Books for Kids to Read – Once Upon MacDonald’s Farm by Stephen Gammel – BigKidSmallCity Book Reviews

This is Felicia, the newest member of BigKidSmallCity! My girls love Houston adventures and they love to read. You can be sure that we have a book packed away in our bags everywhere we go.

This review is of Once Upon Macdonalds Farm by Stephen Gammel.

This book is about poor Old MacDonald who apparently has terrible farming skills AND the wrong set of animals to run a farm.

The thought of a monkey straining in a chicken coop, trying to lay eggs and a bewildered, frustrated farmer, literally sent my daughters into cascades of giggles.  We had to pause in order to recover from the cackling before turning the page.

One morning, Old McDonald awakes to discover that his animal have run away. His neighbors thoughtfully gift him the appropriate animals needed for his farm and that leads to a hilarious, surprise ending!

Gammel makes his book an easy read for beginners and I honestly did not mind reading it over and over again because the book was short and clever.

The expressive illustrations are gorgeous pencil drawings. In my opinion, there is something wonderful about pencil sketch illustrations when they are done just right.

We have a discarded library book that I bought for a penny off of Amazon because we have never been able to find a copy in bookstores.

You can find your very own copy HERE on Amazon.


Books for Kids to Read – A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle – BigKidSmallCity Book Reviews

This is Felicia, the newest member of BigKidSmallCity! My girls love to explore Houston and they love to read. You can be sure that we have a book packed away in our backpacks everywhere we go.

This review is of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine L’Engle.

Who here did not read A Wrinkle in Time Over and Over again as a kid? I know I did.

Meg Murry was my hero. She had glasses and braces just like me. She just had more sense to also play the trombone, be on the golf team, and cut her own bangs, unlike me.

I’ve tried reading a Wrinkle in Time to my 7 and 5 year old, but they are just not ready for it. Fortunately for me (and them), I was lucky enough to stumble across a fabulous adaptation by the brilliant Madeleine L’Engle and illustrated by the talented Hope Larson.

Published in 2012, this version was perfect for winning over my 2 young, nerdy children. I can’t wait until they are old enough to read the novel, but this is perfect to tide them over for now.

I have so far bought 4 copies of this book to hand out as gifts AND my older daughter has read it every day for a week.

You can buy your very own copy HERE on Amazon.