Dora plans and then takes the proper steps to return books to the library.
As she hikes to the library to return her borrowed books Dora invites children along . In her backpack are books and tools needed for the trip. The mapped route includes a "Troll" bridge, a storm cloud, mud, a river and of course 'Swiper'. Swiper represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive, smart world is useful literature, but it is limited to the same narrow formula.
Pippi and friends have a happy time coping with a very different life on a Pacific Isle, where her Dad is the king of its natives.
The full review of the first Pippi Longstocking provides insight as to the nature of this children's series. Pippi in the South Seas begins the same way, but its plot and events are more logical, serving as a useful growth for developing readers. With her usual industry Pippi makes children's lives fun in a dozen different ways. She confronts sharks, a pair of pearl thieves and, with Tommy and Annika, decides not to grow up.
The love a mother shows her son becomes rather odd as he matures, but her love is both returned and 'passed on' to her grandchildren.
A new mother rocks her son and sings him the "Love You Forever" verse. Throughout his life she slips into his room to rock him and sing. When she is too old it is he who holds her and sings. Moved, he returns home to rock and sing to his baby daughter. The sentimental understanding is too much to impose on children, and is marred by Munsch's humor by exaggerated behavior.
Andrew learns the trouble it causes when he falsely communicates a need to pee, then wets himself.
Munsch takes a little boy's look at the trouble Andrew causes when he keeps saying he doesn't have to go pee, and then wets himself. The illustrations exaggerate the parents' frustrated behaviors. The focus on bodily functions and silly adults is certainly humorous to the under ten age group, but what is that really worth?
Imagination, unhampered by reason, is supposedly all that's required to reach wonderful lands and 'Whangdoodles' of all sorts.
Prof. Savant provides lessons on observation and communication, as he teaches the Potter kids to enter a wildly gorgeous, imaginary world that appeals to children. He inspires them to join him in pursuit of the last Whangdoodle (an imaginary creature). Too often Edwards' narrative promotes imagination as a power to violate the laws of the real world, rather than a means to benefit from them. Convenient contradictions create the impression that imagination transcends reason.
Nasty and rich, three farmers fanatically pursue a thieving fox as it escalates its thievery to benefit its family and community.
First, we meet three poultry farmers whose bad character lies only in their wealth and distasteful habits. Mr. Fox, the caring 'little guy', feeds his family by stealing from the farmers. Incensed, they resolve to kill the fox at all costs. Lying in wait at the fox den fails. Shovels fail. Steam-shovels arrive. Tension rises. Will the foxes always dig farther? This entertaining story may be useful for parents to show their children the nature of immorality.
The combined talents of four children and several pets, confront a strangely active mountain and dangerous men pursuing unearned power and money.
Yet again, the children's summer holiday brings a scary adventure. The unpopulated Welsh mountains should be safe, but strange animals and a black 'something' sends their timid guide running. Lost, they face a shaking mountain spewing crimson smoke, vicious animals, threatening men and terrifying helicopter flights. Blyton uses a good vocabulary but takes 60, of 192, pages to get to the adventure. Like "James Bond" action stories, "Mountain" is short on character development and theme.
The animals of Redwall abbey joyously prepare a surprise feast for their abbot, a wise old mouse.
As the abbey animals are preparing a surprise feast for their beloved abbot, he conveniently leaves on a 'quest' –his afternoon stroll. Jacques's descriptions of the preparations, the stroll and the feast, in 101 six line stanzas, are quite marvelous. Unfortunately the sometimes quirky animal characters have no purpose, save as fantasy cooks and imaginary denizens of the abbey. Denise's appealing illustrations, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter, cannot resuscitate this ultimately dull story.
Abdi carries the Queen's gift, but when thieves secretly replace it with a snake he is jailed, so only Eli and magic can save him.
Abdi's learns that even impossible tasks come for a reason and are "for the best". He transports Eli's impossibly perfect necklace to the King in an impossibly short time. But the box holds only a small snake, so Abdi is jailed. Then Eli convinces the Queen to try on Abdi's snake. Madonna's intended theme, "skill & perseverance bring unimagined success", is fatally undermined by her use of magical solutions to Abdi's real world problems.
A fearful, family togetherness is regained, when Ida's hornpipe helps her recover her baby sister from kidnapping by grotesque, Grim-Reaper, goblin-babies.
Sad over her father's absence, Ida fails to watch her baby sister, whom the goblins steal. Leaving a sickeningly eerie, ice replica baby in the sister's place, the goblins escape through a window that displays images reflecting Ida's moods. In dreamy pursuit, Ida hears her father say, "...catch those goblins with a tune". Frenzied dancing to her hornpipe turns the goblins (also babies) into "a dancing stream". Bizarre events –she arrives in a goblin wedding– and odd phrasings make this story pointlessly freaky. Also see, Where the Wild Things Are, it is not as benign as some reviewers suggest.