Jack’s in the mood for mooching around, not playing with his crazy cousins! But will his bad mood spoil the whole day?...
|Title||:||The Crazy Cousins|
|Number of Pages||:||48 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Crazy Cousins Reviews
Author: Sally RippinIllustrator: Stephanie SpartelsFirst Published: 2012An early readers with just two little chapters, nice big words, and enough pictures to stop it from being overwhelming.The little morals of acceptance and making the best of the situation, not letting a bad mood spoil everything and not always getting your own way was addressed in a simple but not patronising way. A good book for helping to develop confidence or for expanding the attention span of the preschooler. Age:Read aloud - 4+Read yourself - 5+References:Sally Rippin website: http://www.sallyrippin.com/sallyrippi...-CR-
Jack was in a "moochie mood" because his cousins were coming. He said they were the worst cousins to have. Once they arrived and he was sitting on the front steps, he was talking with his three cousins. They all said the nicest thing to him by saying he was the best cousin ever. He got to have fun with them, not being annoyed. I liked this book because of the part where they were smashing and rebuilding the LEGO castle together. [reviewed by an 8 year old, typed by his mama]
I read this one to my almost 4 year old son and it was the perfect level for him. There were lots of pictures, not too many words per page, and a plot he could follow. We easily read it in one sitting because it's a really quick read. Even though it has chapters it is closer to the length of a longer picture book to read. I liked the message about learning to play with others and changing preconceived notions about others. He liked the story and wants to read the rest of the series so we are planning to go through it together and then when we he is old enough to read on his own it will be on our list for him to revisit.
The Hey Jack! books are great reads. They are fast and great confidence building books for k-3 readers, and they are excellent first chapter books for young readers. We have them all, and we started our children's book club with this book in order to build confidence with narration. The book itself, Crazy Cousins, is excellent at exposing children to different types of moods, and offers teachable moments regarding proper conduct when visiting friends or family members. For example, the first page talks about how Jack is feeling like he is in a "Moochy" mood- which means he wants to stay in pajamas, stay inside, and play alone that day. Helping children think about their feelings, and give names to those feelings, is a great way of allowing kids to have the keys to their own minds. In the book, Jack is concerned that his cousins are visiting, because they tend to be a bit crazy and wild. The children in the group discussed ways that they could make their friends feel more comfortable, and whether or not it was appropriate to do some of the things the cousins were doing. I love the Hey Jack books!
One morning, Jack was wondering what he should do that morning. He built a castle out of LEGOs. He built a few little dragons. He remembered that his cousins were coming over that afternoon. He was so nervous he went into his bed and covered his mouth. He didn't know what to do when the cousins came but then he said to them, "Do you want to see my LEGO castle?" Then one of his cousins accidentally broke part of the castle. Jack broke another piece of the castle. All of them kept building castles and crashing into them with their little dragons. I liked this story because they were making castles and destroying them over and over again and I love LEGOs too![reviewed by a 7 year old, typed by his mama]
A moochy mood! Here's one I've never heard put this way, but I've felt it before. In fact, that's my mood right now. I want to lay in bed and read books all day instead of getting up and doing things. I would hate it if suddenly I had a bunch of noisy rowdy people show up when I'm in this sort of mood. Jack has to deal with his cousins, three kids that seem to be only troublemakers. How he comes to see his cousins as potential friends is a great story, especially for those kids who feel like their relatives are thrust upon them and don't always appreciate it.
1 - Sally Rippin, “Hey Jack! The Crazy Cousins” (Richmond, Victoria, Aust: Hardie Grant Egmont, 2012).Dealing with crazy cousins!“All afternoon Jack and his cousins build castles out of Lego, then crash them down again. It's the best afternoon ever!” (p43)
Hey jack books are for girls and boys