Category Archives: A – Additional Purchase

With Dad, It’s Like That

I would like it better if it were about grandparents than I do with it being about Dad.  Grandparents are supposed to spoil kids.  Dads are supposed to parents, and this book feeds into the stereotype of Mom being the … Continue reading

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You’re My Boo

A fox mom tells her kiddos all things they are to her, in a series of endearments that all end in, “boo.”  It’s got rhythm and rhyme and repetition.  The illustrations add a sense of story as they move through … Continue reading

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Way Past Bedtime

It’s cute.  It tells of all a young boy imagines about what his folks get up to “way past bedtime.”  He makes plans to stay up and spy, to catch them in the act, but when he creeps downstairs he … Continue reading

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Mr. King’s Machine

As with other Mr. King stories, he takes some idea too far, aiming for good, but learning from his friends about why it turns out to be not a good idea after all.  In this case, Mr. King likes flowers, … Continue reading

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No Fair! No Fair! and other jolly poems of childhood

The themes of the poems are all relatable and humorous, but the quality of the poetry is somewhat erratic:  some poems read smoothly with both rhythm and rhyme, while others seemed forced and awkward to read aloud.  The cartoonish illustrations … Continue reading

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Why Am I Me?

The artwork is cool:  a lot of diverse folks in an urban setting.  The text is philosophical: a series of questions, each a variation on the theme of why are we each who we are and not somebody else? I … Continue reading

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The New Libearian

When the children gather for story time at the library, but the librarian is missing, the clues lead to a bear behind the librarian’s desk.  The bear stomped and growled and roared his way through story time, much to the … Continue reading

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The illustrations really add to the interest of this book.  The writing is a bit flat.  It does the basic job of telling many different aspects of Lena Horne’s life, but it seems to leave out some basic details: since … Continue reading

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The Case of the Feathered Mask

Maisie Hitchins, a young girl living with her grandmother in Victorian England, is an intrepid detective, solving cases from her grandmother’s boarding house. In this fourth book of The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins series, she sets out to solve the … Continue reading

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The Baseball Player and the Walrus

A very successful baseball player became quite unhappy with his life.  One day, while visiting a zoo, he enjoyed watching a walrus.  The more he thought about it, the more he wanted the walrus in his life.  The zoo would … Continue reading

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My Rotten Friend

Told in a rhyming text, AAAB format, a young girl narrates the zombie-like qualities of her best friend.  “She’s my best friend, but I won’t lie, Penelope smells like something died.”  Epelbaum’s artwork does a great job showing classmates and … Continue reading

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No Tooting at Tea

As a young girl goes over the rules and manners for attending a tea, she is continuously interrupted by a toot. They go through the suspects and the reasons why they could not of tooted. “Owls don’t toot, they hoot.” … Continue reading

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Willow’s Smile

It’s okay, but I thought a bit flat.  It’s basically a story about a girl who feels like she can’t always summon a smile when she wants, and she’s worried as picture day approaches.  When she’s assigned to be the … Continue reading

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Before You

It reads like a poetic love letter.  It feels like it has romantic overtones, but could also be read aloud as a parent reading to a child.  It’s a series of, “I was a flower with no pot. I was … Continue reading

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The Way Home in the Night

Visually, it’s a really cool book.  The illustrations use light and shadow to great effect as the story tells of a little rabbit being carried home through the city at night, describing all he sees in the windows they pass, … Continue reading

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Circulos

It’s fine for what it is, but it’s very limited in the information it provides.  Strictly a concept book for the very youngest students.  One or two sentences per page is accompanied by color photos of places in our lives … Continue reading

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The Negro Leagues: Celebrating Baseball’s Unsung Heroes

The Negro Leagues: Celebrating Baseball’s Unsung Heroes by Matt Doeden is written in a simple, easy to understand format with lots of pictures, however, the issues are very complex.  At a time in history when baseball leagues were segregated by the color … Continue reading

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Technology During the Korean War

This strikes me as a book that started with a title, as the publisher decided they wanted to write a series about the technologies of the different wars, and then they sat down to write this one and realized they … Continue reading

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Now You See The Now You Don’t: poems about creatures that hide

Different formatting could have made a big difference for this book.  The illustrations are cool.  Animal camouflage is always a topic of interest.  Poetry doesn’t seem like the most natural genre for the topic. There are information pages in the … Continue reading

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Animales verdes

The binding is great.  The full-page color photos are fabulous.  But the information is a bit shallow and rather strangely organized.  Each page offers two to three sentences about a different animal that happens to be green.  There’s no real … Continue reading

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Mitchell on the Moon

The illustrations are really cute, but the story falls a bit flat.  As a bunch of kids set off to trick-or-treat, one of the little girls is startled to notice the moon is disappearing (behind some clouds).  Her big brother … Continue reading

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Porcupine’s Picnic: who eats what?

It begins with a porcupine having a picnic, eating some clover.  Then a series of random animals ask to join him, to which he is agreeable, but none of them ever want to share his clover. Instead they say what … Continue reading

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Seahorses

A reasonable choice if you are looking for early readers about ocean animals.  The binding is sturdy.  The text is simple and direct. It’s got full-color photos and all the usual non-fiction text features.  It’s nature as an early reader … Continue reading

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Waiting for Pumpsie

Set in Boston in 1959, this story is told from the perspective of a young African American boy who is waiting to see his favorite baseball team, the Red Sox become integrated, and the joy he and his family felt … Continue reading

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Accident!

It’s cute and it’s relatable.  When the main character spills juice all over a chair, she’s so distressed she decides to run away to the library until she’s grown up.  On the way to the library, she meets a number … Continue reading

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