A review of Good night! Good night! by Carin Berger

Bunnies at bedtime saying goodnight may conjure up thoughts of ANOTHER classic bedtime story.  However....these bunnies aren't quite ready for "goodnight" just yet..  Mama Bunny gives the usual goodnight stories, songs, hugs and kisses but still her three little bunnies have other ideas in mind!  They want goodnight dances!  What?  Dances??  And jumping beans and monkeys and tickles.  Finally, Mama Bunny has enough and tucks those rambunctious bunny babies more

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February 23, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai, audio edition Harper Collins Audio, 2015 read by Lulu Lam Mai, or Mia as she’s known to her friends, is a decided California Beach Girl.  She’s not really into learning about her family’s Viet Namese heritage.  Accompanying her father and grandmother to Viet Nam is not her idea of a fun summer vacation.  However, Om (Grandmother) must know what became of her husband in the last days of the Viet Nam War.  Mai’s father, a doctor, performs more

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November 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Summer comes to a close and it feels like there just isn’t anything NEW to do before school starts.  How about revisiting something from the past?  August is a great time to slow down and seek out older books that may have been overlooked.   The Relatives Came  by Cynthia Rylant, 1985, Bradbury Press, New York is an exuberant celebration of summer, gardens, travel and most of all….Relatives!  A family drives a long distance to attend a reunion.   The more

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September 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers by Avi For whatever reason, short story anthologies don’t seem to be fast movers from library shelves.  This is a missed opportunity for readers.  Author extraordinaire, Avi has crafted a series of short stories posing the question “What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?”  The seven stories in the anthology range from absurd to comic to profoundly sad.  Avi renders each story with his deftly poetic style.  While answers to the initial question are not more

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November 18, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Janith Bergeron

What’s the next “new thing”? Something Great Grandma probably did often: sewing! Sewing is making a major comeback. New stitching fans are drawn to the sense of self-expression, independence and personal authenticity. Trying to figure out where to begin when guiding a young person who expresses an interest in sewing? The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing is an excellent resource. The initial chapters focus on hand sewing to familiarize kids with the mechanics. Generous sidebar boxes more

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August 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

How many parents have had this experience?  “Mama, I can’t fall asleep”.  This is Chengdu‘s plight.  Chengdu is a small panda, wide awake while all the other pandas in the bamboo grove snooze peacefully.  No matter how he tries, wiggles, twitches or twists, sleep eludes him.   Finally, like many children, Chengdu seeks out his brother, Yuan, cuddles up to him and drifts off.  But, now Yuan is wide awake! Barney Saltzberg has created a gentle, humorous bedtime more

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May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
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. more

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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 more

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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 more

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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- more

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February 15, 2013 | 0 comments