Friday, December 2, 2016

Treasure Hunters

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Treasure Hunters
by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Fiction.

Dr. Kidd is a famous treasure hunter. He and his wife sail all over the world recovering lost treasures that others think are impossible to find. But the Kidds don't work alone: They have 4 children to help in their adventures! Tommy, Storm, and twins Bick and Beck are treasure hunters too! In fact, when their mother is captured by pirates and their father is lost at sea, it's up to the Kidd kids to carry on the family business. Narrated by Bick, the young explorers will battle sleezy con men, terrorist leaders, and a gang of pirates while trying to follow their father's treasure map and keep their boat afloat.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monkey: Not Ready for the Baby

Monkey: Not Ready for the Baby
By Marc Brown
Random House Children’s Books, 2016. Picture Book

Monkey is happy being just a little brother. He is not ready to be a big brother and have a baby in the house. It seems like he sees and hears babies everywhere. Mom, Dad, and his big brother try to help him understand how to get ready for the new baby. Will Monkey be able to show the new baby the love that new babies need?

Marc Brown, creator of the beloved Arthur series, adds this second book to his Monkey series. The simple words and illustrations are endearing and suggest that Monkey designed this book himself using crayons or colored pencils. Children in Monkey’s situation will easily relate to the mix of emotions that Monkey experiences. A good choice for children who will soon be older siblings and might not quite be ready yet.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
By Susanna Reich

While Julia is in the kitchen learning to cook up elaborate, delicious dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse.

Gazpacho for Nacho
By Tracey Kyle

Nacho won't eat anything but gazpacho soup until his mother takes him to the supermarket and he sees the many piles of different vegetables there.

Brother Giovanni's Little Reward: How the Pretzel was Born
By Ann Egan Smucker

Brother Giovanni is a happy man and the best baker his monastery has ever seen, but when he is tasked with preparing the children for the Bishop's visit, he has no luck until he twists some bread dough into a special shape, sprinkles it with salt, and offers it as a reward for learning prayers.

Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story
By P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins comes to the rescue when the Banks' family cook goes on unexpected leave, teaching the young Banks children the basics of cooking in the process.

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle
By Steve Breen

Benny the woodpecker makes a brilliant plan to eat a tasty plate of waffles.

Everything on a Waffle
By Polly Hovarth

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking
By Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is not only a great detective - she's also a great cook! With recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (plus those meals in between), this cookbook has the right dish for everyone. The recipes even tie into the most famous Nancy Drew mysteries!

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
By Sharon Creech

With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

Captain Awesome Meets Super Dude

Captain Awesome Meets Super Dude!
(Captain Awesome #17)
By Stan Kirby
Illustrated by George O'Connor
Little Simon, 2016. Intermediate. 150 p.
Eugene (aka, Captain Awesome) is super excited to learn that his idol, Super Dude, will be visiting the local comics shop.  As the big day draws near Eugene notices an increase of activity among the local super-villain population. Is it possible they are planning a group attack on Super Dude? Captain Awesome and the other members of the Sunnyview Superhero Squad are determined to warn Super Dude before it is too late.

This is the latest in a great tongue-in-cheek series about a kid with a really active pretend life. Young readers will enjoy being "in on the joke" as Captain Awesome foils the evil Mr. Drools (a slobbery over-affectionate dog), Queen Stinkypants, (Eugene's diaper wearing little sister) and other neighborhood "villains."  Even though the book has 150 pages, it is on a fairly low reading level, with large print and lots of fun black and white illustrations.  This is a great transition intermediate for the superhero loving crowd.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl
By Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick, 2015. Fiction. 400p.

During the summer of 1911, fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs keeps a diary of her experiences. Running away from an unloving father and the endless drudgery of farm work, Joan makes it to Baltimore, lies about her age, and gets hired on as a servant in the home of a rich Jewish family. Thus begins her education in the ways of the world; she is introduced to great books, classic art, difficult social rules, anti-Semitism, and first love.

Newbery medal winner, Laura Amy Schlitz, has created an intelligent, compassionate, overly romantic, and trouble-prone heroine reminiscent of Anne Shirley and Jo March. This richly detailed, historical coming-of-age story is a wonderful blend of drama, faith, humor, and growth. Great for older readers and adults. This title is available in print, audio CD, downloadable print, downloadable audio, and as an adult book club set.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Is That Wise, Pig?

Is That Wise, Pig?
By Jan Thomas
Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Confession: I love Jan Thomas books. And this newest edition is no exception! Pig and Mouse and Cow are making soup. Mouse adds one large onion to the soup. Cow adds two cabbages. Pig chooses to add three umbrellas. (At which the readers will start giggling uncontrollably.) Then comes the refrain that is repeated throughout the book, “Is that wise, Pig?” Together the trio works to make a tasty soup all the while helping Pig think through his choices. Kids will laugh and giggle as they count from one to ten. All of the numbers are spelled out—and it would have been nice if they were also shown numerically somewhere on the page (but that is a small quibble for such a fine book). This is a great addition to the toddler and preschool booklists and story time plans. Seriously, such fun!

From Story Time: The Letter "L"


By Anna Dewdney
Viking, 2007.  Picture Book.

Llama Llama is having fun playing when Mama decides it's time to go shopping.  But he doesn't want to go shopping.  After being taken away from his playtime, being woken up from his nap in the car, and having to shop and shop and shop, Llama Llama gets MAD at Mama!  But Mama knows just how to settle little Llama down, and the day ends with teamwork, smiles, and a little bit of ice cream.  Written in Dewdney's classic rhyming Llama Llama style, this story is a great reminder that sometimes it's hard being a toddler in a grownup world!


By Nic Bishop
Scholastic, 2010.  Easy Reader.

Lizards are amazing creatures, and Nic Bishop's brilliant photographs are just as incredible!  This informational easy reader is chock full of fascinating lizard facts.  Bishop captures striking detail in his photographs, right down to individual scales.  A delightful photo index, relevant glossary, and engaging afterward provide ample opportunity for further investigation.  A great read for reptilian enthusiasts and newbies alike!


By Michael Foreman
Andersen Press USA, 2013.  Picture Book.

After Dad reads a bedtime story, Little Bear doesn't want to go to sleep.  He tells his dad all of the things that he loves his dad more than:  "more than all the snowflakes of winter...more than all the grains of sand on the shore...more than all the stars in the sky."  For each new comparison, Dad responds "I love you even more."  A sweet story with dreamy illustrations that celebrates the love between parent and child.


Written by Jean Reagan
Illustrated by Lee Wildish
Ediciones Obelisco, 2016.  Picture Book.

En las páginas de este cuento encontrarás los consejos esenciales para ser un buen cuidador de abuelos, como por ejemplo: jugar con él, saber qué cosas se pueden hacer dando un paseo; qué le gusta comer, etc. A partir de ahora, la próxima vez que tu abuelo llame a la puerta sabrás exactamente qué hacer y como cuidarle. ( Ten preparados los lápices de colores, los animalitos de plástico y el kétchup!). (Publisher)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

My First Book of Hockey

My First Book Hockey
By Sports Illustrated Kids
Time Inc. Books, 2016. Easy Reader Informational.

Through simple text, this book explains mostly everything about the game. Even if you have never watched a hockey game, you could read this book and understand what is happening on the ice. What makes this book stand out is the hilarious commentary by the little cartoon boy talking to real pictures of hockey players (see image below).  There are two more books in the series--My First Book of Baseball and My First Book of Football--that I will have to check out as well; who knows, maybe I will finally understand baseball. Adults and kids alike will enjoy knowing more about this fast-paced sport

Friday, November 25, 2016

13 Words

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13 Words
Words by Lemony Snicket
Illustrations by Maira Kalman
Harper, 2010. Picture book.

Here are 13 words you'll find in this picture book:

Of course these aren't THE 13 words the title is referring to. In fact, the 13 words featured on the back cover of the book aren't THOSE 13 words either. However, the 13 featured on the inside flap are actually the aforementioned 13 words. Let's just say there are more than 3 times 13 words in this book, and while the narrative itself might not make perfect sense, the more than 39 words are all lined up in sentences that are strung together into a story that is actually quite amusing. Check it out.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bears in the Snow

Bears in the Snow
Written By Shirley Parenteau
Illustrated by David Walker
Candlewick Press, 2016. Picture Book.

 Another addition to Parenteau’s cute Bears books, Bears in the Snow finds the four adorable and cuddly bears sledding down a snowy hill with their friend Big Brown Bear. The only problem is that they cannot all fit on the sled. After trying several different arrangements, the group is happy when Big Brown Bear has an idea that might just work.

The newest book in this sweet series of books is an endearing little story with delightful illustrations that is perfect for the winter season. The rhyming text and simple wording makes this a fun read aloud that children will want to read again and again—possibly while they reenact the story in the snow!