Monthly Archives: February 2015

Horribl Harry and the Hallway Bully

There are now over 30 Horrible Harry books in this series and author Suzy Kline is keeping them current with the times. This time the theme is dealing with bullies. South School will soon be having a book fair. Each … Continue reading

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River Food Chains

“Many animals and plants live and grow in rivers. This book looks at how they need each other to survive.” (p. 5) Basic ‘food chain’ vocabulary and information is given throughout this book in large font, where there is more … Continue reading

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John Pemberton: Coca-Cola Developer

Coca-Cola is a true piece of Americana which is known around the world in over 200 countries. Little did I know, it began as a medicine to relieve headaches. John Pemberton was a doctor and pharmacist prior to the Civil … Continue reading

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. The Voodoo Vultures from Venus

Ricky and his robot buddy are inseparable, and have been late for dinner too many times. As punishment, they are not allowed to watch TV that evening. This turns out to be good fortune because on planet Venus, Victor Von … Continue reading

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes From Mercury

Ricky is so happy to have a new flying friend in the Mighty Robot! Ricky didn’t have to worry about bullies anymore, and his robot could even help him with his homework. However, on planet Mercury, Mr. Mosquito made a … Continue reading

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

Ricky is a little mouse who has no friends and has bullies bothering him all the time. In a secret cave, Dr. Stinky created a Mighty Robot to use to rule the world. When the robot entered the playground at … Continue reading

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The Hidden Doors

This compilation of seven stories are all are based on the theme of a doorway. Some of the stories are mysterious, some of them are thought provoking with unique twists.Each story is approximately 16 pages and represents the works of … Continue reading

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Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page

Mr. Putter and Tabby is a spinoff of the Henry and Mudge series, popular with beginning readers.  In this edition, Mr. Putter and Tabby, his cat, his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke, go to the public library for … Continue reading

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Tony Baloney Buddy Trouble

Tony Baloney has the best of intentions of getting along with his older sister, but she drives him crazy when he is helping to clean up.  She feels the need to tell him exactly what to do.  He has an … Continue reading

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Escape from Future World!

Escape from Future World has a very limited audience, typically boys in first or second grade.  Superman is a familiar action figure and if this is what it takes to get them reading, then so be it. The brief summary … Continue reading

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Sam’s Pet Temper

Every parent/teacher has seen it.  The terrible temper that comes out of the kid that can’t handle a situation.  This is a cute story about Sam’s temper.  But he doesn’t own it.  He’s totally separated from it.  The temper finds … Continue reading

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The Story of Spider-Man

The Story of Spider-Man, a level 2 reading book, is quite the step up from a level 1 reading book, many more multi-syllabic words.  The story is told in basic simple sentences, but the story itself is much more complex … Continue reading

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This is Spider-Man

Very seldom do I recommend a book based on a Marvel Super Hero character, but This is Spider-Man is a great beginning to read book and hooks young readers, especially boys, into reading.  Macri uses repetitive words and most are … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Whisper

A whisper is heard, and so a star comments about the whisper, as well as the moon, the sun, clouds, the sea, and the earth, each determining a characteristic the whisper will have. This caused all the animals to search … Continue reading

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The Birdy Snatchers

Ever since Birdbrain scored the lowest score on the Quiz Wiz TV show, he is out for revenge. He created the Zombie Zapper that turns smart chickens into zombies so, at last, Birdbrain could be the smartest chicken around. Soon … Continue reading

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

This storybook and music CD collection begins with a picture book telling of the title’s namesake.  This super silly song is matched in wits with PisHier’s bold, geometric and whimsy illustrations of what could be happening in the old lady’s … Continue reading

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The Other Day I Met A Bear

John M. Feirerabend only changed a small amount of the original tune to flow with the beautifully crafted scratchboard etchings.  Any librarian who can carry a tune will thrill k-3 grade students with this traditional call and response songtale, perhaps … Continue reading

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Tales From My Closet

Jennifer Anne Moses’ author bio in the back of this book has more girth than the 300 pages prior in Tales from My Closet.  This is the story of five teenage girls, none of whom are good friends with each … Continue reading

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Controlled

Part of The Alternative series, Patrick Jones’ book explores the effects upon a ‘normal’ but emotionally-stunted family as they take in a damaged, out-of-control niece, Misty, upon the death of her neglectful, troubled, drug-addicted mother. Rachel, attending Woodbury High School, … Continue reading

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Dash

A young Japanese-American girl named Mitsi is sent off to a containment camp located at the Puyallup Fairgounds in Washington State during World War II. While at the camp, she keeps in contact with her dog, Dash, who she could … Continue reading

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A Friend to Treasure

When Pearl searches her closet for warm clothes, she tumbles into the Underwater Kingdom.  She finds it strangely quiet.  She discovers all the princesses gathered around an injured princess, washed in on a tidal wave, from their enemies in the … Continue reading

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A Birthday Ball

Pearl is invited to the Underwater Kingdom to celebrate her birthday.  The sea princesses give her a beautiful pearl necklace.  Everyone is impressed, especially Princess Amethyst.  On their way to the party, Pearl accidently drops the necklace.  Unnoticed, Amethyst quickly … Continue reading

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The Year of the Fortune Cookie

Eleven year old Anna’s former teacher and her husband have been approved to adopt a child from China.  As an Asian, Anna gets to accompany them to help with translation and the baby.  She is excited because she hopes to see … Continue reading

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I’m a Fire Breather: Meet a Dragon

Alice, the dragon, introduces dragons to the dragon-illiterate.  From the beginning, she says dragons are not real.  She then goes on to say they are famous, have treasure, come from eggs, are smart, almost indestructible, live all over the world, … Continue reading

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The Walrus Who Escaped

In this Inuit folktale, long ago Walrus once had fancy, spiraled tusks which he used to uncover tasty clams.  Jealous of his ability to gather and eat so many clams, Raven cast a spell on the ocean to trap Walrus.  … Continue reading

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