Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

Izzy is different sort of girl in a family that includes a busy, perfect sister and a mom who aspires to greatness in politics. Dad believes in her and Grandma Bertie and Aunt Mildred provide some fun comedy to the … Continue reading

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Emma and Julia Love Ballet

A day in the lives of two ballerinas, one a little red-headed beginner and the other a young accomplished African American woman. Their activities mirror each other, beginning with waking up and eating breakfast before ballet lessons. While Emma’s mom … Continue reading

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Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars

Penny and her dog,Jelly, are SO excited! An invitation to a sleepover under the stars at the local recreation center comes in the mail and they can’t wait, until…Jelly unrolls the invitation and Penny sees the bottom words “No Pets”. … Continue reading

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How to Find a Friend

(Blue)Squirrel and (Red)Rabbit are new to their neighborhood and each longs for a friend. They wander through the pages of the story, always missing each other as they search a friend. Each is accompanied by tiny caterpillar that offers to … Continue reading

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Princess! Fairy! Ballerina!

It is a grey, dreary day outside. But, it is a different story inside the house, where three friends are deciding what to play…shall they be princesses? or fairies? Why don’t they play ballerina? Each girl is determined that the … Continue reading

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Snail & Worm Again

This second book about two friends and their adventures together is told in a gentle dialog between the snail and worm. There are three short stories and young readers will delight in the misconceptions of the mundane (feather, penny and … Continue reading

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Frankie

This book really begins on the title page, as we see an endearing little pup gazing out of a cage. He is picked up by human hands and rides in a car, ending up in a new home (we know … Continue reading

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Ghosts in Hotels

This book is an introduction to ghost sightings in hotels. There is not much text and dark, scary pictures will give chills to the younger ghost-hunting reader. It ends without definitively stating whether ghosts are real or not, leaving that … Continue reading

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My Home in the Rainforest

This lovely little book is written by J. Patrick Lewis, Children’s Poet Laoureate. There are eight two page spreads with an informative poem on one page and a photo with a fact box on the facing page. Language is accessible, … Continue reading

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The Curse of Time

The Curse of Time is #3 in the Time Twisters series about Luis, Casey, and Tyler and their travels to 1920 Egypt with their robot cat, Steel. They use Nikola Tesla’s Time Twister as they try to help Uncle Cyrus, … Continue reading

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Clydesdale Horses

Clydesdale Horses provides a short history and attributes of that breed. Each two page spread contains a large well-done photo and two to three simple sentences that correlate to the picture. Highlighted words are defined in the glossary. “More Facts” … Continue reading

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Mummy Dogs and Other Horrifying Snacks

A cook book that has recipes for “charred zombie-skin snacks” and “popped brains” is a book that will not stay on your library shelves. This book, part of Little Kitchen of Horrors series, begins with a discussion of kitchen safety, … Continue reading

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Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas

Buzz reads a ninja story to Fly Guy on Christmas Eve and as they prepare for bed, he mentions that the next day is Christmas when Santa brings gifts and they exchange presents. Fly Guy can’t sleep after receiving this … Continue reading

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Fangs ‘n’ Fire

Tales of dragons are told in many cultures.  Here, Mould collects four folktales, one original tale by another author, and five of his own stories.  The illustrations are the highlight here.  Mould’s artwork is curly and crisp, evocative and bright.  … Continue reading

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Miss Muffet or What Came After

It is thought that Miss Muffet ran away because of a spider, but that is wrong. She is not interested in arranging flowers, or identifying insects or being demure. She wants to play her fiddle, but her mother finds this … Continue reading

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Pax and Blue

Pax befriends a pigeon he calls Blue. Every morning he feeds Blue a piece of toast. One morning Pax’s mother is in a hurry and he doesn’t get to feed Blue a piece of toast before he is hurried onto … Continue reading

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Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season

Any book that can get kids outside is a book that should be in every library. Outdoor Math details math games for every season, using materials found outside. Whether it is making shapes while holding hands with friends or collecting … Continue reading

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Dario and the Whale

Dario and his mother travel from Brazil to Cape Cod each spring so that she can work. Atlantic right whales travel up to Cape Cod early each spring in search of food. This book is about the friendship between Dario … Continue reading

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Arrival

Part of the Mars Bound series, this book recounts three teens’ perilous journey to Mars after the death of the crew assigned to take them there. In addition to the deaths of the crew, a fellow teen has destroyed their … Continue reading

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Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Rivalries

Beginning with an introduction detailing an event in pro wrestling rivalry ‘history’, this book goes on to detail ten great rivalries in countdown fashion. Loaded with pictures and text boxes with extra details, this book is sure to excite young … Continue reading

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Waiting for Augusta

Ben Putter is on a mission. He must go to Augusta, Georgia, from his home in Alabama to spread his father’s ashes on the 18th hole of Augusta National, the world’s best golf course. His daddy told him to do … Continue reading

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The Mesmerist

Jess and her mother make a living in Victorian England as fake spiritualists, ‘helping’ grieving people connect with their deceased loved ones. Jess and her mother discover that Jess can actually communicate with the dead – she is a mesmerist. … Continue reading

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Sealed with a Secret

Phoebe and her sister older sister, Alice, aren’t getting along and Phoebe can’t figure out how to fix their relationship. One day, she buys an antique Cartier compact at a flea market in Paris and finds a letter written in … Continue reading

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Chews Your Destiny

What could you do with a bubble-gum-related superpower?  Gabby Gomez is walking down the street, minding her own business, blowing the biggest bubble-gum-bubble ever, when she finds out.  This early chapter book will appeal to the hybrid readers and bridge … Continue reading

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Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant pile of garbage.  Scientists have studied the phenomenon, and the creators of this book journeyed to witness science in action.  They focus on three scientists, and show some of the … Continue reading

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