TITLE: Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches
AUTHOR: Lisa Broadie Cook
ILLUSTRATOR: Jack E. Davis
PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011
SYNOPSIS: Martin MacGregor is having one rotten week! First, his substitute teacher, Mrs. Payne, gives out mountains of homework. And when Martin’s dog literally eats his homework, little does he know it’s only the beginning of his troubles. Martin’s homework ends up in the washing machine, goes to kindergarten with his little sister, and blows onto the roof of the school. Martin just can’t catch a break!
But with some creativity and a positive attitude, Martin finds his own way to turn homework into fun-and turn it in on time!
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Now that the kids are back in school, I was able to visit one of my favorite places yesterday…my local public library! It was time to stock up on some more picture books to review and this one did not disappoint. Poor Martin MacGregor can’t seem to catch a break. Every time he tries to turn in his homework, something goes wrong! The substitute teacher isn’t very sympathetic to Martin’s plight as he continually tries to meet his teacher’s expectations.
I find Ms. Cook’s delightful story of one child’s everyday struggles reminds me of my own attempt to meet my goals while challenged by the whackadoodle times of a worldwide pandemic. Sometimes I’m swimming ever closer to the shore and sometimes I’m being cast back out to sea. We can ALL relate to Martin MacGregor’s plight and the clever illustrations of Jack E. Davis will keep young readers engaged until the very end. I’m glad to report poor Martin wins in the end! A great addition to any library!
RATING: *****5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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