Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Great Big Green

Fabulous illustrations with deep, rich colorful pictures. Simple text on each page showing things around us that are green.  This would make a great addition to a preschool or kindergarten class.

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Girls’ Basketball

Freelance sportswriter Doug Williams has compiled a five chapter book dealing with five National Women’s Basketball Association (NWBA) star players and five valuable basketball skills. Each chapter is matched up with one of these five WNBA players and the skill … Continue reading

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Biggest Blunders in Sports

Biggest Blunders in Sports is a stew of mainly old stories and outdated, grainy photographs of goof-ups in sports, some going back as far 1912.  Who cares?  There are plenty of video clips of current teams/sports goof-ups that could have … Continue reading

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Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

Any one who loves sports, especially baseball, will thoroughly enjoy this book.  The table of contents will help to direct you where your interests lie, however, every double set of pages contains photos and info for the top ten in … Continue reading

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Boy Meets Dog: A Word Game Adventure

Boy Meets Dog is a clever  play on words, making different words by just changing one letter at a time.  the illustrations show lots of action and emotions, are colorful and fun to look at, yet distracting from the text … Continue reading

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A Baby Elephant in the Wild

Author O’Connell is an elephant expert.  She is an assistant professor at Stanford, has won awards for other elephant books, and has spent the last 20 years of her career studying elephants.  The strength of this book is it’s photographs, … Continue reading

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Doctor White

Therapy dogs are becoming more and more well known, especially as wounded soldiers are returning from the Middle East.  This book is based on a true story which took place in London at a children’s hospital.  Children, as well as … Continue reading

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Puss and Boots

Lots of attention to detail makes this an exceptional book.  First of all, the font size is large and easy to read.  Second, the language is sparse.  Just enough to tell the story without any unneeded embellishments.  Third, the illustrations … Continue reading

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver is described by author R. J. Anderson as a companion novel to her 2011 novel Ultraviolet.  Having not read Ultraviolet, the test of this companion label would be if one could enjoy this new addition without the confusion of … Continue reading

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A Pet for Fly Guy

Tedd Arnold’s illustrations are so distinctive that even the youngest preschooler can recognize his golf-ball eyes on characters.  His artwork  inA Pet for Fly Guyis no exception to the rule.  The colors are sharp and the pictures go so well … Continue reading

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Last Free Cat, The

This sci-fi/fantasy novel begins with a feline epidemic, a disease that cats can acquire and become fatal to humans. Because of the disease, the government has put a regulation on felines; one must have a cat from a government breeder … Continue reading

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How To Rap 2

For the library that has How To Rap, adding How To Rap 2 is a natural and worthwhile purchase.  How To Rap 2 is a technical manual for the aspiring rapper.  Author Paul Edwards details out rhythm and vocal techniques … Continue reading

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Pink

This installment in Abdo Publishing’s Contemporary Lives Series, Pink, is an easy to read, fun pick for students in grades 6 and up.  Rowell’s writing is formulaic, but with Pink as the center of attention, the content is still very … Continue reading

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Stingray

Through the use of their very sharp spine and venom, plus camouflage and nerves that sense the electrical fields of prey, stingrays are excellent survivors in the wild.  Being ovoviviparous, their young hatch from eggs inside the mother, then are … Continue reading

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Tin

In a world of robots, who act like humans (the Jetsons, without the people), Tin is asked to babysit his little sister Nickel with the help of their dog Zinc. All is well until Nickel floats away holding onto the … Continue reading

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Too Cold for a Tutu

I fell in love with the cute hand-knit stuffed toy dogs [Barry & Stella] in their little hand-made clothes as they hop and jump through the Adobe Photoshopped pages of this book. The story line hops and skips through the … Continue reading

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Bugs in my Hair!

Author, illustrator – David Shannon can make any topic cute and adorable! The cover of this 2013 book (11.5″ X 9″) has a rumbled insect looking out at the reader from what might be a bunch of shredded carrots, if … Continue reading

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Bad Dad

Oh no!  Dad did it again.  He drank from the milk container, ate the last cookie, played with the toys in the toy department and played ball in the house! “Sometimes we think he gets into more trouble than we … Continue reading

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How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?

How does a dinosaur act when he’s mad?  So begins the eleventh book in the “How do dinosaurs” series.  Jane Yolen and Mark Teague team up to create an inviting book. Teague’s illustrations are spot on as they capture the … Continue reading

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The Quayside Cat

I absolutely love the illustrations in this book:  they evoke the mood, create the setting, and give personality to the characters.  The story itself is a nice tale of a young harbor cat who listens to the stories of the … Continue reading

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A Catfish Tale

Bright, vivid illustrations accompany this cajun version of the folktale of The Fisherman and his Wife.  Something about the text draws one into feeling the urge to attempt a cajun accent while reading the story of the poor but happy … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Crocodile

It’s a rather odd little story about a family having guests to dinner in the middle of a rain storm.  When a crocodile arrives unexpectedly, he is invited to join the party, and proceeds to calmly eat each of the … Continue reading

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Ruby Learns to Swim

Definitely a book for the very youngest students.  It’s got lots of repetition and rhythm and the illustrations support the text, which makes it useful for beginning readers.  It would also be helpful for building enthusiasm for a reluctant swimmer … Continue reading

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Counting Money

A small book, written for early learners, it’s got color photos illustrating the two sentences per page which describe what coins the child in the picture has, and how much cents that equals.  It’s broken into chapters by type of … Continue reading

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The Great Balloon Hullaballoo

The illustrations are fun, and the colors are bright and rich.  The text is written with good rhythm and rhyme, telling the story of a young squirrel whose mother sends him off with a shopping list, insisting that the most … Continue reading

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