Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I Spy Pets

I Spy Pets
By Edward Gibbs
Templar, 2013. Picture book.

Who has silky feathers and likes to eat seeds? Look through the holes and see if you can guess which pet is on the other side. This is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers that not only teaches pet names but talks about what they like to eat and whether they have fur, scales, or feathers. The eye-catching illustration of each animal is drawn extra-large with bright colors and great textural details. The perfect guessing game for little ones.

Check out I Spy under the Sea and I Spy on the Farm by the same author.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nobody Likes a Goblin

Nobody Likes a Goblin 
By Ben Hatke
:01 First Second, 2016.

Goblin lives in a dungeon along with his best friend Skeleton (who used to be a warrior). They have all sorts of fun together. But one day some adventurers come and storm the dungeon and take away everything including Skeleton! Goblin is sad and distraught. He is determined to go and find Skeleton and bring him back. Only when he asks his one neighbor (a troll) if he saw where they went, Troll warns Goblin that “Nobody likes a goblin.” As Goblin goes on his adventures, sure enough he finds that most others that he comes across are more intent upon chasing him away than to help him find Skeleton. But after a lot of luck and a little bit of determination all comes together in the end.

This is a lovely picture book with gorgeous illustrations (though what else can we expect, it is a Ben Hatke book after all)! Kiddos who aren’t afraid of monsters will enjoy this tale. Plus it is a good story for showing that determination and friendship is often just as important as the adventure itself.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Gorillas in Our Midst

Gorillas in Our Midst
By Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones
Coloring by Tara Black
Sky Pony Press, 2015. Picture Book.

You may not have noticed—not many have—that there are gorillas in our midst. Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have created a simplistic documentary, raising awareness about the apes that surround us everyday. Two things to remember: Gorillas always take the bus, and you should always carry a banana. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Display: A Pirate's Life For Me

Mystery on Skull Island 
By Elizabeth McDavid Jones
In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be connected to the woman who will soon become Rachel's stepmother.

Treasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.

Peter Pan 
By J. M. Barrie
The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. "All children, except one, grow up." And so begins the story of one of the most beloved characters in children's literature, Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children -- Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to the Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

Deadweather and Sunrise 
By Geoff Rodkey
Thirteen-year-old Eggbert, a planter's son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain trying to kill him for his connection to a hidden treasure.

Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate 
By Susan Schade
Riff Raff, a bold mouse pirate, searches for a missing clue that will help him and his cheese-loving crew complete a treasure hunt.

Poppy the Pirate Dog 
By Liz Kessler
Poppy can't wait to go on vacation with her family and is sure a pirate's life of adventure on the open seas awaits. But life as a pirate dog is much harder than Poppy realizes. Dogs don't like fishing boats, or pedal boats, or any other kind of boat.

One the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe 
By A. E. Cannon
Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe go out for seafood with their cat Studley and their dog Dudley.

Pirates Past Noon 
By Mary Pope Osborne
The magic treehouse whisks Jack and Annie back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps, hidden gold, and nasty pirates.

The Pirate Girl’s Treasure
By Peyton Leung
When a pirate girl receives a letter with a map from her pirate grandfather she sets out on a voyage up a mountain, down a valley, through a cave, and over the sea to find his treasure, in a book with an origami activity to accompany the text.

The No-Good Do-Good Pirates 
By Jim Kraft
When Captain Squint and his band of pirates are sentenced to do a good deed, they have problems figuring out just what that means.

Shiver Me Letters
By June Sobel
Having decided that R is not enough for them, a bumbling band of pirates sets sail on a quest to capture the rest of the alphabet. 9780152056643 I Love My Pirate Papa By Laura Leuck A pirate's son shares the things he loves about his father, including climbing the mast together to yell "Land ho" and sharing the booty when they find buried treasure.

I Love My Pirate Papa 
By Laura Leuck
A pirate's son shares the things he loves about his father,  including climbing the mast together to yel "Land ho" and sharing the booty when they find buried treasure.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Display: Exceptional Easy Readers

Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!
By Tedd Arnold
While riding in the car with Buzz and his father, Fly Guy gets blown out of the window and finds himself riding in a truck, then a boat, a train, an airplane, and maybe even a rocket. 

Cork and Fuzz: The Collectors
By Dori Chaconas
When best friends Cork and Fuzz go to the pond to collect shiny stones, they happen upon a duck's nest just as the eggs are hatching and Fuzz, who is wearing a feather from his collection, is collected by the mother duck.

Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
By Tina Kugler
Snail and Worm are best friends who support each other during a silly game of tag, through Snail's adventure up a flower stalk, and when Worm's pet goes missing.

Ling and Ting: Twice As Silly
By Grace Lin
Identical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together.

Murilla Gorilla and the Hammock Problem
By Jennifer Lloyd
When Okapi discovers a hole in his hammock, Detective Murilla Gorilla must find out what happened.

Clara and Clem Take a Ride
By Ethan Long
When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky.

Katie's Noisy Music
By Fran Manushkin
Katie Woo wants to learn an instrument, but she is having trouble deciding what kind of music suits her best.

Scariest Day Ever...So Far
By Kara McMahon
There are new things in Friday's house: a new bed, a new bowl, a new toy mouse. There are new smells and new noises, too. Friday is scared. What do these things mean? Is it a monster ... or could it be a new little sister?

Splat the Cat: A Whale of a Tale
By Rob Scotton
Splat's family is going to the beach--and Splat can't wait to find a shell with the sound of the sea inside! But when all he finds are broken shells, can a friend in the ocean help save the day?

Dance! Dance! Underpants!
By Bob Shea
Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super high leaps.

Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite
By Cynthia Rylant
A little girl and her cat enjoy their lunch of cheese, apples, crackers, and milk in different ways.

What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch
By Emma J. Virjan
A red-coiffed pig joins her friends for a picnic lunch that is hampered by a thunderstorm.

Beach Day!
By Rosemary Wells
When Ruby and Max spend a day at the beach, Ruby wants to make a sand castle while Max wants to play in the water, and they must find a way to play together.

Elephants Cannot Dance
By Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

Duck, Duck, Porcupine!
By Salina Yoon
Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck does not speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister.

Inspector Flytrap

Inspector Flytrap
By Tom Angleberger
Illustrated by Cece Bell
Amulet Books, 2016. Intermediate. 96 p.

Inspector Flytrap is, you guessed it, a Venus flytrap.  He lives in a pot and has a goat assistant, Nina, who pushes him around on a skateboard.  He is always looking for "Big Deal" cases to solve, but every time he solves a case he makes more enemies than satisfied customers. Each chapter is its own mini-case but Angleberger ties them all together cleverly in last few pages.  Bell's funny two-tone illustrations enliven every page.  This is a very silly and slightly snarky new intermediate reader perfect for children who are just transitioning into chapter books.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome to Headquarters

Written By Apple Jordan
Random House, 2015. Easy Reader.

Meet Riley’s emotions in an Easy Reader book based on the movie Inside Out. There is Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness all living inside Riley’s head. They make sure that Riley is kept safe and happy. Her imaginary friend lives there too!

A great Easy Reader for kids to be introduced to the characters from the movie. The bright illustrations and easy text entertain Easy Reader level readers.


By Stephan Lomp
Chronicle Books, 2016. Picture book.

Babysaurus is enjoying eating leaves with his Mamasaurus when he slips off her giant back into the trees and becomes lost. So Babysaurus sets off to ask the other dinosaurs if they have seen her. Tritopa asks if she has a long horn like her own mama, Ptero asks if she has wings, and Rexy asks if she has sharp teeth. But none of them have seen her. Where is Mamasaurus?

The theme is familiar, reminiscent of P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” but this fresh take, complete with adorable dinosaurs, is sure to gain fans. The simple text and memorable story beg for repeat readings. The vibrantly colored dinos pop against the black backgrounds and there are plenty of Mamasaurus snuggles to go around.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bring Me a Rock!

Bring Me a Rock! 
By Daniel Miyares
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.

There is a grasshopper that wears a crown. And he calles to his subjects “Bring me a rock!” The other various bugs and insects carry rocks (many that are the same size as the bugs if not bigger) over to the grasshopper. One smallish bug brings a smallish rock—the poor bug can only carry so much. However, the grasshopper is not pleased. He dismisses the small bug (and the small rock) by saying “I need big rocks, not puny pebbles! Be gone, little bug!” The small bug walks off disheartened. The other bugs that are bringing rocks notice and are a little disgruntled, but they continue to bring the rocks to the grasshopper. Soon the grasshopper is sitting on his tall throne of rocks (think Yurtle the Turtle). Of course, even the contribution of the small pebble is needed in the end. This newest edition of Miyares books (he also wrote Float and Pardon Me!) is sure to get kids thinking—especially about questions of dealing with bossy people and how even the small bugs (or people) are important.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Giddy-Up Buckaroos!

Giddy-Up Buckaroos! 
Written by Shanda Trent
Illustrated by Tom Knight
Tiger Tales, 2016. Picture Book.

Two siblings, donning cowboy and cowgirl outfits, imagine they are living in the Old West and get into mischief as they go about their daily routine. They dodge the sleeping family dog that doubles as a wolf; chase the unsuspecting paperboy who they claim is a stagecoach driver; lasso the family cat who is apparently a cow, all while avoiding their mom, the sheriff. After their adventures they play instruments and sing songs in the moonlight and then turn in for the night.

The story and illustrations are very fun and the two little protagonists are endearingly illustrated. The rhyming structure and intermittent use of words in Spanish add to the appeal of this story that would make a great read aloud at bedtime. A glossary at the end of the book offers translations.