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by Jane Chapman
Barry is a lovable and huggable hairy monster who enjoys life in the forest. He particularly loves his walks, listening to the birds and munching on berries. Basically, he just loves his own company! Unfortunately, he is rarely left alone as he is just too cuddly for his own good. Animals from all over the forest love to come and cuddle him because he is sooooo soft! Barry likes cuddles but unfortunately for him, his forest friends overdo it by smothering him with cuddles all the time – rarely giving him a moment alone. Bunnies, badgers, beavers and even a tortoise leap onto him smoothing, patting, stroking, fluffing and crying “Come here, Snuggle-wuggles!” What was poor Barry to do? Pretend to be a tree? That attracts squirrels. Put on an angry face? Then the animals think he needs a cuddle to cheer him up! Nothing works! Or does it? Barry tries and tries to calm his cuddlers down until finally one day he may (or may not) have discovered the solution.
Once again Jane Chapman has written and illustrated a delightfully humorous story that begs to be read aloud. Her colorful illustrations jump off the page and bring her lovable characters to life. I’m afraid that I, too, might have joined in the cuddling had I met an adorable monster like Barry!
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)
By Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
New Orleans has a history of music and dance dating all the way back to colonial times. These two Coretta Scott King honorees set out to tell the story of Congo Square, a place that served as a refuge for enslaved and free African Americans alike. During this time, there was a law stating that Sunday must be a day of rest, so for half a day a week the slaves of New Orleans gathered in Congo Square. This was where they could sing and dance and forget their oppression for a little while.
Freedom in Congo Square tells of people’s capacity to find hope and joy even under the most difficult circumstances. Through bright, vivid paintings and simple language, this story can start a conversation on a much deeper subject. Consider pairing this with other books like Ellen’s Broom and I, Too, am America as a story time for Black History Month.
Recommended for ages 4-8.
By Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Every struggle with the difference between two, too, and to? I know I have! In this delightful and colorful book, a cockatoo explores all the different forms of the word. The text is simple, but helps the reader better understand how two cockatoos are different than cockatoos, too! By the time the tutus and the toucans show up, you’ll be giggling as you try to say these short tongue twisters!
As the two cockatoos in tutus and the two cockatoos in tutus, too start to can-can with the toucans, you’ll agree with the tiny bird at the end of the book. It’s all “too, too much!” A fun book that introduces the reader to word play, as well as helps introduce the idea of two, too, and to!
Recommended for ages 3-6
Boy you can say that again! This reference book from Usborne offers a unique and entertaining approach to helping young writers perform their best.
The first pages cover how to use the book: using a thesaurus, knowing types of words (noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition), and using topic pages. This is followed by lists of words in 70 interesting subject categories ranging from feelings to noises to food to Vikings. For example, to write about size turn to the Size Words page which is illustrated with goofy looking monsters of all shapes, colors and sizes. Here’s an example from that page:
After that there are a few helpful writing tips on comparisons, scene setting, characters, and conversation. This advice will help writers create some stellar stories. Then it’s time for fun with a good friend playing one of the suggested word games that follows.
And for thesaurus users who prefer a more traditional approach the Word Finder at the end of the book is an alphabetical listing of words and their alternatives.
So what’s not to like/ adore/ love? Check this out at once/ now/ promptly/ straightaway!
Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester
I’m ready for a warm sunny day, and a trip to the beach. How about you? If you need some inspiration, check out Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. In this charming story, Noni and her friends, Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, go on an adventure to the beach. Slightly silly, and full of rhyming words, this book will be perfect for your favorite preschooler.
And if this book puts you in the mood for more books about the beach, try our Beach theme bag, which includes nine books, a puppet, and a felt rhyme about sandcastles. Search the catalog for keywords: Beach theme, or search theme bag for a list of all of our themes.
By: Michael Foreman
This touching picture book tells the story of a boy named Adam who moved to a strange new city. When he looks out of his bedroom window all he sees is gray. Adam misses the faraway place he used to live. He especially misses the colorful forest and the animals he used to see. Adam’s favorite place at his new school is the green garden. When his teacher gives him some seeds to take home, it plants an idea in his mind. Adam plants the seeds of friendship.
Reviewed by: Renee (Parr Library)