The Littles and Their Amazing New Friend by John Peterson

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Title: The Littles And Their Amazing New Friend by John Peterson

Premise:

When a hot air balloon ride goes awry, some of the Littles find themselves blown to a new place which they’ve never explored before.  There they encounter a Tiny community which seems to have jumped right out of the pages of early American history.

My thoughts:

This is probably one of my favorite Littles books and I’ll tell you why.  First, it has tiny animals in it.  How cool is that?  Just imagine tiny horses that tiny people can ride.  Do you see how the cuteness quotient has risen exponentially through the roof?

Second, I liked that this book actually had a message.  Whereas most of the Littles books are just fun, cute adventures, this one seeks to teach a message.  Their new friend Glory is growing up in a community much like that of the early American settlers.  Her father holds the belief that females should be limited to certain roles and activities, and he tends to stymie his adventurous daughter.  Towards the end of the book he changes his thinking, and readers are left with the message that girls/women are capable of anything that boys/men do.

I recommend The Littles and Their Amazing New Friend to children who are just starting to read chapter books, or as a nice family read-aloud.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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The Littles and the Trash Tinies by John Peterson

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Title: The Littles and the Trash Tinies by John Peterson

Premise:

Uncle Nick is injured by the cat and is convinced that he’s dying.  The rest of the Littles decide that a visit from his dear friends from Trash City would be just the thing to get him out of his funk.  Mr. Little, Tom, Lucy and Mus Mus (the mouse) embark on a dangerous journey to bring Nick’s friends back for a Christmas visit.

My thoughts:

As far as Littles books go, this one isn’t my favorite, but my son and I enjoyed reading it, nonetheless.  The plot is extremely simple–Nick’s family goes to collect his friends from Trash City for a visit over the holidays.  The adventure comes in during their dangerous and complicated journey.

It’s fun imagining what life is like for the tiny people in Trash City.  They are ingenious at using the things discarded by the rest of society to create a functioning and comfortable town.  I like how the author went into such detail about the different components of Trash City and how everything worked.

I recommend The Littles and the Trash Tinies to kids who are reading beginner chapter books, and to families who want a fun and easy read-aloud.

 

Possible Objections:

  • At the end of the story, the cat at the dump is thwarted by having its tail impaled with a dart.  You may not appreciate your child getting an idea like that in their head.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

The Littles Go Exploring by John Peterson

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Title: The Little Go Exploring by John Peterson

Premise:

When Tom and Lucy find Grandpa’s secret room, they finally have a clue about why he disappeared two years ago.  The Littles decide to go on a voyage to see, once and for all, what happened to him.  What will happen when they enter the Dark Woods?

My thoughts:

I’ve loved the Littles books ever since I was a kid, and this is one that I read back in those bygone days. Really, the plot is so very simple that I can’t go into it too much without giving away the entirety of the book.  Suffice it to say that it’s wholesome and charming, with some fun adventure thrown in.  If you read a Littles book be prepared for: a simple plot and story made up into short chapters for young readers.  It’s also accentuated with charming drawings, which add just as much to the story as the text does.

After I finished reading this, my son asked if we could read it together.  We just finished our last chapter book and I guess he wanted to see what this one is all about.  I’m so glad that I get to share the Littles books with him.

I recommend The Littles Go Exploring to kids who are just starting to read chapter books.  It would also be a really good family read-aloud.

 

 

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

Books We Own: The Littles Series

Continuing our Books We Own posts, here is the list of our books from The Littles series by John Peterson.  I absolutely loved these books when I was a kid and I’m gratified that my kids are enjoying them now, too!

♥ = we own the book

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The Littles Series:

  1. The Littles
  2. The Littles and the Big Blizzard
  3. The Littles and the Big Storm
  4. The Littles and the Great Halloween Scare
  5. The Littles and the Lost Children
  6. The Littles and the Missing Cat
  7. The Littles and the Perfect Christmas
  8. The Littles and the Scary Halloween
  9. The Littles and the Secret Letter
  10. The Littles and the Summer Storm
  11. The Littles and the Surprise Thanksgiving Guests
  12. The Littles and the Terrible Tiny Kid
  13. The Littles and the Trash Tinies
  14. The Littles and Their Amazing New Friend
  15. The Littles and Their Friends
  16. The Littles Do Their Homework
  17. The Littles Get Lost
  18. The Littles Get Trapped!
  19. The Littles Give a Party
  20. The Littles Go Around the World
  21. The Littles Go Exploring
  22. The Littles Go on a Hike
  23. The Littles Go to School
  24. The Littles Have a Happy Valentine’s Day
  25. The Littles Have a Merry Christmas
  26. The Littles Have a Wedding
  27. The Littles Make a Friend
  28. The Littles’ Scrapbook
  29. The Littles’ Surprise Party
  30. The Littles Take a Trip
  31. The Littles to the Rescue