Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol. It’s Carlo the young giraffe’s first visit to the new library! He is so excited about the posters, the computers, the fun chairs on wheels, and all of the wonderful books! But when Carlo meets Mrs. Chinca, the librarian, she seems a little scary. Mrs. Chinca is an alligator with lots of sharp teeth! But Carlo soon learns that Mrs. Chinca knows a LOT about books - she shows him all the best ones in the library, and even reads some books with him. Carlo gets to help Mrs. Chinca put books away (his nice long giraffe neck lets him reach the high shelves) and she makes him his very own library card, so that he can check out books and take them home. Mrs. Chinca isn’t scary after all - she’s a Really Nice Librarian. This is a great, simple story for any young one who loves the library, or who feels shy around new people. See this book in our catalog

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Magic Rabbit

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
The Magic Rabbit by Richard Jesse Watson. “Once there was a magic rabbit…” begins this lovely, rainbow-hued story about a lonesome rabbit and the magic of imagination and friendship. The magic rabbit can make almost anything appear out of his top hat - juggling balls, colorful scarves, yummy food, even a car! But what he really wants is a friend. Over and over, the rabbit tries to conjure another animal to share his fun, but they all run away. The sad rabbit is almost about to give up, when he discovers another magic hat… will this new hat finally provide a friend? The rich, oil-painting illustrations are gloriously colorful, and the rabbit’s beautifully painted, expressive face shows the reader just what he’s feeling. As an extra bonus, sharp-eyed readers will notice that the book’s pages form a rainbow when viewed from the edge, and that there’s a short 1-2-3 counting sequence hidden in the rabbit’s attempts to find friends. See this book in our catalog

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bark, George

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
A dog says “Woof!” or “Arf!” or maybe even “Ruff Ruff!” Dogs most definitely do not say “Meow, Quack, Oink, Moo!” But George does. In Bark, George written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, we meet a pup named George. His mother is concerned that something is not right. When she asks him to bark, he sounds off a round of other animal noises. With the help of the vet, we find out just what’s going on with George. Bold, fun illustrations accompany this very silly story of a dog who has bitten off more than he can chew. Children will be delighted by the funny story and will enjoy helping to make animal sounds and asking George to bark again. And just when it seems like everything will be okay, there’s a surprise that will have parents and kids laughing together. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 15, 2012

And Then It's Spring

Submitted by Ms. Catherine!
Erin E. Stead’s beautiful illustrations and Julie Fogliano’s simple text are a perfect combination in And Then It’s Spring. A young boy painstakingly plants seeds for a garden while the ground is still brown. He waits and worries that birds will eat the seeds, or that bears will come and stomp the ground, as they can’t read the sign that asks people to not stomp as seeds are trying to grow. But soon the ground becomes a hopeful brown. And soon after that, the ground starts to hum with a green sound. Perhaps spring is just around the corner. Stead’s georgeous illustrations are a story in themselves. Adults and children will love examining the pictures to see what the different animals are doing and what plants the young boy has planted. The straightforward text is simple enough that beginning readers may want to read this to their grown ups. And everyone will delight when spring finally arrives! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Dad is Big and Strong, but...

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
My Dad is Big and Strong, but... by Coralie Saudo is a humorous story that reverses the mischief at bedtime usually brought about by the child. In this story a little boy is trying to get his dad to go to bed, but Dad is not co-operating! With comic-like illustrations by Kris D. Giacomo we follow the routine and ritual of the bedtime story, Dad asking for “Just one more!” and finally after much begging and pleading, he is put to bed by his exhausted son, who admits that although his father is big and strong… he still needs a light left on at night. Children of all ages will be entertained by this story, whether they read for themselves or with a grown up reader. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Just One Bite

Submitted by Ms. Amanda!
Just One Bite is an exceptional example of narrative nonfiction. I was thrilled to meet author Lola Schaefer at the Maryland Library Association Conference in May. She is charming, and as engaging as her books. When speaking about writing Just One Bite she revealed “I wonder how much animals eat in each bite?” is the question which inspired her to write this book. Ms. Schaefer continued that most of her books start with a question and then lots of research. After that question and painstaking scientific research, she and illustrator Geoff Waring created Just One Bite, which is a volume of informative, easy to read text, and vibrant, life sized illustrations that will enchant readers of any age. It is a life size look at how much an animal can eat with each mouthful. The book starts off with a look at how much a worm can eat - just a tiny spec of dirt - and then explores animals from all over the world. With each page the animals get bigger. The mouths, and bites, and even pages grow till we find a sperm whale... How much can he eat? This beautiful book is a great way to encourage children’s curiosity and get them to ask their own questions like, how much can I fit into a bite? See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

First Week at Cow School

Submitted by Ms. Janis!
First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill. Starting school is full of fun in this laugh-out-loud sequel to The Cow That Laid an Egg! Marjorie the cow feels quite proud when her daughter, Daisy, starts school. But the lessons aren't as easy as they seem. Daisy can't hoof paint or swat flies like the other cows, and cowpat training is a disaster. Yet, Marjorie soon discovers that Daisy has a surprising talent to make her stand out from the herd. Kids will find lots to laugh at in this book! Who couldn't resist a snicker at cowpat training? It is a great book to celebrate differences and individuality. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bawk & Roll and Zorro Gets an Outfit

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
It's a summer of sequels at the library! I'm happy to report that two of my favorite books, Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat, and Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich, have delightful sequels that recently came out!
Bawk & Roll continues the story of Marge and Lola, the chicken dancers, hot off the heels of their barn yard talent show victory, now on tour with the one and only Elvis Poultry. But there's one little problem... Marge and Lola have stage fright! When put in front of a crowd of strangers, they faint! The chickens try different things to calm their nerves. Picture the crowd in their underwear? Doesn't work. Ease into the show? They should have checked Elvis's definition of "ease" before they suggested that idea... Elvis warns the chickens if their flock can't rock, he'll have to go solo. Can Marge and Lola pull it together and find a way to conquer their stage fright, and show off their sweet moves to the world? You'll have to read Bawk & Roll to find out! See this book listed in our catalog
Zorro and Mister Bud are living the good life, and today started out like every other day--they woke up, ate their biscuits, and got ready for their walk, but today... there was a delay. Someone got Zorro and outfit. A blue doggy-super-hero cape. And he has to wear it. Zorro is embarrassed. All the other dogs howl with laughter when they see Zorro in his new outfit. Zorro is miserable. Until they get to the park and they meet another dog with an outfit! And this dog is awesome! He's fast and he does tricks! Zorro realizes he can wear an outfit and still be cool. See this book listed in our catalog
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