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A review of The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre

Without reading ahead, what would you guess is the heaviest living thing on the planet?  Would you guess an elephant? A blue whale? Maybe a giant squid? I was surprised to discover that by weight, giant sequoia trees are the biggest thing on Earth.  Giant Sequoias live for about 3,000 years, and at maturity can weigh 2.7 million pounds, as much as eleven full grown blue whales.  Focusing on nature and natural processes, Pulley Sayre invites readers to slow down and learn all ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Guy presents Bats by Tedd Arnold

For fans of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series, the author has now come out with a series of high-interest non-fiction books.  Bats is filled with some great, general information about bats, lots of quality photographs of different species of bats, and some fast facts about particular species of bats.  This is all wrapped up in a Beginning Reader format which will be great for kids who have experience sounding out words or as a read-with experience with a favorite adult, as the book ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
August 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Through the town by Craig Shuttlewood

All board books are not created for baby’s first year.  Sometimes picture books simply get put into board book format because they are popular as picture books.  But for parents of toddlers, the 14 month-olds to 3 year-olds, some of these board books are great. Through the Town is one of these and really hits the sweet spot.  Very young children can trace the tactile, thick line provided through the book to develop the muscles in their eyes, to learn that when we read in English ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage

Cement mixer is new to the construction biz and gets his wires crossed.  The other trucks ask him to mix up some powdery white cement for the project.  Cement mixer proceeds to mix up powdery white flour, then some powdery white sugar.  Voila! He makes a cake!  But the trucks keep advising cement mixer, who finally gets just the right ingredients for a building.  Savage’s simple shapes and flat colors are perfect for the very youngest truck enthusiasts. But don’t be ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Little Sophia has a birthday coming up and she only wants one thing – a pet giraffe.  Unfortunately for Sophia she has four obstacles – her mother who is a judge, her father who is a businessman, her Uncle Conrad who is a politician and her Grand-mama who is very strict.  So Sophie plans her strategy to win over each member of her family – she presents her case to her mother “Giraffes are legal in all fifty states.” She creates a business plan for her father – apparently giraffe poop ...read more

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May 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Begin your spring explorations with this lovely compendium of nests made by animals as varied as the bee hummingbird and the orangutan, the sea turtle and the prairie dog.  The level of information and detail provided in the text and illustrations is phenomenal.  I’m a longtime fan of Sylvia Long’s illustrations (Hush Little Baby) and she does not disappoint. Her illustration of a Blue Jay nest filled with eggs includes one gum wrapper, a shoelace, a pop can tab and a snakeskin. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up surrounded by music, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Troy’s older brother James was leading his own band at a very young age, and Troy’s grandfather was also a musician. Troy wanted to be just like them. At first, young Troy and his friends used found items to make their own instruments – an empty box from a 12 pack of soda fastened around the neck with Mardi Gras beads became a drum. They pretended to play and parade down the streets just like a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

It’s a grey day in the city, Church has just let out, and it’s time for CJ’s weekly trek with his Grandmother to help serve at the soup kitchen. But this week CJ is feeling disenchanted. Why do they have to wait for the bus in the rain? Wouldn’t it be better if they had a car? Why do they have to go to the soup kitchen every week to help out when CJs friends don’t have to do anything on Sunday afternoons? As CJ and his Grandmother make their way across town, Grandmother shares her wise ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Tangled Up! More than 40 Creative Prompts, Patterns, and Projects for the Tangler in You by Penny Raile

Too rainy for outdoor play? Are your kids bored with the usual after school activities? For those tweens and teens that love to color, create or doodle, this is a great way to work those creative muscles. Using official tangles to create Zentangle Inspired Art, Raile covers all the basics, the art tools needed, the patterns with step-by-step instructions, and she shares many creative applications and variations on the tangles.  She has divided the book into various types of tangles - ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 11, 2015 | 0 comments