A review of One Family by George Shannon

1 is no longer the loneliest number!My new favorite counting book, One Family provides lots of excellent practice counting to numbers between 1 and 10 while serving as a delightful introduction to the concept of collective nouns like bunch, bouquet, flock and family. more

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July 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Batman's Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett

A sensitive picture book rendering of Batman's origin story and a reminder that every kid can find his or her own courage. Beautiful illustrations by Jon Much (Zen Shorts, The Three Questions) will satisfy even the most anti-comic caregivers, and it's still about Batman so the kiddos will be thrilled! more

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April 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up. more

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February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Pablo & Jane and the hot air contraption by Jose Domingo

Ever wondered what would happen if Where's Waldo smashed into Adventure Time at 70 miles per hour?  You'd get Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption! Half graphic novel, half seek and find, it's 100% fun and perfect for your next long road trip adventure. Independent and reluctant readers will be quick to gobble this one up--catch a copy today at your Madison Public Library! more

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December 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene is the James Bond of Maplewood Middle School; when you have a problem, he's the guy to see.  Everyone still buzzes about jobs like the Blitz at the Fitz and the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, but after the unexpected fallout from the Midday PDA, Jackson Greene is out of the biz, OUT!  Now his ex-best basketball buddy (and ex-almost girlfriend) is the only candidate for student president left running against Maplewood's richest and meanest kid, Keith Sinclair. Keith's more

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November 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

Okay, I admit it, I picked this one for the cover, but can you blame me?  With the rearing dragon, the perfect castle right out of Disneyland and the witch silhouettes sneaking up the mountains, this book promised some major excitement.  But, wow, did it deliver!  With a few sly nods to traditional princess tales, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy boldly lays claim to fresh fairytale territory where behavior trumps birth, what you don't know can kill you, and where the strength, more

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July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds

Following admirably in the giant footsteps of Godzilla and King Kong, author Aaron Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) and illustrator Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird) bring us Destructosaurus, the biggest and baddest threat the city has ever seen. Why has he come out of the sea? What is he looking for?  Most importantly, will Destructosaurus finally learn some manners before the city is destroyed? Whether you're naturally destructive or a neatnick, this story will resonate in a BIG way! more

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May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom

The ancient fable of the lion and the mouse bursts from the page in this brilliant new adaptation by Jenny Broom and Nahta Noj. Featuring cutouts on every page, crisp colors and inventive typography, this retelling is as visually refreshing as its message of cooperation and friendship is timeless. The generous pops of color and the prospect of peeking through the pages pull in preschoolers while the text's varied fonts and sizes effortlessly reinforce the pre-reading skill of "print awareness more

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April 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend by Dan Santat

Beekle was born to be an imaginary friend, but no one has imagined him yet!  When Beekle courageously sets out for the real world, will he finally find the special friend of his dreams?  The Adventures of Beekle is a brilliant feast for eyes and hearts, but don't just try to imagine it--borrow it from your local library today! more

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January 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Swamp chomp by Lola M. Schaefer

The water in the swamp is rippling.... All the animals and insects of the swamp are preparing for lunch, so get ready to nibble, gulp, snap and CHOMP along!  Packed with vivid verbs, Swamp Chomp is a perfect pick for the preschool set.  A bonus endnote even explains food chains--gobble this goody up before it gets away! more

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October 10, 2014 | 0 comments