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Dragon Was Terrible

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Title:   Dragon Was Terrible
Author:   Kelly DiPucchio
Series:   –
Recommended for:   Ages 4-8
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   E DIPUCCHIO, K.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except for a little boy with a good book.

Comments:

More accurately, when a dragon consistently engages in very bad behavior, the king tries to find someone who can tame him.  How bad is this behavior, you ask?  He spit on cupcakes, TP’d the castle, victimized ducklets and baby unicorns, burped loudly in church, put graffiti on walls, and that’s just a start.  Knights and other adults did not have any success.  Thank goodness for the little boy who decided to read the dragon (and everyone else) a good book!

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Funny, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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Crash! The Cat

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Title:   Crash!  The Cat
Author:   David McPhail
Series:   —
Recommended for:  Preschoolers, toddlers, babies
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   E MCPHAIL, D.

Rating:   ***

 

Synopsis:

“The family cat destroys everything in his path, and the two girls who love him worry that he may be sick or blind in this story of unconditional pet love”– Provided by publisher.

Comments:

Really cute book!  It has minimal text and expressive illustrations.  It would be a good choice for  Toddler Time, Lapsit and as a shorter selection for Preschool Storytime.

Could be used for these storytime themes:  cats, messes, sisters, pets, family life

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in Bedtime, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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Max & Ruby’s Preschool Pranks

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Title:   Max & Ruby’s Preschool Pranks
Author:   Rosemary Wells
Series:   Max & Ruby
Recommended for:   I think ages 4-7 would find this book funniest
Pages:   unpaged
Call Number/Link:   E Wells, R.

Rating:   ***

Synopsis:

“Max‘s big sister Ruby and her best friend Louise play school with their younger siblings”– Provided by publisher.

 

Comments:

I think Ruby might be the bossiest big sister ever, although her friend Louise is in close competition.  It always makes me so happy when Max outwits her.  Go Max!

This book seems best for independent or one-on-one reading rather than use in a large group.

It could be fun for the grown-up and child reading the book to make their own volcano afterwards.  They could also try different substances in the volcano to see which combination(s) worked best.  If they’re really brave, they could include everything that Max and Lily put in their volcano.  I’m unconvinced that their concoction would actually “explode,” but it could be interesting to see what (if anything) happens.

The flaps are cute and add to the story.  They are kind of fun, but they aren’t FUN.  (However, erupting volcanoes are FUN.)

 

 
 

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Hands off, Harry!

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Author:  Rosemary Wells
Series: Kindergators
Recommended for: Preschool to maybe 1st grade
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  E WELLS

 

Synopsis:
Harry has trouble keeping his hands off his classmates until Tina thinks of the perfect piece of gym equipment to teach him about personal space.

Review: 
The incomparable Rosemary Wells has created a series of books to help with issues that might come up in a classroom setting–preschool or kindergarten.  This book is one of the few books I have seen that discusses strategies for kids who touch other people and their things.  It is a funny story, but it teaches a lesson and gives action steps.  It is also much more nuanced than a title like “Hands are Not for Hitting.”  I get questions about issues like this a lot, and this book is very helpful.The only other book in the series currently appears to be Miracle Melts Down about temper tantrums in the classroom.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Funny, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

Sneaky Sheep

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Title:   Sneaky Sheep
Author:   Chris Monroe
Series:   —
Recommended for:  older preschoolers, grade school students
Pages:   32
Call Number/Link:   E Monro

 

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Blossom and Rocky, two sneaky and not very bright sheep, keep trying to get away from the rest of the flock, in spite of the dangers they encounter.

Comments:

Blossom and Rocky are a pair of thrill seeking sheep.  Previous bad decisions have included juggling fire, skateboarding without a helmet and sun bathing on a railroad track.  Their newest obsession is that they want to visit a meadow high on the mountainside, since the grass is always greener….  Murphy the sheep dog denies their repeated requests and thwarts most of their sneaky plans to get away.  But one day he is distracted and the sheep make a break for it.  They encounter a wolf and other danger.  Thank goodness for their rescuer Murphy.

This book made me laugh.  What silly sheep!  The illustrations are cute and add to the humor, showing past events not  mentioned in the text.

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Funny, Manner/Behaviors, Picture Books

 

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Title:Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems
Series:
Recommended for: Ages 3-5
Pages:
Call Number/Link:  E WILLE

Synopsis:   When a bus driver takes a break from his route he leaves the reader with very specific instructions, DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! This pigeon is sneaky and will try and trick you into letting him drive the bus.

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Title: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Author: Mo Willems
Series:
Recommended for: Preschool
Pages:36
Call Number/Link:  

Synopsis:

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.