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A review of Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea

“Drywater Gulch had a toad problem.” A band of thieving outlaws called the “Toad Brothers”, who would “steal your gold, kiss your cattle and insult your chili” had taken over the town.  Our hero rides in on a tortoise (“Give him a minute”) and uses his vast knowledge of dinosaurs to round up those pesky cattle kissn’ varmints and lock them up in the pokey.  Bob Shea’s western voice adds rip-snortin’ humor to Lane Smiths sepia toned illustrations without alienating the audience.  ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Dig Dogs Dig by James Horvath

Attention fans of earth movers! These dogs are ready to roll. Follow along with some canine construction workers as they use heavy equipment to make great discoveries and build a park for their community. The rhyming text explains the action and the bright, detailed illustrations give the readers plenty to peruse. The heavy equipment is accurately depicted in the illustrations. The text and the illustrations work together to create understanding of each earth mover's special job. For those who ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
February 21, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim

Kind Miss Mary Lynn MacIntosh is doggone lonely! She decides that a friend from the pound would be just the thing to liven things up. However, Miss Mary Lynn falls for Blue, the basset hound, the only untrained dog in the place. How “arf-ful”! Chaos ensues when Blue brings all his pound buddies along. Miss Mary Lynn is rescued by Sam, the pound’s dog trainer, and romance ensues. A happy ending is enjoyed by all! A Hound from the Pound is a witty offering that begs to be read aloud.  The ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
May 24, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Don't Squish the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker

Senor Sasquatch, in his ratty fedora and bow tie, steps onto the bus, hoping it won’t be too crowded that morning (since he doesn’t enjoy being squished). As the other passengers board the bus, the driver warns them of Senor Sasquatch’s preference for space, to no avail. He becomes squished! But what to do after the bus goes “Ka-Bloooey”? Clear, bright graphic illustrations in a retro style give this monster story a big dose of wild humor. A fun book for individual sharing or a group read- ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
February 15, 2013 | 0 comments