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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

October 23, 2014

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker dreams of being a cowboy, but he needs a horse. He receives sage advice about choosing the right horse, by checking its teeth and hooves. I laughed out loud, and I think you will too, when you see the picture of Leroy meeting Maybelline for the first time. Each character in this story is larger than life and made me chuckle.  You’ll love the illustrations by Chris Van Dusen!

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first title in a new series for early chapter readers called Tales from Deckawoo Drive.  If you have read the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, you might remember Leroy Ninker.  Mercy Watson books are for beginning readers and the Leroy Ninker books are a step up from those.

This book is a new favorite!  I’m looking forward to sharing it with friends.

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Wednesday

October 22, 2014

wednesdayAn educational and clever book for young readers written by Anne Bertier called Wednesday.   We meet Little Round and Big Square who get together every Wednesday to play their favorite game, turning into different objects.  They change into butterflies, flowers and mushrooms until Big Square begins to show off.   The nerve of Big Square to turn himself into objects that I cannot create  thought Little Round.  He became quite angry.  Big Square and Little Round decided to work together and create an array of shapes they both could enjoy until they both become hungry.  You’ll never guess what their new favorite shape was,  an ice cream cone, yum, yum.

With simple primary colors and different shapes this book can be enjoyed by young children everywhere.  You will enjoy watching all the unique shapes that Big Square and Little Round create as well as guessing what shapes they are using.  This book also gives a parent or caregiver an opportunity to discuss friendship, anger and jealousy with your child.  The beginning steps in learning to accept the differences in each other as well as finding a solution to your problem.

Bev (Davis)

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This Orq. (He cave boy.)

October 21, 2014

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This Orq. (He Cave Boy.)  by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols

Meet Orq.  He cave boy.  Meet Woma.  He woolly mammoth.  Orq *love* Woma.  But when Orq decides to keep Woma as a new pet, his mother has a few complaints, not the least of which is the (literally) mammoth-sized dung heaps Woma leaves inside cave-sweet-cave.  What’s a cave boy to do?

But never fear.  Like many impractical pets, Woma proves her worth when she gets Orq out of a spot of danger involving a hungry sabertooth tiger.  Orq’s mother invites Woma back into the family and they all live happily ever after…almost.

Pair this book with any of a number of picture books about impractical or strange pets, and get your little one laughing.  See below for a list of great titles to get you started.

 

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Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay
Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey

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Kid Picks: October Afternoon Edition

October 19, 2014

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Kid Picks

October 19, 2014

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Hook’s Revenge

October 16, 2014

Hook’s Revenge

By Heidi Schulz

Hook’s Revenge tells the tale of Jocelyn Hook, the only daughter of Captain Hook – yes, that Captain Hook, he of Peter Pan fame – who hopes to escape her horrible finishing school and become a feared pirate captain like her long-missing father.  When a letter from Captain Hook himself arrives, asking Jocelyn to avenge his death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to ditch manners lessons for a great adventure.  But being a pirate is much harder that she ever thought. Can Jocelyn find the courage to beat the crocodile before time runs out?

Readers won’t be bored with this quirky but action-packed story, adventuring with Jocelyn as she deals with her pathetically untrained pirate crew, outwits cannibals, rescues her amnesiac best friend, and fends off that twerp Peter Pan, who keeps barging in uninvited.  Jocelyn is a fierce heroine who is easy to love: hilarious and fiery with a heart of gold.  Discovering the details of Neverland itself add to the fun, as well as the snarky side comments of the story’s cranky narrator.

Recommended for grades 4-7.

Reviewed by:   Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Color Mixing Fun!

October 14, 2014

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet is a wonderfully interactive picture book, and a fun introduction to colors and color mixing.  Directed to tap here and rub there, readers and listeners mix the colors on the pages of this book.  With its generous white space and splotches of paint color, the reader is invited to “with one finger take a little bit of the blue…and just touch the yellow.  Rub it…gently…”

And with a page turn, “see?” the reader sees the splotch of green that they’ve made!

Herve Tullet gave new meaning to an interactive picture book with Press Here, and this title follows in that same vein.

A delightfully fun reading experience that hopefully leads to some actual play with paints and colors!

Read the book, get some finger paints…and MIX IT UP!

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Kid Picks: October Afternoon Edition

October 12, 2014

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Kid Picks

October 12, 2014

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

October 10, 2014

ferriswheelMr. Ferris and His Wheel

By: Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford

Perhaps you have been to the State Fair of Texas and seen the Texas Star Ferris wheel there.  Did you know that this type of attraction is named after its creator, Mr. Ferris?

This book describes the creation of the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Since the Eiffel Tower had been the star attraction at the last World’s Fair, what would impress the world next?

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an experienced engineer. When he first pitched his wheel idea to the construction chief of the fair, the chief thought it would fall apart. George, however, was not put off and knew steel well. He decided that a steel alloy would be the essence of both a delicate-looking and strong structure.

What happens next, as they say, is history.

This book is recommended for sharing aloud with younger children interested in Ferris wheels or could be a jumping off point for grade-school children learning about engineering.

Check out this book to find out more!

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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