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REVIEW: We Toot! by Ashley Wheelock and Arwen Evans

An ARC was provided to me by the author for my honest review.

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Title: We Toot!

Author: Ashley Wheelock & Arwen Evans | Illustrator: Sandie Sonke

Publisher: House of Tomorrow | Published: August 26, 2019

Theme:  Self Acceptance and Self Esteem

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 20

Ages: Any | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

A hilarious picture book for children of all ages. When a stinky toot is loosed at a slumber party, six girls learn an important lesson in body positivity and self-acceptance. 

We Toot lets little girls know it’s okay to let one rip.

My overall thoughts…

This book is truly an original. It encourages self-love and body acceptance, which can be lacking in a world where perfection is the objective. I loved the diversity of the characters and how they supported each other. There’s a huge lesson in that for young girls. Learning to love your body with all its quirks can be truly liberating. This feminist fable checks all the boxes and is one that you and your daughter will enjoy. 

The illustrations and text…

Sonke’s illustrations were a perfect match for the text. They didn’t overpower the page at all. They were delightful and offered a very clean aesthetic. I did like the mix of dialog balloons and traditional text–that was a nice touch. The size of the words was just right for beginning readers that finger track. The font choice was effortless to read and aligned well with Sonke’s clean aesthetic. Wheelock and Evans did an outstanding job with the text. The reader will clearly understand the empowering message and even giggle along the way.

Our bodies are unique in shape, size, and function. While many of us grew up thinking that tooting isn’t girly and is gross–we all do it. Yeah, it can be smelly, but there’s no escaping it. So toot with pride!

I’ll give it…

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REVIEW: Persuading Miss Doover by Robin Pulver

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Title: Persuading Miss Doover

Author: Robin Pulver | Illustrator: Stephanie Roth Sisson

Publisher: Holiday House | Published: December 24, 2018

Theme:  School and Writing Skills

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 32

Ages: 6-9 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: 540L

Book Synopsis…

Two prankster best friends try to convince their teacher to let them sit together by writing a persuasive essay in this picture book filled with laughter and helpful writing tips. 

Samir and Jack are in the doghouse after an incident involving a whoopee cushion and an unflattering drawing of the principal. When Miss Doover changes their seats, they decide to write a persuasive essay as a way to convince her to reunite them! 

As the boys make their best case, Miss Doover walks them through the essay process, insisting on several of her famous do-overs (also known as revisions) and cautioning them to avoid incorrect grammar, hyperbole, and exaggeration. They eventually get the hang of persuasive writing, but not before some laugh-out-loud attempts.

My overall thoughts…

Let me say that as a homeschooling mom, this is an excellent book to reinforce or introduce writing principles. I know that educators will appreciate this creative resource. I love that Miss Doover found an innovative way of teaching her class a lesson in writing. These are the types of books that I love most–those slyly imparting a useful lesson. This strategy teaches the student without them even knowing it. Brilliantly done!

The illustrations and text…

I believe that Sisson’s illustrations were drawn digitally. The drawings are reminiscent of older picture books, but I liked it. The overall color palette was warm and earthy. I thought it was cool that Pulver wrote the book like a comic. This technique connects well with kids. It also prepares them for books that aren’t written in traditional prose. The font size and type was easy to read. Pulver does a great job of elucidating the writing process to an elementary level. I’m sure that kids will find this as enjoyable as I did. Persuading Miss Doover is a great teaching tool to introduce kids to persuasive writing.

It’s never too early to introduce writing to your students. It is a tool that will serve them well in their academic career. Having books that can be a companion to what your student is learning is always a welcome asset in the classroom. Your students will thank you for it!

I’ll give it…