Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bear Is Not Tired

Bear Is Not Tired
Author: Ciara Gavin
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue
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Summary: Bear is supposed to sleep through the winter, but he is afraid that he will miss out on the Duck family’s fun.  He tries to fight off the sleepy feeling he has, but Mother Duck finally says that bears are supposed to sleep through the winter.  He cannot fight who he is.  She even promised him that he wouldn’t miss anything.  When Bear wakes up refreshed and ready to go in the spring he sees that Mother Duck has kept her promise.  She gives him a photo album of  what they did during the winter.  The end page of the book has “photos” of how Bear was included in the family all winter long. 

Review: This is a very cute book.  It’s a nice story of how much Bear and the Duck family love each other.  But Bear still needs to do what is right for him, and the Duck family included Bear in their winter activities whenever they can.  The illustrations are cute and expressive.  A sweet book to share with a child.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Took: A Ghost Story

Took: A Ghost Story

Author: Mary Downing Hahn 
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Christi

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Summary: A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years"--

Review: A scary tale that has a slight Hansel and Gretel vibe. When Dan and his family move into a new home nothing is right about it- the woods, the house, the creepiness. His younger sister, Erica, is even more afraid of her new home. When the kids at school tell them the stories about girl that disappeared and the witch who lives on the hill with her evil pet, Erica is petrified. She starts to only talk to her doll and as everyone else in the house starts to act different Dan starts to wonder what’s happening. One day he catches his sister in the woods and as he sees something coming towards her he pulls her away and leaves her doll there. His sister is so upset that when the witch catches her alone and tells her to go with her she goes. As everyone starts to look for the sister the horrifying real tale of the house starts to sound familiar. You might want to leave the lights on at night after reading this story. Not for the faint of heart.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog
Author: Megan McDonald/Katherine Tillotson
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie    
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Summary: In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.

Review: This was a great book and the illustrations are wonderful. The dog in this story is adopted from a shelter and is given the name “Shoe Dog” when his new owner is trying to shoo him away from chewing on her shoes. His obsession with chewing on shoes keeps him from sleeping on the bed and it’s such a cute story because it shows us the perspective of a dog. Shoe dog did not want to go back to the shelter so he decided he would stop chewing shoes. I think this was an adorable story that people of all ages would enjoy, especially if they have a “Shoe Dog” of their own.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LEGO Club Magazine

Title:  LEGO Club magazine 
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue


Summary: This free magazine is put out 6 times a year.  The magazine is aimed at the 7 year and older LEGO fan.  It includes stories, puzzles, contests, and building challenges.  They also have a section call Cool Creations which is filled with pictures of young LEGO builders and their creations.  

Review: If you are a LEGO fan you will love this magazine!  There is so much to read and do!  Since all the artwork is with LEGOs it will get you thinking of different things to do with your LEGOs. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon
Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Julie H.
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Summary: This colorfully illustrated book teaches children to look on the bright side, even when something sad or frustrating happens. Each page describes something going wrong, like losing a balloon or breaking a toy, and the opposite page shows how it could actually be a good thing, if you look hard enough. 

Review: This is a fantastic book for children preschool-age and older. It not only provides good examples of how to stay optimistic, but also teaches children various ways to explain how they’re feeling. The simple illustrations show clear facial expressions and can be a good way to start teaching your child feeling words. This story can also be a great conversation starter and prompt you and your child to come up with a list of other bad things that can actually turn out to be pretty great!