not everyone might enjoy the style of verse and prose, the way Moo is written makes it an excellent fit for reluctant readers as it is a quick read. I would recommend this delightful, fun, emotional and unique book to middle-grade readers and anyone who enjoys middle-grade books.\

Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review. 

Now here are some farm pictures….

My farm family's dairy farm. Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, MA.
My farm family’s dairy farm. Wholey Cow Farm in Conway, MA.

My new favorite cow (technically a bull)…yet unnamed…but very friendly….and some rowdy geese…

Top Ten Books I’ve Read Based on Book Recommendations from Bookish People

Let’s chat Book Recommendations! Today on Top Ten Tuesday (an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish the prompt is all about “Book Recommendations”.

Top Ten Tuesday

Personally, I love getting book recommendations from friends, because usually my friends and I have similar tastes. Also, reading a book recommended by a friend will eventually lead to me and that friend having one more awesome thing to chat about when we are hanging out. Another source of recommendation I usually give heed to is from bookish people on twitter, and also my own gut instinct. This is why I have divided my list into these three different catergories of book recommendations.

Book Recommendations from Twitter/Blogverse Hype:


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (My Review)


I really enjoyed this 1st book in the duology. It was not the Romeo and Juliet story I was expecting. It was darker (yes, totally possible) and bloodier than I anticipated, and I loved the way the author re-shaped the very well known story of Romeo and Juliet.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (My Review)

three crowns

Technically my friend Elizabeth from BookYabber also recommended this author to me and told me about Three Dark Crowns). This was my first attempt at reading anything by Kendare Blake. It will not be my last. I loved how detailed the world building is, and the ending was just “wow”. Can the next book be out already?


Book Recommendations found by Shear Luck (And being lucky enough to be chosen to participate in Hannah’s book tours at the Irish Banana):


Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner (My Review)


After reading the wonderful description of this book on Hannah’s Upcoming tour sign ups I decided I had to read this book. Luckily I was chosen to participate in the tour, and I am so glad I did. This book was drenched in emotion, and it broke my heart in so many different ways. I loved the characters, and the writing was beautiful.


The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder (My Review)

Museum CoverLove 

Another lucky find through Hannah’s awesome email tour signups…but I also technically had heard about this book will at ALAMW. I wanted a copy of it bad but was unable to procure one, so I signed up to be part of the tour. I was picked and sent an ARC of it, and I fell in love with this book. It’s quirky, fun, nostalgic with a dash of heartbreak. I think it was this book that finally convinced me that I should read more contemporary YA. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Book Recommendations From Friends and the Masses:


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choski


Recommended by my friend Nicole at Nicole’s Novel Reads (her review convinced me I had to read it ASAP). This book was breathtaking and impeccably written, I am so glad I read it.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

name of the wind

Recommended to me by a friend while at the book signing to celebrate the paperback release of the next book on this list. This has become one of my favorite epic-fantasy series of all time. It surpasses The Lord of the Rings, at least to me.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

night circus

A variety of people thought I would love this, and they were all very CORRECT. This is my book soulmate. I LOVE this book. Because I love it so much I own various editions of it, and I call it “my precious”. I also possibly might hug it from time to time. 😉


The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater


Another recommendation from a friend. I love the characters in the series and enjoyed every moment of it. Confession time: I still have not finished The Raven King (the final book in the series). Why? Because I want to hold onto this series for just a little bit longer. I am not ready for it to end yet.


The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon


I can’t remember who recommended this book to me because so many people said I would like it. Though I am not completely finished with the series yet, I can already say that I really do love it. Plus having James Fraser in the story helps, and time travel. ::sigh and swoon::


Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


This was recommended by everyone in Cambridge, MA that was reading it in every single cafe I used to hang out at, or on the subway.  To be clear, I really did not like this book. I don’t get what all the hype was about. I thought it was extremely pretentious.


What are some of your favorite books you have read based on a recommendation? What are some of your least favorite? Who do you trust most when getting a book recommendation? Friends? Bloggers? Bookstore employees? Twitter? Please share your answers and thoughts in the comments below.