Monthly Archives: July 2011

Turtle in Paradise

In Key West, 1935, everyone has crazy nicknames:  Turtle, Kermit, Pork Chop and Beans. Even Ernest Hemingway cameos as Papa. Jennifer L. Holm creates a swashbuckling adventure in this perfect summer read for kids. Hailing from New Jersey, Turtle is … Continue reading

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Blackout

When there’s a blackout in the city, everyone has to go to the roof to find the lights.  A street party ensues and the melting ice-cream is free, so when the lights go back on, normal is not enticing.  One … Continue reading

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Everett Anderson’s Goodbye

The dedication page says “for my sad friends.”  This beautiful classic book by Lucille Clifton and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi fully serves those children who are grieving the loss of someone near and dear.  Everett Anderson goes through the the … Continue reading

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Dirtball Pete

A new take on the dirty kid phenomenon, Dirtball Pete by Eileen Brennan shows that Pete’s dirt is only on the surface, and some very special talents can emerge from under all that grime. While this isn’t the book to … Continue reading

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Chicken, Chicken, Duck

With catchy text and gorgeous pictures, Nadia Krilanovich has created a fun and spunky book about farm animals.  Match animals and their sounds or just enjoy the cadence of the words as you read aloud Chicken Chicken Duck, Horse Pig … Continue reading

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A River of Words

The passion for words is evident in this picture book about poet William Carlos Williams who doctored by day and wrote by night.  Beautiful collages with lines of poetry are interspersed throughout the book while full poems inspire on the … Continue reading

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The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch’s classic The Paper Bag Princess comes in a delightful 25th Anniversary edition, illustrated by Michael Martchenko and sandwiched between nonfiction biographies of the author and illustrator as well as information on how books are made. The Paper Bag … Continue reading

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Emmaline and the Bunny

If you liked Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer,  then Katherine Hannigan’s Emmaline and the Bunny is for your kids.  Emmaline doesn’t fit into Neatasapin, the concrete suburban world that her family lives.  When she hears about Untidy, she sneaks out to … Continue reading

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The Higher Power of Lucky

Lucky is a tough little scientist living in Hard Pan, California, a desert community with a population of 43, most of whom receive government cheese to make ends meet.  Lucky’s guardian, Brigitte, is a French woman who thinks California is … Continue reading

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