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The Green Green Pear by Manjula Naraynan
Stars: ***1/2

Author House UK (2009)

Summary: The green green pear wishes he was anything but a green green pear. One day his wish comes true, but is he happy?

This is a story of self acceptance. The idea is good and the illustrations are a bit silly but also cute. I think this book could be better but it’s a strong story. The author has made another book called The Red Red Car and will be coming out with another one in what she calles her “Color Trilogy.”

Links of Interest: Manjula Naraynan’s Website,

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Stop It! by Sally O. Lee
Stars: ***

I’ve reviewed many other picture books by Sally O. Lee: Cake Thief, The Rabbit and the Snowman and The Tutu Ballet.

This one’s about a bullying brother. The sister finally gets fed up with it and shouts “Stop It!” The brother starts being nice and they play together nicely.

I like Sally’s other books better. I think this one fell a little short. The idea is good but saying stop it once is not going to deter most bullies. As usual however my children and I love Sally’s illustrations. It’s not often that a book is written and illustrated (well) by the same person. Also the apostrophes kept changing how they looked which I found a bit weird. They should look the same in one book.

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Cookie by Lisa Woomer
Stars: ****

Summary: Cookie is a girl who eats only cookies. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack and Dessert is all cookies. Her parents warn her that one day she’ll turn into a cookie if she keeps eating cookies. Guess what? She did turn into a cookie. See what happened and if she gets turned back.

This is a cute story designed to teach healthy eating. I liked how the book doesn’t suggest you NEVER eat cookies, just that you don’t eat them at every meal, they are for dessert only. This would be a good book for a child who loves cookies both for the fun of it and the reminder that cookies aren’t grow-foods. I love the storyline.

My only reservation is the illustrations. As a self-published book there aren’t many options and I think this book should be picked up by a publishing house. With professionally done illustrations I think this book would do really well.

Links of Interest: NONE

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.