Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lights, Camera, Perry?

Lights, Camera, Perry? is an abridged version of the Disney Channel show Phineas & Ferb, episode ” Perry the Actorpus” from season 3, but with easier vocabulary used. If your patrons are fans of the TV show they will be … Continue reading

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury – From Concussion to Coma is a concise 88 page informational text that doesn’t feel like the informational text coming from most publishers today.  Glossy cover with images and font choices that make the overall impression of … Continue reading

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Sand Spider

Shadow Squadron is “- a top-secret special missions unit. Assembled by the United States’ Joint Special Operations Command, the unit was comprised of elite soldiers from the Navy SEALS, Green Berets, Army Rangers, and the Marine Special Operations Regiment…From one … Continue reading

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Know Your Numbers: Nature

This 6.5″ X 7.5″ counting book is one of the BEST I have ever wanted to use with young children! The top 2/3s of each page captures the word “Nature” from the book’s title with  a bright, colorful, close-up look … Continue reading

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The Nethergrim

The Nethergrim is an evil force once thought slain but now, after many decades, has reawakened; it is a force so strong that it can grant everlasting life to those who choose to worship it.  In order for life to … Continue reading

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The Very Cranky Bear

On a rainy day in the jungle, four friends, a moose, a zebra, a lion, and a sheep, are looking for a warm, dry place to play.  They settle in a cave, unaware it is already occupied by a cranky, … Continue reading

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Cat Napped!

An easy rhyme tells of the adventure of a curious cat.  While exploring outdoors, a gray cat curls up on a chair in the back of a pick-up truck.  “Shake cat.  Quake cat.  There must be some mistake cat.”  Ending … Continue reading

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Edgar’s Second Word

Hazel has waited forever for her baby brother to be born so she could read to him.  She practices with her stuffed bunny, Rodrigo.  When Edgar finally does arrive, Hazel thinks he’s not that much different from Rodrigo, or a watermelon!  so, … Continue reading

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Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle

“Beautiful” and “dung beetles” may seem like an oxymoron, but dung beetles are considered “ancient symbols of life and renewal”.  Found on every continent except Antarctica, these beetles are nature’s clean-up crew.  Waste of other animals mean life to the … Continue reading

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Sgt. Reckless the War Horse: Korean War Hero

When one thinks of war heroes, one rarely thinks of a horse.  In 1952, during the Korean War, Lieutenant Eric Pedersen thought his platoon could use a packhorse to help transport munitions and equipment to soldiers.  He bought a reddish-brown filly … Continue reading

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Cool Beans: The Further Adventures of Beanboy

Tucker MacBean, a promising 7th grade artist, takes on the school bully and the girls’ basketball team in order to secure a bulletin board for the Art Club.  One thing leads to another and culminates in an exciting and crucial dodge … Continue reading

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Just Grace and the Super Sleepover

Just Grace gets invited to Grace F’s sleepover birthday party, which will be outdoors with sleeping bags and tents in her backyard.  Grace worries about bugs, bears, and mean older sisters.  Forgetting to make Grace F. a birthday card, Just … Continue reading

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Chicken Clicking

Little Chick hops into the farmer’s house one night and uses his computer.  At first, she browses and purchases a few items.  The second night she buys more.  The farmer and his wife don’t know what to think when packages … Continue reading

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Loula and the Sister Recipe

Loula is tired of her rowdy, triplet brothers so she asks her parents to make her a sister.  They hesitate saying making a sister is like making a cake – it takes special ingredients.  As they reminisce,  they tell her she … Continue reading

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Tallulah’s Tap Shoes

In previous stories, Tallulah has learned much about ballet.  Now she is excited because she and her brother are going to dance camp.  Once there, she finds she is also going to take the dreaded tap class.  She loves the … Continue reading

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The Night Before Preschool

This another of Natasha Wing’s “The Night Before…” books.  Following the format of The Night Before Christmas by C. Clement Moore, the rhyming text shares the hopes and fears of a preschool boy.  On his first day, Billy mostly hangs … Continue reading

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Hogs Hate Hugs

After enduring all kinds of hugs from all kinds of friends and family members, Little Hog has had enough.  He posts a sign stating “Hogs Hate Hugs” and signs it Little Hog.  The others are shocked.  Mouse has an idea and she … Continue reading

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Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent

“Spy Guy was a spy.  But not a very good one.”  Spy Guy needs help so he goes to the Chief, his dad.  In short rhymes, the Chief gives advice.  To sneak, don’t speak or squeak.  Spy Guy’s attempts fall … Continue reading

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The Scarecrows’ Wedding

In a tale told in rhyme, two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, decide to marry.  After making a list of everything they will need for the wedding, they set off to gather them.  The geese give feathers for a … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root

The debut novel by Christopher Pennell,  The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root,  is a perfect read-aloud or a read alone for the intended audience. It is a tale of magic and friendship that captivates from the very first sentence: “In a … Continue reading

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Fleabrain Loves Franny

Fleabrain Loves Franny, by Joanne Rocklin, portrays the unlikely friendship between a young girl and a flea. Set in Pittsburgh, 1952, Franny Katzenback is recovering from polio and wondering if she’ll ever walk again. Franny reads and falls in love … Continue reading

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Ludwig van Beethoven

A journey through the music and lives of the most influential classical musicians, these illustrated biographies (First Discovery – Music) include a CD and fragments of the musicians’ most iconic compositions. Ludvig van Beethoven is easy to read with great … Continue reading

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This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Award winning author, has used a simple rope connecting generations of family history.  For three generations that rope is first used as a jump rope, then passed down as a rope to secure suitcases onto a car … Continue reading

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Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach

Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach is a delightful adventure story that both entertains and educates the young listener or reader. Facts about ant natural history, such as scent trails, scout ants, and their diet of ‘Yummy mold’ grown … Continue reading

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If Kids Ran the World

In this idealistic vision of our world as run by children, the Dillons envision a world of peace, fairness and kindness, where everyone’s basic needs would be met. No one would be hungry, and everyone would have a place to … Continue reading

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