Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'm Fast

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
From the author/illustrator team that brought us I Stink!, I’m Bad!, I’m Dirty!, and I’m Brave! comes their latest: I'm Fast! by Kate & Jim McMullan. A mighty train engine is challenged by a zippy red racecar to race to Chicago. The racecar has only himself to worry about, but before they depart the train loads up tons of freight in a variety of train cars. The racecar takes off - “vvvvrrrrrrooooom!” And the train chugs out of the railyard - “chooka chooka chooka…” At first it seems the smaller, zippier racecar has the advantage, but once the train engine gets rolling he won’t stop! He “chooka-chooka’s” straight through tunnels while the car winds up and down mountain roads, plows through heavy snow while the car needs a push a friend (fans of the series will recognize the backhoe from I’m Dirty!), and rolls through railroad crossings while the racecar waits in traffic. Along the way, the engine shows off each car in his train and what it carries. Across mountains and deserts, through countryside and busy towns, all day and thought the night, the two friends are often neck-and-neck. Who will reach Chicago first? Car and train fans alike will love reading to find out. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yoda: a Story of a Cat and his Kittens

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and his Kittens by Beth Stern. Yoda is a Persian kitten who dreams about becoming a supercat, but is living in an animal shelter, waiting to be adopted. It seems like all the other kittens are adopted before him, until one day a nice woman comes to the shelter and takes Yoda home with her! Even though Yoda is happy to have a home, there is something missing. Then he discovers that there are four kittens in another room of his new house and they are not being good kittens! Archie smells, Petunia is climbing, Sadie is scratching a painting, and Oliver is sleeping in his milk bowl. Yoda becomes a father figure to the kittens, teaching them to behave and snuggling with them at night. He has finally become the supercat he has always wanted to be! Readers of all ages will enjoy seeing Yoda become such a great foster papa and following the kittens’ antics perfectly captured by illustrator Devin Crane. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Want a Pet!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
I Want a Pet by Cathy Morrison. One morning a little boy decides he wants a pet, but not just any pet will do. After gathering some items he heads for the zoo in search of the perfect pet. He finds a giraffe but decides it’s too tall, the cheetah is too fast, the turtle is too slow, the gorilla is too hairy, and the crocodile is just plain too scary! He sits on the ground and begins to cry when he finally notices the dog that has followed him all day. He thinks this one is just right as he cuddles his new found friend in his bed that night! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Just Right for Two

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Just Right for Two by Tracey Corderoy & Rosalind Beardshaw. Dog is perfectly happy all on his own with his big blue suitcase, which is just the right size for one. He is sure that he is happy with just himself and his suitcase filled with all his little treasures he has collected. Dog wakes one morning to find Mouse sleeping next to him on the big blue suitcase. After spending the day with Mouse, sharing all of his special things, Mouse leaves and heads out on his own, leaving dog with his special things. Dog discovers that he is very lonely with just his special things and searches for his new friend. In the end Dog finds his big blue suitcase is actually just right for two. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ball

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
“BALL?!”  This is the only word that you will find in the aptly named book, Ball by Mary Sullivan.  It follows a dog as he spends his day wandering around his house desperately looking for someone to play catch with him. He loves playing catch so much that he sleeps with his small rubber ball in his mouth. When he awakes, he immediately wakes up his owner, a little girl that he was snuggled up with, and thinks “ball?” She then jumps out of bed, grabs the ball, holds it high over her head and yells “BALL!” just before hurling the ball down the hallway. He is ecstatic as he chases the ball down and brings it back to her, but she is already getting ready for school. No time to play fetch. No time for ball. The book follows this poor dog as he spends his day waiting for the little girl to come back from school, never letting his rubber ball stray too far from his mind or mouth. This story is an adorable reminder for just how one-minded our dogs can seem at times and why we love them for it. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Number One Sam

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Winning feels great, right?  That’s exactly how Sam feels every time he wins a race. In Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli, Sam is the best racecar driver he knows. He’s the best at driving fast, swerving around turns, and he always comes in first place. He is the best at driving racecars out of all of his friends, and that is simply a fact. Until one day… Sam doesn’t win. Poor Sam is so heartbroken that he switches his car number from one to (gulp) two. During the next race he is determined to come in first place, but he immediately slams on his breaks when he sees five little chicks standing in the middle of the road. He has to make a quick decision: save the baby chicks or try to win the race. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let’s just say that Sam learns that there are some things that feel much better than winning a race. See this book listed in our catalog
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