Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Munsch Mini-Treasury Three by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko, Hélène Desputeaux


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Five more classic stories from "a superstar storyteller"* now available as a small-format treasury.
The third mini-treasury is coming, featuring another five of Robert Munsch's best-loved stories:
David's Father Mortimer Purple, Green, and Yellow (illustrated by Helene Desputeaux) Show and Tell Something Good.
Accompanied by the lively, familiar artwork of Michael Martchenko and Helene Desputeaux, and including the behind-the-scenes scoop on the origins of each story, this new treasury format is perfect for sharing anywhere, any time.
"In all his stories, Munsch combines familiar themes, independent children, humor, easy readability, and contemporary settings. What more do quality children's books need?"
-- Day Care and Early Childhood Education, New York, NY
(*Toronto Star)
About the Contributors
Robert Munsch has written more than 50 books for children, including The Paper Bag Princess and Love You Forever. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Michael Martchenko is best known as the illustrator of many of Robert Munsch's classic tales, including Mortimer and Angela's Airplane. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Hélène Desputeaux has illustrated more than 115 books for children which have earned her several prizes and awards.

MY TAKE:
If ever there were stories that are perfect for reading aloud, it's the stories that are found in this book.

Munsch Mini-Treasury Three contains five stories. Mortimer tells the story of a boy who likes to sing loudly at night. Purple, Green and Yellow is about a girl who likes drawing using colored markers. Show and Tell is about a boy who brings his baby sister to school for show and tell. Something Good, on the other hand, is about a young girl who keeps wanting her father to buy junk food at the supermarket. Finally, David's Father is about a young boy who is adopted and a girl who doesn't like meeting new people.

I liked how before each story, we get to read how the story came to be. It helps to put the stories into context and helps inspire me to create my own stories for my son.

The stories and their subjects are pretty diverse, but at least one thing they have in common is how many sound effects and voices I can do with each. It helps keep young kids' attention and makes the storytelling less boring for parents even if they've read the book dozens of time already.

Slightly older children will be able to appreciate how funny and ridiculous the books are. Younger children will still like the books, though, even if (or exactly because) they believe the stories can actually happen in real life.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The stories are entertaining.
  2. Parents and kids will like the stories.
  3. It's a fun book to read aloud. 

THE BAD:

  1. The illustration styles may not work for everyone. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You like children's books that contain more than one story.
  2. You are looking for a book to read aloud to your child.
  3. You like Robert Munsch's other books.

RATING:
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