2010 Reviews by Library: seymour

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Author: Helen Lester

A penguin wearing a Hawaiian shirt--yes, we know from the beginning that this penguin is an individual. This fun book shows that even though Tacky is so different, he is important to the team. This is the first in a line of several books about Tacky. Try them out!

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Author: Bob Graham

Cute little chapter book (4 chapters) about the family life of crocodiles.

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Author: Michael Buckley

This series has been recommended to me by several kids. The action is very fast and prevalent. This is also an example of fractured fairy tales. You have to know your fairy tales well to catch on. The book also has many plays on words which I enjoy--it shows the wit of the author. I get the appeal--the book is fantasy and everyone is coping with defeating the evil without being tempted by it. Learning magic is integral. Definitely should start with book number one and move forward. My question is: who is the problem child? Sabrina or Uncle Jake?

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Author: Ken Geist

Patterned after ’The Three Little Pigs’ this delightful read aloud gives the shark an interesting punishment at the end so he can no longer be threatening. Of course, I am happy that the smartest fish is female! 

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Author: Emily Arnold McCully

A great book for Women’s History Month!! Thanks to Colette & Kim for showing me this book, right on our library shelves, about Margaret Knight who invented the machine that makes the common paper bag. She was an inventor all her life and nicknamed "Lady Edison". Too cool! 

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Author: Rebecca Stead

This book had so many threads--I really liked that. It also challenged the brain. You may have to reread parts to follow what is happening. There is a mystery in the story, a mom who is training to be on a game show, a sub shop where three 6th graders work on their lunch hour, a funky neighborhood in New York, and time travel! That is just to name a few things. It is amazing how the book culminates and brings everything together. Miranda is the 6th grader who is trying to figure out the puzzle besides dealing with a changing family and evolving friendships. The author adores Madeleine L’Engle and the reader can see that influence.

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Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

I admire the author’s ability to take such a tragic, mature topic and bring the writing down so that a young person can understand it. The topic is the Great Hunger/Irish potato famine. In the book you learn about the lengths that the people must go to find food. Besides the diseased potatoes, the people are being thrown out of their homes by British overlords if they can’t pay their rent. Actually, the British overlords have Irish people working for them who do the "dirty work" of evicting their neighbors. Horrifying. The difficult decisions of who would emigrate and when are showcased in this book. The author’s ancestors came to America during this time in history--she does a wonderful job of honoring them. We fall in love with Nory, the main character, and we wish her the best.

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Author: Mo Willems

Yippee! A super easy reader about getting along with new people and making new friends!

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Author: Eric Litwin

Okay, this rates as one of my favorite picture books of ALL TIME! It is about having a positive outlook on life and taking each experience as it comes. Additionally, it reviews colors. So cool and it is a SONG! Fun, fun!

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Author: Nina Laden

 Outstanding! A cat and dog fall in love and are secretly married by a mouse. Similar to Romeo and Juliet until the end (yippee!). Drooliet is near death when Romeow saves her in the only way a cat can! Very clever and poetic, too! Great introduction to the real play. 

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Author: Alexandra Day

This mostly wordless picture book has beautiful paintings of Carl, the dog, and Madeleine, the little girl, as they spend a day together on adventures unbeknownst to Mom and Dad. Clever!

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Author: Daniel Skalak

This zany ryhming book with cartoonish drawings celebrates all the great things about summer from going camping to playing pirates (and all the fun in between)!

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Author: Donivee Martin Laird

I picked up this book in Hawaii and it is SO great! It takes features of Hawaiian culture and weaves them throughout the book. You also learn a little of the Hawaiian language! The ending for the shark is very funny--read it and see!

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Author: Kristyn Crow

Wonderful! The refrain is very catchy and the book is also cumulative. The ending ties up well. The humourous pictures carry the book. The "monster" is a delight!

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Author: Nancy Van Laan

This book makes for a great read aloud--the pictures are colorful and "splashy" :) and the verse invites the readers to answer questions. Baby fish is looking for her mom--very sweet and a familiar situation for the younger set!

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Author: Julie Sykes

Little Tiger is not interested in a bath until he plays with many friends and gets so dirty that he is rejected by peacock as a playmate. Read the book to discover the cute ending! Kids love this one!

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Author: Janet Pedersen

This book is adorable. We learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. You could also talk about who Houdini was!

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Author: Lynn Reiser

In this terrific book, we learn the body parts of the clam. Also, we learn what weapons clam has when it is in danger and who the enemies of the clam are. Great!

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Author: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

This book teaches how to go clam hunting and what the results can be! Very fun! Makes you hungry for clams!

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Author: Sarah Wilson

Willie's fun loving and generous family wants to help her out with her raft ride. But they share too many things and you can guess what happens to the raft! Great rhythm and rhyme in this rollicking read aloud!

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Author: Kevin Sherry

This is a hilarious picture book about a bragging squid who can find ways to be the biggest in all situations. Vivid, large pictures are very appealing.

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Author: Kevin Sherry

I love how squid takes his ink to make wonderful pictures in the ocean.  But what exactly is he using for his canvas? Read this book to find out the surprise!

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Title: Surf War!
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald

The sandpipers and whales have a war about  who the sea belongs to. In their war they begin to destroy both the beach and the ocean until they realize that there is plenty to share and that the war was silly. A good lesson for all of us !

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Author: Myla Goldberg

This lovely picture book is really understood by more of a third to fifth grade range and above. Just why exactly is the woman fishing at night and with a mouse as bait? You will have to read the story to find out the wonderful conclusion. Whimsical, alluring, fantastical, and smart. Loved it!

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Author: Mo Willems

Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie strike again! In this book they discover that they are being read! How do they react? How does the book end?  Read this fun book to see!

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Title: Uglypuss
Author: Caroline Gregoire

Marty doesn't like his new puppy because he is ugly and he decides to call him Uglypuss. Uglypuss does what dogs do--he is loyal and loving and close by. What happens to Marty and Uglypuss to make Marty realize that Uglypuss is great? You will have to read the book to find out!

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Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards

This is a delightful story about an old house with “low self-esteem” who realizes its potential when a family considers moving in. When the house stops feeling sorry for itself and starts feeling sorry for the family, then we know their will be a great outcome!

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Author: Barack Obama

This beautiful and uplifting books celebrates the attributes of great people in our country--male and female and from all walks of life. It mentions their contributions to what America is and encourages children to be inspired and use their talents to participate in our amazing nation. Credit must be given to the illustrator, Loren Long, who does such a breathtaking job of embodying joy and hopefulness in his pictures.

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Author: Kristin Kladstrup

This book captures the magic of Santa, pirates, and gingerbread in a sweet and inventive way. Loved it!

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Author: Jonathan Allen

Baby Hare tries to convince Baby Owl that he is Santa. When Baby Owl finally agrees that he is Baby Hare accuses him of lying. In this hilarious book, both animals begin to bawl. Only a surprise visit from Santa himself can resolve the ruckus.