Category Archives: Picture Books

Bonaparte Falls Apart

Title: Bonaparte Falls Apart
Author: Margery Cuyler
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Pre-K-2nd
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E Cuyler (We don’t own this one, but I did ask Janet to purchase)

Synopsis: Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.
When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?
Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

Review: I thought this one was super cute. Of course, as a skeleton, you would have trouble keeping your bones together! I love how all of his friends teamed up to find a solution. While many of their ideas didn’t work, it was a cute take on friendship and helping a friend out, especially since even though their idea didn’t work, they kept on trying! I chuckled at the solution, which happens to be a bone fetching dog named Mandible. I also like that even though Bonaparte was worried people at school wouldn’t like him because his bones fall off that he discovers that’s not the case at all. People like him for him. While it has that Halloween feel since they’re all monsters, it has nothing to do with Halloween at all.

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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Picture Books



The Library Book

Title:   The Library Book
Author:   Tom Chapin and Michael Mark   Illustrator:   Chuck Groenink
Series:   —
Recommended for:  anyone who needs an awesome book for a school visit, library visit or library themed storytime.  Would be good for grade school kids and older preschoolers. 
Pages:   40 p.
Call Number/Link:  E CHAPIN, T.

Rating:   ****



Using the lyrics to Tom Chapin and Michael Mark’s “The Library Song,” this picture book celebrates the magic of reading and of libraries.


It has been decades since I first heard “The Library song”.  I loved it immediately.  I’m so glad that they decided to turn it into a book!

After presenting the book to a group, it could be fun to ask the kids which book characters they heard mentioned in the song.

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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Picture Books


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That Pup!

Title:   That Pup!
Author:   Lindsay Barrett George
Series:   —
Recommended for:   toddlers and preschoolers as a readaloud, but is also a good choice for early readers due to the large print.
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E GEORGE

Rating:   *****






After having fun digging up acorns, a little dog decides to bury them all again.


I love this book!  Even though you would never guess this based on the cover and OPAC, it is a book about fall.  One of my favorite books about fall, in fact.  More accurately, it is one of my favorite books takes place in fall but has an actual plot.  The reader can see apple trees, autumn leaves, acorns, a squirrel and pumpkins within the illustrations.  However, the story is about a little dog who has fun hunting for acorns.  When the little dog learns that she has raided squirrel’s winter acorn stash, she plays a new game called Put Back the Acorn.

The book is an excellent readaloud.  The large colorful illustrations can definitely be seen from either the front or the back of a storytime room.  The book’s only downside is that now I want my own cute little dog.  It would be best if it looked exactly like the one in the book.







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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Picture Books


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Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True

Title:   Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
Author:   Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Series:   Uni the Unicorn
Recommended for:  kids in preschool and early elementary school, especially if they love unicorns
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:   E ROSENTHAL, A.

Rating:   ****






A powerful, shared wish helps Uni the unicorn and the little girl who believes in him to save the land of unicorns from seemingly endless rain.


Unicorns, cute little girl, flower-full meadows, rainbows, a wish granted.  This is obviously my type of book!

The illustrations are beautiful.  I was pleased to learn how unicorns get their strength and magic:  from the golden sun, magnificent rainbows and the sparkle of believing.  I should have known that instinctively.

This is definitely a book that could brighten a dark, gloomy day.



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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Picture Books


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I Hug

Title:   I Hug
Author:   David McPhail
Series:   —
Recommended for:   babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children who are just starting to read
Pages:   22 pages
Call Number/Link:   E MCPHAIL, D.

Rating:   *****





“A child hugs Mom, Dad, a cat, a rock, a tree and more in this easy-to-read book”– Provided by publisher.


Thanks to its minimal text, uncomplicated illustrations and sweet story, this is a great book for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  It is also an inviting choice for children who are just beginning to read.

It would be a excellent choice for Lapsit and Toddler Time.

And it is so cute!


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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Picture Books, Uncategorized


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John Deere, That’s Who!

Title: John Deere, That’s Who
Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K-3 grade
Pages: 40 pages
Call Number/Link:  E B DEERE, J.


Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please? Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!

Comments:  This is a simple read for your young John Deere lover.  It has nice pictures and simple text on how John Deere, a blacksmith, changed farming.  I liked how it brought up his failures, but he didn’t give up.

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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books


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Rhino in The House

Title: Rhino In the House: The True Story of Saving Samia
Author: Daniel Kirk
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K-3 grade
Call Number/Link: E 599.668 KIR 

Synopsis: This is a nonfiction picture book for young children. It tells the true story of Anna Merz, a wildlife protector in Africa, and Samia, a black rhinoceros she saved after it was abandoned by its mother.

Comment: The pictures are great, especially of Samia. The story is sweet, and informative.   I think this is a great book for kids to learn about conservation, and social behaviors of animals.

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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Non-Fiction, Picture Books


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