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Pupunzel

Title: Pupunzel
Author: Maribeth Boelts
Series: Dog Fairy Tales (unofficial title I just made up)
Recommended for: K-3rd Grade
Pages: 48
Call Number/Link:  READER BOELTS, M.

Synopsis:  In this Step 3 send-up, a cocker spaniel named Pupunzel grows long golden fur when a witch takes her from her family and locks her in a tall tower. Will Pupunzel’s mama and brothers and sisters ever be able to rescue her from the tower? Or does Pupunzel have some tricks up her fur?

Comments: This story is a VERY cute and clever version Rapunzel retold with puppies. The beginning of the story is pretty faithful to the original tale, with the mother puppy eating some rapunzel plants from a witches garden. The witch takes a golden haired cocker spaniel puppy and her family tries to rescue her. The ending is actually sweet, with the puppy kissing the witch to break a spell that had turned a princess into a witch. This is a great early reader for kids who have read all the Disney books, and a nice read-aloud for pre-school children with a good attention span.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Princess, Readers

 

Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise

Title:   Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
Author:   Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Series:   Nate the Great
Recommended for:  early readers who are almost ready for chapter books.  Also as a readaloud for children ages 4 and up.
Pages:   41 p.
Call Number/Link:  READER SHARMAT, M.

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

As more and more of his flowers display the bite marks of a wandering tortoise, Nate sets out to uncover the mystery of the reptile’s origins.

Comments:

It is difficult to find mysteries for children at an early reader level who either want a mystery or need to read one for school.  Nate the Great is an excellent choice for those children.  While Nate is solving actual mysteries, with the help of his dog Fang, his methods will make sense to kids reading the book.  He solves mysteries by looking around, making observations and thinking about what he has seen.

I appreciate that the book’s text and illustrations are timeless, so that kids can continue enjoying Nate the Great for years to come.

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Readers

 

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Brownie and Pearl Go for a Spin

 

Title: Brownie and Pearl Go for a Spin
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Series: Brownie and Pearl books
Recommended for: 18 months-K
Pages:
Call Number/Link: E RYLANT

Synopsis: Brownie and Pearl have a new toy car! Join them as they cruise around the neighborhood, greeting neighbors, delivering the mail, and—yum!—sharing tasty carry-out snacks.

With their simple stories, bold, graphic illustrations, and pitch-perfect moments of humor, the books in Cynthia Rylant’s acclaimed Brownie & Pearl series are a wonderful choice for babies, emerging readers, and everyone in between!

Review: These books are fun and interactive and really keeps a toddlers attention. They also come in a beginning reader format. Those are found in the reader section under READER RYLANT,C.

 

Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

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Title: Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

Author: Liniers

Series: Un libro Toon

Recommended for: K-3rd 

Pages:  60
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Call Number/Link:  SPAN E LINIERS & GN J LINIERS

Synopsis:    A Junior Library Guild Selection

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta’s ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers’ celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.

Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, now available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents‘ Top 10 Children’s Books. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and three daughters, Matilda, Clementina, and Emma, whom he credits as inspirations for this book.

My Thoughts: This is a fabulous book, especially since it is authentic Spanish.  The author writes all his books in Spanish and they are translated.  Wow, I am so happy.  It is very cute and can be read by the elementary school group.  A few of his books come in both languages and he has some awesome comic books that are numbered and are called Macanudo 1-11. I can’t wait till we are able to obtain more.  These are short and sweet with some more difficult vocabulary words but should not be a problem for a Spanish speaking child.

 

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Bees

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Title:   Bees
Author:   Laura Marsh
Series:   National Geographic Kids
Recommended for:  early readers (though not very early readers), preschool and gr. K-2 as readaloud
Pages:   32
Call Number/Link:   READER 595.799 MAR

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Introduces honeybees, describing their physical features, different roles in the hive, and the importance of bee pollination for the world’s food supply.

Comments:

An inviting source of information about honeybees for the picture book/early reader crowd.  Interesting text, vivid photographic illustrations, important vocabulary defined within the text as “Buzz Words.”  Thanks to the cool facts about bees section, I now know that bees can see colors and prefer blue, purple and yellow flowers.  (Not coincidentally, I have decided to plant red and pink flowers this year.)  I especially enjoyed the riddles scattered through the book.  The quiz at the end of the book lets the reader check how much he or she has learned.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Non-Fiction

 

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King of the North Pole

King of the North Pole cover

Title:   King of the North Pole
Author:   Lisa Shea, illustrated by Dario Brizuela, inked by Andres Ponce
Series:   Marvel Superhero Squad; Passport to Reading 1
Recommended for:   preschool and grade school superhero fans
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:   READER SUPER

 

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Loki wants nothing more than to be a king. He decides to take over the North Pole and brings an army of frost giants to unseat Santa. Now it is up to Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Storm, and Human Torch to swoop in and save Christmas.

Comments:

This one is just for fun.  Our superhero books fly off the shelves without any help from us.  However, I got such a kick out of this one that I wanted to tell you about it.

Loki decides that he wants to be the King of Christmas.  His Frost Giants tie up Santa and hide him in a secret room.  Santa warns Loki that he won’t get away with it.  Loki’s response:  “You have eaten your last Christmas cookie, big boy.”

The Marvel Superhero Squad saves the day.  Hurray!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Based on TV, Funny, Readers

 

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The Marigold Mess

marigoldTitle: The Marigold Mess
Author: Jacqueline Jules
Series: Sofia Martinez
Recommended for: 1st and 2nd graders who are reading independently
Pages: 27
Call Number/Link:  E READER JULES, J.   

Synopsis:  Sofia is so excited to wash the car! It is a way better chore than dusting again. But when Sofia starts to clean the car, she makes a muddy mess of her mom’s marigolds.

Review:  The story is realistic, if simplistic.  There is no doubt where this story is going from the moment it begins.  The only surprise in the whole story is that her dad doesn’t get mad about her mistakes, he just compliments her on how she solved the problems she created.

However, this book was not purchased for its high literary value.  It was purchased because I cannot think of a single Latino character in our early reader section–unless you count Dora!  The value in this story is the attempt to be representative of our community.  This is a nice, contemporary story with a Latino main character.  Other nice features include Spanish words interspersed naturally through the text in red, with a glossary in back.  They also have comprehension questions and discussion questions at the end, which a lot of parents ask about now.  A decent example of a letter C early reader!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Readers

 

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