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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just One More

Submitted by Ms. Wendy!
Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli. Ruby is full of energy and always wants "just one more." One more minute to sleep, one more hair thingy, one more ride, until just one more is too much. Ruby learns a lesson about when enough is enough, but she is still enthusiastic about everything she does. Rolli's bright illustrations make this a delightful story to share with your little one. You and your child will both enjoy Ruby's "puppy dog" looks that win her "just one more." If you know a child that always needs just one more bedtime story or kiss goodnight, this book will be just right for you! See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Book With No Pictures

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. “Why would any kid want to read a book with no pictures?” you might be asking yourself. True, this book has no pictures, from the front cover to the back. None at all. Only words. BUT, this book is special because it reveals a secret rule about books that you might not know. The rule is this: when a grown up reads this book, they have to say EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. that is written in this book. No matter what. Get ready to giggle while reading this interactive picture-less book with your kids. Even preschoolers can enjoy this silly book (I tested it on my 3-year-old, and was asked for multiple repeat performances!) where grown ups must make all kinds of ridiculous sounds, goofy voices, and even pretend to be a ROBOT MONKEY! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Meet Buddy and the bunnies in Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food, an official Bob Shea story. Buddy is a scary monster! He wants to eat all the bunnies! He's terrifying! But wait. The bunnies were just about to make cupcakes. Cupcakes? Maybe Buddy can wait to eat the bunnies and bake with them instead. The next day though he's definitely going to eat them. But wait! The bunnies were just about to go swimming. Swimming? That sounds like fun. Buddy can't eat the bunnies and then go swimming. He'd get a belly ache. But tomorrow those bunnies are getting eaten for sure. But wait! The bunnies are on their way to a carnival. Carnival? Buddy wants to go! And he would eat those bunnies if he didn't get sick on the rides... When Buddy shows up the next day, he's bound and determined to finally eat those bunnies. But wait! He's had so much fun with those bunnies the past few days, and didn't his mother always say never to play with your food? Maybe bunnies aren't food after all. Maybe they're friends! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills is a delightful board book featuring two lovable characters, Duck and Goose. When their friend Thistle walks by with a great big pumpkin, Duck and Goose are determined to find one for themselves. Although there are very few words on each page, we still enjoy a story full of fun! Duck and Goose search high (in an apple tree) and low (in a log) and everywhere in between to find a pumpkin of their own. Just when they think they've searched everywhere, Thistle shows up with a helpful pumpkin finding hint for them. Little readers will enjoy saying “No…” to all the silly places Duck and Goose search. The illustrations are beautifully done in oil and they set the scene for crisp autumn romp through the woods. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Little Boo

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, illustrated by Tim Zeltner. What would you call a little seed who is trying to be scary? Boo! Of course! Little Boo is a seed but he kind of resembles a ghostly shape, which gives away what time of year it is. It’s Fall, and little Boo is making his way through the gardens and fields trying to scare other creatures. The wind tells little Boo that it isn’t time to be scary yet. What exactly does she mean? The snow comes and covers little Boo as he is resting underground for what seems like a very long time. Changes happen to little Boo as he is under the ground. When he finally feels the warm sunshine, he reaches for it. He stretches and reaches and begins to grow. Will he eventually become something scary? The wind knows. This is a delightful seasonal story for preschoolers and little ones. The illustrations are unique too. The artist used acrylic on plywood with stains and glazes for a wonderful effect. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet the Parents

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
Meet the Parents by Peter Bently. Maybe you think that parents are just there to tell you what to do. To make sure you brush your teeth, eat your veggies, and go to bed on time. It’s true, parents do all of those things, but parents have many other jobs and uses that you may never have thought of before: they can be towels and heaters, sofas and tent poles. Wait, tent poles? With bright, playful pictures, this book shows the many things parents do for and with their kids. Parents will chuckle, shake their heads, and smile over the amusing pictures, and say “Yes, that’s true!” Kids will be reminded of the many different ways that parents can show how much they love their children. Snuggle up with your favorite little one, and share a sweet and silly story together! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Uni the Unicorn

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager. Uni was just like all other unicorns for the most part. She had the power to heal and mend. She could make wishes come true, and she had a magnificent mane and sparkly hooves (of course, her's were extra beautiful too). But there was one thing that made her different from all other unicorns that she knew. Uni believed that little girls were REAL. All her friends just laughed at her and said there are no such things. Her parents just smiled at her and nodded their heads. But Uni just knew that no matter what everyone says, little girls were real. She would imagine all the things that she could do with a real girl, like run through meadows, spin and twirl in the sunlight, and especially sliding down rainbows together. What Uni didn’t know is that somewhere far away, but not that far, there was a little girl, who thought unicorns were real too. Not just make-believe, just waiting for her to be their friend... See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bruno and Titch: The Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Bruno and Titch: The Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig by Sheena Dempsey is a story about a guinea pig named Titch who so desperately wants his very own big person. Titch is the only guinea pig left in the pet shop and he is so lonely. All he wants is a big person to come in and take him home. Then one day Bruno comes in and takes Titch home. Titch is so happy and so is Bruno. Titch does think his new home is a little strange though and it's going to take some time to get used to. Titch thinks Bruno eats some strange foods, he gets up very early, and he likes to play a lot. Titch goes along but some of the things Bruno plays aren't very fun for Titch. They can be a little scary for a guinea pig. Even though Titch and Bruno are very different they become the best of friends. One day Bruno starts acting a little strange: he doesn't take Titch out of his bed in the morning like he usually does, and he goes off by himself and leaves Titch. Titch is worried that Bruno is getting bored with him and he is afraid he is going to send him back to the pet shop.Then Bruno comes to get Titch and he shows him a big surprise. Bruno has been very busy building Titch a very special guinea pig palace complete with all of Titch's favorite things. He has a Jacuzzi, a fruit-salad bar, a private bathroom, and a comfy bed. What a wonderful friend! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Elliot, Big City

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato. Little Elliot is a small, polka-dotted elephant who lives in a big city. He loves his urban home, but his tiny size presents problems: Little Elliot is jostled in big crowds, and struggles to reach things like door handles, sinks, and the top shelf of his own refrigerator. With creativity and a can-do attitude, Little Elliot finds ways to work around most challenges, but his biggest problem as a small elephant is simply to be noticed. Cab drivers never see him waving, and when he tries to buy cupcakes, the bakery workers can’t see him over the high counter. Sad and cupcake-less, Little Elliot gives in to despair and starts home. Along the way, he meets a mouse and realizes that this smaller creature’s problems are much bigger than his own… and that he, Little Elliot, is big enough to help! By working together, Little Elliot and Mouse take on the Big City and finally get what they want… and need. Curato’s lovely pencil drawings, digitally colored, show the tiny pachyderm hero making his way in a bustling 1940’s cityscape, alone and self-sufficient in his small apartment (where strategically placed cushions and book stacks help him manage chores and mealtime), or just barely peeking over too-high countertops. Small children, vertically-challenged grownups, and anyone who’s ever felt overlooked will find a kindred spirit in Little Elliot, and cheer when triumph makes him finally feel like the tallest elephant in the world! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lazy Ozzie

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In Lazy Ozzie by Michael Coleman, we meet a baby owl named Ozzie. Ozzie’s mother thinks it’s time for him to learn to fly. Ozzie is perfectly happy lazing away and practicing being wise. Learning to fly looks like an awful lot of work to him. When his mother tells him to be on the ground by the time she gets back from gathering food, Ozzie decides to be wise. Instead of flying from his perch to the ground, he rounds up his barnyard friends with cries of “HELP!” and hops from the tallest to the shortest, gradually reaching the ground. His friends aren’t too pleased to learn that his cries for help were all part of his wise master plan. What Ozzie doesn’t know is that Mother Owl has been watching the whole time. As an added bonus, the illustrator, Gwyneth Williamson, has hidden Mother Owl on each page during Ozzie’s “flight” to the ground. Will Mother Owl let Ozzie get away with this trick, or is she a little too wise for that? You'll have to read to find out! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Journey

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Journey by Aaron Becker is a wordless story book that follows a young girl as she journeys across magical realms through the use of a simple piece of red chalk. On one dreary day, she finds that her family is too busy to play with her. When she goes back to her room to mope, she discovers a piece of red chalk on her bedroom floor. On a whim, she uses the chalk to draw a door on her bedroom wall and discovers, to her delight, that the door becomes real, and that it leads to a beautiful forest. From there she goes on an amazing journey that takes her to airships in the sky and castles by the sea, all the while using the chalk to draw things into existence that help her on her adventure. The illustrations in this book are nothing short of breathtaking as they perfectly capture the limitless feeling of a child’s unbound imagination. See this book listed in our catalog
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