Friday, September 26, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Gaston, by Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Christian Robinson, is a gripping tale of two puppies SWITCHED AT BIRTH. Mrs. Poodle, a perfectly sensible French Poodle notices one of her puppies is not like the others. Gaston grew much bigger than a teacup, he "RUFFS" when his siblings "yip yip," he's not particularly graceful, and he doesn't look particularly pretty in pink. But Mrs. Poodle loves him all the same. One day she's showing off her pups at the park when they run into a family of French Bulldogs. Mrs. Bulldog notices one of her pups, Antoinette, bares more than just a striking resemblance to the Poodles. "It seems there's been a terrible mistake," she remarks, and Mrs. Poodle responds with a "Oui oui." So Gaston and Antoinette trade places. But it just doesn't feel right. To anyone. Gaston may be a Bulldog, but he was raised by Mrs. Poodle to be precious like a Poodle. And Antoinette may be a poodle, but she was raised by Mrs. Bulldog to be brawny like a Bulldog. So they trade back. And it feels right. From then on, the Bulldogs and the Poodles would meet every day to play. The Poodles taught the Bulldogs how to be tender, and the Bulldogs taught the Poodles how to be tough, and when Gaston and Antoinette fell in love and had pups of their own, they taught them to be anything they wanted to be. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Paddington by Michael Bond, illustrated by R. W. Alley, is a story about a little lost bear, a bear that stows away on a ship headed all the way to England! The bear is discovered at the train station by Mr. and Mrs. Brown with a note around the bear’s neck that says “Please look after this Bear. Thank you.” “Wherever did you come from?” they ask. “Darkest Peru, I’m not really supposed to be here at all. I’m a stowaway.” he says. After chatting with the little lost bear, Mr. and Mrs. Brown decide they just can't leave him all by himself, and invite him to stay with them. He says he would like that very much, for he has nowhere to go, and everyone seems in such a hurry. They name him Paddington, after the train station. Paddington goes to get a snack with Mr. Brown while Mrs. Brown goes to collect their daughter Judy. Paddington is so hungry after only eating marmalade on his trip, he slips in the tart at the snack table, and slide in the cream, landing in a cup of tea! After an eventful trip home in the taxi (he got cream and jam on the cab driver's coat), they arrive home, and Paddington is welcomed into the family. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 22, 2014

Count the Monkeys

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Right from the title page, Barnett breaks down the wall between a book and the reader. He talks directly to the kids reading, and encourages them to "count the monkeys." Unfortunately, a wide variety of creatures have scared the monkeys off each page, and the narrator needs children to help him get rid of them so we can count the monkeys. This book is a wild ride that invites interaction. With everything from shouting and hand motions, to banging pots and pans (if you've got them), kids will love Count the Monkeys! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scooter in the Outside

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Scooter in the Outside by Anne Bowen, illustrated by Abby Carter, is a story about a brave dog that learns an important lesson about going off on his own, and how the outside can be a scary place without a friend by his side. Every day, Lucy takes her dog, Scooter, outside for a walk around the block. Scooter gets so excited that his tail wags with a great THWAPPA-THWAPPA-THUMP! They pass all kinds of interesting smells, see other friendly dogs, and hear weird noises. They always walk to the end of the street and back, and Lucy is always there to keep Scooter safe. But what would happen if Scooter went outside by himself? What if he decided to walk past the end of the street? What if Scooter sees a giant red something that flies by with a loud WEEEEE-OOOOO-WEEEEE-OOOOO and he gets scared? This is exactly what happens when Lucy accidentally leaves the door open and Scooter decides to do some solo exploring. What results is a heartwarming story about a dog, his owner, and how the unfamiliar becomes less scary when a friend is by your side. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spike the Mixed-up Monster

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In Spike the Mixed-up Monster by Susan Hood Spike is no bigger than a lily pad. In fact, that’s where he spends most of the day: sitting on a lily pad, trying to look like a fierce, mean monster. But the other creatures who live around the pond think he is cute and adorable. El pato, el armadillo, and el campaƱol all agree he has a sweet smile! Spike feels like he is a horrible monster. A terrible monster! In other words, he is not good at being a monster. One day, el monstruo came by, and scared all the creatures away except for Spike! When Spike bared his teeth at el monstruo, the Gila Monster thought Spike was giving him a friendly smile, so he asked him for directions! This is a funny, entertaining, and expressive book for young school-aged children. It would also be suitable for a story time focusing on friendships and cooperation. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, September 15, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Sara!
At the beginning of Froodle by Antoinette Portis all the animals in the neighborhood are making their usual sounds. The dog woofs, the cat meows, the crow caws, the dove coos, and the red bird chirps. The little brown bird always peeps, but one day, she just doesn’t feel like it. She wants to say something more fun... so she does! The other neighborhood birds soon join in the silliness and find their own voices. Little brown bird shows the neighborhood birds that they can be who they are, instead of who others think they should be. The animal sounds make this an excellent story to read aloud. Both kids and grown ups will enjoy creating new silly sounds for each bird. Portis includes some fun word play, and the illustrations are engaging and entertaining. See this book listed in our catalog
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