Friday, February 24, 2017

The Thing about Jellyfish

The Thing about Jellyfish
Author: Ali Benjamin
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.

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Summary: After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe, and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Review: This was a really emotional read. Suzy is desperate to make sense of her friend’s sudden death and believes she died from a rare jellyfish sting. Her best friend’s death really affected her so much to the point that she is obsessed with finding everything she can about jellyfish to prove that is how her friend died. There’s also the fact that she has stopped talking to others and her parents are concerned enough to take her to a therapist.

I found myself wanting to know the true reason of her friend’s death and seeing Suzy overcome the sadness of losing her friend.

The Thing About Jellyfish

That's Me Loving You

That's Me Loving You
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise

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Summary: Shares messages about how a parent's presence and devotion can be recognized in the natural world, from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

Review: What originally urged me to pick up this book was the sweet illustration on the cover of a mom sharing an embrace with her child, surrounded by beautiful nature. This is a simple picture book about the love between a parent and a child, with the message being that they will always be loved by their parents no matter how near or far they may be.

This book would work for a Mother's Day storytime, Valentine's Day storytime, or a storytime about love. I also thin kthis would be a great picture book to use for a younger child who may have lost their parent too soon. Amy Krouse Rosenthal sets out all what she was meaning to do, including writing a touching book that may require you to grab a tissue. I love how nature is used as a symbol of love.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Everyone Loves Cupcake

Everyone Loves Cupcake
Kelly DiPucchio
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Aleece

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Summary: Cupcake dresses to impress. Her smile is brilliant. Her wave is flawless. She even wears a tiara. Everyone loves a tiara. And Cupcake wants everyone to love her. But when she tries too hard to make everyone happy, she crumbles under the pressure and realizes that sometimes just being yourself is enough.

Review: I absolutely loved this book. I started laughing while reading it to my storytime kids. However, some of the jokes may not be understood by all the kids, but the parents will get it. The kids really seemed to like the book but I think parents liked it more.


Magic Pickle vs. The Egg Poacher

Magic Pickle vs. The Egg Poacher
Author: Scott Morse
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Helen

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Summary: Magic Pickle is the super hero fighting the food fight against evil fruits and vegetables and this time the evil foe is a bad egg planning to take over the world.

Review: This is book two of the series and it is full of puns, which I enjoyed. A bit cheesy in spots, but fun.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Highlights Magazine

Highlights Magazine
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

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Summary: Kids' magazine.

Review: Brings back memories of my childhood, but this magazine is great. It has craft activities, jokes, fiction, non-fiction, puzzles, all in one magazine to appeal to all kids.


Search and Spot Go!

Search and Spot Go!
Author: Laura Ljungkvist
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: If you like Where’s Waldo and Walter Wick books you will love this book!  The artwork is filled with simple drawings that cover all modes of transportation. 

Review: I enjoyed looking at this book!  Some of the pages were a challenge, while other things to spot weren’t too difficult.  One of the pages even included a map maze to find a church, 2 parking lots, 1 flower garden, 1 hospital, and 1 dog run.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the “search and find” books.