Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tienes un pajaro en la Cabeza

Tienes un pajaro en la Carbeza
Author: Mo Willems
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Gloria

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Summary: The book was about the Elephant having a bird on his head, which he does not like at all. He ends up having not only one bird on his head but then two birds, a nest and then baby birds. His best friend Piggy giggles and mocks him throughout the story, towards the end Elephant is able to remove the birds by simply asking them politely to leave his head. Which they do and they then decide to move to Piggy’s head instead.


Review: I really enjoyed reading this book, the story was creative and very amusing. I liked how the story had repetition. It also showed different emotions coming from both Elephant as well as Piggy. Over all I think many Spanish/bilingual readers would enjoy this book.

Rescue Bunnies

Rescue Bunnies
Author: Doreen Cronin
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: Newbie struggles to pass her field test to become a full fledged rescue bunny.

Review: Rescue Bunnies will be appealing to both the child and the adult reader. The humor (my favorite part about her books) is dry and sophisticated. I especially like Cronin's use of funny and famous movie lines. “You had me at hello” and “You can't handle the truth”. The illustrations are big and bold and should catch the child’s eye. She has dedicated this book to First Responders everywhere, and it could be great for a unit on community helpers.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Friends with Boys






Friends with Boys  
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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Summary: A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist! Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it's time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend―one who isn't one of her brothers. 

Review: This is my first graphic novel that I ever read and I’m surprisingly pleased. Not only did I enjoy the format of dialogue and artwork, I liked the story and the messages that came along with it. I could see any school-aged child that feels out of place in school, homeschooled, or has unruly siblings really enjoying this book and relating to Maggie. Throw in the paranormal and this is a hit! I was excited to find out when the next book in this graphic novel series will be out, but it looks like we as readers are supposed to make our own conclusion on the ghost’s reason for haunting Maggie. I’m disappointed there won’t be a book two because I could see so many different directions the author could have taken with the ghost and how Maggie’s relationships with her new school friends evolve.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

American Pop: Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries





American Pop: Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries
Author: Arie Kaplan
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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Summary: This non-fiction book introduces young readers to the world of pop music, from the beginning to its presence. Explaining how pop music began, author Arie Kaplan describes the influences and evolution of pop music and how it came to be the way it is today. Includes information on well-known artists of the past and present such as Elvis, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Also provides information on how radio, MTV, and the Internet changed pop music throughout the decades.

Review: Any music lover, young and old, will appreciate this American Music Milestones series. In American Pop: Hit Makers, Superstars, and Dance Revolutionaries, readers are informed in a fun, interesting, and educational way of their favorite musical genre. Pictures of America’s favorite musicians are showcased next to important facts that are in simple chronological order. This would be a perfect book for a young student who needs to write a book report on the subject of music because it would be a valuable resource for an assignment, and at the same time fun to read. Extra resources and suggested sources are presented towards the back of the book, while a “Must Download Playlist” with song titles and artists from the chapter are listed so the reader may listen to the songs they never heard. If you are interested in other musical genres, the Round Lake Library also has the books American Rock and American Latin Music from the series.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life Movie

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life Movie
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: Rafe, an imaginative teenager, is tired of his school's obsession with rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, he and his best friends have come up with a plan to break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

Review: How did this movie not get any notice at the box office? This was one of my favorite kid’s movies I’ve seen this year. Hilarious, laugh out loud hijinks will keep you enjoying this movie the whole way through. Everyone in this movie was so perfectly cast. I can’t even decide on my favorite character (the mom’s boyfriend probably with the principal coming in a close second).  I would say if your child loved the original Wimpy Kid movies - rent this!

The Great AAA-OOO!

The Great AAA-OOO!
Author: Jonny Lambert
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie B.

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Summary: The nighttime can be scary and Mouse and Owl hear a horrible sound! Who or what can it be?  As they determine one by one it was not each of their friends, they decide it must be a monster! To save themselves they clamber up a tree and huddle on a branch.  The suspense builds and when the branch breaks, they fall to meet the monster!  Well, actually, they find out it was their friend wolf and all is well!

Review: This picture book is a very well written, entertaining story with rhyming text, nice examples of onomatopoeia and animal sounds.  The author’s humor shows through especially when you see the picture of the moose up the tree.  The amazing, large, textured, cut paper illustrations will be appreciated by all! This book is perfect for storytime, small group or one on one.