Monthly Archives: June 2011

I Am Invited to a Party

Mo Willem’s Elephant & Piggie books are all funny, but there’s a few that stand out from the rest, and I Am Invited to a Party is one of them.  When Piggie gets invited to a party, the party-wise Gerald … Continue reading

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Dark Night

When Felix walks through the woods at night, he stops and hides from fierce creatures. But the wolf, tiger and crocodile who scare Felix are all scared of the very tall monster that happens to be Felix and his rabbit … Continue reading

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander’s horribly bad day is something we all need to read sometimes.  It’s strangely comforting knowing that someone else out there has terrible days where nothing works out, even if that someone is a character conceived by Judith Viorst and … Continue reading


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Brown: Seeing Brown All around Us

A rhyming non-fiction book about the colour brown engages children with big photos and fun facts about each brown item.  For example, a Brownie (Girl Scout) eating a brownie or the Brown that does tricks (a chocolate labrador).  The rhyming … Continue reading

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The book starts with it, the jacket quotes it and Frannie, the main character, ponders it, so I’ll begin with it as well. Hope is the thing with feathers                         … Continue reading

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Sara Zarr’s Sweethearts is about Jenna Vaughn, a high school senior who wants to forget everything about her outcast days as Jennifer Harris, except Cameron Quick.  Her one childhood ally was suddenly gone one day in grade five–she thought he … Continue reading

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Matthew Van Fleet’s interactive, rhyming board book introduces kids to new animals such as pangolins and tamarins, as well as comparing sizes and counting familiar animals like pandas and chipmunks.  Filled with fun textures like bumpy, stringy and clingy, this … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

For any young writers out there, Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw is a resource in story form.  It’s also a really good story about a boy, Leigh Botts, making his way through divorce, a new school and lunch thieves.  Without … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is as interesting today as it was when I was in high school. If you need any reminders about the importance of books, drop everything and read this book.  Guy Montag is a fireman, in a … Continue reading

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Thanks a Lot, Emily Post!

For a fun, non-didactic book about etiquette for children, turn to Jennifer LaRue Huget’s book, Thanks a Lot, Emily Post!  The rules of proper behaviour cramp the style of an unruly family, and it’s all because Mother brought home the Emily Post book. … Continue reading

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