Zoe Gets Ready By Bethanie Deeney Murguia

It’s Saturday and it’s Zoe’s day to pick out what she wants to wear (instead of having to wear what other people choose for her).  But she’s having trouble deciding.  What kind of day is it going to be, and how does she want to spend it?  One must, after all, be prepared for anything (and everything).  After her mother calls her for the last time, Zoe knows exactly what to do.  Dressed in pretty … Read more

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

A small fish has stolen a hat from a much larger fish.  As he swims away he recounts all of the reasons why he will “probably” not get caught.  And, just behind him, the big fish wakes up, notices his hat is missing, figures out who has taken it, guesses where he’s going, confirms this with someone who saw the little fish pass by (and told the big fish), and follows him into the place … Read more

Terrible Plop – book review

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) A group of bunnies is picnicking by a lake when they hear the most terrible plop.  They flee from the noise and are joined by every other animal they encounter as they try to get as far away from the plop as possible.  When the animals nearly trample a bear, however, he grabs the tiniest bunny – the one who can’t … Read more

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur After reading Love, Aubrey, I’d like to meet her!  She is someone who tells you how it is, doesn’t sugarcoat the truth.  She’s the kind of friend each of us needs during a difficult time or the best of times.  When we first meet Aubrey, she is alone and doesn’t know where her Mom is.  She is tough and ready to survive on her own, even at the young age … Read more

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss

Ruth and her family take a trip in the 1950’s from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandmother.  Traveling out of the city and seeing the hills and trees appear and the streets and buildings disappear are something new for Ruth.  Along the way Ruth sees, for the first time in her life, that others are not always friendly to those who are different.  They encounter stores and gas stations and motels where they are … Read more

Saranormal: Spirits of the Season

Saranormal Spirits of the Season by Phoebe Rivers is part of Rivers’ Saranormal series.  In this book Sara and her father have moved back to New Jersey and are living with an eccentric old woman, Lady Azura.  Sara takes a liking to her because the two of them have so much in common.  As it turns out, they can both talk to the dead.  In addition to Lady Azura, Sara gets a new best friend, … Read more

Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum – book review

The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer and Nicoletta Ceccoli Picture book The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum is an interesting piece of writing for the young reader.  It is certainly a concept that will stir the imagination. In the book there is a museum and in the museum there is a globe which houses a castle in which a little girl lives.  If one looks really hard the … Read more

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum

A killdeer chick hatches and starts exploring the world. Everything is new and he is full of curiosity about himself and all of the things he encounters as he races around on his gangly legs at full speed. Fun, rhyming text, and adorable illustrations capture the essence of these busy birds. Young readers/listeners will likely have similar energy and enthusiasm for the world around them and will find it easy to relate to this story. … Read more

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf by Michael Escoffier, Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf By Michael Escoffier Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo The narrator of this book asks Rabbit if he is familiar with the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf. When Rabbit draws a picture of the wolf on his blackboard, the narrator guides him in making alterations until he has it just right. And that’s when the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf shows up and Rabbit must RUN and HIDE. He doesn’t hide very well and the wolf catches … Read more

Undead Ed by Rotterly Ghoulstone

Undead Ed Book #1 Rotterly Ghoulstone   Thirteen year old Ed is pretty unlucky. After being hit by a semi, he comes back as a zombie and his left arm immediately detaches from the rest of him, crawls away, and vows to kill Ed if it ever sees him again. Uh-oh. Ed’s whirlwind introduction to “life” as one of the newly undead is fraught with dangers and horrors. His werewolf “Dead Buddy” attempts to show … Read more

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