Sunday, November 22, 2009
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A really beautiful Irish tale set during Christmas time during The Great Famine. The illustrations are beautiful and have a softness to them which complement the story. This would be wonderful read aloud by someone with an Irish accent. I'd love to share it with children at storytime, but I think my Central New York accent just won't do it justice.
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Monday, August 31, 2009
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians, Volume 2
Salt Water Taffy: The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny
A Climb Up Mt. Barnabas, Volume 2
by Matthew Loux
Monday, July 20, 2009
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler
PICTURE BOOK (ages 3 and up)
The familiar saying "you are what you eat" proves to be very true in this quirky picture book. Sylvie is a curious flamingo who asks her mom "why are we pink?" Her mother replies "because the little shrimp we eat are pink." Quickly, Sylvie looks around at the other things on the island and decides to change things up. She discovers that eating some palm leaves turns her green, licking a striped towel turns her orange and white, and chewing on a flower-pattern hat turns her into a bouquet. After all this adventurous eating, she gets a pretty bad tummy-ache and doesn't feel like herself at all. She also doesn't look anything like her family! She goes back to eating shrimp, but dessert is a different palate of colors. Children will giggle at the changes in Sylvie and enjoy seeing what else she tries out. This is a cute book about being yourself, but also trying out different things.
PICTURE BOOK (ages 4 and up)
Farley is a lovable, friendly dog who just got a bath. Unfortunately, he doesn't stay clean for long, as his nose ("sniff, snorfle, snuff") leads him off running away from his owners in search of the smells of hot dogs and children. He loves those smells. Farley goes further into town searching for something to eat and drink and he encounters new people and places he's never visited before. He discovers a little boy who is lost. Using his nose, Farley helps the little boy find his home again. It's then that Farley realizes he misses his own home too, so off he sniffs in search of the way home. He finally gets home, but then Elly sniffs the air and "Peeee-YEWWWW! Farley, you need another bath!" Poor Farley! This book is a joy to read aloud and the illustrations perfectly capture Farley and his adventures. This is a must-read for any fan of the comic strip For Better or For Worse, as it's written by the creator and stars the family dog of that series. This is a wonderful book to share at storytime. Farley is such a lovable dog, it's impossible not to smile at this story.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tickle Your Tongue
By Jon Agee
(ages 5 and up)
If you like tongue twisters, then this is the book for you! I stumbled my way through several of these, such as "Walter Witter called a waiter: "Waiter, over here! I want some water, waiter. Water, waiter! Is that clear?" Each poem is silly and the illustrations with their bold outlines perfectly match them. You're guaranteed a silly read with this one!
The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse
By J. Patrick Lewis
(ages 7 and up)
Have you ever thought about what you'd like to be when you grow up? Maybe you haven't made your mind up yet. If so, check out this book of poems for some interesting job possibilities. There's jobs you've heard of like an auto mechanic and butcher. And then there are some wacky jobs, like a dictionary maker and banana picker. There's even a poem about me, the Librarian (well, not me, specifically, but it could be about me) and it says "No one has more fun than I!" So true! One of my favorite silly poems is about the Exterminator - "I come to de-bug what's under de rug." There's a job poem in this book for everyone!
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of PoemsBy Deborah Ruddell; Illustrated by Joan Rankin
(ages 4 and up)
Aaahhh...nature. Nothing smells quite as good as when you go outside and take in a deep breath of fresh air. Let's hope Pepe LePew isn't out and about stinking up the air! As the title states, these poems celebrate all the different aspects of nature and the animals that inhabit the forest. What's really fun about the format of the poems is they start at spring with everything waking up and finish with winter. One of my favorites is "Biography of a Beaver" - "Bucktoothed Cleaver/Tree Retriever/Building Conceiver/True Believer/Waterproof Weaver/Overachiever/Roll-Up-Her-Sleever-/Hooray for the Beaver!" If you enjoy the outdoors, you'll really like these poems!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
By Joost Elffers and Curious Pictures
PICTURE BOOK (ages 2-5)
This is an adorable book about the unconditional love between a parent and child. The child asks a simple question, "do you love me?" and the parent responds, "always, dear." The book is made up of these simple questions and reassuring answers about love and being needed. The computerized illustrations use bright colors on a solid background, which brings the focus to the creatures, who resemble elephants, bears, and rabbits. They have long, rounded noses, which they use to connect to each other and show their love. This is a wonderful story to share at bedtime. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
If you have a father like mine obsessed with birds (and his beloved birdfeeders), then you'll get a chuckle out of this book! Old Man Fookwire is a grumpy curmudgeon who only likes birds. He likes painting pictures of birds and feeding the birds and the birds love their birdfeeders filled with seeds. Guess who else likes the birdfeeders? That's right - "those darn squirrels!" The squirrels start stealing the bird food, which makes the birds and Old Man Fookwire very unhappy. He doesn't like those pesky squirrels, so he devises a way to keep them out of his backyard. Do you think his high-tech force field will keep the squirrels away? You'll have to read this silly, fun story to find out. And make sure you share it with your dad or grandpa...heehee!