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By Maripat Perkins
Illustrated by Molly Idle
Yeehaw! Get your cowboy boots on, because Rodeo Red is one fast ropin’, hound dog lovin’ gal. She and her dog Rusty have been closer than two buttons on a new shirt for as long as she can remember. One day Sideswiping Jim shows up and Red knows he’s going to be a heap of trouble. The Sheriff and Deputy (aka, Mom and Dad) tell her she’s got to get along with her new little brother, but Slim crosses the line when he steals Rusty! Red tries to sneak into his camp to get back her favorite dog, but runs into all kinds of trouble! Can Red come up with a plan to help free Rusty from Swideswiping Jim?
Cowboy themed from top to bottom, this fun family story shows just what it’s like to deal with a new sibling. There can be a lot of crying, and sometimes some jealousy, but Red’s ingenuity brings peace in the end. The cowboy slang of the narrative is sometimes at odds with the pictures, which show a regular family with a little girl who simply LOVES the wild west (and her dog). It’ll be sure to bring giggles from any reader.
Recommended for ages 5-8.
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!
by Victoria Turnbull
The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend, Oscar’s only friend.
They do everything together — explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even swim to the surface to look at the stars.
But Oscar is shy, so it’s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find a new friend.
If nothing else, you should check this one out for the illustrations alone–absolutely stunning, and detailed in such a gentle, soothing sort of way.
But it’s also a beautiful story about two friends, and that fear shy people (like me!) can sometimes feel when faced with people or experiences they’re not familiar with. The Sea Tiger takes the lead and encourages his friend to give others a chance, and that leads to all new adventures!
Well worth a read for shy children and adults alike!
Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)
By: Melanie Crowder
This is an interconnected story of two sets of sisters, told in alternating chapters. Luna and Willow are human sisters who live in a village that sits in a swamp. The swamp used to be a flowing river filled with sprites and fairies until a log jam created a dam. Now the swamp contains a sickness and anyone who drinks the water will sicken and die in exactly three weeks. When Willow accidentally swallows some of the swamp water, Luna is willing to do anything to save her sister. Luna breaks every one of her mother’s rules in her brave journey to save her beloved sister. Meanwhile, water sprite sisters, Perdita and Pelagia, are preparing to leave the world they live in on the night of the nearer moon. Perdita misses the window of time when the doors to the new world opened. Now she is stuck in the dam searching for a way to be reunited with her twin, Pelagia. The stories of both sets of sisters are closely intertwined. This fantasy story is told in beautiful, poetic language and is a pleasure to read.
How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder
What child doesn’t love making a cave to hide in? In How to Share with a Bear, Thomas makes a cave so he can cuddle up with a few books and read. But his cave is taken over by a bear, so he finds creative ways to distract it. Bears like blueberries, scratching their backs, fishing in streams, and honey, but none of these distractions seem to last very long. The reader will be surprised to discover the “truth” behind the bear!
I loved the gentle solutions in this story about siblings and sharing. Thomas is a loving big brother. Even though there are instructions at the end of the book about how to build your own cave, your children may not need them! If you’re in need of quiet book, perfect for cave reading, pick this one up today!
written by Jean Lewis; illustrated by Eugenie
As soon as the patron handed me this book to return, I was transported right back to my old childhood bedroom. This was one of my favorite books to read. Judy and Ben are going to visit their Aunt and Uncle’s underwater lab. The two siblings learn about the lab and get to take a mini-sub out for a ride along the ocean floor. They see parrotfish and other types of fish, a torpedo ray, an octopus, and even a shark! As their adventure unfolds, the reader is given quick facts about the different ocean life. This story is a great introduction to the various animals that call the ocean their home. Don’t forget to check out the non-fiction area to learn more about oceans. Bonus: a few pages really do glow in the dark! Learn about laternfish among a shipwreck and then turn off the lights, to see them shine.
Reviewed by Kate (Parr Library)
By: Alexandra Bracken
With the upcoming Star Wars movie coming to theaters, this story revisits the original Star Wars trilogy in chapter book form. The book describes itself as a “retelling” but essentially it is a pretty close novelization of the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie. The main difference is the order that the story is told. The story is divided into 3 parts: one for Leia “the princess”, one for Han Solo “the scoundrel”, and one for Luke Skywalker “the farm boy”.
The retelling is clever because it informs the inner dialogues and feelings of the characters. Most of the spoken dialogue is taken directly from the movie. It may not be necessary to know the movie to understand and read the book. However, for those that know the movie, it is appealing to see these famous movie quotes in chapter book form. Nothing extraordinarily new comes from the book, but there is ample evidence that the author loves Star Wars and her enthusiasm makes the retelling enjoyable.
This title is recommended for ages 8 and older. It would also be a fun read-aloud story for families to share, especially for those that love space adventures and want to introduce Star Wars to a new audience.
Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)
By Paul Czajak
Illustrated by The Brothers Hilts
Seaver isn’t like his brothers and sisters. They’re orb spiders and they only spin in perfect circles. All of the little spiders spin their webs each night, but Seaver looks up at the stars and finds inspiration. Instead of the smooth circles of his siblings’ webs, Seaver weaves squares and triangles and hexagons! His webs catch many bugs, but his siblings keep telling him that it’s not right for him to weave other shapes. Finally, he builds a web so beautiful that even his siblings can’t deny that other shapes are the way to go!
Seaver the Weaver is a sweet story about being true to yourself no matter what. The illustrations make the spiders friendly and humorous, rather than scary (I’m not a fan of scary spiders!). With all the different shapes in the web, you and your little one can expand shape vocabulary together, as well as learn a thing or two about spiders.
Recommended for ages 2-6