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Reviews by : (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

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Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Oh, no, Mole has moths in his house!! They are eating his clothes. Mouse helps Mole to have new clothes. Their friendship and problem solving is fun to read about.

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Author: Caroline Stutson

This story is a great read aloud for Halloween! It is mildly scary but, oh, so silly and the girl who is the main character is very brave indeed. After all, she is making music in the dark!

The fun refrain for a large group is: "By the light, by the light, of the Halloween moon." I like to draw moon out like moooon.

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

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Author: Wong Herbert Yee

I was delighted to find this early chapter book by Wong Herbert Yee. I have always enjoyed his gentle, witty, inventive, and sweet style. In this book, Mouse learns how to be respectful of Mole (offering him sunglasses) and Mole learns to be respectful of Mouse (offering her candles). There are lots more in this series. I can't wait to read them all!

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Author: Cynthia Lord

In this fun book, hamster shows his adventurous spirit at the fair! When he gets the chance to do something extra special, he earns a load of fair tickets that he shares with everyone in line at the food stand! Sweet.

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Author: Mineko Mamada

This is a book for all ages (!) that teaches there can be more than one correct answer to a question depending on perspective. This is a great lesson that we are learning even in our adult lives.

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Author: Jarrett Krosoczka

This new book by Jarrett tells the story of Peanut Butter (a seahorse) and Jellyfish ( a jellyfish!) and how they teach Crab what friendship looks like and feels like.

What a treat! I saw Jarrett present about this book at the library conference in Green Bay in the fall of last year!

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Author: Teresa Bateman

This is a book about how our luck is created by US. In this story, the leprechauns are being selfish and they have taken all the luck out of the world. Enter Fiona, who uses her brain to think of a clever way to outwit the leprechauns and bring the luck back. Leprechauns must keep their promises. The challenge is to make the leprechauns promise what you need!

I read and listened and watched this book on TUMBLEBOOKS, available through Infosoup. It was wonderful!

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Author: Catherine Jinks

Birdie is an orphan in London (circa 18070s) who is working for Alfred the Bogler. Together they are successful at capturing bogles/monsters and they live a comfortable life together. The only thing is they never know when their next case will pop up so their income isn't steady.  The talent that Birdie has to offer is that she is a very good singer. Her melodic voice (done well on the audio which I listened to) hypnotizes the monster(s) into submission. Some other people in England find out about their partnership and the work that they do. Some of those people are good and some are evil. Suddenly, Birdie has been kidnapped. By whom? For what purpose? What happens next? You will have to read the book! I loved Birdie's strength in this book.