Snowbots; Marley and the Kittens; Backpack Stories Picture Book Party Recap

SnowbotsSnowbots by Aaron Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Snowbots is a winter story in a city filled with robots. Young robots rub rust out of their eyes when they awake. They are thrilled to get a snow day! They launch themselves down the hill in Scrapyard Park. They join in making ice sculptures, snow angels and more on their day off. Brain freeze is a real danger for these robots. Thank goodness the parents are there to rescue their iced-up children. Getting frozen has not reduced the love these children have for snow.

Students could compare their morning routines with those of the robots. It’d be fun for kids to make ads on the dangers of snow for robots.

Aaron Reynolds is also the author of Superhero School and Joey Fly, Private Eye.

Marley and the KittensMarley and the Kittens by John Grogan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The pictures inside Marley & The Kittens are adroable. I do doubt how that family knew so quickly that the kittens had no mom when they found them beside the road. When the family takes the kittens home, Marley is soon imitating what the kittens do that gets them attention. Where the kittens get adoration, Marley gets scolded for making messes and breaking containers. When he is sent out on time out, the kittens join him.

This could be a good book for kids who are getting a new sibling, as they will face the same themes of attention that Marley does. Overall, for this kind of a story, I prefer A Rose for Pinkerton.

Backpack StoriesBackpack Stories by Kevin O’Malley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

pageintraining Sarah W.
Closing: “Backpacks aren’t the only things with scary surprises inside, just look inside your LUNCHBOX.” #picturebookparty #backpackstories
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If you look at the cover just right & the backpack resembles a giant face. The front pocket even says feed me. The chapters inside this picture book include History Man; Volcano, or Candy is Dandy; Jet: Super Backpack Girl; & Day of the Living Backpack. History offers a fictional evolution of the backpack, including an Egyptian lugging a giant stone. Lint-covered candy and a backpack are all that are needed to create an award-winning volcano explosion. A few other consequential items are used as well, including a calculator, but really it is the candy & backpack that are the keys.

For Ordinary Ashley, a heavy backback is more than she can bear on her way to school. It weighs her down until three crises snap her alter-ego to attention. Of course, it is the kitten rescue that comes last and with the most amount of attention. In Day of the Living Backpack, it is Captain Cable to the rescue! This chapter was the inspiration for the cover. Apparently ignoring a backpack is a bad idea as the backpack then eats a footstool.

The closing picture is great. The caption reads “Backpacks aren’t the only things with scary surprises inside, just look inside your LUNCHBOX.”

For an extension, maybe children could interview the boy from Day of the Living Backpack.

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