Thursday, January 27, 2011

Picture Book Review- Tony Baloney

By Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated By Edwin Fotheringham
Published by Scholastic
Released on January 1st, 2011
Age- I would recommend it for 4-7yr olds
Source- Scholastic
3 stars- It's A Good Read

Tony Baloney is a macaroni penguin. He loves fish tacos, Little Green Walrus Guys, his stuffed animal, Dandelion, and anything with wheels. He does not love trouble . . . but trouble loves him. Sometimes, when he is tired of Bossy Big Sister Baloney and exasperated with the Bothersome Babies Baloney, Dandelion behaves badly. And then, Tony must say he is sorry, which is not always easy for him.

For all middle children, mischief makers, and boys in a girls' world, Tony Baloney is sure to become a new hero! (quoted from Goodreads).

Tony Baloney has bright, fun illustrations that quickly captured my attention and that of my children. Tony himself is a fun character to read about. His story is one about sibling relationships and his feelings with being the middle child. This cute Macaroni Penguin has to deal with an older sister who bosses him around and two twin babies who get into his things.

Tony is a typical little boy who enjoys playing and pretending, and some times his best intentions lead him into trouble. With the help of his stuffed animal Dandelion, he's able to share his feelings with his family. Tony Baloney is a good read and one I'd recommend to older kids, pre-K to elementary school aged, as I think they'd take more out of the story than the younger kids.

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