The Littles and the Perfect Christmas by Joel Peterson

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Title: The Littles and the Perfect Christmas by Joel Peterson

Premise:

It’s Christmas at the Biggs’ house, but things aren’t so merry when Mr. Bigg loses his job!  Despite the depressing situation, Mr. Bigg works on a homemade gift for his son, which ends up being the answer to his employment problem.  The Littles are instrumental in helping to make sure the gift is perfect for when Mr. Winters, the toy company owner, comes to take a look at it.

My thoughts:

My son and I read this book together for school.  We didn’t like it as much as the other Littles books we’ve read.  It was probably because there was very little action in this story.  Mr. Bigg loses his job, the Littles fix a mistake on the toy Mr. Bigg made, and Mr. Winters comes for a visit.  The pace of the story is a bit slow, especially when reading it with a young-ish boy who wants a bit of excitement.

The story is cute and I like the angle they took with Mr. Winters, but I feel like the book would have been better if it were a little shorter.  It would be a fun story to read aloud to your kids during Christmas.

I recommend The Littles and the Perfect Christmas to kids who are reading beginner chapter books, or as a cute family read-aloud.

Rating: 3 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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The Littles Take a Trip by John Peterson

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Title: The Littles Take a Trip by John Peterson

Premise:

The Little family decides that it is time to make a trip to meet up with some other tiny families.  They believe that their children are a little too socially isolated, and they hope that this will help them make some friends.  Cousin Dinky scopes out the route, but when their ride (Hildy, the cat) gets injured and is taken home by Henry Bigg, the Littles find themselves stranded in the woods.  Will they make it to the tiny family gathering?

My thoughts:

My son and I just finished reading this as our homeschooling chapter book.  This book is much like all the other Littles books, so if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy it.  I’ll confess that it wasn’t my favorite book in the series.  The story and dialogue were just average, with nothing that really stood out as remarkable.  My son really enjoyed it, though!

I think that a child would get a bit more enjoyment out of the book than an adult would.  They can daydream about what it would be like to ride around on a cat in the middle of a giant woods, and later to ride a tame skunk!  In case you’re worried about the Littles getting stuck in the big, dark woods–don’t fear!  It turns out there are actually tiny people living in the woods whom the Littles never even knew about.  Phew!  You can stop sweating now.

I recommend The Littles Take a Trip to kids who are reading beginner chapter books, or as a fun family read-aloud

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

The Littles and the Big Storm by John Peterson

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Title: The Littles and the Big Storm by John Peterson

Premise:

When the Bigg family goes on vacation, it is up to the Littles to take care of the house when a big storm bears down on them.  Can they keep the basement from flooding and ruining the furnace?  And what kind of creature is leaving mysterious clues around the house?

My thoughts:

I must say that this Littles book is not my favorite in the series.  While there are parts of the story which are cute and fun, the Littles never leave their house and the adventure seems a little lacking.  That’s only my personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.

The storm is what really provides the excitement in this story.  Because the Biggs are away from home, the Littles have to figure out how to solve the problem of the flooding basement, and that ends up being pretty dramatic.  I love imagining them on their raft floating across the perilous water-filled basement.

The other mystery which serves as a subplot throughout the story (which I’m not going to give away), ends in a rather anticlimactic way.  My son and I read the book together, and we were guessing that there was some kind of animal loose in the house.  You’ll have to read it to find out if we were right or wrong.

I recommend The Littles and the Big Storm to children who are beginning to read chapter books.  It’s also a must-read for Littles fans and would make a fun family read-aloud, too!

 

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

August 2017 Book Haul

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I was so glad to get this video filmed before my cold knocked me on my behind.  This month I have another odd assortment of books, but I hope you’ll find something that piques your interest.  You can tell I filmed this late at night, because my nighttime crazies are coming through pretty strong in the video!

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

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