Lucy the Wonder Weenie by Nina Clark and Horace the Tortoise At the Water’s Edge by Krystal Russell!

First off to start the day, I want to wish my Mom a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” 😀 She turned 27! 😉

lucywonderLucy the Wonder Weenie

by Nina Clark

Illustrated by Sara Pulver

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on February 11, 2013

Lucy, the Wiener dog, loved to lick everyone. Sadly, everyone didn’t like to get licked. But when Lucy eats some magic beans, she turns into… LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE!!! She uses her licking powers to make EVERYONE happy, whether they lick it… er… like it or not!

This was a cute picture book (and I love a good doggie story). I like the message the story gives – “use your strengths”. It is important for kids to learn this! Lucy was a great character and she is based on a real dog!  I liked the  illustration style used in the book. I thought it was different and colorful. The book would make a great read aloud for parents and kids.


I give this book four out of five book worms!fourbooks

You can visit the Lucy the Wonder Weenie blog HERE.



Horace the Tortoise At the Water’s Edge

By Krystal Russell

Illustrated by Tabitha Smith

58 pages – ages 5+

Published by Tall Tails Publishing House on January 9, 2013

Horace the tortoise didn’t like the day if it was sunny, cloudy, or rainy. It was never a perfect day. As always, he goes to the edge of the water and checks it with his foot. But it’s always too warm, too cold, or too wet. Except for one day, he fell in, and met a new friend – Todd the Toad. Will Todd change Horace’s grumpy outlook?

This book has TWO great messages – “Don’t be a pessimist” and “Try new things” and “Make new friends”! Oh wait, that’s three great messages. 🙂 I like the story and the messages it gave.  I thought the illustrations are really well done and went well with the story. The length and word difficulty of the book makes it a parent read aloud book, but that can be nice too because parents can use the book to talk to their kids about making friends and trying new things.

I give this book four out of five book worms!fourbooks

Categories: Age 1-5

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26 replies

  1. Love the Wonder Weenie title! But I like the artwork for Horace better. 🙂

  2. Aww…many Happy Birthdays to your mother 🙂

    Thanks for the reviews. Wonder Weenie really sounds like one I’d love to get my hands on. 🙂

  3. Great choices, Erik. I also kiss everyone whether they like it or not. I must share my sauerkraut-smelling breath with all my friends.

    What an exciting double milestone – 100 posts and 1000 likes! Congratulations! Now, if only there were a delicious fresh egg or succulent coot, we could celebrate properly….. Hmmmm…

    Love and licks,

  4. Both Wonder Weenie and Tortoise sound like fun reads for the summer. And, they are unusual with great messages. I like the cover artwork on both books. They stand out. Great shares.

  5. Sound lots of fun but I do love those two messages in HORACE THE TORTOISE

  6. Nice reviews, Eric. You must be reading a lot of books. You’ve had more than a few double-book-reviews. I see you are reading Spanky. Anxiously awaiting your review.

    Dogs, whether they are weenies or not lick everything. I think it is an innate superpower, but how did the author find this out? This is a question looking for an interview.

    Horace the tortoise keeps putting his foot in the water? What is he waiting for? The first thing I thought upon seeing the cover, which I like, was ice hockey. I thought maybe Horace was checking for ice. Anyway, I like the message that you can meet a friend anywhere – but if you do not go you’ll never know!

    • Thanks! At first I was having second thoughts about agreeing to review Spanky (I thought I wouldn’t like it), but I started reading it – and couldn’t put it down. It is so moving!

      Horace puts his foot in to test to see if the water is perfect (it never is) 😉

  7. Happy Birthday to your Mom!

    I like the idea of a Wonder Weenie :). The art reminds me of Calef Brown’s (I’m a big fan).

    Both books have good messages and look like fun reads.

  8. Horace sounds a lot like me first thing in the morning 😀 These both sound really fun.

    And I’ll wish your mother a belated happy birthday. I hope she had a wonderful day.

  9. Lucy the Wonder Weenie does have unique illustrations. Great style! I love that the book helps kids see that they each have strengths. Awesome reviews! Horace sounds great too!

  10. these both look like fun books! I like that Wonder Weenie! What a funny book! I think my Walker buddy has licking wonder powers too! Hmmmm. Thanks for the great reviews!

  11. “Happy Birthday” to your Mum, Erik. Great books reviews. Loved how colourful they are. Great messages too. Thanks for sharing.

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