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Max

 

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Title: Max

Author: Sarah Cohen-Scali

Series: N/A

Recommended for: High School

Pages: 421

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION COHEN-SCALI, S.



SynopsisSet in Nazi Germany. 1936.

In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.

Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without any affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever.

My Thoughts: This was a very intriguing book because it was historically based on a far out Nazi program that actually existed during the Third Reich.  So for historical fiction buffs that would be a great read, as long as you don’t the cover, it is a little intimating. I enjoyed the story and the struggle that Max had with his friend he considered a brother.  The ending was shocking but not surprising.

 

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Dormouse Dreams

Title:   Dormouse Dreams
Author:   Karma Wilson          Illustrator:   Renata Liwska
Series:   —
Recommended for:   grown-ups who are reading aloud to preschool children
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:   E WILSON, K.

Rating:   ***

 

 

Synopsis:

Dormouse hibernates and dreams of spring until spring arrives, and along with it comes his dormouse friend.

Comments:

I loved this book’s cute, cozy illustrations.  The pictures of the dormouse sleeping were my favorites.

The story was cute, but it confused me.  There were times when I couldn’t tell if the illustrations were of the dormouse’s dreams or things that were actually happening in the outside world.  Thus, it would probably not be the best choice to read to a very literal, logical child who is bothered when a book doesn’t make sense to him or her.  It could be fine for other children though.

And the illustrations are just so adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

 

Title: The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Author: Phoebe Stone

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 3-7

Pages: 234

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION STONE,P.



Synopsis: 7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

My Thoughts: I thought this was such a fabulous book because it was cute, touching, and relatable. I would definately label this realistic fiction because that could happen to and has happened to many people.  So sad because you do not expect what the family is trying to keep from Louise until she can come to terms with her past by herself.  I think this book would work well for upper elementary school and middle school readers because of the immaturity of the characters.

 

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Hippopotamister

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Title:    Hippopotamister
Author:   John Patrick Green
Series:  —
Recommended for:  early chapter book readers, early readers on the C or D level, listeners ages 4 and older
Pages:   84 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J GREEN, J.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself”–Amazon.com.

 

Comments:

Hippopotamister is my kind of graphic novel!  It strikes me as one or two steps beyond a picture book.  Its text is fairly short, but in speech bubbles, and the print is large enough for younger readers.  (Happily, the text is also large enough for more aged readers!)

It is the cute, funny story of a red panda and hippopotamus who leave the worn down City Zoo to live amongst the humans.  They have a series of jobs, but wind up being fired from each and every one.

Now for the $20,000 question:  will they ever find the place where they actually belong?

I think this book will appeal to readers who have a good grasp of sight words and are ready for something a bit more complicated.  Listeners ages 4 and up will also enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Polo and Lily

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Title:   Polo and Lily
Author:   Regis Faller
Series:   Polo
Recommended for:   children ages 2 and up.  Works for preschoolers and elementary school students.  (And older kids too!)
Pages:   unpaged (probably 32)
Call Number/Link:   E FALLE

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog meets a rabbit named Lily and the two become friends.

Comments:

A big thank you to the patron who almost stumped me this evening.  “I’m looking for a book about a dog who lives in a tree.  It doesn’t have words.  The author is French.  I think the dog’s name starts with a P.”

I hadn’t noticed the Polo series before tonight, and am so glad to have discovered it!  Although it is a picture book, it feels very much like a graphic novel, which helps it appeal to all ages.  Its humor doesn’t hurt either!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Bedtime, Funny, Picture Books, Wordless

 

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Thank You and Good Night

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Title:   Thank You and Good Night
Author:   Patrick McDonnell
Series:   –
Recommended for:   preschoolers, early elementary students
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:   E MCDONNELL, P.

 Rating:   ***** 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, tire themselves, and drift off to sleep, but not before sharing their gratitude.

Comments:

I had to tell all of you about this book because I loved it so much!  I thought the illustrations (and text) were charming.  I don’t have reason to test this out, but I think I could read it as a bedtime story every night for 2+ years and STILL like it.

Storytime themes:  bedtime, friends, stuffed animals, thankfulness.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Bedtime, Picture Books

 

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A Dandelion Wish

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Title:   A Dandelion Wish
Author:   Kiki Thorpe
Series:   The Never Girls; book 3
Recommended for:   Elementary school kids, especially girls in grades 2-4
Pages:   120
Call Number/Link:  J THO

Rating:   ***

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Mia and her friends have discovered a magical passageway to Never Land! But when her little sister Gabby goes to Never Land alone, the passageway closes up, with a fairy stuck on the Main Land side, too.

 

Comments:

This is the third book in a cute series about four girls who have found a magical passage to Neverland.  The three friends (and one little sister) have adventures with Tinkerbell and other fairies.

Girls who like fairies, anything Disney and stories about friends having adventures will especially enjoy this series.

 

Reading level:  3.1

Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 2.0 159647

 

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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