Monday, April 25, 2011

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!

Submitted by (our newest blogger) Ms. Brenda!
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is a wonderfully fun rhyming book written and illustrated by David McPhail. Imagine you’re sitting alone, at night, reading quietly to yourself. All of a sudden you hear crunching, munching, burping noises. What can THAT be? You hop up to find out and you see... PIGS!?! Pigs everywhere! “Pigs in tutus, pigs in kilts, pigs on skateboards, pigs on stilts.” If that’s not bad enough, more pigs start arriving by boat, plane, and even train! They’re making oatmeal in the sink, and ordering pizza. Some are, ahem, in only their underwear. And… oh, the mess they’re making! Read to find out just how much trouble these pigs can get into, and if they’re willing to clean up afterward. This book is fun to read one on one, or in a group. It's a personal favorite of mine because both of my kids each got such a kick out of it. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 21, 2011

When I Grow Up

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic is a very humorous story about a little eight year old boy who has dreams of being lots of things when he grows up. It's show-and-tell in Mrs. Krupp's class today, and the children are to tell everyone what they would like to be when they grow up. Billy is so excited he even goes first! Billy says he would like to be a great chef, who makes unusual dishes, such as toast on a stick or twinkies au gratin. Of course Billy doesn't stop there. He has many ideas. Maybe he'll be a snail trainer, or a professional pickle inspector. He could milk giraffes and make giraffe cheese. Maybe a gorilla masseuse, a rodeo clown, or a tarantula shaver. Billy has quite an imagination. Billy's grandpa just turned one hundred and three, and he has had many jobs, but he still doesn't know what he wants to be, so of course Billy has time to do decide, and maybe he can do all these things! This is a cute story about growing up, and the pressure of deciding what you want to be. It's okay to not know, and to take your time and just see what the future brings. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stop Snoring, Bernard!

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora is an adorable story about an otter named Bernard. Bernard loves living in the zoo. He loves mealtime, and playtime, and most of all naptime! But there's one little problem... Bernard snores. Loudly. And Grumpy Giles has had enough. He tells Bernard to "snore somewhere else!" So Bernard tries napping in the lake, but ends up disturbing the alligators. He tries napping in the fountain, but that disturbs the giraffes. He tries napping in a cave, but that disturbs the bats! Poor Bernard is feeling so sad and dejected. There is nowhere for him to sleep! But while Bernard has been looking everywhere for a new place to nap, the otters have been looking everywhere for Bernard! It turns out they can't sleep without him! Even Grumpy Giles feels bad for yelling. I love books that end happily. I especially love books that end with naps! If you feel the same, you should definitely check out Stop Snoring Bernard. You'll be glad you did! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monkey Truck, Tiny Little Fly, and Chicken Chicken Duck

Submitted by Ms. Melissa!
Enjoy these books about animal noises:
It’s Monkey Truck to the rescue! Oo! Eee! Ooo! Aaah! This helpful, banana gas burning monkey is who the Jungle King calls when the underbrush is in trouble. Are the hippos stuck? Are the snakes tied in a knot? Have no fear, Monkey Truck is near! The vivid and cartoon like illustrations add to the comedy of this tale. Delightful and fast, Monkey Truck by Michael Slack will be a treat for those little boys on the go. See this book listed in our catalog
Crush! Squash! Snatch! "I’m going to catch that fly," or so think the Elephant, Hippo, and Tiger. But no… the tiny little fly is too smart, and it's those big, clumsy mammals who end up in a lot of muddy muck. Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen, with illustrations by Kevin Waldron, has larger than life images that compliment this teasing tale of a fly who knows how to get by. See this book listed in our catalog
Maa! Baa! Snuffle! Cluck! Quack! Name those animals, and match that sound! That’s the point of this animal round. Bright, realistically drawn animals pile in a stack--Quack! Introduce your children to animal sounds with the book Chicken, Chicken, Duck by Nadia Krilanovich. This could be read over and over and over… in many different and fun ways! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cinco de Mouse-O!

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Cinco de Mouse-o! by Judy Cox is an adventurous tale of a mouse and his first Cinco de Mayo. There are excellent descriptions of Cinco de Mayo traditions through the eyes of a mouse. It begins one morning when Mouse wakes up to a fantastic smell, a beany, cheesy, ricey smell! He follows the smell out of his hidey hole and down to the plaza, but what he doesn't know is while he is following the smell a cat is following him! Mouse finds that in the plaza is an amazing fiesta! He sees an enticing piñata full of candy, and people all around him eating tacos, tamales, chorizos, and flan! He samples some of all the yummy foods and then dozes off to sleep, until the cat begins to chase him! Mouse runs through dancers' stomping, tapping, pounding feet to avoid the cat. While mariachis play, and fireworks boom, Mouse hides from the cat, until he sees that it is time for the piñata! He comes out of hiding to the piñata in search of sweets for his own Cinco de Mouse-o celebration, while the cat waits below for the mouse to drop like a piece of candy from the piñata! Finally Mouse escapes the cat and find his very own candy to take back to his hidey hole! Mouse then has his own Cinco de Mouse-o celebration! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Read to Tiger

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
The little boy in Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore just wants to read his book! He’s all settled on the couch, with the cushions and the lamp fixed just right, a book in his lap--it’s time to read. But there’s one big problem: Tiger. Noisy, fun-loving Tiger is playing behind the couch, and his antics make it impossible for our young hero to concentrate on his book! First Tiger is loudly chomping on gum. Then he’s growling like a bear. Then he’s Karate Tiger, practicing his kicks with shouts of “Hi-Yah!” Each time, the boy admonishes Tiger to be quiet, and each time Tiger is sorry and promises to stop his noisy play. But the big cat just can’t seem to contain himself. Soon he’s playing train--“Choo! Choo!” And even when the boy finally gets Tiger to lie down quietly, he still manages to interrupt. In the end, the long-suffering young reader finds a solution that makes both boy and tiger happy. (And if you want more Tiger, read his first book, Tiger Can’t Sleep) See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, April 7, 2011

In the Dark of the Night and Walk with a Wolf

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
In the Dark of the Night is an enchanting book by Paul Stewart that tells the story of a young wolf’s coming of age. Stewart is the author of the Edge Chronicles and other works of juvenile fiction. The illustrator for this story is Tim Vyner, and his magical, stylish work compliments the text. Young readers and listeners will relate to the story of the wolf cub as he finds his place in the world. See this book listed in our catalog
Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker takes us far north to the Yukon where we discover a pack of wolves and how they survive in extreme conditions. Howker’s simple but compelling text, and the eye-catching water colors by Sarah Fox Davies, draw the reader into this mysterious landscape filled with intensity and wonder. Children of all ages will enjoy this book, especially if they have a fondness for nature. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dinosaurs?!

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Dinosaurs?! by Lila Prap is the story of how chickens may be descended from dinosaurs! Or so the chickens in this story believe. After all, some dinosaurs did have beaks. They also laid eggs. The chickens, chicks, and roosters ask some pretty good questions about dinosaurs like: "Why didn’t they call them Terrible Chickens if they were our ancestors?" and "If these rhinos had beaks, did they lay eggs too, like chickens?" These questions are answered, and many more dinosaur facts are given, throughout the book, in response to the chickens' comments and wisecracks. Each page is brightly illustrated with a dinosaur picture and information, surrounded by little chicken pictures that are bubbled with silly questions and answered with interesting facts. Enjoy Dinosaurs?! by Lila Prap, author and illustrator, who loves to draw animals! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, April 4, 2011

I Love My Mommy

Submitted by Ms. Janis! (Who recently became a grandma! Congratulations Ms. Janis! Enjoy your grand-maternity leave!)
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae. This book has great rhyming text, and stars a cute toddler holding a purple toy duck (if you look there is a purple toy duck on each page for your child to find). This little boy lists some of the reasons he loves his mom including "wiping my grubby nose" and "tickling my toes." This book tells you everything that makes mothers special! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate and Roger the Jolly Pirate

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Avast me hearties! I hope there be no land-lubbers reading the blog today, because we love pirates here at St. Mary's County Library! (Not the kind you occasionally read about on CNN, of course, but the kind with peg legs, and eye patches, and a propensity to shout "Arrrgh!") Here are two wonderful books to share with your little one about our favorite sea-farers! Yo ho ho!
In Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy, with illustrations by Doug Kennedy, we meet the captain of a fine vessel in need of a crew. With his trusty pet parrot, he sails to Rascal Island, to recruit the most qualified scallywags available. In order to join his crew, there are several things you must be able to do, but the most important is talk like a pirate! Sadly, these scurvy dogs did not get the "pirate talk" memo, like the once-promising candidate who tells Pete his beard "is quite itchy, especially during the summer when the weather tends to be sultry," when he clearly should have said "when the sun's a blazin' me beard gets the itches, worse than a bucket of sand down me britches" and therefore must walk the plank...Will Pete ever find a capable crew? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog
The hero of Brett Helquist's Roger the Jolly Pirate might also need some coaching in how to be a proper pirate. He has a terrible sense of direction, he's always smiling instead of scowling, he has a pet chicken instead of a parrot, and he's always ready to play a rollicking sea shanty on his concertina. In short, he's "never struck fear into any sailor's heart." In fact, when there's raiding to be done, he's sent to the brig. On one such occasion, Roger decides to bake a cake. Perhaps the other pirates will like that, and include him more. You might not think that cake baking would lead to an overwhelming pirate victory... but you'd be surprised! In fact, Roger's attempt at manufacturing culinary delights leads his pirate colleagues to make a flag in his honor! Perhaps you've seen "The Jolly Roger" gracing the mast of a fierce pirate ship. Find out its origin in this book, and learn a song about it! See this book listed in our catalog
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