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Lion vs. Rabbit

September 12, 2014

Lion vs. Rabbit

 by Alex Latimer

Lion bullies all the other animals until finally they can’t take it anymore, so they post an ad, asking for help.  even the largest among them fail to defeat him.  When a rabbit arrives, no one thinks the small animal will be brave or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?

If you think you already know the ending to this quirky re-writing of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, wait for the twist at the end of the tale!  Lion vs. Rabbit is a picture book triple-threat:  a funny story, adorable illustrations and a great message.

Recommended for Pre-k through grade 2.

Also try: 

Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play With Your Food! By Bob Shea

Bootsy Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner

 

Reviewed by Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Chu’s First Day of School

September 11, 2014

Chu's firstChu is back in Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex.  In the first book featuring the lovable panda bear, readers got a surprise when they found out about Chu’s explosive sneezes.

In this second title, Chu is nervous about going to school.  When he gets there and all the animals take turns introducing themselves and sharing something they love to do, there’s a surprise in store for his fellow classmates, as Chu can’t help but demonstrate what he loves to do.  The expressions on his classmates’ faces tell Chu everything is going to be all right.

The concerns of Chu will resonate with young children, and readers will find humor in the facial expressions throughout the book and of course, in Chu!

For more books, check out our Starting School list.

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Puddle Pug

September 10, 2014

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By Kim Norman

Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi

Percy the pug loves all kinds of puddles. In his search to find the perfect puddle for splashing, he makes a map of all the swamp puddles, the stomp puddles, and even the ready-for-a-romp puddles. He tries froggy puddles, and foggy puddles, and deeper-than-a-doggy puddles. When he finds just the perfect puddle, it’s already occupied by mama pig and her little piglets!

Percy tries everything to get in mama’s good graces, but it takes a big storm and one smart doggy to earn a chance to stay in the best puddle of all. This is an adorable story with fun illustrations. Percy’s expression are simply perfect as he enjoys all the different kinds of puddles. With rhyming text, it’s a great read-aloud story for your little ones.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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All Four Stars

September 4, 2014

All Four Stars

By: Tara Dairman

 

I love cooking so I was excited to see this new junior novel about a young pre-teen foodie, Gladys Gatsby. In the opening scene Gladys has set the kitchen curtains on fire while using a blow torch to make her crème brulee. Her parents are understandably upset and ban Gladys from the kitchen. This poses a problem since they are terrible cooks themselves and Gladys must suffer through some horrible meals. Gladys writes an essay about cooking for a school competition and the essay winds up in the hands of an editor at a New York City newspaper. The editor hires Gladys to write a freelance food review of a new restaurant in the city. Gladys is too young to travel into the city by herself and must figure out a way to get into the city and sample all of the food without letting her parents know. She turns out to be surprisingly resourceful even if her solution does stretch believability. This is an entertaining story even if some of the plotting is a little bit convoluted.

Renee (Parr)

 

 

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Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire

September 3, 2014

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By Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo, stars of the beginning reader series of the same name, star in the second early chapter book title in this series for early elementary age children.

While the farmer and his wife are on vacation, their BFF cows, Minnie and Moo, decide to host a talent show to raise money to buy the farmer a new tractor.  The “First Annual Hoot, Holler and Moo Talent Festival” attracts “talented” animals both domestic and wild from near and far who want their chance to be in the spotlight.  Meanwhile there are animals that are clearly up to no good as they skulk around the stage stirring up trouble and attempting to side-track Minnie and Moo’s good intentions for their own purposes.  Slapstick humor abounds as the coyotes organize a port-a-potty race, the money box becomes a target for some of the greedier animals, and Elvis the singing rooster tries to claim the spotlight as his own. Silly rhymes, songs and crazy antics accompanied by Cazet’s expressive black and white sketches make this zany farm story a sure hit for early chapter book readers.

Recommended for children ages 6 – 8.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

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The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

September 2, 2014

the pilot and the little princeThe Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
by Peter Sís

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. He had always dreamed of flying, and when he became a pilot as a young man, his adventures truly began. He was one of the first pilots to deliver mail by plane and, along with his fellow pilots, helped to create new routes to faraway places. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts, battled winds and storms, and even tried to break aviation records. He also crashed a number of times. From his plane, he reflected on life on the earth and in the skies, and this inspired him to write about his experiences. Peter Sís’s remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the world’s most beloved books. [from the book jacket]

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The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explores Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s lifelong love of airplanes and flying through attentive storytelling and imaginative illustrations. Sís’s beautifully detailed illustrations definitely warrant a second or third look. This is a book to linger over. An excellent companion to Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, and a must for fans of the book—learning about Saint-Exupéry’s life will lend even more beauty and meaning to the story. Check out both together!

Picture book. Recommended for ages 5 to 12.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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Big Bad Bubble

August 29, 2014

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by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Did you think that bubbles just disappear when they pop?  Oh, no.  When a bubble pops here, it reappears in La La Land!  Unfortunately, thanks to Mogo, all the monsters in La La Land are absolutely TERRIFIED of bubbles.  Bubbles are sneaky!  They travel in packs!  And in summer they go into a frenzy!

Finally, with some coaxing, the monsters will discover that just maybe bubbles aren’t so scary after all.  Now, butterflies, on the other hand…

Join the silly monsters in La La Land for a hilarious bubble adventure with the winning team of Rubin and Salmieri. And if you like this book, be sure to check out some of their others, like Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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My Teacher is a Monster!

August 28, 2014

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by Peter Brown

Bobby’s teacher is a monster. Or is she? Bobby likes to go to the park to take his mind off his monster teacher, but one day… she is there! Bobby and his teacher end up spending some time together in the park, quacking with ducks and flying paper airplanes. Watch as his teacher slowly transforms from a monster into a real person. When Bobby gets back to school, he views his teacher a little differently… but that’s not to say she doesn’t still get a little monstrous at times.

This is a fun book that can show kids how people can act differently in different situations. Just because a teacher acts a certain way during class doesn’t mean she can’t have fun outside of the classroom! And as always, Peter Brown’s illustrations are bold and adorable. Love that Peter Brown!

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

August 26, 2014

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

By Todd Parr

 In Todd Parr’s newest book, he assures his readers that it’s okay to make mistakes. “It’s okay to not know the answer. Asking questions helps you learn”, is just one of many positive encouragements given. In his wonderfully humorous way, Parr tells us that it is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to be different.

His illustrations are boldly colored and absolutely adorable. Parr even tells us how the art was made and stresses that mistakes were made that shaped the finished product. (The finished product is a fun, beautiful and creative read. I love it!)

This is a fantastic book to share with your child. It would also be a great group read for a preschool or kindergarten class. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. Happy reading!

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Two Speckled Eggs

August 22, 2014

 

Two Speckled Eggs

Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann

Ginger is excited about her birthday party.  Her mother insists she cannot exclude anyone from the invitations, but Ginger thinks Lyla Browning is weird.

This is a great story about friendship.  During the party games and the cake, Ginger begins to get a new perspective on Lyla, and when she opens Lyla’s present she discovers a tiny handmade bird’s nest with two chocolate malted-milk eggs.  Lyla’s gift is unique, as is Lyla.

Jennifer K. Mann’s author notes on the flap of the book say that she came up with the idea for the story from two photographs from her seventh birthday party.  Do you remember your seventh birthday?  This book may stir some memories!

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