Buttercup the Clumsy Cow (Review by Adriana B. Age 6)

When a child is learning to read, every word counts!


Buttercup is a very clumsy cow. She is so clumsy that the other farm animals stay away from her – until her clumsiness saves the day!


Buttercup, the Clumsy Cow is an innovative Lightning Reader that features a controlled word count to give readers practice with essential sight words. This leveled reader for grades PreK-K features a 150 words or less and has been professionally leveled by reading experts to ensure that the language and vocabulary are age-appropriate. Word lists and comprehension questions at the back of the book reinforce fundamental reading concepts used in classrooms nationwide!


This title is also available in a Spanish version!


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Adriana’s Review

I liked buttercup the cow because she is funny and she is cute to. she gets in lots of trouble but in the end she is a hero and she saves all the chickens to. i liked to look at the picures to. there is a lot of picures in the book and some of them were funny. I think little kids will like this book as a bed time story or just for fun. my gramma got me this book for when i turned six and i like to read it to her on the fone.


Big Egg by Molly Coxe (A review by Amanda C. Age 6)

One morning Hen wakes up and finds a gigantic egg in her nest. Whose egg can it be? Here’s a hint, Hen–it doesn’t belong to that wily Fox!

You can find this book HERE

    big egg is the frist book that i have read out loud  in school. the words are not very hard to read. it is about a hen who finds a egg and she dosnt now where the egg came from and she thinks it is a cow egg and a pig egg and a gote egg. she is happy when the egg cracks open and there are baby hens for her to love.

I liked this book becuase the hen is a mommy at the end. the person who wrote this book is funny and she thinks cows have eggs. i read it to danny and he thinks that pigs and cows have eggs to.

the pictures of hen are funny to. the end.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (A review by Brandon W. age 9)

It was time for the three little wolves to go out into the world, so off they went and built themselves a splendid brick house. But they hadn’t reckoned on the big bad pig who soon came along and knocked their house down.

The little wolves built a stronger house of concrete, in which they were sure to be safe. But that didn’t stop the big bad pig, who made short work of it with a pneumatic drill. Even a house made of armor plates could not protect them. It was only a chance encounter with a flamingo bird that solved their dilemma in an entirely unexpected and satisfactory way.

Helen Oxenbury’s enchanting watercolor illustrations, full of humorous details and visual excitement, are the perfect accompaniment to this hilarious retelling-in-reverse of the traditional tale.–Description from Amazon.com

You can find this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Little-Wolves-Big-Bad/dp/0689505698/ref=sr_1_123_title_1_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362445443&sr=1-123


“I don’t like this book. The pig is okay but the wolves are stupid. I think this book

will tell children that it is okay to blow things up if you get mad at somebody. I

think the end is boring. My school is always telling us that being a bully is bad

but in this book it makes it like it is okay. I did like some of the pictures. I like 

the three little pigs better. The pig tries to use wepons to get the wolves so I would not read this for little kids.”


***I would like to thank Brandon for his insightful and honest review of this book. I am happy to share it with my readers and encourage him to keep reading and writing!

The Bears of Hemlock Mountain A Review by Elijah M. (Age 8)

This is the first official post for the children’s review section of Readful Things :) I am proud to post the following book review as it is from my son. He is every bit as opinionated as me.

“There are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, No bears, no bears at all…”

Or so young Jonathan is told by the grown-ups as he sets out alone over Hemlock Mountain. But as Jonathan discovers on that cold winter night, grown-ups don’t always know…

And there are bears on Hemlock Mountain!–Description from Amazon.com

You can find this book HERE

I had to read this for school. At first I thought it would stink because the pictures looked like the ones from a long time ago but it turned out it wasn’t to bad. I liked Jonathan. He was funny for most of the book. I laughed at the part where he went to see his aunt it sounded like something I would do. I did think he was a little bit of a weenie when he was hiding from the bears but I would have done the same thing. I think other kids would liketo read this even if they didn’t have to but it would have been better if there was more stuff happening instead of just the boy talking to himself about bears. The bears werent scary.

Mom says I can rate it so other people know if they should read it or not so I give it three bears. It was okay for a book I had to read.

Now accepting reviews from children!

I am officially open to now accepting reviews from children. If you or someone

you know has a child that likes to read and would like to have their opinion

published on this blog for all to see, please go visit the Children’s reviews page on

this blog to find out how to submit a review. I am so looking forward to this and

hope there are a lot of wonderful opinions from young people shared here in the