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Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump: An Oh Susannah Story (Volume 2) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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"The potential seriousness of the topic is offset by Susannah's quirky, often unintentional humor, most notably demonstrated in internal dialogue that's reminiscent of Amelia Bedelia's literal habit of interpreting idioms. "I'm afraid I've caught a cold," "That boy will wake the dead," and even "wicked cold" cause some unfounded but hilarious concern. Understated and droll--"Clowns are not my favorite either"--Susannah's observations and point of view are entertaining and insightful, even if a bit outrageous, as when a sneeze comes her way and she becomes unnecessarily fretful: "She recoiled from the droplets, afraid their wickedness might infect her with a monstrous spell and affect her own nose."
Things That Go Bump addresses relevant childhood concerns in a thoughtful and sensitive manner while maintaining a sense of fun." - Pallas Gates McCorquodale, Foreword Review
"The Oh Susannah series are excellent books that teach children about issues they may be struggling with in the own lives, but are things that are not necessarily taught in school, and what they can do to overcome them. Written in an easy to read style it is a great introduction to chapter books and has a great message in the book." - whats good to read, David Savage
"With 10 chapters, it is a perfect length to read 1 or 2 chapters a night at bedtime. An engaging read. "Oh Susannah: Things that Go Bump" is a wonderful effort by Carole P. Roman to write a book that explains fears and how to deal with them to beginning readers." - scifiandscary.com
"I'm a huge fan of Roman's books and this new chapter book series looks awesome!" - Sincerely Stacie
"Carole Roman always finds fantastic things to write about this book is just another example of her talent. Written for elementary aged children this book is a hit!" - Jalynn Patterson's review (GoodReads)
"The story is engaging and thrilling. The descriptions are very vivid and so are the scenes. The story will keep readers wondering what will happen next. It is sure to bring a smile to the reader's face as it has many funny parts. I would definitely recommend this to all young readers." - Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
"Roman's story is a delightful example of how people (children and adults) can have many different fears, and while not all of them make sense, they can be conquered (or at least understood)--especially when some perspective is applied. Her writing is well paced; the vocabulary is ideal for kids with beginning chapter book capabilities (with some vocabulary expansion possibilities); and the story itself is both engaging and suspenseful (a good page-turning combo)--and a little spooky, too:...Credit should also be given for Roman's selection of characters that include children from diverse ethnic backgrounds and kids with disabilities--not merely because they exist in the story and there are few chapter books for this age range and reading ability that offer such diversity, but simply because they fit naturally into the storyline, as they should. We do hope to see Macy play a larger role in an upcoming book. Please, Mrs. Roman?If a book that showcases how the unexpected can turn out to be exciting and fun--and also has a plot-twist ending--sounds like the next best thing to read, then we highly recommend Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump!" - Children's Book Review
I love how it evoked some memories about sleep overs when I was little. So fun I would have been the brother Kai's character , scary mischeif.
Carole adds substance to her writings and I said before , these books are great for Homeschooling families as they contain teachable moments in the cutest of ways." - Tales of a Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom Blogspot
"Things I love about this book is the diversity in the book. There are slight mentions of skin color and cultural names plus one of Susannah's friends who helps her understand fears a bit more is blind. I love how Macy tells Susannah that the dark is like a cup of hot chocolate: cozy and comfortable. This sticks in Susannah's mind and helps her get through being in the dark with Lola. I love that there is not special attention to the skin color of Lola and her family, but that it is treated as perfectly normal for the girls to be of different races." - Crafty Moms Share Blogspot
"Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump is a short and entertaining read teaching children about love, kindness, friendship, and overcoming fears and misunderstandings. Reading the story is like going on a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and thrills and chills. A big surprise awaits both Susannah and the readers in the end. Find out what it is by getting your own copy of Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump!" - Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest Blogspot
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I am so not the target audience for this book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it quite a bit. One thing I noticed though, and this might be because I'm not a native English speaker, is that Carole uses a lot of BIG words. On one hand this is great because it IS important for children to expand their vocabularies, on the other hand though I do think some words are a bit complicated for young minds to grasp. (See chapter 3 for example.)
However, that is basically my only issue with this book. Like it's predecessor, this book is fun, charming, engaging and stars diverse characters. In this one, Susannah bravely tries to overcome her fears, in this case staying over at Lola and Kai's scary old house with that creepy potrait of Grandpa Jackson. The plot is simple, but the writing is great and the characters incredibly sweet. Thumbs up and recommended for children between 8-12.
In Things That Go Bump, Suzannah learns ways to manage her fears. The book is short with 44 pages but fairly complex for a young reader. As Suzannah faces an invitation for a visit for a sleepover at a "scary house" that creaks she learns that noisy houses are just that, noisy houses and not scary things like ghosts.
I do not celebrate Halloween and don't participate in scary stories. This book appears on the cover to be a story involving Halloween with its Jack-o-Lanterns and ghostly faces in the trees and scrubs. It is, however, simply a story about the fears one encounters - fear of catching a runny nose, fear of clowns, fear of creaky old houses. We all have fears at some point in our life and Suzannah learns that she can overcome or manage these fears she encounters.
The portion of Suzannah's story that included an event to which Suzannah's mother took her that was sponsored by her employee and benefited physically challenged children was a highlight. Suzannah had a friend at the event who was visually impaired and the compassion shown and friendship is a true plus for the story.
The colorful cover of Things That Go Bump is charming and you just want to love this sweet little girl and her friends. I would love to have seen the illustrations larger and sprinkled throughout instead of tiny thumbnail images at the beginning of each chapter.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
In this new book, Carole P. Roman tells us a delightful story, introduces us to a very nice eight-year-old girl and her friends, and addresses a problem that virtually all children have, “fear.” The book has humor, as when Susannah hears that even her teacher has a fear, when she says, I’m afraid I have a cold. Susannah is invited for a sleepover at the home of her best friend, but she is afraid to go and afraid not to go.
In this installment of the Oh Susannah! series, Roman tackles something many children have: fear. Whether it’s fear of the dark, getting a cold, unicorns or clowns, we discover fear is in the eye of the beholder. What is fearful for one child is not fearful for another. The way to combat fears is to simply talk about it.
Roman has created a character most children her age can relate to. Like Beverly Cleary, Carole P. Roman offers lessons for children that are hidden behind a story. Clever dialogue, three-dimensional characters and a well-written story make this book a must-read. The words are easy enough for children to follow along first with parents then on their own. I look forward to the next Oh Susannah book.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.
Favorite Character/Quote: “Sometimes the unexpected can be exciting and fun.”
My Rating: 5 stars
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