Posts Tagged ‘Children’s easy book’

Shoe Dog

April 16, 2014

Megan McDonald

Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald.

All dogs love to chew and they can usually be placated by a bone, a toy or even a smelly sock but  not Shoe Dog.  How did he get that name?  We meet this adorable dog at a pet store where is is anxiously waiting for a home.  The owner has no idea what she is in for until she discovers his passion, shoes!  In fact, that is how he got his name.  He can’t seem to help himself as he discovers just the right size boxes filled with shoes.  Even though he is called “BAD DOG” and has to sleep at the bottom of the bed or on the cold downstairs floor the lure of those shoe boxes is just more than he can stand.  You would think he would have learned his lesson but when a large red bag appears he hears that familiar rustling of paper and he knows those boxes are just waiting for him.  Shoe Dog will find that bag and when he pulls it over what falls out makes him stop in his tracks.  He no longer needs shoes for his has found a new passion.

I really enjoyed the illustrations in this large colorful book.  The drawing of Shoe Dog really fit his spunky personality.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good dog adventure and this one is worth reading.

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Here Comes the Easter Cat

April 11, 2014

here-comes-the-easter-catHere Comes the Easter Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda

Cat doesn’t understand why everybody loves the Easter Bunny so much.  Sure, he brings everyone chocolate eggs, but that can’t be that hard…right? When Cat figures out how hard that job is – and discovers that the Easter Bunny never has time for a nap – he finds a way to help instead of just being jealous.

This fun, humorous picture book is written as if the narrator is having a conversation with Cat, but all of Cat’s responses are nonverbal and only suggested in the illustrations.  This is makes it a wonderful story to use as an exercise in “reading” the pictures in a book.  Each illustration of Cat suggests half of a conversation and half of the narrative in the book.  Take time with your little one and let them tell YOU what Cat is thinking and saying, and enjoy the humor that follows!

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Momo and Snap are NOT friends!

April 10, 2014

Momo and Snap are NOT friendsMomo and Snap Are Not Friends!

By Airlie Anderson

Momo and Snap Are Not Friends is a story about two different animals that happen to cross paths, and when they do they engage in a competition of sorts. They battle it out to see which one of them is more ferocious. Through several rounds, Momo the monkey and Snap the alligator go head to head testing their strength and their growls. But that’s not all, they also compete to see who is better at juggling, drawing, swimming, fishing and running. It’s a grueling competition that gets interrupted by a pack of hungry lions. But only Snap sees them coming. Thinking on his feet, Snap does the only thing he can think of. He runs in the opposite direction, but not before scooping up little Momo. And thus begins a  warm friendship.

I love everything about Momo and Snap are NOT friends, it’s such a great story with two adorable characters. What I love the most about this picture book is the style in which it is written. There are no words, the entire story unfolds through pictures and sounds that Momo and Snap make. It’s a fun read, especially when read aloud!

Recommended for ages 3-8.

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The Magic Bojabi Tree

April 8, 2014

The Magic Bojabi TreeThe Magic Bojabi Tree

By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Piet Grobler

All of the animals of Africa are hot and hungry. They want the beautiful fruit from mysterious tree, but it is guarded by the biggest python they have ever seen. The python tells them they can eat the fruit if they name the tree, and the king of the beasts is the only one who knows the name. Sending zebra and monkey and elephant for the name ends in disaster as they forget the name on the way back. They try a bunch of silly words, but the python won’t budge. By the time turtle takes his turn, the king of the beasts is angry at being woken so many times. Still, turtle gets the name and makes up a rhyme to help him remember.

The Magic Bojabi Tree is an old African story that has many different versions. It’s a fun read for little ones that like catchy rhymes. I recommend reading the turtle’s song together so everyone can sing it during the story. With quirky, colorful paintings The Magic Bojabi Tree is sure to inspire giggles.

Recommended for ages 4-7

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis

April 1, 2014



by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

This is a hysterical story about Hippo’s unsightly “spotamus”.The story is told in rhyme using a lot of silly words.

 Hippo discovers a big, red “spotamus” on her “bottomus” and doesn’t know what it wrong and what to do.  All of the animals at the watering hole pointed and laughed.  Hippo was so embarrassed.  Then the Weasel decided that she had a “diseasel” and needed treatment.  Each of the animals had their own idea about what Hippo had and how to treat it. Weasel had thought she had the measles.  The treatment for Hippo was to get sun and heat on the “spotamus”.  This did not work and the spot was still there. All of the animals had their chance to treat Hippo’s “diseasel”.  Fox thought the “diseasel” was “hippopox”.  Beaver thought it was jungle fever.  Lion thinks it is “hippolumps”.  Shrew is sure the “diseasel” is “potomumps”.  The Rhino says it is definitely “hippoflu”. Hippo tries all the treatments but nothing works.  Hippo was getting grumpier and grumpier.  Finally, Croc the doc gives Hippo a “shotamus”.  Sadly this doesn’t work either.  Then, a little boy runs by and sees the “spotamus”.  He looks really closely and realizes the “spotamus” is his bubble gum. The little boy pulls it off and at last Hippo is cured.

Hippospotamus is a fun, fun, fun book to read.  Preschoolers thoroughly enjoyed the rhyming and laughed enthusiastically at the silly words.

Reviewed by: Ricki (Schimelpfenig)

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March 26, 2014


By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This little bull is a in a bad mood. Someone is mean to him, so he turns that around and takes it out on his friends when they want to play. He calls them names, getting bigger and bigger as his attitude gets worse. Eventually, someone takes him down to size by telling him he’s acting like a big bully. It’s all he needs to realize that he’s being too mean.

This book is simple, but effective. Through just a few words, the idea of bullying comes across loud and clear. This is a good book to share with your little one to help them understand that being kind to friends is important. Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the winner of many awards and nominations for her other books, including her Caldecott Honor book Green.

Recommended for ages 3-7

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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I Hatched!

March 21, 2014

I hatchedI Hatched!  CRACK! Yep I am here.  Meet this delightful, energetic little chick as he enters the world.  Right from the start as he stretches his wobbly legs he begins to run everywhere.  Running is his favorite thing to do as he begins to discover his surroundings.  But wait, he finds a pool of water and sees himself.  He is even more amazed at how awesome he looks.  He learns he can sing and captures us with his new sounds.  He spends an eventful day running, singing and learning everything he can until mama calls.  He knows when she calls it is time to rest.  Upon his return home a new surprise awaits him; a  new baby sister has hatched.  He can hardly contain himself as he announces, “don’t worry, I know EVERYTHING!” Obviously a book that will make you smile as you read it.  Through the author’s words you can just feel this little chick love of life and  the illustrations just add to the enjoyment of this book.

Beverly  (Davis)


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March 6, 2014


By Meg Kearney

Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Trouper is a good dog, but he’s missing a leg. It wasn’t a problem when he was part of a big pack, running on the streets. He and his pack get rounded up, however, and taken to a place with many cages. People come by to look at them, slowly taking away all of his pack. They take away Hunter and Tugger, Digger and Dice, Big Bear, and then Sweet Girl. All of the dogs go home with new people, all except Trouper. It makes him sad to be alone, until one day a boy comes to his cage and calls him a ‘good boy’. The boy takes him home, not minding that Trouper only has one leg.

Trouper is based on a true rescue story. Written in verse, Trouper talks of kindness and the love of a boy and his dog. The beautiful watercolor paintings are lifelike, bringing to life the story of how some animals get a second chance even when they’re not perfect. Trouper is Meg Kearney’s rescue dog in real life. He lives happily with her family in New Hampshire.

Recommended for ages 4-8

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Love Monster

February 11, 2014

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By Rachel Bright

It’s difficult being a monster in a world full of cute and fluffy things. No one wants to love a monster when they could hug a bunny, or a teddy bear, or a super cute kitten. Monster is a little bit funny-looking. To say the least. All that cuteness makes being funny-looking pretty, darn hard. Determined to find someone who loves him just the way he is, Monster sets out on a long journey. He searches high and low, inside and out, middle-ish and elsewhere. What Monster discovers is that finding love is really hard. In the blink of a googly eye, everything changes when love finds him.

A sweet and funny tale, Love Monster is a story to enjoy at Valentines, or anytime you want to feel a little warm and fuzzy. With simple, but amusing text, and warm colors, you won’t be able to help falling in love with the googly-eyed monster.

Recommended for ages 2-5

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

January 31, 2014

goldyluckgoldyluck2Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

By: Natasha Yim

Illustrated by: Grace Zong

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas is a Chinese New Year themed version of the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this story, we find out that Goldy Luck is lucky because she was born in the Year of the Golden Dragon. However, Goldy never has money in her piggy bank and is always breaking things.

On Chinese New Year, her mother instructs her to take a plate of turnip cakes to share with the Chan family next door. She reluctantly leaves to visit her neighbors and knocks on the door. No one is home and with a little push on the door, Goldy falls inside her neighbors home dropping the plate of turnip cakes on the floor. Thinking it is more bad luck, Goldy searches for a broom to clean up the mess. She makes her way into the kitchen when she comes across bowls of congee or rice porridge.

The story then takes on the familiar tale of Goldilocks, except at the end, Goldy resolves to fix her bad luck and make amends with the Chan family.

This is a sweet tale to share with the family for Chinese New Year. If you are a fan of variations of Goldilocks, take a look at this story. It is reminiscent of Rubia and the Three Osos.

Don’t forget to check out the turnip cake recipe at the back of the book!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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