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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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The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits

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Title:   The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
Author:   Douglas Florian
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Preschoolers, kindergarteners, elementary school students.  College students who need a poem in picture book form.

Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E Florian, D.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

Join a family of rabbits as they have all kinds of fun throughout the day.

Comments:

Hurray!  A book for college children’s lit students who need a poem in picture book form!!!  I am so glad that poet Douglas Florian decided to publish a picture book this year.

Actually, I think it deserves a little more enthusiasm.

Hip Hip Hurray!!!

The students could use it for these project themes:  rabbits, seasons, nature, animals, family, a day from beginning to end, activities, habits

It is also a great choice for preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school students.  (It could also work for older students doing a poetry unit and anyone who likes poetry and/or picture books.)

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in Picture Books

 

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Lola Levine Is NOT Mean!

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Title:   Lola Levine Is NOT Mean!
Author:   Monica Brown
Series:    I think it will be called Lola Levine, but am not sure
Recommended for:   kids in grades 2-4 for independent reading.  It works best as a read-aloud for grades 1-3, although it could probably used for kindergarten and fourth grade classes.
Pages:   88 pages
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION BROWN, M.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game.

Comments:

Lola Levine is half Hispanic and half Jewish.  She has many opinions, communicates best in writing and loves to play soccer.  Sometimes she is too aggressive a competitor during recess soccer games.  One day she injures her classmate Juan when playing goalie at recess.  The other kids in her class nickname her Mean Lola Levine.

Lola has one best friend in her class, Josh.  The other kids, especially some mean girls, are not friendly (or even pleasant) to her.  But Lola primarily focuses on having one good friend.  She doesn’t spend an excessive amount of time talking or thinking about the mean girls.

I can imagine Lola being good friends with Clementine, Ramona,, Judy Moody and other feisty females.  I think her books will appeal to kids who enjoy those series.

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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Mission Unstoppable

mission unstoppableTitle: Mission Unstoppable
Author: Dan Gutman
Series: The Genius Files
Recommended for: 3rd – 6th Grade
Pages: 293 pages
Call Number/Link: J GUT 

Synopsis: The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Timesbestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you’ll have to read to believe.

With the real-kid humor that has earned Dan Gutman millions of fans around the world, and featuring weird-but-true American tourist destinations, The Genius Files is a one-of-a-kind mix of geography and fun. As Coke and Pepsi dodge nefarious villains from the Pez museum in California all the way to the Infinity Room in Wisconsin, black-and-white photographs and maps put young readers right into the action.

As an adult I thought the kids names were funny with having names of rival pop companies.  The parents and adults are no help at all to the kids.  That said the book was great.  I think kids that love adventure will love it cause something is always happening.I really think your reluctant reader, because you can read a chapter or two (really short) and then go look up the fun random fact that you learned about.  Mrs. McDonald, Coke and Pepsi mom, has a web site called Weird but True, so throughout the whole book you get little facts that you can google and get more information.  I just learned that there is a Spam Museum, who knew.  I also think that this book could work well for teachers with the common core.

How to sell the book: Twins are going on a family trip across country.  They stop at weird but true museums, singing sand dunes, and big balls of twine locations.  All the while being chased by assassins, but not knowing why.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Adventure, Juv

 

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