Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock by Alex Williams - ESSENTIAL

The Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock by Alex Williams, 298pgs. Philomel Books, 2008.

Content: G


Pinrut has been taken over by a tyrannical ruler, Bartholomew Tullock. Bartholomew turned Pinrut into a giant glacier. Everything is covered in snow. The Breeze family have always been fan makers. Fans do not exactly come in handy in a snow covered village. Desperate, the father and their daughter, Madeline have to set out to a new area to try to sell fans. Rufus, the son, and the mother are stuck at the house. But, something goes wrong on both sides. Can anyone really escape Bartholomew's greedy, cruel hands?

This book is really adventurous and interesting to read. I was curious all the way through this book.

Student Reviewer: CW

Painting the WIld Frontier by Susanna Reich - ESSENTIAL

Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin by Susanna Reich, 133 pages. Clarion, 2008. NON-FICTION.


George Catlin trekked all over the world, painting Indians of every tribe. He dedicated himself to painting the Indian tribes before they “died out”, knowing that westward expansion would wipe many of their cultures from the earth. He painted hunts and ceremonies, chiefs and women. He befriended the king of France and was the talk of London with his art exhibit, and is one of the best-known artists of the 19th century.

This is a good book. It’s very informative, and it’s interesting as well. It’s easy to understand and fun to read. It is a good resource, well organized and with a good balance of pictures and information.

Student Reviewer: RG

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Dragons of Spratt Ohio by Linda Zinnen - OPTIONAL

The Dragons of Spratt, Ohio by Linda Zinnen, 232 pages. Harper Collins, 2004.

Content: G


John Salt loves the newborn dragons on his parents’ wildlife reserve. Nobody else really seems to care that much, but then one day his makeup scientist aunt, whom he’s never met, arrives from Paris. She’s never shown any interest in wildlife before, but now seems really interested in the dragons, and Salt gets an odd feeling about his aunt.

This was an okay book, but it was also pretty unoriginal. It was well written with decent character development, but I just couldn’t really get into it.

Student Reviewer: RG

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Theodosia Throckmorton and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers - ADVISABLE

Theodosia Throckmorton and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers, 387 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G;


Theodosia is in trouble again. After she returned the Heart of Egypt to the tomb, she thought the Serpents of Chaos were defeated. But now, mummies have been disappearing from museums around the city and showing up at her museum. And that's not all. She has to get to the bottom of all this before something bad happens! This book was good, and I'm a fan of the series, but I found it a little bit too complicated and convoluted. They introduced a lot of new things, sometimes for no apparent purpose. Otherwise, it was a good book and I would suggest it to anyone.

Student Reviewer: RG

Pendragon: Before the War by D.J. MacHale - OPTIONAL

Pendragon: Before the War: Book One of the Travelers by D.J. MacHale, 228 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2009. $6.99.

Content: G.


Peek into the lives of Vo, Gunny and Kasha before they became Travelers and met up with Bobby Pendragon.

There are three books planned in the particular series and the only thing that changes about the titles is the number - pretty unimaginative. Students will probably love them, because it gives them background knowledge of beloved characters, but none of the stories are well-developed and satisfying.

Cindy - Library Teacher.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell - ESSENTIAL

The Kind of Friends we Used to be by Francis O'Roark Dowell, 234 pages. Atheneum (Simon), 2009.


Kate and Marylin have rekindled their friendship, but they are not as close as before the troubles of last year in sixth grade. Kate is going to take up guitar and decides that scary black boots is requisite for a guitar-wielding girl. Marylin is a middle school cheerleader and desperately wants to give Kate a makeover so that she will fit in better. Both girls work on their friendship, but they also find unlikely allies and unknown strength.

I did not read The Secret Language of Girls, the prequel to this title, but by the end of this bookI wanted more - I wanted to read the next book right away - and I don't even know if there will be a next book!

Cindy - Library Teacher

The Snow Show by Carolyn Fisher - ADVISABLE

The Snow Show by Carolyn Fisher. Harcourt, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


Snow White and Jack Frost are the hosts of a cooking show starring a snowman named Chef Kelvin.

Science facts are included as part of the recipe for how snow is formed. The text and digital art combine to teach the processes of evaporation, deposition, application of heat (or cold), and precipitation. The dynamic and inventive art will help children used to computer graphics learn these concepts. Includes an author’s note with additional information about snow, suggested reading, a recipe for “Polar Pops” and a link to the author’s website, which features an exciting animation of snow-crystal formation and a free activity kit.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell - ADVISABLE

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell, 183 pages. Delacorte (Random), 2009.

Content: G


Iris wants something different to happen this summer - she's tired of hot, sticky, boring. While she and her best friend are messing around in the graveyard, Iris hears a voice. Over time she begins to think that she's hearing from Elijah - a teenager who disappeared many years earlier. But if so, Elijah is very angry and has a bone to pick with Iris and her family.

Though it has lots of tension and quite a bit of danger, its portrayed without gratuity. I hope Mitchell has as many books in her head as Mary Downing Hahn or Betty Ren Wright.

Cindy - Library Teacher.

The Black Stallion and the Shape-Shifter by Steven Farley - OPTIONAL

The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter by Steven Farley, 263 pages. Random House, 2009. Content: G.


The Black Stallion has been injured and is off to Ireland for some recuperation, A mysterious, charismatic horse along the shore has plans for the stallion.

If you have a definite horse-crazy clientele, go for it, but otherwise, the Black Stallion series doesn't draw as much of a crowd as it used to.

Cindy - Library Teacher.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins - NO

Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins176 pages. Schwartz and Wade, 2008.


Lumphy, Stingray, and Plastic are stuffed animals that talk. They are best friends. This book tells of all of their adventures as friends.

I did not like this book. It was very weird. The characters were very strange. I thought that this book was very dull and boring. I was not able to get in to this book.

Student Reviewer: MB

Friendly Tales by Margaret Wise Brown - ADVISABLE

Friendly Tales by Margaret Wise Brown, 213 pages. Golden Books 2008.


This book is a collection of many short stories and poems. There are many characters in this book that are doing many different things.

The characters in this book were very fun and I liked them. There were many fun stories in this book. It was kind of weird though, so I didn't like it that much.

Student Reviewer: MB

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Way of the Warrior by Andrew Matthews - ESSENTIAL

Matthews, Andrew The Way of the Warrior, 152 pgs. Dutton Children's Books.

Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G


When Jimmu was ten, his father woke him up, explained that he had dishonored the family, and then his father committed a form of suicide called seppuku. His father's samurai then told him that his father was framed and the evidence was actually forged. Jimmu was told that he must kill Lord Ankan, the one who forged it. When Jimmu grows up and goes to fulfill this task, he faces a moral dilemma. How can he kill Lord Ankan when he has taken him in and trusts him?

This was a good book, well written. It had a decent plot, and it was enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.

Student Reviewer: RG

Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee - ESSENTIAL

Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee197 pages. Chicken House.

Content - G


One day, Mackenzie's father brings home a pit bull puppy, and tells Mac to take care of it. Pit bulls are frowned upon as dangerous in the community, but Mac loves his dog, whom he names Cash. But Mackenzie's father has a mean temper, and one day he takes Cash away and dumps her in the middle of nowhere. Cash has to learn to survive, and Mackenzie is heartbroken.

This was a good book. I think that people who love dogs would really enjoy this book. It was a fun read, and it was pretty well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals.

Student Reviewer: RG

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Along Came Spider by James Preller - ADVISABLE

Along Came Spider by James Preller, 127 pgs. Scholastic Inc., 2008.



Spider has a friend named Trey who many think is very weird. Spider doesn't know what to do because Spider wants to be friends with Trey like they always have been, but still wants to make other friends. Others don't like Spider because he is friends with Trey. Spider has to make a decision between being friends with Trey or having many other friends.

I thought that this book was just okay. The characters were very fun though and I enjoyed how they reacted to different things in many different ways. Trey was a very enjoyable character for me to read about.

Student Reviewer: MB

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder - ADVISABLE

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder, 240 pages; Random House; 2008; 



This is a very cute and happy tale of a milkmaid who sets off to find the truth about her mother and where she came from. Her friend, Prince Wynston, thinking she is in trouble sets off to find her. On their adventure they run into a very organized village, a man stuck in a soup pot, and much more.

This is a fun and humorous story that I enjoyed very much.

Student Reviewer: RS

Monday, March 23, 2009

Deck the Halls by Norman Rockwell - ADVISABLE

Deck the Halls by Norman Rockwell. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


Fourteen of Norman Rockwell’s winter and Christmas themed illustrations have been selected to accompany the words to the traditional carol. The intimate and humorous illustrations include a jolly Santa, children sledding, and a grandfather cuddling his grandchildren. The combination of the classic song with the classic illustrations creates a true family Christmas treasure. The book is also large enough to share with a group for a festive sing-along. An introduction by John Rockwell, Norman Rockwell’s grandson, and the final pages identifying the source and date for each illustration add to this high quality book.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas - ADVISABLE

The Doghouse by Jan ThomasPICTURE BOOK. Harcourt, Inc., 2008. 


Thomas’ latest offering featuring her familiar animal buddies (A Birthday for Cow, 2008) provides more silly fun. When their ball flies into the doghouse, mouse tries to get each of the animals to go in and get it out. Cow goes in first but Cow does not come out. Oh no! When Pig and then Duck suffer the same fate, mouse yells, “Can’t you come out, Duck?” The big dog yells back, “No! Because I am having Duck for dinner.” Mouse assumes the worst but a happy ending is in store for all.

The bold cartoon illustrations are large enough to work well for a group and set just the right tone for what is an old joke but a good one. Teachers will appreciate the repetitive wording throughout that is perfect for early readers. The simple story also lends itself to creative classroom dramatics.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our Library by Eve Bunting - ADVISABLE

Our Library by Eve Bunting. PICTURE BOOK. Clarion Books, 2008.


When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to have to close down, the community pulls together to try to save it! Raccoon and his friends learn how to help save the library by reading books. They paint the roof, raise money, and even find a way to move the building!

This story raises the awareness of the importance of libraries in our community, as well as the benefits of working together.

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Libraria

Martha Doesn't Say Sorry by Samantha Berger - ADVISABLE

Berger, Samantha Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry! PICTURE BOOK. Little, Brown and Company, 2009.


Martha doesn’t say sorry, even when she does something really naughty. When Martha spends the day doing not so nice things to her family and refuses to apologize, she realizes the importance of being sorry.

This delightful story may not coax your little ones to apologize, but it will for sure invoke smiles and laughs.

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Saturday, March 21, 2009

No Hugs Till Saturday by Julie Downing - ADVISABLE

No Hugs Till Saturday by Julie Downing. PICTURE BOOK.  Clarion Books, 2008.

 Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE 

When a young dragon is sent to quiet time and deprived of a toy, he becomes determined to deprive his mother of all his wonderful hugs for a week. Unfortunately a week is very long for both the young dragon and his mom. Soon the young dragon realizes that a single day without a hug is just too much.

This is a fun book that also teaches the days of the week. It is sure to have all your little dragons feeling huggable!

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox - ADVISABLE

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. PICTURE BOOK. Harcourt, 2008.


This sweet poem celebrates babies around the world. Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations are timeless and enjoyable for both adults and children. This book is one that will have your youngster cuddly in your arms. I enjoyed the thought behind the poem, but as a mother of a specially-abled baby this poem did not celebrate all babies.

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Friday, March 20, 2009

Panda Kisses by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Kay Widdowson - ADVISABLE

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin Panda Kisses by Alyssa Capucilli, illustrated by Kay Widdowson. Step into Reading - Random House, 2008. EARLY READER


This Step 1 title features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and illustrations that are almost too cute. When a young panda asks each of his parents for a kiss, they give him choices: "A soft kiss? / A sweet kiss? / A sticky bamboo treat kiss?" In the end the young panda determines that "There are many kisses that will do! / But the best kiss is-from both of you!"

A large font, rhythm and rhyme, picture clues and a a low word count per page will help emergent readers succeed.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

My First Book About Airplanes and Rockets by Karma Einhorn - NO

Sesame Subjects: My First Book About Airplanes and Rockets by Karma Einhorn, illustrated by Christopher Moroney. Random House, 2008. PICTURE BOOK.


In this latest entry to the Sesame Subjects library, Grover and Elmo tell kids about all kinds of airplanes and rockets. The book is filled with terrific photos, simple facts, and Sesame Street characters. The information is above the interest level of toddlers and preschoolers and the Sesame Street characters are too young for elementary age children. I'm not sure who the audience for this book would be. 

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root - ESSENTIAL

Ten Sleepy Sheep, by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Susan Gaber. Candlewick, 2009. BOARD BOOK.


One by one, ten little lambs stop what they are doing and drop off to sleep. Can you find all of the lambs in the final picture and match them where they feel asleep?

What a great book for a bedtime story.

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman - OPTIONAL

How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


In this companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Knopf, 1994), a young baker takes a folksy trip across the U. S. A. in search of items to make a cherry pie. She travels to New Mexico to get clay for making a mixing bowl and to Hawaii for sand to make a glass measuring cup. She arrives back home in time to make the pie for the fourth of July.

It seems strange that the actual ingredients for the pie are not collected, just the raw materials needed to make the cooking equipment. And while the art work is fun and lively, there are many random distractions that make the story somewhat hard to follow. Purchase if the companion book is popular in your library. The story could be included in a unit on the United States.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Donut Chef by Bob Staake - ADVISABLE

The Donut Chef by Bob Staake. A Golden Book, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


Colorful geometric art with a retro feel illustrates this cautionary tale of two bakers vying to have the most successful donut shop. As the feud escalates, their donuts get stranger and stranger with flavors like Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk and shapes like stars and macaroni. Soon the donuts had “lost their taste. They’d lost their soul. They’d even lost their donut hole!” All is saved when little Debbie Sue asks for an old fashioned glazed donut reminding them that simple is best.

It would be fun to read the story and then let the children decorate their own donut. (paper or real)

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Akiko and the Missing Misp by Mark Crilley - ESSENTIAL

Akiko and the Missing Misp by Mark Crilley, 186 pgs. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Delacorte Press, 2008.



Akiko travels to her favorite, but strange, planet of Smoo. When she gets there she realizes that she went back in time. While she is there she gets launched into adventure as somebody tries to steal the vital misp and she has to help get it back.

I thought that this was a great book and I loved how it was so action packed the whole way through. I was able to feel really connected to the characters and what was going on with them.

Student Reviewer: MB.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wombat and Fox - Tales of the City by Terry Denton - ESSENTIAL

Wombat and Fox- Tales of the City by Terry Denton, 124 pages. Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2006.

Language-G, Sexual Content-G; Violence-G;


Wombat and Fox have many adventures in the city with their good friend Croc. They go everywhere in the city and meet many new people. 

I thought that this book was very cute. The author was very clever about the adventures that Wombat and Fox go on. There are many fun characters that do silly things. I loved it.

Student Reviewer: MB

The New Girl by Meg Cabot - ADVISABLE

The New Girl (Allie Finkle series) by Meg Cabot, 222 pages. Scholastic Inc., 2008.



Allie Finkle just moved in to a new neighborhood and has to go to a new school. Allie has a few people in her school that really like her and one girl that doesn't like her that much. It talks about how she deals with being the new girl.

I really liked this book. It was very enjoyable for me to read. It was a very good book and I would highly recommend it.

Student Reviewer: MB

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney - ESSENTIAL

The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3) by Jeff Kinney, 216 pages. Abrams, 2009.

Content: G


It's about a boy named Greg Heffley. He is a very wimpy kid. He and his friend Rowley have to survive school together. His dad gets mad and threatens to send him to a military academy. He better toughen up and get his act together or its bye bye for him. I think this book is very funny and has a lot of funny pictures, that is why I like it. Interest level

Student Reviewer: SO

Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher - ESSENTIAL

StoneHeart by Charlie Fletcher, 450 pages. 2007.

Mature Content: G, Violence: PG, Language: PG.


StoneHeart is a very good, intense book. A twelve-year-old boy named George Chapman doesn’t really fit in at school. He gets mad and breaks the head of a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum. He awakes an ancient power that has been dormant for many years. He awakes all of the gargoyles and statues of London. The gargoyles and non-human statues are furious but the human statues are on his side. What will happen?

This book has a lot of action. I like StoneHeart because it has a lot of action and it's a big adventure.

Student Reviewer: SO

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt by Patricia C. McKissack and Cozbi A. Cabrera - ADVISABLE

Stitchin' and Pullin' a Gee's Bend Quilt by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera. PICTURE BOOK.Random House, 2008.


McKissack's series of poems tells the story of and honors the history of the Black women quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama. For a hundred years, these women have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, and singing hymns. Baby Girl is at the center of this patchwork story as piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together—telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee’s Bend, and the story of her ancestors’ struggle for freedom.

A good addition to any black history unit.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look - OPTIONAL

Look, Lenore Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look, 176 pages. Schwartz and Wade

Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G


Elevators, Bridges, Thunder, Substitute Teachers, The dark, Heights, and School are only a few things that 2nd grader Alvin Ho is afraid of. However, his fears do not make up who he is. Alvin loves superheroes, especially Green Lantern, Plastic Man, and Aquaman. Alvin is terrified of school to the point that he never speaks. His voice just doesn’t work. Everyday as he forces himself onto the bus he always holds tight to his PDK(Personal Disaster Kit) so he knows he is prepared.

This is a sweet story, but it is a little long and pedantic. I think this story would’ve made a perfect picture book describing a boy who has serious fears but is brave enough to face them head on. By the same author as Ruby Lu Brave and True.

Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Mystery by Maxwell Eaton III - ESSENTIAL

The Mystery by Maxwell Eaton. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


Max and Pinky work all day to paint their barn red. The next morning it is pink. It again takes all day to repaint the barn and the next day it is orange plaid. Can they solve the mystery? Eaton (The Best Buds) once again elevates goofiness to fine art. When Pinky asks the gopher “What is your favorite color?” The gopher answers “Three!” And the visual jokes are also laugh out loud hilarious.

This latest installment in the Adventures of Max and Pinky is another heart-warming story about the value of true friendship.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Sir Reginald's Logbook by Matt Hammill - OPTIONAL

Sir Reginald's Logbook by Makk Hamill. Kids Can Press, 2008. PICTURE BOOK


Sir Reginald's diary illustrates his search through the dangerous jungle for the legendary Lost Tablet of Illusion. What turns out to be an imaginary quest is shown in colorful scenes while the reality is depicted on the following page in black and white. He is really only searching his home and yard for a missing TV remote control.

Children will enjoy the imaginary adventure and the humorous illustrations but the old-fashioned language may only be appreciated by adults.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Max's Dragon by Kate Banks - ADVISABLE

Max’s Dragon by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 PICTURE BOOK


Max is on a quest for rhyming words. These rhymes take on a life of their own as he imagines a dragon in his wagon. His imaginary dragon friend is soon chased by a dinosaur cloud that brings a storm of words and rain.

This could be used as a resource for teaching rhyming words to early elementary students but the wordplay, plot and logic are not as strong as in Max’s Words (Farrar, 2006) The book works best as a celebration of childhood imagination wherein words do indeed have power.

Janell Pearce-Mattheus, Youth Services Librarian, Whitmore Library.

Looking Closely Inside the Garden by Frank Serafini - ADVISABLE

Looking Closely Inside the Garden by Frank Serafini. Kids Can Press, 2008. PICTURE BOOK.


On the first page you see a tiny bit of nature greatly magnified - on the second you see the whole picture, with a short explanation of the plant, insect, or object. What a fun book for a young class - or an interesting project for a photography class to imitate.

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Annie's Adventure by Lauren Baratz-Logsted - OPTIONAL

Annie's Adventure (The Sisters 8, v. 1), 136 p. and Durinda's Dangers (The Sisters 8, v. 2), 120 p. by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Sandpiper (Houghton), 2008.


Annie and her octuplet sisters are surprised when their parents disappear on New Year's Eve. Only mysterious notes give them a small amount of guidance as each girl must find her gift and her power in order to find their parents.

If these books were in paperback I might understand buying them for your early readers (3rd, 4th grade), but I have a hard time be interested in spending $15 per book for this sketchy series.

Cindy, Library-Teacher.

One Cent, Two Cent ... by Bonnie Worth - OPTIONAL

One Cent, Two Cent, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money by Bonnie Worth. NON-FICTION. Random House, 2008.


Using the Cat in the Hat, the author tires to explain the history of money.

The problem I have with this book is that there are too many words on each page - too much information!! Don't get me wrong - the information is good, the text is just too crowded on each page. Were this expanded to double its length, it would be much more

effective. Cindy, Library-Teacher

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beginning readers From Green Light

Giff, Patricia Reilly Soccer Song, unpaged. Green Light Readers (Harcourt), 2008. LEVEL 2 READER. Jill seems to be all arms and hands when it comes to playing soccer, but not in a way that helps on the field. Will she be able to find a place on the team? Pre-K - OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell Snow Surprise, unpaged. Green Light Readers (Harcourt), 2008. LEVEL 2 READER. Joan wants to make a snow surprise for her little brother, but a slight miscalculation makes for a surprise on Joan! Pre-K - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Keller, Holly The Van , unpaged. Green Light Readers (Harcourt), 2008. LEVEL 1 READER. Several friends load up their van for a fun trip, but withour a little help, the van won't go. Pre-K - OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

Duck and Goose: How are you Feeling? by Tad Hills - ESSENTIAL

Duck and Goose: How Are You Feeling? by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade (Random), 2009. BOARD BOOK.


Duck and Goose explore the range of feelings in this sparsely worded (try 10) and beautifully illustrated board book. Each page's illustration is evocative of the intended feeling. It's a great way for little readers to learn what different feelings are. I also showed this to our counselors and speech therapists, who work with autistic and learning-challenged students and they both are buying copies to use with their clientele.

Cindy, Library-Teacher

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Frederick Finch, Loudmouth by Tess Weaver - ADVISABLE

Frederick Finch, Loudmouth by Tess Weaver. PICTURE BOOK. Clarion Books, 2008. Language - G, Sexual Content -G ; Violence -G ;


Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you’re good at. Frederick Finch knows he’s loud, but that doesn’t help him much when it comes to winning a ribbon at the state fair…until they add a new contest!

This delightful book will have the youngsters laughing themselves silly during story time!

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen - ADVISABLE

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2009.


Imagination grows wild on Poppa’s new balcony. Poppa and granddaughter, Theodora, bond sweetly while painting an imaginary garden for Poppa’s apartment. This bright tale is sure to tickle your youngster! The illustrations by Irene Luxbacher bring the heart of the story to life.

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants by J.D. Lester - ADVISABLE

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants by J.D. LesterBOARD BOOK. Robin Corey Books, 2009.


This delightful board book is one for mommies and babies to cuddle with. It is a fun poke at the silly names mothers create for their little ones. The adorable illustrations by Hiroe Nakata will keep readers smiling! What funny new name will you come up with?

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Smile by John A. Rowe - ADVISABLE

Smile by John A. RowePICTURE BOOK. Minedition, 2008.


How would a smile look to a town full of grumpy people that had forgotten what a smile looked like? Prince Grumpy the Sixth is a happy baby and soon teaches everyone in Grumpy Land the simple joy of a smile.

A fun read for children, and the illustrations will keep readers coming back for another helping!

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou, Steve Johnson, and Lou Fancher - ADVISABLE

Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou FancherPICTURE BOOK.  Schwartz and Wade Books, 2008.


This beautiful Christmas poem touches on the true meaning of the spirit – peace to all. It is filled with gorgeous illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Though it is a holiday book, I believe it would find a home year round.

Jennifer Rodriguez - YA Librarian

Thursday, March 5, 2009

BabyMouse the Musical by Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm - ESSENTIAL


Babymouse the Musical (Babymouse #10) by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm96 pages. Random House Books for Young Readers



Hooray for Baby Mouse the Musical! Fans of Broadway . . .meet Broadway Baby Mouse style! You will sing . . .you will giggle . . .you will cheer! Once again the brilliant sibling duo of Jennifer & Matthew Holm have captivated readers young and old alike. If you can order Baby Mouse!

Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name by Sharon Draper - ESSENTIAL

Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name by Sharon Draper, 112 pages. Scholastic Press, 2009

Content: G


Sassy is your typical 9yo. She has great friends and a fun family to be around. She even has a cool bag that has almost everything in the world a girl her age could need. She has a problem, though: she can’t get her family to quit calling her Little Sister. When her family get trapped in a dangerous situation and she’s the only one that can help, will her bag be able to save them all? Fun story, lots of things to laugh about in it. An enjoyable story for early chapter book readers. I highly recommend purchasing
this book.

Reviewer:Kira-Youth Services Librarian-HUN Public Library.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown - OPTIONAL

The Curious Garden by Peter BrownLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009. PICTURE BOOK.


One day, Liam finds a small garden growing out of an old set of railroad tracks. He goes and gets his garden tools and nurses it back to life. Over the years, it expands and grows. What starts out as something small turns into a masterpiece.

Beautiful illustrations easy to read text. This book is a good reminder to readers that small and simple things can turn into great things. A good read aloud for teachers to read.

Kira Moody Children’s Librarian-HUN Public Library

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