Official Review: How Slime Came to Be by Mark Luers

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Official Review: How Slime Came to Be by Mark Luers

Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Aug 2019, 17:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "How Slime Came to Be" by Mark Luers.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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How Slime Came to Be: Introducing Slimey by Mark Luers is a rhyming children's picture book that teaches young readers about friendship, kindness, sharing, and forgiveness. The 39-page book features colorful cartoonish illustrations by Patrick Carlson.

Luers is an elementary school teacher with twenty-seven years of experience. His professionally-edited debut book is the first in the Slimey series; the second and third books are already in the works. His rhyming story about Troy and his gooey new friend, Slimey, will amuse children ranging from preschool age to beginning readers. Slimey is first introduced in a nonsensical fashion, but Luers cleverly uses the silly character to teach themes related to friendship and forgiveness. As Slimey selects what hue he will be, young readers may learn some new colors like lavender and lime.

I particularly enjoyed a few bonus features that will appeal to young readers. At the end of the book, there is a recipe for slime, allowing kids to create their own "Slimey." The author's page is written as though he is speaking to children. Luers introduces himself and encourages kids to think about friendship and how they treat others. He also shares a link to his website that provides fun extras like his first attempts at drawing Slimey and his decision to hire a professional illustrator. Young readers are invited to share their ideas for his upcoming sequels with the opportunity to win a free book. I also appreciated Luers' humor; he dedicated the book to his "three favorite slime balls." I immediately imagined kids giggling as they read it.

There isn't anything I dislike about the book. I must admit from an adult perspective, I find one of the illustrations off-putting, but in all honesty, kids will probably love the close up of Joe's mouth and the hot dog he is eating.

For its teaching potential and entertaining appeal to young readers, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to young readers through the age of eight and to parents, grandparents, and teachers.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 11 Aug 2019, 15:52

The book sure sounds fun; I like that it's educative too. I like children's books a lot they feel so nostalgic.

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Post by essyallan7475 » 11 Aug 2019, 19:34

I love children's books. They are fun to read. This one teaches kids about friendship and sharing. Thats good. Its had a lesson in it

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Post by Ember-rose » 11 Aug 2019, 23:26

A really good children’s book, I would definitely recommend. Read this to my baby brother and he really seemed to be interested, so if you looking for a book to keep a child interested here you go.

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Post by OuKoyoo » 12 Aug 2019, 05:53

I do not like children's books; but this one sounds like a great children's books and would recommend it to anyone who cares about children's books. Thank you.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 05:58

Michelle Fred wrote: ↑
11 Aug 2019, 15:52
The book sure sounds fun; I like that it's educative too. I like children's books a lot they feel so nostalgic.
Thanks for your comment, Michelle.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 05:59

essyallan7475 wrote: ↑
11 Aug 2019, 19:34
I love children's books. They are fun to read. This one teaches kids about friendship and sharing. Thats good. Its had a lesson in it
I agree. Thank you for commenting.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 06:00

Ember-rose wrote: ↑
11 Aug 2019, 23:26
A really good children’s book, I would definitely recommend. Read this to my baby brother and he really seemed to be interested, so if you looking for a book to keep a child interested here you go.
Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 06:01

OuKoyoo wrote: ↑
12 Aug 2019, 05:53
I do not like children's books; but this one sounds like a great children's books and would recommend it to anyone who cares about children's books. Thank you.
Thank you. :tiphat:

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Post by kdstrack » 13 Aug 2019, 11:44

This book will definitely appeal to kids! (Not so much to parents.) Slime is quite popular among children, and they LOVE to experiment with the different recipes. I like the use of slime to form and strengthen friendships. The author's ideas for sequel suggestions from the kids is superb. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Aug 2019, 14:27

kdstrack wrote: ↑
13 Aug 2019, 11:44
This book will definitely appeal to kids! (Not so much to parents.) Slime is quite popular among children, and they LOVE to experiment with the different recipes. I like the use of slime to form and strengthen friendships. The author's ideas for sequel suggestions from the kids is superb. Thanks for the great review!
I agree that this book appeals more to kids than parents--including myself--but the author cleverly utilizes the gooey character. :lol2:

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Post by jasmine-louise » 15 Aug 2019, 19:34

Aww this sounds like such a sweet book. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Amenrodion » 04 Sep 2019, 16:25

With the rise in bullying among young children today, it sounds like a really educative read

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Post by BookPower9 » 21 Sep 2019, 08:02

Hope I can recommend this book to my son. But this generation has bigger challenge for the parents nowadays. Most of he children today, instead, they play games from their gadget than read Books. Nice review. Thanks.

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