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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

May 27, 2016

By Chris Grabenstein

 

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience. (taken from Goodreads)

This fun, entertaining book has many elements that engage the reader. I enjoyed all aspects of this story. The clues and puzzles are cleverly done and the children have rewards and consequences for their actions.

This is a great book for older elementary age kids, who will have an opportunity to discuss the book in our ‘Tween You and Me Book Club at Parr Library this summer.  You can find more information about the book club, and other great summer events at the library here

Happy reading!

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Whose Hands Are These?

April 29, 2016

Whose Hands Are These?

A Community Helper Guessing Book

By Miranda Paul

This delightful new book offers fun rhyming clues and great illustrations to help the reader guess each community helper’s work. A variety of community helpers are described-some are more challenging to guess than others, and the rhyming and picture clues make this book great fun to read with your child.

Luciana Navarro Powell’s illustrations show both ethnic and gender diversity, and give great attention to detail.

Both engaging and educational, this would also make a great read-aloud for early elementary classrooms. I had such fun guessing each profession, and think you will too. Happy reading!

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Dig In!

March 29, 2016

Dig In!

By Cindy Jenson-Elliott

 

This new book about playing outdoors is a wonderful find. I still remember the fun I had digging in the dirt as a child! With its large, adorably bold illustrations and simple phrasing, this read is a great choice for younger children. The large size of the fabulous illustrations makes this a great group read-aloud too.

After enjoying this book, kids will most likely want to go outside and begin their own exploring. Dig in to this book and get ready for some outdoor fun with your little one.  Happy reading!

 

 

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It’s Not Easy Being Number Three

February 26, 2016

It’s Not Easy Being Number Three

by Drew Dernavich

This is the story of Number Three, a number who decides that he wants to be something different. Number Three is tired of being a number.  But what could he be?  There are so many possibilities! Follow along as Number Three tries being an elephant’s toes, a cat’s mouth, a hair band, and more.  Be sure to look closely to see if you can find our friend 3 as he explores different options.  Can you see him in the page below? He is hard to spot sometimes!

When this book arrived at the library, I was immediately drawn to the cover with its cool fonts and hip illustrations.  I found the book itself to be just as lively and fun on the inside, with a bit of a comic book vibe.  This is a great ready for 5-7 year olds.  There is so much going on, from searching for the 3s throughout the drawings to the super-cool illustrations, and even a life lesson about being happy with oneself.  Plus, the story ends at the fair!  Who doesn’t love the fair??!!

I absolutely ADORE everything about this one! Because there is so much detail in the illustrations, this book works best as a one-on-one read.  Happy reading!

 

 

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All Year Round

January 29, 2016

All Year Round

By Susan B. Katz

 

In this fun and engaging picture book, a different shape corresponds to each month. The illustrations are bold, bright and colorful.

I enjoyed the connections made by the author between each month and the activity used to introduce the shape. This book is a fun way to help your little one learn (or reinforce their knowledge of) their shapes.  It is a great group read for preschool classes, too.  Happy Reading!

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Race Car Count

December 29, 2015

Race Car Count

By Rebecca Kai Dotlich

 

Does your little one like cars? Counting? Rhyming? Then this is a great book for you!  In Race Car Count, the large colorful illustrations are eye catching and as you count the cars from 1-10 the rhyming is fun and entertaining. The large and colorful text makes this a great storytime or preschool read, and the ‘Meet the Race Cars’ page at the end of the book is an absolute blast! It’s great fun to learn each cars name, favorite foods and collectables. Be sure to give this one a try. Happy reading!

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Snowy Bear

November 27, 2015

Snowy Bear

By Tony Mitton

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little bear all alone in the cold snowy woods, trying to find a warm place to rest.

As I read along, I found the cadence reminiscent of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, and I loved reading it aloud. Alison Brown’s illustrations captivated me as I followed Snowy Bear’s journey through the woods as he tries to find a home. Sadly, it seems that no one has a place for poor Snowy Bear. Finally, he sees a little farmhouse. Could this be a place he can rest?  Will he find a friend there? Check out this sweet book to find out. Happy Reading!

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Lots of Dots

October 28, 2015

Lots of Dots

By Craig Frazier

 

Lots of Dots is loads of fun! This entertaining and engaging book is a great way for your child to learn about circles. The dots are overflowing with color, and the simple and bold illustrations are real attention getters. Have fun with your little ones as they identify the more familiar dots, and learn new vocabulary for the ‘dots’ that are new to them.

Be sure to give this one a try and let the good times begin.  Happy reading!

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Pepper & Poe

September 29, 2015

Pepper & Poe

 Frann Preston-Gannon

 

This book is so cute! The story is about Pepper, a family cat who enjoys his life very much until one fateful Wednesday, when he is presented with a new kitten named Poe.  Pepper is NOT thrilled with the new addition to the family, as the fabulously expressive artwork shows.

The adorable illustrations speak volumes as the story unfolds. I loved seeing Pepper’s expressions throughout the book, especially on the final pages.  This is a great read for families thinking about getting a 2nd pet (or expecting a 2nd child perhaps?) or for anyone who loves animals.  I hope you enjoy this book and these  cute kitties as much as I did.  Happy reading!

 

 

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Sniff! Sniff!

August 28, 2015

Sniff! Sniff

By Ryan Sias

 

Sniff! Sniff! Cover

In his newest picture book, author/illustrator Sias has created an adorably illustrated read that tells the story of a puppy whose nose leads him into all kinds of trouble adventures. Few words are used; few words are needed.  The pictures tell this story of mischief, adventure and love.

The simple, repetitive text is easy to follow, and the bright bold illustrations are captivating.  Puppy’s thought bubbles as he experiences new scents help children develop their prediction skills as they have fun guessing puppy’s next stop! This is a delightful book to share with your child.  Happy reading!

 

 

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