The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean

by Robert Gillespie


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ISBN-13: 9781635682557
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 58
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.16(d)

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The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BettyTaylor More than 1 year ago
This is a totally delightful book sure to entice your little ones. And they might even learn something – I sure did. Popcorn and Jellybean decide to go on a two-day adventure. They make a list and carefully pack for the two days. Off they go to explore. Things go well the first day. They even avoid getting sprayed by a family of skunks. They set up their tent and go to sleep. But the next morning their food has been stolen by an opossum. What do they do? And they get lost. What do they do? They encounter a bear and bees, oh my! What to do? Fortunately these friends have paid attention when told to pay attention to the animals. The natural behavior of animals lead the friends to food, help them find shelter, and find their way home. The illustrations throughout the book are lovely. In my opinion, this is a book best read over a few days to small children.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Two extraordinary friends head for a camping adventure and learn that Mother Nature is full of surprises. Popcorn and Jellybean are great friends, and when they have the chance to go on a several day trip together in the woods, they are ready for adventure. Never going that far into the woods, they're not sure what to expect. Nature supplies a new surprise every day, but these two are ready to learn and experience everything as they go. The main characters—a popcorn, a jellybean and later, a raisin—drew not only my attention but had my kids raising their eyebrows too. It's an odd pairing, but that adds a little bit of quirky fun. Popcorn and Jellybean are good buddies, who stick together no matter what, and this friendship comes across loud and clear. When they face problems or surprises, they find a way to solve the situation and are willing to listen to each other's ideas. It's a lovely example of true friendship. The dive into the woods is a journey into nature pure. Jellybean and Popcorn are faced with challenges, which require a little bit of thinking and remembering what they'd learned from adults at home. The solutions are true to life and useful, giving readers the chance to learn along with the two and discover things they might not have known before. Readers will come out of this adventure with hints on how to deal with bees stings, tent building, wild animals and other things as well. The illustrations are bright and simple, giving kids something to look at while the story is being read. And I would recommend this as read-aloud, especially for kids ages five and up. Readers who are more sure of their reading will be able to tackle this one alone, but the large amount of text on each page might make them shy away. The text is easy to understand, written in larger lettering (a bonus when reading aloud) but does, unfortunately, carry a few editing mistakes. As to the story itself, it moves along at a steady pace and holds more than a couple surprises. It's entertaining and educational. One simply can't think about the characters and their quirks too much, but that's what a child's imagination is all about. I received a complimentary copy and found this enjoyable enough to want to leave my honest thoughts. I giving this 3.5 stars and rounding up.
HallWaysBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean is a fun and informative story, full of outdoor adventure for young readers to enjoy. Author Robert Gillespie and his son Colton have included all the elements that kids like in a story: best buddy escapades, independence, a little danger, and a safe and happy ending. What kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to bravely venture out into the woods like Popcorn and Jellybean? Admittedly, I am perplexed by our main characters. They are not clearly defined or put into context for readers. (Are they really food or are they boys with nicknames? Are they big or small? How old are they? Why does Raisin have a B on his cap? Where is this story set? Do they live together? Did their parents okay this trip? How does this all work, exactly?) My advice is to suspend your disbelief, don’t dwell on logistics, put aside your questions, and have fun with Popcorn and Jellybean. It’s a lovely book to hold in your hands, and even though it’s text heavy, it’s not intimidating due to the font size, amount of white space, and fifteen or so half and full-page illustrations. The dialogue is natural between the characters, and the vocabulary fits the target audience and includes a few challenging words. The narrator inserts himself into the story from time to time with some foreshadowing and asides, which adds a little interest to the storyline, too. Though the cover may mislead some into thinking this is a story for the youngest readers, I would recommend this book for second through fourth graders. The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean is a chapter book, and like most kids’ books, I would recommend it as a read along or read aloud. For some readers, there are parts that could feel a little scary and make them anxious or upset. There are also parts – like the characters having matches and knives and eating plants and berries they find in the forest – that an adult should clarify and discuss. (I’d love to know where aloe vera and watermelons grow wild in the same woods.) The book is full of lessons and learning for the readers, but it’s all contextual and interesting and never dry. I liked how some lessons were subtler than others (not just soap on the packing list, but biodegradable soap). Sometimes the lessons are learned by what the characters do right, and sometimes they are shown by what is done wrong: just like in life. The over-arching theme shows the value of preparation, staying calm, keeping a positive attitude, and being logical when confronted with a problem to solve. The illustrations (not sure who did them) are lovely and engaging, and they provide a nice respite for readers who need a break in the action. Most images have muted, water-colored backgrounds and colorful, but not too bright, foregrounds with plenty of things to observe. The main characters have warm, expressive eyes and friendly faces, and I think readers would like to see them pictured within the story, so hopefully that will happen in future installments. Also, for future installments, there needs to be a more thorough proofreading done. The book has capitalization, punctuation, and agreement errors, a sentence or two with misplaced words, and some tense changes. Most readers won’t notice the errors, but especially in children’s books, the writing needs to be immaculate since kids are still learning the rules. On a positive note, if I used the book in the classroom, it would be an opportunity to do a quick, real-life grammar lesson.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Popcorn and Jellybean set off on an adventure into the forest. They plan their trip, pack everything they need, and head off. But things don’t go quite as they plan, and the friends end up getting lost. Will they be able to find their way home? What I really like about this book is that the characters experience numerous setbacks but use their knowledge and problem-solving skills to get out of difficult situations. In this way, the author sneakily manages to impart a lot of interesting facts and information. He also throws in quite a bit of foreshadowing at the beginning of the book with his use of the phrase: “little did they know …” I just wish he had carried this theme throughout the rest of the book. The story was written with the input of the author’s seven-year-old son. This may explain why the main characters are a piece of popcorn and a jellybean. As an adult, I have trouble with this concept. I mean, how big are they? Normal size for popcorn and jelly beans? Or as big as humans? I had trouble imagining them carrying backpacks, lighting a fire, eating sandwiches and berries, and encountering real animals. The author and illustrator must have had trouble as well because, apart from the cover and character illustrations at the beginning of the book, Popcorn and Jellybean aren’t depicted in any of the illustrations, which are few and far between. My question is, why can’t they just be real boys? On that point, Popcorn and Jellybean are referred to as “boys”, but it’s not clear how old our adventurers really are. While they meticulously plan and pack for their trip, they don’t tell anyone where they are going or how long they will be away before they set off. And, even if they had, they get lost and take longer to return home than anticipated, yet no one is out looking for them! Other issues: Raisin is depicted with a “B” on his cap; Jelłybean is shortened to JB unnecessarily; the “mom” deer is depicted with antlers after the boys tell us that girl deer don’t have antlers; Raisin’s comment about “hanging out on the vine” implies he is as small as a normal raisin (cf. my comment above about the characters’ size). Still, if you suspend disbelief, or even just imagine this story is about two boys with unusual nicknames, it’s entertaining and educational. This book is suitable for parents to read to their younger kids or for older kids to read on their own. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (24 January):
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie is an adorable fantasy story where young readers are introduced to two friends, Popcorn and Jellybean. It is a Saturday afternoon and they both decide to go on an adventure. Their adventure introduces them to many new animals they meet along the way, which are far more than just bunnies, squirrels, and birds. The adventure is a learning experience for both of them as each day brings new challenges and their adventurous trip will teach readers how to make decisions in situations that are not planned. The story is whimsical and children will love reading about the adventure and the challenges faced by Popcorn and Jellybean on their trip. The author’s concept is educational and informative and he puts it across in a fun and interactive manner to readers, making it interesting. The illustrations are charming and they breathe life into the story and give the characters personality. The book is good for bedtime story-telling and can be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries. I like the way the story encourages children to become adventurous and plan in advance for their trips. Children will look forward to Popcorn and Jellybean's antics as the story progresses, and it is a story that will make children more imaginative and creative in their thinking.