Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mini Myths Book Review Blitz with Author Joan Holub and Illustrator Leslie Patricelli

Hi everyone, Kara here, with two reviews. Mini Myths are board books, and the ones I am reviewing today are "Make a Wish Midas" and "Brush your Hair, Medusa". Also available are "Be Patient Pandora" and "Play Nice, Hercules".

About the books:


Midas wants everything to be his favorite color—yellow! He chooses yellow clothes, eats yellow foods, and uses only the yellow paint at his easel. But when he impulsively paints his beloved green Dinoboo, Midas discovers that too much of a good thing is a big mess! Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Midas’s Wish myth at the end.
Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.


Book Links:




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25206551-mini-myths?ac=1

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24798053-mini-myths?ac=1

About the Author:
Joan Holub is an award-winning, bestselling author of over 130 children’s books, including the popular series Goddess Girls. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

About the Illustrator:


Leslie Patricelli has published more than 25 books for children, including Yummy Yucky and other titles in the bestselling Bald Baby board book series. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.









REVIEW:

Mini Myths: Make a Wish, Midas!



I give this book 5/5 stars!

I received this book from the author, for my unbiased review. Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for coordinating this.

Midas loves yellow and wants to paint everything yellow. I loved the illustrations, and also the mythology story at the end of the book so you can teach your children. They will be ahead of the game at school by knowing who Midas is already.

Parents: There is an underlying moral to this book. Midas loves yellow so much, he wants to paint everything yellow. He paints his toy dinosaur half yellow then immediately regrets it. Then he realizes at the end he likes yellow but he loves his dinosaur toy just the way it is.

Children: Children will love the illustrations, and should know what the color yellow looks like at the end of this one! I recommend this book for the ages 0-3, because I am a firm believer in reading books to your child no matter how young they are. (It worked for me!)

Brush Your Hair, Medusa!



I give this book 5/5 stars!

I received this book from the author, for my unbiased review. Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for coordinating this.

Medusa needs to brush her hair, but she won't. Grandma shows up and takes her to the barbershop. I loved this story, instead of ugly snakes, she has beautiful curly blond hair. The illustrations were great especially the one of Grandma with a shocked look, that takes up two pages. Just like the story of Midas, there is a mythology story about Medusa at the end of the book. Now your children will be ahead of the game at school too!

Parents: There is an underlying moral to this book. Medusa keeps putting off her hair being brushed, so grandma steps in and gets her a haircut. She also calls the barbershop "Candy" since she receives a lollipop there. Then her dad says, Medusa its time to brush your teeth!

Children: Children will love the illustrations, and will learn that grandma will definitely get things done. I love the illustration that is on two pages of the Grandma with a shocked look, looking at Medusa's wild hair. I recommend this book for the ages 0-3, because I am a firm believer in reading books to your child no matter how young they are. (It worked for me!)


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What do you think about the Mini Myths Series? I really loved them, and I am sure the books about Pandora and Hercules are just as cute, with underlying morals in them too I am sure.