CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK, DAY 5
Giveaway: Wisteria’s Show and Tell Spectacular: Older than the Dinosaurs by Susan Grigsby
Today’s giveaway is from Shenanigan Books and Kid Lit Reviews. The winner will receive Ms. Grigsby’s book, Wisteria’s Show and Tell Spectacular: Older than the Dinosaurs. Enter using the Rafflecopter link at end of the review. Entries close Saturday at midnight. Winner announced on Sunday. Now for the review of Wisteria’s Show and Tell Spectacular: Older than the Dinosaurs.
by Susan Grigsby
Alexandria Miller, illustrator
Book Jacket: How old is old? Wisteria just had to know because this week’s Show and Tell was Something Really Old. Wisteria was the Queen of Show and Tell, though lately, the kids were calling her Wisteria, Queen of Disasters.
First Sentence: How old is old?
Wisteria has not had very good Show and Tell experiences of late. At “Bring in Something Sweet” week, Wisteria found an old honey hive. What she did not know was, the hive still had sleeping bees inside and they were easily agitated. For “Bring Something Long,” Wisteria brought in a garden snake, which got loose and later found in the teacher’s salad bar. For this week’s Show and Tell, “Something Really Old,” Wisteria is determined to find a great old item and have her presentation go smoothly. She looks all over for something super old.
Wisteria looks through the kitchen and her bedroom, finding moldy cheese, a hard as a rock bagel, last year’s Halloween candy, and her old teddy bear. She did not think any of those were old enough. Wisteria asks her mother for help. Mom suggests a walk through the park. After determining that she cannot take in the sun, the wind, or an old oak tree, Wisteria sees some elderly people and approaches them. One says he is too young at 70—his dad is 92. Mrs. Mac agrees to help Wisteria. Mrs. Mac is a geologist whose “job is to find things older than the dinosaurs.” The two go into Wisteria’s backyard. Whatever they found required the use of a red wagon to get it to Show and Tell. Did Wisteria find something “really old?” Will she have a spectacular presentation without any glitches?
Wisteria is an enjoyable story with lots of laughs. It is well-written, getting through the story without any unnecessary side stories. I thought it was clever to have the school institute school-wide new rules after Wisteria’s disastrous Show and Tells. The illustrations are good. They are realistic, showing parts of the story that words would not have done justice, or made the story too long. The illustrations are as funny as the story.
I liked Wisteria’s determination to find the oldest possible thing to show at school. She wants to be the best and I like that drive in her character. When Mrs. Mac first came on the scene I thought “great, an adult will find her something for show and tell,” but that did not happened. It appears from the illustration—the text said nothing about their hunt in the backyard—that Mrs. Mac helped Wisteria or maybe guided her. It was still up to Wisteria to make the presentation.
Wisteria is a young girl who goes all out. I doubt she does anything half-way. I do not want to describe her Show and Tell item, or how she presented it, but it is imaginative, a little wild, and hilarious. Kids will love this presentation. On a page prior to the start of the story, Wisteria has made a list called “Rock History: Wisteria’s Timeline of Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals.” There are a couple of surprise items in the list.
I am surprised Wisteria has not become a series. She is the perfect character for a series. She is likable, feisty, ambitious, accident-prone, and cute. Wisteria’s stories could be about so many things, in and out of school. That aside, Wisteria is a good story that will probably appeal more to girls than boys. I am guessing kids still have Show and Tell, making Wisteria a story they can easily relate to. The hardback book is handsome and has high production qualities throughout. This is a nice book for any library.
Yes, yes. I almost forgot. You can own this very Wisteria used for the review. Wow! That means this copy is a STAR! You can win this star by enter the giveaway. This one lasts only three days, so act fast. Entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday. Again, there are a couple of multiple entry options. To win Wisteria’s Show and Tell Spectacular: Older than the Dinosaurs, the actual book read and reviewed here at Kid Lit Reviews, click on this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway
by Susan Grigsby website facebook twitter bio Alexandria Miller, illustrator website facebook twitter bio Shenanigan Books website facebook twitter Released October 1, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-934860-12-0 32 Pages Ages: 4 - 8 . 2012 Shenanigan Books, used with permission Text: Copyright © 2012 by Susan Grigsby Illustrations: Copyright © 2012 by Alexandria Miller
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