Reviews for Battle of the Books

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
These picture books touch on the concept of idiom. Expressions from the texts (e.g., "level best," "eat your heart out," "keep your nose clean") are explained at books' end. A creative idea, perhaps, but the writing is forced, the messages didactic, and the plots nonexistent. Caricature illustrations add some humor but fail to save the day. [Review covers these Looking Glass Library titles: Battle of the Books, Milo & the Monster, Ned Breaks His Heart, Ned's Nose Is Running, and On the Level.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 March/April
The concept behind these books purports to help students understand idioms, but a surfeit of idioms makes these stories confusing instead of clarifying. Though elementary students may find the stories exciting, they will not comprehend most of the idioms. Older readers may understand the idioms, but find the stories hokey. While the author has done an excellent job compiling idioms, their excess makes the stories tedious. They may work for middle school students, but aren't successful as storybooks. Nevertheless, they are creative presentations of some familiar jargon. Additional Selection. Daniel R. Beach, Teaching Librarian, Concord Elementary School, Anderson, South Carolina ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.