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laura

KINSTON, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Purplicious

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Pinkalicious loves the color pink, but all the girls at school like black. They tease her, saying that pink stinks and pink is for babies. But Pinkalicious doesn't think so - that is, until her friends stop playing with her. Now Pinkalicious has a case of the blues. But could she ever turn her back on her favorite color?

    laura says: "We love pinkalicious!"
    "We love pinkalicious!"
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    Would you listen to Purplicious again? Why?

    Most definitely! Very entertaining and pink is a favorite color of one of my girls.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Pinkalicious finds out that she's not alone in her struggle of being what she perceives as "different".


    What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices! She's an entertaining reader and when we read the books at home now, it's nice to have a "voice" for the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    "pink is powerful" - my lover of pink repeats this each time she hears it


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint about this book is the use of the word "sissy". I find it interesting that most parents try to teach their children not to call names, but then they learn it from their books and tv shows. After listening to this book, one of my daughters is now insulted when people refer to her as her sisters "sissie". I think writers should consider these things when adding those words to their stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Narrated By Jamie Lee Curtis
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A four-year-old girl looks back on her life when she was a "little" girl of two and a half. Jamie Lee Curtis perfectly captures a little girl's simple, childlike celebration of herself. This spirited view of growing up is perfect for the youngest readers.

    laura says: "My kids really like this book!"
    "My kids really like this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When I Was Little to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version, but I would say no. The only reason I would prefer the book to this audio is because I don't think JLC narrates it very well (and yes, I realize she wrote it). I just think I could read this book to my children in a much more interesting way and with much more enthusiasm...


    What aspect of Jamie Lee Curtis’s performance would you have changed?

    She's not a very enthusiastic reader, I find her voice very bland.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not me, but my children like it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have negative comments concerning the reading of the book, I do like the book and let me say that my children actually ask to hear this one so I did rate it above average and have since purchased additional books by JLC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gruffalo's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler team up again to create this funny and adorable sequel to The Gruffalo. One night, the Gruffalo's child wanders into the woods to search for the Big Bad Mouse. But instead, she comes upon a small mouse in the woods - and decides to eat him! But wait, what is that? A shadow of a very large, scary creature falls on the ground. Could it be the Big Bad Mouse after all?

    laura says: "Kids love!"
    "Kids love!"
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    What did you love best about Gruffalo's Child?

    No specific to Gruffalo's Child, but I love that mouse uses his brain to outwit what would be considered the "bigger" or "stronger".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gruffalo's Child?

    For my kids, the snoring!!!


    Have you listened to any of Hal Hollings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, very similar


    Any additional comments?

    The Gruffalo stories are just too cute! This is a book my children consistently ask to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kissing Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Audrey Penn
    • Narrated By Heather Koren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Chester Raccoon is afraid to go to school, but his mother shares The Kissing Hand, a family secret that lets him feel her love whenever he needs it.

    laura says: "Just okay"
    "Just okay"
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    Would you try another book from Audrey Penn and/or Heather Koren?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    My 4 year old twins weren't very interested in this story, maybe it's for a younger listener... Story was sweet and performance was fine, just not for my kids I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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