Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2009. $17
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL
An eccentric girl named Mary carries her favorite lamp with her wherever she goes.
The rhyme and meter of the story doesn’t really fit the well-known song, but the vibrant pictures are fun and Mary is delightfully odd.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
EL – ADVISABLE
Stanza and his world is pretty cute and he send s a message about bring more than what others label you as.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
EL – ADVISABLE
A robot who is sure that his heart is broken, finds purpose in helping a bird who is late starting on its trip to the south.
I actually didn’t expect to be so touched by this little book, but it reminds me of the Giving Tree. Sweet, without being sickly!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton, 2009. $17.00.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL
The identity of the Last Olympian is not whom you may think, and I actually enjoyed the concept very much – it’s a sweet idea that makes you fell as if the whole struggle and the death and destruction is well worth it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
A bored Lord decides to host a celebration and the different members of his court react as they must to prepare every needful thing.
Ashman’s book looks at life in the Middle Ages in a sarcastic, derogatory way – it does not read as humor to me.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The 3 Bears and Goldilocks by Margaret Willey, illustrated by Heather M. Solomon. PICTURE BOOK.Atheneum (Simon), 2008. $16.99.
If Goldilocks were to really walk into the homes of three bears, what she be most likely to find?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex. PICTURE BOOK. Putnam’s (Penguin), 2008. $15
EL - ESSENTIAL
Rex takes the classic Goodnight Moon and recreates it as a wonderfully ghoulish bedtime story. Vivid, spooky illustrations add to its draw and will be a great tale to read aloud come Halloween – or any time of year, for those who really love their creepies!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A little girl is excited about the first night she gets to ride her bike all the way home alone. But when the fog rolls in, she is not so sure that alone is how she wants to be.
It may be hard for an adult to remember those first childhood steps of independence, but the spirit of this book captures that feeling again.
EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
EL, MS – ADVISABLE
Book #2 is a bit weirder and while it is packed with action and danger, it is very short on plot development. All of the action takes place within only three days – not much time to tell us about our characters, but plenty of time to almost get them killed several times, I guess. From what I have read on the web, the following books are more of the same – great for kids who love dangerous books – perfect for the young and others with short attention spans. They should do well in upper elementary and middle schools.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Content: G (some tension and a small amount of violence).
EL, MS – ADVISABLE
For the last month, Rory Hennessy has been secretly protected from danger by the M’Garoth Clan, but his idyll is about to end. The Trap around Central Park that is holding the spirits within is becoming more violent in its attempts to loosen. Rory must combine efforts with the Rattle Watch and trust his little sister, too, if he not only wants to lower The Trap safely, but also wants to ensure that the Park spirits and the City Spirits don’t kill each other on sight.
The cast of spirit characters gets larger and the plot gets more complicated in this sequel. The danger and adventure are even greater; the only thing I worry about is that kids who are too young to know much history won’t be as amused by the names and titles of the Mannahattan Gods and other characters. It really is a fine adventure.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
EL, MS - ADVISABLE
Willa has a great life. Her boyfriend, JFK and her were voted most compatible couple at Bramble Academy, she has a great step-father, and now she gets to plan her Aunt Ruthie’s wedding! Thing take a turn for the worst, however, when Willa and her boyfriend seem to be drifting apart. With baseball season starting and new girls to draw his interest away, Willa seems to be taking a backseat! Even her friends are starting to hang out with other people who are intolerable. When Aunt Ruthie turns out to be Bridezilla, Willa has to use all of her determination to keep herself from going crazy. When a dog appears in her life, however, things start to look up when a mysterious boy starts appearing out of nowhere and making JFK jealous. Who is the mysterious boy? Who does the dog belong to? Does JFK still like her?
Filled with humor and observations that are true to teenage life, this book is a great addition to any library. Girls will enjoy the unique perspective and mishaps Willa has to face. They may also enjoy the prequels to this series (Wedding Planner's Daughter, The Cupid Chronicles, and Willa at Heart)
Reviewer:Kira-Youth Services Librarian-HUN Public Library.
Monday, June 1, 2009
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