Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Backhoe Joe

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron. Nolan is out playing when he finds a stray backhoe. He names the backhoe Joe and takes him home. Joe isn’t trained—he digs up the garden, revs at the mailman, and treads on the neighbor’s grass—so Nolan works hard to show him how to behave. One day, after finding a great place for Joe to dig, Nolan sees a “Lost Backhoe” sign. The picture on the sign is definitely of Joe. Nolan decides that he needs to return Joe to his owner, even though he isn’t sure he’ll ever see him again. Cameron’s illustrations are vibrant and perfect for the story. Alexander’s depiction of Joe as a backhoe makes this lost “pet” story appealing to any child who has dreamed of having their very own construction vehicle and the twist on the last page will make older readers smile too. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby Bear

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson is a beautiful book about a little bear who's wandered away from home. Feeling lost and alone, he seeks direction from other animals in the forest. The Mountain Lion suggests he retrace his steps, but Baby Bear wasn't really paying attention. The Squirrels say when they're lost they just hug a tree and think of home, but then any tree is their home really. Baby Bear thinks hugging a tree seems silly, but he tries it anyway. It doesn't work. Ram says when he's lost he climbs higher to see further, and that singing a song helps. Owl hears Baby Bear singing and tells him not to give up. Baby Bear's journey is long and arduous, but he keeps going with the help of his forest friends, until he's finally home. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, November 7, 2014


Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Who’s the most rascally rat to sail the seas? Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee. Pi-Rat and his fearsome crew, gray cat and orange squirrel, are enjoying a carefree pirate’s life. There are absolutely no rules on Pi-Rat’s mighty ship. They aren’t afraid of anything, not even crocodiles, hungry sharks, or even the dark. One day while searching for buried treasure on the beach Pi-Rat spots a scary sight in his telescope. There it was, the most gruesome beast, “A Pirate Queen.” They are surely doomed! Just when Pi-Rat's crew is taken, the bathtub plug was pulled. Standing at the tub with a warm towel was the terrible beast: it be momster! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Moonlight Ocean

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Moonlight Ocean by Elizabeth Golding. Have you ever wondered what happens in the ocean after dark? As you open this book prepare to discover what lurks in the ocean. A different sea creature is discovered on each page. There are interesting facts about each specific sea creature including a “Did you know” section. At the bottom of each page there are pictures of other creatures that would also live near that animal. Use the magic flashlight on every page to reveal the hidden creatures in the ocean’s depths! Each spread appears to be dark, but point the flashlight and watch brilliant aquatic life illustrations magically illuminate. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bear Sees Colors

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a simple book about colors. Bear and Mouse are just walking along chatting when Bear sees the color blue. He sees blue flowers, blueberries and a blue pail. The author encourages the reader to find the blue things on the page. Then Bear and Mouse and their friend rabbit spy the color red and again the reader is encouraged to find the red things on the page.The story continues with the colors yellow, green, and brown. This is a cute story about colors and friendship. At the end of the story the animals all get together and have a big picnic with lots of food, lots of colors, and lots of friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Wolves in the Walls

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. Everyone knows that it’s all over when the wolves come out of the walls. And Lucy just knows that there are wolves living in the walls of their big, old house. Her mom thinks it’s mice, her dad thinks it’s rats, and her brother thinks she’s bats, but Lucy knows it’s wolves. That night, while everyone is sleeping, the wolves come out of the walls, and the family flees to the bottom of their garden. What else do you do when the wolves come out of the walls? When Lucy realizes that she left her beloved pig puppet behind, she knows she must take back the house. Neil Gaiman’s quirky sense of humor will delight children who are not afraid of the things that go bump in the night.  Dave McKean’s unique artwork helps to make this book a delightfully scary, strange, and hilarious romp for children who like stories that are not all rainbows and sunshine. See this book listed in our catalog
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