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Elizabeth

Nonfiction book editor specializing in home and family.

Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ramona the Brave

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary
    • Narrated By Stockard Channing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Ramona is happy to have a new bedroom all to herself - during the day, at least. It's not as easy to be brave when there might be ghostly, boneless gorillas oozing under the door at night. Then there is the big, mean dog that steals Ramona's shoe on her way to school. Any other first grader might be frightened. But it's going to take more than monsters and dogs to scare this fearless first grader!

    Elizabeth says: "my son loves Beverly Cleary"
    "my son loves Beverly Cleary"
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    If you could sum up Ramona the Brave in three words, what would they be?

    understands age 6


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ramona the Brave?

    My son says when the sisters agree and when the new room is built. I love the ending, but don't want to reveal too much.


    Any additional comments?

    My 6-year-old son has all the Ramona books and has had me play the Ramona the Brave audiobook many times for him. Ramona describes how hard it is to be age 6, mostly because other people don't understand her, and I think he relates to how she feels. I like that Beverly Cleary's characters and home situations reflect what family life is really like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Chad Lowe
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

    Native Texan says: "Clever and surprising!"
    "our favorite Carl Hiaasen kids' book"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hoot?

    Our favorite line: "Hello, Beatrice," on the bus. Listen for it.


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

    My 8-year-old son and I listen to audiobooks in the car. He frequently didn't want to stop listening to Hoot when we arrived at our destination or home. Breaking the book into parts built suspense and anticipation into the experience. As soon as we got in the car, I'd hear: "Hoot, please." And we'd pick up where we left off. By request, we've listened to it three times through. I don't mind because it's my favorite Carl Hiaasen kids' book, choosing from among Chomp, Scat, Flush, and Hoot, and I like all four books.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for all ages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 17-24

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Pope Osborne
    • Narrated By Mary Pope Osborne
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    Jack and Amnie are taken on a series of adventures by the Magic Tree House, accompanied by companions such as Teddy, the enchanted dog. With the Magic Tree House, you can experience far away places like Australia and learn about the past on a whirlwind tour through the history books.

    Anne says: "Great Entertainment for 6 year olds"
    "amazing value"
    Overall

    This is one of the best values in kids' books: you get eight books. This was my 6-year-old son's first exposure to the Magic Treehouse series, and he loves listening to this collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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