Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!)

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko with pictures by Tim Miller is the perfect way to introduce a child to the literary conceit of an unreliable narrator (and breaking the "fourth wall")... The narrator of this story tells us about Snappsy as he goes about his day, but Snappsy can hear the whole thing, and doesn't really care for how he's being portrayed! Snappsy is going grocery shopping, and buys pudding, peanut butter, pita bread, and popcorn. Clearly he's obsessed with eating things that begin with the letter P! "It's just a coincidence," Snappsy assures us. Now Snappsy is sitting in his house, eating a sandwich, reading a book. And he's still in there... sitting... still in there... Oh! Now he's planning a party! "I was just having a normal day! And suddenly you were talking about what I was doing, so I'm throwing a party to make things more interesting! I hope you're happy!" Snappsy exasperatedly exclaims! The party kicks off and it's going swimmingly! Yep it sure looks like fun in there... Music, snacks, baloons... must be a really good time... "Oh, all right! You can come in!" Snappsy tells the narrator! Have a party with this fun alligator, and his funny narrator, in this book! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My Dog, Bob

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
My Dog, Bob by Richard Torrey. Bob is an great dog. He can do amazing things. He makes breakfast, drives the family car, and plays golf. One day the little boys neighbor, Mimi, challenges Bob with her dog, Truffles. She thinks her dog is better. Truffles can do ordinary dog things. He can fetch, sit, and speak on command. Bob doesn't do any of those things so Mimi declares her dog, Truffles the winner. But, in the end it is the little boy and his family who are home enjoying a delicious pizza made by an amazing dog, Bob. This book is for dog lovers everywhere who think their dog is the best. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

Submitted by Ms Jill!
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Seghal, illustrated by Jess Golden. You probably know all the words to “The Wheels on the Bus” by heart, but what about the wheels on the Tuk Tuk? In big cities in India, tuk tuks (pronounced “Took Took”), also called motor rickshaws, are a common way to get around. This story in song follows one tuk tuk on its route. All sorts of people hop on and off, paying their fares with rupee coins as the three-wheeled vehicle zips up and down crowded streets, through markets full of vegetables, and past food shops selling tea and treats. The tuk-tuk-walla (the driver) makes his way carefully around cows sleeping in the road, dodges an elephant, and sees the festival fireworks of the Diwali holiday before finally parking his tuk tuk at home for the night. The bright, cartoonish illustrations are filled with details of life in a busy Indian city, and a glossary defines unfamiliar words. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mr. Squirrel and the Moon

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
The moment you crack open Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser you will be captivated by the detailed pencil artwork (and be sure to pay close attention to the illustrations from end page to end page, as the story unfolds). Adorably realistic Mr. Squirrel faces a huge dilemma. He has found the moon resting on his tree branch. Where did it come from? Mr. Squirrel fears it has been stolen and that he will be charged as the culprit. Oh no! Mr. Squirrel must collaborate with his friends Hedgehog, Billy Goat, and the mice to get rid of the moon, before they’re all thrown in jail for theft! But is it really the moon they’ve found or something of a more... pungent origin? Check out this fantastic picture book to get to the bottom of this mysterious caper! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Families, Families, Families!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang. Families can take many different shapes and this engaging book looks at animal families in all varieties. Moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and even Great Aunt Sue appear in dozens of combinations, demonstrating all kinds of nontraditional families! Silly animals are cleverly depicted in framed portraits, and offer a warm celebration of family love. Each portrait features a gently rhyming line: "Some children live with their grandparents, some live with an aunt, some children have many pets, and some just have a plant." All of these appealing images demonstrate different ways of being a family. This book sends a clear message, No matter your size, shape, or pedigree--if you love each other, you are a family! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pond Circle

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Pond Circle, written by Betsy Franco and illustrated by the amazing Stefano Vitale is a beautiful tale about a pond and its inhabitants through a late summer afternoon till night. This rhythmic story builds on itself with each character introduced (think "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" only more beautiful). It begins with the water in the pond itself, then the algae, insects, reptiles, animals, and birds, moving through an accurately represented food chain to the little girl who lives by the pond. The pictures, you ask? StefanoVitale is my new favorite illustrator! Vitale’s luminous illustrations, gorgeously done on wood board with paint/color wash, brings this story magically to life. The pictures are large and lush, great for lap time or group reading. As a bonus, there are lots of fun facts at the end about each creature we’ve met, making it a must-read for all animal lovers and budding scientists out there. If you, like me, are a sucker for a great picture book, you won’t be disappointed in Pond Circle. (Did I mention it is beautiful?) See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I am Yoga

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
I am Yoga by Susan Verde is a wonderful book about yoga and how for any age yoga is just right for the soul. The illustrations are beautiful as our main character travels through the many poses in yoga. She finds comfort in knowing that in her mind she can find peace, she can tell her thinking mind: be quiet. Connecting to things outside of our bubble is tough in this crazy world Through yoga there is the ability to stand up for yourself, stand up for others, and stand up for peace. The world becomes just the right speed and just the right size to be able to handle. The back matter in the book is also very fascinating and has a lot of positions to practice in yoga. See this book listed in our catalog
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