Monday, January 28, 2013

'Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating' Book Tour & Review

Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens--people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What's even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy.

Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy's knock-knocking beak and Michael's quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children.

But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?

**My thoughts**

Yet again, children are taught an important lesson with this installment of the Bird Brain series. In this one, Tommy the Bird and Michael the Raccoon concoct a plan to join in the fun that the humans are having on Halloween. They come up with their own costumes and attempt to go trick-or-treating. When no one gives them candy, despite their efforts, they decide to just steal as much as they can. After all, more candy is better, right?

I cringed while reading how the two animals plot to obtain as much candy as they could. I can imagine my students' faces while reading the same. This would be a great segue into a conversation about bullying and friendship.

The animals learn a lesson as they gorge themselves on candy, and get sick off of it. They realize that too much candy isn't a good thing and end up returning the candy to the children. Use that piece to discuss nutrition and how to make amends for being hurtful to someone else.

This book, like all the other bird brain books, are great for children ages 4 and up, and can lead into many great conversation pieces. It can be enjoyed in a one-on-one situation or small group.

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Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!  


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Andrea. I love the discussion topics you raise in each of your reviews. I'd love to see a Kindergarten class tackle one of the Bird Brain Books as part of a book club discussion! Thanks as always for your awesomeness <3