Miss L reviews Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

A few weeks ago, I saw the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the library. I snatched it up instantly. I’d been considering introducing Miss L to the first Harry Potter book, but to be honest, when I grabbed it… it was for me.

Anyways, L saw it, was intrigued, and asked me to read it to her. Now, the age range on Harry Potter is 9-12 years old. Obviously that’s a bit older than she is. So, I figured we’d give it a shot – but if she didn’t like it/couldn’t concentrate I wouldn’t worry too much because I’d still get to look at the pretty pictures.

From almost the first page… L was enchanted. Just absolutely hooked by the story. (To be fair, though, it was probably my ridiculously bad accents at first.) It amazed me how engaged she was. When we reach the point where it was revealed that Harry had no friends at primary because the other kids were afraid of Dudley, L propped her hands on her hips, scowled, and proclaimed “If I was there, I would be Harry Potter’s boy friend!” Then there was a slight pause as I tried not to snicker at her word choice, and she caught herself. “Er… girl friend. ”

She asked to read Harry’s lines. So she sat beside me, patiently, waiting for Harry’s speech so she could read it out loud.

The night after we finished the chapter about the first Quidditch match, I asked L what we’d read so far (to see how much she absorbed), and… wow. She was so excited as she described thing after thing to me, especially the Quidditch match itself. Her eyes sparkled as she clapped her hands over her mouth and pretended to cough out a snitch and then triumphantly put her arms in the air.

Once she’d got it out of her system, I told her I was very, very proud of her for remembering everything that we’d read so far. Then we read the Norbert chapter. When I asked her the next night what she remembered about the Norbert chapter… I finally had to basically put a hand over her mouth to get her to shush. She just kept going on and on about Harry standing up for Neville (which I think happened a few chapters back, but whatever.), and Hagrid writing “Its Hatching” on a piece of paper, and so on and so forth.

Anyways, she’s been swearing up and down that Snape is definitely the bad guy. No question about it. So,  when we read chapter 17 (the Man with Two Faces) and she found out that Snape wasn’t the bad guy… she flipped out. Her mouth dropped open, her eyes got wide, and she practically shouted…

“What?! It was QUIRREL?! How did I NOT guess that!! Oh man!” Needless to say, when it was revealed that Voldemort was hiding under Quirrel’s turban, she freaked out again, (Mostly in disgust this time, though) and asked me “He’s not gonna kill Harry, is he?” She sat through an hour and a half of me reading to her in one night just so she could get through the big confrontation at the end and find out what happened. Her eyes were red and drooping, but she sat glued to my side so we could find out if the bad guy got the Stone.

I have never enjoyed reading a book with her as much as I have reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with her. Seeing that engagement, that sparkle in her eyes, and the sheer delight in the story has been absolutely wonderful.

…and now for Miss L’s review.

What did I think about?

It was awesome! I really liked when Harry stood up for Neville. I liked the way Hagrid talked. I liked that mommy did all the silly voices, like when she said ter and yeh instead of to and you. There is a fifth grader on my bus, and she read Sorcerer’s Stone, but her mommy didn’t do the silly voices. 

Quidditch was fun! I kind of liked it when Harry gulped the snitch and spit it out. I cheered when Gryffindor won. I wouldn’t want to play Quidditch though. I am afraid I would swallow the snitch like he did. 

I didn’t like when Harry got hurt. Or when Ron got hurt on the chess match. I was afraid he was going to die. I didn’t like that Harry and Hermione left him behind. It was yucky in the book when Quirrel turned around and had that face on the back of his head. That’s why he wore that purple turban.

If I went to Hogwarts, I would want to be a Ravenclaw, because they are smart. Hagrid was my favorite adult. I thought Snape was the bad guy for a long time. I was so surprised when we read the end, and Snape wasn’t the bad guy. That Quirrel was the bad guy. 

I want to read more Harry Potter. I want to read all the books actually.  

We watched the movie last night. It was cool. There were big things that were the same, but a lot of little things were different. I liked that Hagrid was there in the movie waving at Harry at the train station. What was really funny was the troll boogies on Harry’s wand.

Click here to get Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) for your library.



Kids’ Corner: The Instagrammed Week


Top left – Miss L working on a book review.

Top Right – K’nexing!

Middle Right – We were having reading time, and the dog decided to “sit in”.

Bottom Right – Books we got in the mail today for review!

Bottom Middle – Miss L showcasing her style and K’nex airplane.

Bottom Left – We’re still building that bloody train!

Miss L Reviews “Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow” by Shelby Herman

What’s it about?

A glowworm with a low glow goes on journey to find her glow, and discovers that helping others helps herself too!

Our Review of Shimmer the Glowworm

Miss L had this to say:

“I really liked it that she made others feel good and it made herself glow. When I make others feel good, I feel excited! Shimmer was pretty, especially her purple hair.

I didn’t like that the chameleon got laughed at by the other chameleons when he was pink and purple. That made me feel sad for him. Pink and purple are pretty and they shouldn’t have been mean to him! I’m glad Shimmer helped him find his glow.

The song was beautiful, too. I liked the lady’s voice. It made me want to dance and even mommy and daddy liked it!”

Adult Review:

This was a cute, fun book with a wonderful positive message. It immediately drew my six year old in, and I was smiling as I read the story out loud to her.  It is so nice to come across books like this, that have short, simple messages that are easy for kids to understand.

The press release stated it was aimed at children in grades 2 through 5, but honestly I felt like it probably wouldn’t be that interesting to kids over grade 3. Even though it was beautiful and fun, it definitely had a much younger ‘feel’ to it that may not be attractive to the older end of the age range.

Overall, there’s nothing you can criticize about this story, and the author – who is trying to promote connection, both to other kids, and to the kids’ innerselves – definitely took a huge step toward her goal with this book.

5 Star Rating

Click here to find Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow now on Amazon.com

Title: Shimmer the Glowworm Finds Her Glow  | Author: Shelby Herman (site) | Illustrator: Natalie Kelly | Publisher: Inner Treasures | Pub. Date: 2014-10-3 | Pages: 54 | ISBN13: 9780990846307 | Genre: Childrens | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-17 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Kids’ Corner: Miss L Reviews “Terry Treetop Saves the Dolphin” by Tali Carmi

What’s it about? 

A little boy named Terry Treetop goes to a marine nature reserve. He wants to play with a dolphin, but the dolphin gets trapped, and he has to get help. A ranger saves the dolphin, and helps Terry play with him afterwards.


What did I think of it?  

Miss L says:

It was cool because Terry taught the dolphin how to play  ball. I did not like when the dolphin got trapped in the net. I would like to see a dolphin some day. I would rate it 5 stars. I think it would  be awesome. I  think some kids would like to read this book.

Adult Review:

This is the 4th book in the Terry Treetop series, but the first one we’ve read. Suitable for kids ages 4-8, it was a quick, easy read for Miss L. I liked the way the simple message of pollution being bad was put to the reader, and also of safety first as Terry got an adults attention rather than trying to fix things himself.

This is the first book Miss L read utilizing the Kindle e-reader with its FreeTime setting and Word Wise enabled. The Word Wise really was handy for her, and there was maybe only one case where I saw her having to highlight a word to get a definition that Word Wise did not provide.

5 Star Rating

Click here to find Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin now on Amazon.com

Title: Terry Treetop Saves the Dolphin | Series: Terry Treetop | Author: Tali Carmi (site) | Publisher: e-Book Pro | Pub. Date: 2014-10-19 | Pages: 46 |  ISBN13: 9781502902214 | Genre: Children’s | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-27 | Source: Kindle Unlimited

Miss L Reviews Junie B. Jones is Almost a Flower Girl

What’s it about?

Junie B. wants to be a flower girl for her aunt’s wedding, but her aunt chose another girl (Bo) instead. Junie B Jones is also sad because her boyfriend Ricardo just broke up with her, and she doesn’t understand why her daddy wants her to have loose feet. Then the wedding happens, and Junie B. makes an unexpected new friend.


Miss L says:

It was good. I like that Junie B. got chosen to be an alternate flower girl, and that her and Bo became friends. In the beginning I didn’t know what loose feet meant, but I did by the end of the book. I have loose feet like Junie B.

I didn’t like it when Bo and Junie B Jones were fighting over the flower basket. That made me so mad that i got a tornado above my head. (Well, if there’s ever a sign your kid reads too many comic strips, I think I’ve just experienced it…)

The Adult says:

This is one of the more tolerable Junie B. Jones books. I found myself laughing at the parents frustration over Junie B’s boyfriend drama. Also, having the two younger girls make-up and make friends definitely sent the right message. I think the author did a good job on this one, and Miss L definitely enjoyed it. Junie B. definitely wasn’t as much of a brat as she has been in prior books.  I just wish she wrote using proper tenses. How are we supposed to reinforce to our kids that”Ranned” is not the proper word, for example, when they see it in books like this?

5 Star Rating

Click here to find Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl (Junie B. Jones, No. 13) now on Amazon.com

Title: Junie B. Jones is Almost a Flower Girl | Series: Junie B. Jones | Author: Barbara Park (site) | Illustrator: Denise Brunkus (site) | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | Pub. Date: 1999-5-25 | Pages: 68 | ISBN 13: 9780375800382 | Genre: Childrens | Language: English | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-11-19 | Source: Library