Monthly Archives: July 2012

Prudence Wants A Pet

When kids want pets, parents say, “No!” Prudence runs into the same problem, so she invents some rather unique pets. Droll text and illustrations with child appeal make this a must read. Author Cathleen Daly and illustrator Stephen Michael King … Continue reading


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Between the Lines

Yes, this is written by Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer. Let’s get that out of the way. If you were Ms. Picoult and your daughter wanted to give up free time to write up a unique story … Continue reading

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If you need proof that picture books are for all ages, Oliver Jeffers‘ Stuck is first on the evidence list. Everyone gets stuck. We all know what it feels like to get in that rut and not break free. Floyd starts … Continue reading

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Ed, Ned and Ted rhyme all the time. But Bob? He’s the dust bunny who doesn’t follow suit. His words never rhyme, but they certainly are pertinent to the story.  Funny and colourful, Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is a delight … Continue reading

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The Umbrella

A little dog goes flying around the world with a red umbrella in this wordless picture book. Each double page spread shows a miniature story within the larger story. At the end, a cat finds the umbrella. What will his … Continue reading

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House Held Up By Trees

A quiet and compelling picture book, House Held Up By Trees features a little house and the changes it goes through over the years, first being surrounded by closely cropped grass and finally being abandoned by its people yet held up … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

If you are against non-union lettuce and for clothing made from used dental floss, this is your book. Polly Horvath has written a fantastical kidnapping plot with a zany cast of characters including The Marmot, Madeline, a hooman (in fox-speak) … Continue reading

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Nasty Bugs

Perfect for summer: an anthology of nasty bug poems written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ann Whitford Paul, Alice Schertle, and others. Will Terry‘s illustrations will make you squirm, especially Cockroach by Fran Haraway which begins: “The common cockroach family Has quite … Continue reading

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. The problem is, I don’t want to say much about it because it’s best read without any hint of how clever, how loyal, … Continue reading

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