Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Counting in Dog Years and other Sassy Math Poems by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Priscilla Tey - ADVISABLE
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Revenge of the Raccoons by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld. PICTURE BOOK Owl Kids. 2022 $19. 9781771474382
BUYING ADVISORY EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
There are raccoons everywhere, in the trash and all over, doing things raccoons do - like eating donuts and getting into things. They've taken over! Guess what? There's a reason. I guess it's an ecological statement - that they were here first. Hence, Revenge of the Raccoons.
Neufeld's illustrations do justice to the raccoons. They certainly look wild and scary and bothersome. I think kids will like this. The text rhymes, and it would make a fun read aloud - especially at Halloween!
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG
BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
The school district is trying a new virtual reality school – with VR technology mailed to each student’s home. Bradley is excited for a fresh start, Edelle’s mom thinks Edelle is too worried about being outwardly beautiful, and Hunter has a secret to hide. In their new junior high school full of avatars, can they really get to know anyone if no one wants to simply be themselves?
The journey that these students go on is all about learning to love yourself and being willing to look beyond outward appearances. I love that the story is told through different perspectives because it allows readers to see that people can mess up while still having good intentions. And maybe sometimes they don’t have the best of intentions but they are struggling, too. Everyone wants to be the hero of the story, but the truth is that we become heroes when we work together to be kind.
White, Black, and Asian characters are mentioned. The violence rating is for bullying and descriptions of a RV shooting game (players versus giant bugs).
Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Monday, January 23, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
I Don't Care by Julie Fogliano, illustrations by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal. PICTURE BOOK Neal Porter (Holiday House). 2022. $19. 9780823443451
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
These two girls don't care about each other's hair, or what their clothes look like or where they live or even about how they sing or draw. but they do care about the things that make them friends. I want to buy a copy for all of my childhood girlfriends!
A beautiful book about friendship - and a guide for what makes a good friend. Molly Idle and Juana Martinez shared the illustrations (and they are actual friends.) AJ really liked it too - she thinks it would be a great book for her classroom, so the kids could see the best ways to be friends.
Lisa Librarian and AJ (age 7)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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