A Book Blog Farewell

In consultation with the primary staff reviewers, we have decided to discontinue the InfoSoup reading blogs. Since 2008, InfoSoup users and staff have posted over 3000 reviews to Books to Hoot About!, the book blog, & Books R Us. It has been a fun ride, but now seems the right time to bring the blogs to an end.

We would like to thank all the users who participated in our reading challenge in 2013 and 2014, all the kids and teens who posted summer library program reviews, and the InfoSoup library staff who gave their time and shared their insight.

We will keep the reviews up for the rest of the year and, relaunch the site in in the new year with more of a focus on booklists and other resources for readers.

Thanks, and happy reading!

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Author: Lois Ehlert

Wow! If you love reading Lois Ehlert's picture books you will love this autobiographical book for kids that Ehlert wrote about her life and art. She follows the same techniques she uses to illustrate her picture books to tell her story in The Scraps Book. She explains where she gets her ideas for her stories, the process she follows to create her illustrations (collage) and also provides glimpses into her life now and when she was growing up. This book is colorful and alive. Any elementary aged child who is familiar with Ehlert's work would enjoy this book as would any adult. If you know a young aspiring artist, get this book into his or her hands.

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Author: Ashley Wolff

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashely Wolff tells the story of Baby Bear seeing seeing the world for the first time and learning about what he sees by posing questions to Mama Bear. This is a great book to learn about colors and would be a great read-aloud for children because of its "predictability". Wolff illustrations (water tinted linocuts) are beautiful and children will love all the small details in the illustrations.

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Title: Clementine
Author: Sebastian Loth

Clementine is a small snail who loves round things, especially the moon.  Her dream is to fly to the moon and with help from her friend, a worm, she does all the research and makes her plan.  Great book for any age!

A Strong Woman

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Author: Stone Tanya Lee

This book is a biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, set in picture book format.  It is informative and easy to understand for elementary-aged children.  For older children, the book also includes an author's note giving more comprehensive information on Blackwell.  The well-researched book ends with a list of sources consulted while creating the book.  Children will be surprised at Blackwell's story and her hardships in becoming the first female doctor.  The book is illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (think "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!")

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This simple book is an extremely creative way to explore colors!  One "see-through" page magically becomes two different images- a green frog is also a brown bear; a chocolate ice cream cone is also an orange sunset.  Children will enjoy flipping through the book, exploring what happens when colors blend together.

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Author: Don Brown

This graphic novel showed me more that I didn't already know about the 1930s Dust Bowl.  I can hardly even imagine the dust so thick and high in the air that snow fell brown and that cities on the East Coast were so affected.  Quick read for anyone wanting to know more about this environmental disaster in our nation's history.

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Author: Carron Brown

This truly innovative book will be a big hit with kids!  Turn down the lights, grab your flashlight and investigate the life of an apple tree by shining a light behind each page to see what emerges.  From bare branches to insects and critters, children will have fun guessing what will shine through the tree next.

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Title: Naked!
Author: Michael Ian Black

Have fun chasing this little boy around the house after his bath- naked!  Mom tries so hard to catch him but the boy can only have fun with being naked until...mom dresses him in a cape!  This book is sure to please young boys and girls alike, with many parents being able to relate to the characters.

Rhyming Fun

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Author: Patricia Thomas

With a Seuss-ical feel, all the jungle animals beg and plead with Elephant NOT to sneeze because when he sneezes...you better watch out!  The zebra loses his stripes, the alligator's snout turns inside out and monkeys fall from the trees among other crazy events.  It's the teeny tiny mouse that finds a way to keep Elephant from sneezing, however even that has unexpected results.  A great rhyming story that moves along at a great reading pace.

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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.