Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creepy Carrots

Creepy Carrots
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

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Summary: The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Review: Jasper is a hungry rabbit that absolutely loves the taste of the Crackenhopper Field carrots.  However, one day he believes that they are following him and are always watching him but nobody believes him.  Will Jasper ever be able to leave his house without looking over his shoulder? 

This is a fun but spooky tale perfect for the Halloween season and great for a beginning scary story for kids because it isn’t too scary.  The black and white illustrations really set the scene for the story and the orange carrots really accent the illustrations.  Overall this is a wonderful story for kids and parents of all ages.
 
*Caldecott Honor Book of 2013



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sophie's Squash

Sophie's Squash
Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: On a trip to the farmer’s market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash.  While her parents are thinking of eating it for dinner, Sophie has other plans for the acorn squash.  It is now Bernice, a new best friend for Sophie!  Bernice is just the right size to love, tuck into bed, take to the library, and practice somersaults.  But with time, Bernice starts to get “freckles” and becomes a little softer.  After talking to a farmer at the farmer’s market about how to keep a squash healthy, Sophie buries Bernice in the back yard.  She is overjoyed to see Bernice’s babies growing next year!

Review: This is a sweet book that says a lot about imagination, friends, and parental patience.  It will bring a smile to your face. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise

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Summary: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill- an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
 
Review: After seeing a number of booklists recommend Patrick Ness’ work, I wanted to give this book a try. A Monster Calls was inspired by an idea from author Siobhan Dowd, who died of cancer. This is a thought-provoking read for mature pre-teens and teens and addresses such difficult subjects as illness, death, bullying and the emotions that follow. I enjoyed the mysterious elements involving the monster and appreciated the descriptive words. The black and white illustrations by Jim Kay add to the story. Conor is a character that needs to exist for all those young readers who may have lost a parent or are going through a difficult time. The three separate stories within the book make this a worth-while read.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog
Author: Megan McDonald/Katherine Tillotson
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

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Summary: In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.
 
Review: This is a great book and the illustrations are wonderful. The dog in this story is adopted from a shelter and is given the name “Shoe Dog” when his new owner is trying to shoo him away from chewing on her shoes. His obsession with chewing on shoes keeps him from sleeping on the bed and it’s such a cute story because it shows us the perspective of a dog. Shoe dog did not want to go back to the shelter so he decided he would stop chewing shoes. I think this was an adorable story that people of all ages would enjoy, especially if they have a “Shoe Dog” of their own.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Que le pasa a este niño?/What happens to this child?

Que le pasa a este niño?/What Happens to This Child?
Author: Angels Ponce Ribas
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Ana

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Summary: This book introduces parents, teachers or any person that interacts with children on how to care for children with disabilities in Spanish. It is full of examples to teach children that might have a brother or sister, or any close family member or friend about other children who are disabled.

Review: This book helps kids to understand other kids with disabilities and explains how to help a disabled relative. The book explains causes, symptoms, and treatment. It also provides valuable advice. Parents and family members will feel a connection with the situations presented in this book.





 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Too Many Pears

Too Many Pears
Author: Jackie French
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: Pamela the cow absolutely loves pears!  She goes to all sorts of antics to be able to eat more pears.  She loves them right off the tree, with ice cream, in a pie, stewed, and about any other way imaginable.  It becomes a problem when no one else is able to eat any pears.
 
Review: What a fun book!  The illustrations are simple, expressive, and tell a lot of the story.  The young girl, Amy, finally solves the problem, only to have Pamela now interested in apples! This is a book that will make you smile.

 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Negotiate Everything

How to Negotiate Everything
Author: David Spellman
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen

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Summary: If tantrums don’t work for you to get what you want, this book shows you how to negotiate with the toughest known negotiator….M-O-M…

Review: This is not just a book for children.  Our hero, a little boy in a checkered sports coat and short pants, learns what is worth negotiating for (pets, ice cream, etc.) even to the extent of negotiating for an elephant. Our hero learns the lesson of persistence—keep on “negotiating” until you reach an agreement satisfactory to both parties. Someday, if you become President of the United States, you may find yourself sitting on your couch in the Oval Office with your own elephant. These are worthwhile lessons for all of us and a very funny book with hilarious drawings.