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There’s a Cat in Our Class!

November 23, 2016

There’s a Cat in Our Class!

A Tale About Getting Along

By: Jeanie Franz Ransom

Miss Biscuit’s classroom of dogs is about to get a new student.  This student is very different from the others, however.  She is a CAT!  How will the dogs react to someone so unlike them joining their class?

This sweet, funny and timely book offers a child-friendly excursion into the important issue of diversity. The story imparts the value of learning about, accepting and celebrating each other’s differences.

Bryan Langdo’s illustrations are lovely and expressive and allow for discussion about Samantha and the dogs’ feelings throughout the story.

This book is timely and relevant for children and parents alike.  At the end of the story is a Note to Readers by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD., which gives suggestions on ways to have meaningful conversations with your child about this difficult topic.

Happy reading!

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October 27, 2016

King Baby

By Kate Beaton

 

This fantastically hilarious new book by Beaton tells the tale of King Baby, demanding ruler of his loyal subjects (his parents) as they struggle to meet his needs.  The illustrations are fabulous (look at the exhausted expressions on the subjects’ faces) and parents will relate to the truth in this humor as King Baby gurgles his demands and his parents try to decipher his wants and needs.  And the ending is spectacular!  That’s all I’m saying to avoid spoilers for the parents.  Preschoolers will love this book, but honestly I think parents will enjoy it even more. It’s just so relatable! So funny! So adorable!  So, please – READ THIS BOOK!!  Happy reading!

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Bedtime For Batman

September 28, 2016

Bedtime for Batman

Written by Michael Dahl

Illustrated by Ethen Beavers

 

This is a cleverly written story of a little boy getting ready for bed – decked out in costume and imagining that he is Batman – juxtaposed with the superhero doing what he does best on the opposing pages. The simple text works for both scenarios at once, and the detailed illustrations are fantastic – with the boy’s toys matching Batman’s allies and enemies. This fun and engaging book will be enjoyed by children and superhero fans alike.  Happy reading!

 

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Still a Gorilla

August 26, 2016

Still a Gorilla!

By Kim Norman

Willy is a gorilla at the zoo, but he wants to be a different animal.  No matter how hard he tries to look or act like other animals, he is still a gorilla! This picture book is super fun and silly.  The large, bold and colorful illustrations are very eye-catching.  This is a wonderful book for storytime or for a preschool classroom, as well as for sharing one-on-one with your child.  There are many opportunities for kids to join in the read-aloud fun each time that Willy is ‘STILL A GORILLA!’  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  Happy reading!

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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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