Cannonball Read III:The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus (and Other Reviews from Our Junior Cannonballers)
As you may recall, back when Cannonball Read III started, we had two junior Cannonballers who wanted in. Personally, I loved this (and still do) and wanted to make sure they had their moment in the Pajiban sun. Since their reviews are shorter than the usual CBR review, I’m going to give you a few. A big ol’ high five goes out to The Girl and KitKat for joining the old fogies in reading!—TU
Katie the Kitten Fairy by Daisy Meadows - reviewed by KitKat
In this book, Kristy and her friend Rachel found a magic kitten and take her into fairyland. I liked the story because the kitten and Katie save a kitten with no home.
The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus - reviewed by The Girl
All the children are asleep at night, and Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher comes to every house, and snitches every single sprinkle. The mothers start baking cookies and when it’s time to decorate, they go to the pantry and the pantry is bare. Not one single sprinkle is found! But Little Nat dried both his eyes and put on all his warm clothes and went out to find the Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher. He was easy to find, because he left a trail of sprinkles. Little Nat followed the trail, and had a talk with the Snitcher, and said that everyone was sad because they didn’t have any sprinkles. The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher said, “Thank you, Little Nat. You taught me a lesson. I will never be greedy again.”
Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew: Pony Problems by Carolyn Keene - reviewed by The Girl
A pony keeps escaping from Mr. Johnson’s petting zoo. It’s a mystery! Nancy, Bess, and George are detectives, and Mr. Johnson asks the girls to solve the mystery of the escaping pony. Nancy, Bess, and George went to Nancy’s house. George used Nancy’s computer and copied from Nancy’s purple journal, and wrote down suspects and clues. The suspects were Amanda Johnson, Mr. Johnson, and Stacy. Nancy, Bess, and George solved the case but you’ll have to read the book to see if it was the horse!
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss - reviewed by The Girl
A lazy bird named Mazie is sitting on her nest hatching an egg. Horton the elephant came by and lazy Mazie asked Horton to sit on her nest. Horton said yes, and Mazie flew off on vacation to Palm Beach. Horton sat through all that cold and rain and heat until some hunters came with guns to take Horton away to the circus. But Horton would not leave the tree, so the hunters took Horton and the tree and the nest.
Lazy Mazie was at the circus when she saw the egg crack. She wanted her egg, and said, “But it’s MY EGG!!!” Horton jumped off the tree and a baby elephant bird came out of the egg. The circus sent him (and the elephant bird) “home happy, one hundred percent!”
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald - reviewed by The Girl
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle helps children with cures. Most of the mamas like her because she helps their babies be cured of bad habits. Bad habits are being a slow-poke, whispering, saying, “That’s mine! Don’t touch it!”
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside down house! You know, most people don’t live in upside down houses. She’s a lot of help to most parents. In one book, she lives at a farm, and the farm has a dog, a cow, cats, and other animals.
I don’t know how she cures the kids, but she gives them special things and their bad habits are all gone!
I love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!
(Mama notes: There are four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, each with individual chapters that can stand on their own, making the prospect of a long chapter book a little less daunting to a new reader. These books were written in the 1950’s, so at times they can feel a bit dated, but the scenarios - the tattle-tale, the interrupter, the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-schooler - are timeless. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle set includes Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a new addition to the set, published in 2007 to celebrate the books’ sixtieth anniversary.)
For more of The Girl’s reviews check out her (and her mom’s) blog, Our Life in Books.
These reviews are part of Cannonball Read III. For more information, click here.
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