Author Archives: Candy Ranney

Inside the US Army

Inside the US Army is an attractively organized book that is full of information. It begins with a description of the army, its training and equipment and ends with the future of the army (robots, computers, etc.). There is a … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat

A young girl has a new cat, but has a very difficult time naming it. She tries many lovely names, like Lorraine and Ethel, until she discovers that her pet is a male cat. Whoops! The list of potential boy … Continue reading

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A Bear and the Piano

A young bear stumbles across a piano in a clearing in the forest and began to play. Each day, he came back until the sounds coming from that piano became beautiful and magical. Other bears came to listen to his … Continue reading

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Great White Sharks in Action

Kids love books about sharks and they will learn some great information in this book as they turn through the pages showing gaping mouths and dagger-sharp teeth. The photos will grab their attention and the text-boxes, labels and short sentences … Continue reading

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Earth Movers

Earth Movers is a high interest book for those readers that love to play with trucks or in the dirt or both! Large photos with labels and information (bolded words are explained in the glossary) are attractively laid out on … Continue reading

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Coral : a close-up photographic look inside your world

Breathtaking photography with some good science mixed in – this book should interest most budding marine biologists. An introduction explains the history and process of photography. After that, the reader discovers some amazing animals of the ocean in glorious living … Continue reading

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Follow Me Around Japan

This book is a tour of all things Japan introduced by a young girl named Satchiko. The pages are loaded with information about daily living, school and home, customs, food, art and history. There is a guessing game as well … Continue reading

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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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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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