Monthly Archives: March 2018

I Got a Chicken for my Birthday

Title:   I Got a Chicken for my Birthday
Author:   Laura Gehl        Illustrator:   Sarah Horne
Series:   —
Recommended for:   children in kindergarten and early elementary school
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:   E GEHL, L.

Rating:   ****



A girl is disappointed when she receives a chicken as a birthday gift from her abuela, until she realizes the chicken is planning a bigger present for her special day.


Cute book!  I must admit that I didn’t figure out what the chicken and other pets were up to until the very end of the book.  What a surprise for the girl – and me!

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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Funny, Picture Books


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Book Scavenger

Title: Book Scavenger

Author: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Series: Book Scavenger

Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Pages: 354

Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Chambliss Bertman, J.

Synopsis: I love mysteries and this is a hoot. You are forever guessing what is going on and the best part is that there is actually a book scavenger site where you can find and hide books.  How great is that. A great read aloud in a classroom over time and a good paced book for any child to read in late elementary to early middle school.

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.


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Greenglass House


Title: Greenglass House

Author: Kate Milford

Series: Greenglass House

Recommended for: Grades 5-7 

Pages: 376

Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Milford, K.



Synopsis: I loved this book, it was so intriguing and full of twists and turns that I could not put it down.  A total page turner.  It did take awhile to read but worth the wait.  A good book to read over a period of time for a class and for older readers that are capable of understanding the older english words used throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the next book.

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Juv, Mysteries


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Real Sisters Pretend


Title: Real Sisters Pretend

Author: Megan Dowd Lambert

Series: N/A

Recommended for: 4-8 yrs old, K-5

Pages: 32

Call Number/Link:  E Lambert, M.

Synopsis: This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters” even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike. I like how this shows the different type of parenting families that exist and that the sisters are from different cultures as well.  A great read aloud in a classroom or for a family to read together.

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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Picture Books


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I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today

Title:   I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today
Author:   Jancee Dunn     Illustrated:  Scott Nash
Series:  —
Recommended for:  students in grades K-5, either as a readaloud or independent reading.  This would be a great choice for parents who are looking for a book to read to a classroom.
Pages:   unpaged  (probably 32 p.)
Call Number/Link:   E DUNN, J.

Rating:   ****





When a teddy bear invites his stuffed animal friends to a party at his house while the humans are away, they have a wild time and the police arrive on the scene.


There I was, thinking that stuffed animals spent their days resting, just waiting for their owners to come home from school.  Thanks to this expose, I now know the truth.  I did NOT imagine that the empty house had gotten more messy during the day.  It seems that teddy bears and their stuffed animal companions make pancakes, jump on the bed, and even (gasp) play dress-up with their owner’s clothes.

Children who are old enough to “get” this book will find it very funny.  First, just the idea of “stuffed animals gone wild” is funny.  Second, the animals’ activity choices make total sense.  With the exception of bathing in chocolate syrup, this could be a child’s dream party – and the activities make total sense for stuffed animals too.

I imagine this book being read in a very straightforward understated “just the facts ma’am” manner.  I think the deadpan delivery would be a good counterpoint to the story’s chaos.  However, I can also imagine it being read in a more excited, “can you BELIEVE what they just did?” way.  That could also be very effective.

Or the reader can just read it without any thought of presentation or delivery and it still would be fine.  It’s that funny a book.



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Posted by on March 3, 2018 in Funny, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books


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Title:   Hooked
Author:   Tommy Greenwald   Illustrator:  David McPhail
Series:   –
Recommended for:   older preschoolers (as a readaloud), grades K-4 as a readaloud or independent reading.  Especially recommended for fathers or grandfathers to read to their offspring.
Pages:   unpaged  (approximately 32 p.)
Call Number/Link:  E GREENWALD, T.

Rating:   ****




A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in this sweet picture book about father-son bonding.


This would be such a nice book for a father and his children to read together.  It would also work well for storytimes with a father or family theme.  I especially appreciated the way that spending time fishing together strengthened the family bond.



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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Picture Books


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The Tea Dragon Society

Title:   The Tea Dragon Society
Author:   Katie O’Neill
Series:   —
Recommended for:  readers who like sweet, cute graphic novels.  Could also work well as a readaloud for one-on-one sharing.
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:  GN J O’NEILL, K.

Rating:  *****






The Tea Dragon Society is a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.


The world can be a harsh, violent place.  I wish it were more like the world of The Tea Dragon Society.  Peaceful and serene.  The characters (of all ages) treat each other with kindness and respect.  No one notices (or cares) that one of the characters is a talking llama wearing clothing.  The dragons are adorable.  I wish I could spend time in a place this lovely, especially if I could hang out with baby dragons.


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Posted by on March 1, 2018 in Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Juv


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