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Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time!

It's Go Time cover

Title:   It’s Go Time!
Author:   Scott McCormick              Illustrator:  R.H. Lazzell
Series:   Mr. Pants
Recommended for:   kids who like funny graphic novels.  And cats, although a reader doesn’t have to love cats to laugh at the Mr. Pants series.
Pages:   128 p.
Call Number/Link:  GN J MR. PANTS V. 1

Rating:   ****




On the last day of summer vacation, all Mr. Pants wants to do is play laser tag but Mom and his sisters, Foot Foot and Grommy, have other ideas.


I think kids will really enjoy the Mr. Pants series.  It’s very funny and is an excellent choice for reluctant readers.

And it even introduces irony!



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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv


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Sneaky Sheep

Sneaky Sheep cover

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


Rating:  ****





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.


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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Fish in a Tree

Jacket.jpg fish in a tree


Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 5th and up

Pages: 276

Call Number/Link:  J FICTION HUNT, L.



Synopsis:   “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

My Recommendation: This was a very colorful book and definitely engaging. This is a great book to show how students are bullied everyday due to their learning differences.  Excellent read aloud for children this age to learn how difficult it is to deal with being different and how not to treat others. This highlights dyslexia in particular and other differences. I would recommend to children who like to read about other people’s challenges or for teachers as a read a loud in elementary and middle school.

Previous Novel: One for the Murpheys

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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Juv, Realistic


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