Little Pea – book review

Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal illustrated by Jen Corace Picture book * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This tongue-in-cheek take on cleaning one’s plate is humorous fun for kids and grown-ups alike. “If you want to grow up to be a big, strong pea, you have to eat your candy.” Papa Pea tells Little Pea. That’s a tall order, but Little Pea acquiesces. And what’s for dessert? You might be surprised. Corace’s signature … Read more

Imagine Harry – book review

Imagine Harry by Kate Klise illustrated by M. Sarah Klise Picture book * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Little Rabbit is quite dependent on his friend, Harry, especially when it’s time to start school. The thing is, no one else sees Harry, or even seems to realize he’s there. This warmly reassuring tale underscores the security Little Rabbit has in his relationship with his mother and the inner resources he draws upon in adjusting … Read more

Lola at the Library – book review

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) Lola is a happy girl. Why? Because it’s Tuesday and Tuesday is library day. Little ones will relate to Lola and appreciate her celebration of books as they shadow her through her adventures from wake-up time to bedtime when, of course, her new library books are read to her. Bright, but soft and fuzzy, acrylic illustrations … Read more

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt

A young girl shuttles back and forth between divorced parents…different homes, different routines. The one constant is her dog Fred who, though not perfect, is always there. When Fred disrupts Mom and Dad’s respective lives, their daughter reminds them in no uncertain terms that Fred Stays with Me! They see the wisdom in this, and make the necessary adjustments. This book is a positive and relatable picture book choice that reinforces the life-skills of communication … Read more

Curious Garden – book review

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown Picture book * * * * Stars (Great!) When Liam is out exploring (he seems to be the only one in his city that enjoys being outside) he discovers some plants struggling to grow between the rails of an abandoned elevated railway. He starts tending these plants, even though he doesn’t have much experience with gardening, and he gradually learns how to care for them. The plants flourish and … Read more

CLOSING NOTICE: The Huntley Area Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The exterior book drop will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The library will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.