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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Ashley Westerman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My kids love this author, she always has them thinking, using their imagination in one way or the other. They learned to treat everything fairly. Wonderful story, their favorite part was the pictures and trying to guess what would happen next in the story based off of them, they never got it right, but it was fun (as mom) to see the wheels turning and them thinking up different things.

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Pardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Ashley Westerman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We read this just in time for Thanksgiving. My kids loved it. They even helped me read it. It was such a cute, heartwarming story to read together with them. Lucky for me it didn’t change their minds on eating turkey for dinner, I wasn’t prepared for that!!!

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Ashley Westerman

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a lot of fun to read to my 2 younger kiddos. They laughed a lot reading it, and then went outside to the dirt and played their own version of the story. It was a lot of fun seeing them playing together like that. Let’s hope for no sibling rivalry now or in the future. We love this author; she always has my kids using their imaginations in interesting ways.

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Tanya Wall, November 2022

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mira and Carl are the typical brother and sister in this children’s book by Lois Wickstrom. They are always arguing, trying to one-up the other, and get the best of each other. Whether it be board games, books, who they want to be when they grow up – it turns into an arguement. Going to the beach and building sandcastles is the where the action happens. Carl building and Mira finding ways to ruin it… over and over again. At the end of the day, when it’s time to go home and the last castle is built, Mira and Carl ask their dad if they can come back and do it again. Brother and sister fun!

Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Carrie Reed

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The art in this children’s book is beautiful, I really like the style and the way the characters are acting out the dialogue in each scene. This book is really great at teaching perseverance, Carl didn’t let his sister’s antics and attempts to ruin his castle stop him from trying again and again to thwart her attempts in the future. It really shows how some siblings fight and act towards each other, seems like standard kids annoying each other. In the end they both had so much fun trying to outsmart each other that they wanted to do it all over again. Nice book, I do wish we could have seen them maybe work together in the end.

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love most books by this author, but we didn’t love Super Enemies. I read it to my 7 year old, and my 13 year old listened in. Both said the ending didn’t make sense, and I have to agree. The story presents us two siblings who fight constantly, never agreeing on things, like many brother and sisters. They seem to fight just for the sake of fighting, which is understandable, my kids do the same. But once they got to the beach, Mira is, in the words of my 7 years old “being so rude.” Carl is doing his own thing, building a sandcastle, and Mira comes over and destroys it. When Carl stands up to her, she taunts him and runs off. It bugged me that their dad sat there and did nothing- there was no show of intervention. Carl rebuilds his castle, just to have Mira ruin it. The process repeats over and over. The dad, and now other beach visitors are shown watching the children cause a scene. There is one image that the dad is shown shaking a finger at Mira, but I feel like the story should have shown dialogue of the dad scolding or coaching Mira on her behavior. At the end, dad says its time to go, and the family walks away with smiles asking to do it again tomorrow. I feel like it ending so abruptly, and didn’t really address the rivalry and fighting. There is no moral to the story- like even though you may fight, your siblings can be your best friends. Or maybe that Mira was acting that way because she felt left out, and should use her words to ask to join. Or perhaps working together to build an even better castle. The story just seemed to end… without any reason to the story. It caught us all off guard and didn’t really make sense. I do love the illustrations- the faces are very expressive and the scenes are bright and colorful. I enjoy most of the authors books, but not this one…

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Angela Renee Diaz

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mira and Carl are sworn enemies. They also are siblings. Sibling rivalry for everything until one day at the beach. Carl makes sand castles. Mira makes it her mission to destroy Carl’s sand castles. I think this is a very realistic situation. Also a good child book. Especially if the child has siblings.

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mira and Carl are siblings, but they are not friends, they are enemies! Whatever one of them wants to do, the other doesn’t, the only thing they agree on is that they both want to sit behind their dad whenever they are in the car.

One day their Dad takes them to the beach and this is something at last that they agree on, but the activities they want to do while there differ greatly, Carl wants to build a sandcastle, however, Mira wants to destroy it, is this something that can bring these super enemies together?

This is a cute story with lovely illustrations, which talks about friendship and how being different is not always a bad thing.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Crystal Brehant

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a funny book. It is very accurate for real life siblings. Fight and fight and fight then they are completely fine and over it. My 5yo son and I enjoyed this book. Another good one from Lois Wickstrom. Though it’s not my favorite from what I’ve read of hers, it is cute.

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think there are a lot of people out there who even as adults can fully relate to how these two siblings behaved. I know I certainly can! I love how this authors stories really come up with some great talking points for children whilst they are reading. I think this book is definitely best shared with an adult so maybe these talking points could include the children coming up with their own resolutions about how to behave and how we can all like different things but be respectful of each other.
I really enjoy the stories by this author and whilst I’m not sure this was one of my favourites I can see how it could help open further discussion for children about how we behave and respect each other.

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