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The Catawampus Cat

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Title:   The Catawampus Cat 

Author:   Jason Carter Eaton
Series:   —
Recommended for:  grades Pre K-2 as a read-aloud, grades 2 and up for children to read by themselves.  
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E Eaton, J.

Rating:   *****

Synopsis:

A cat comes into town that walks on a slant, and shows everyone how to see life at a different angle.

Comments:

This book is very entertaining to say the least. When the Catawampus Cat comes to a very dull town, he forces the townsfolk to tilt their heads when they look at him, which changes their perception of the world they look at. Long lost friends are brought together again, missing personal items are found, and everyone in the town embraces their own individuality by viewing life at a different angle. Not only is the story engaging, but the illustrations are captivating to the eye. By using a combination of mixed illustration media, the cut and paste type images spread throughout the book give a certain depth to the story that makes it seem almost life like. I would highly recommend this book.

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

Title: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
Author: Gerald Morris
Series: The Knights’ Tales
Recommended for: Third Graders and Up; Boys Who Like Adventure and Swordfights; Fantasy Fans
Pages: 92
Call Number/Link:  J MOR (To add Link highlight and click the chain up top.)

Synopsis:

“Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.” –Amazon

 

My Thoughts:

This series is a hilarious and well-done introduction to the Arthurian legends. Morris has obviously read (and better yet, likes!) Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, yet he also understands how children’s minds work, as well as what appeals to them. The stories of Sir Lancelot presented here feel fresh, funny, and accessable for third-graders, but do not compromise the integrity of the original tales. For instance, when he meets the Lady Elaine of Shalott, Sir Lancelot gets shot in the–well, we’re not told exactly where he’s shot, but he has to sit on a pillow when he rides, and the accompanying illustrations provide more clues. After sustaining this injury, however, Sir Lancelot is able to return (anonymously) to a tournament at court, where he saves the day in more ways than one. Thus, the beauty of the original story is intact, but the readers are sure to howl with laughter once they “get it”.

 
 

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Is That Wise, Pig?

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Title:   Is That Wise, Pig?
Author:   Jan Thomas
Series:   —  
Recommended for:  preschoolers, grades K-2, toddlers
Pages:   32
Call Number/Link:  E Thomas, J.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Cow and Pig are helping Mouse make a delicious soup, but Pig keeps trying to add ingredients that don’t make sense! Mouse is making a yummy pot of soup and Cow and Pig are helping add ingredients. Mouse adds four tomatoes, Cow adds five potatoes, and Pig adds…six galoshes?! Is that wise, Pig? Young readers will be so busy giggling at Pig’s antics, they won’t even realize they are counting, too. A twist ending and irresistible characters will make this a favorite read-aloud.

Comments:

I loved this one.  It made me laugh!  It would work well for Preschool Storytime or Toddler Time.  It could also work well as a readaloud for kids in kindergarten and first grade.  (And for first and second graders to read on their own.)

I was having so much fun that I didn’t remember later that it was a counting book.

 

 

 

 

 

**mostly written in October 2016

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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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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Lowriders in space

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Lowriders in Space

Lowriders in Space

Title: Lowriders in space
Author: Cathy Camper, Illustrator: Raul Gonzalez
Series: Lowriders in space
Recommended for: 3-8th grade
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Call Number/Link:  GN J LOWRIDERS V. 1

 

Synopsis: Lupe, Flapjack, & Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

Review: I loved this book!  From its heady use of ink pens in illustration and rough paper design esthetic to its can-do spirit, this book has a real DIY empowerment idea going on.  This book is a wonderful tale of three friends working together to achieve a dream.  Told as seemingly by black, red, & blue ink pens on the back of found paper, this story relates the story of a magical car ride through space as the heroes try to win a competition.  Add to it a heavy dose of Spanish (with explaining footnotes for these possibly new words and slang) and this is a book has a subtle teachable element without feeling like it lectures.  Each of the the three heroes of the story are relatable and the power of their friendship is quite excellent.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Juv, Spanish

 

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate


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Title: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Series: Sequel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Recommended for: 4th- 8th Grade

Pages: 312 pages

Call Number/Link: J FICTION KELLY, J.

 

 

Synopsis: Callie’s younger brother Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the animals—Travis included—away from her mother’s critical eye.


When a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting veterinarian, Callie discovers a life and a vocation she desperately wants. But with societal expectations as they are, she will need all her wits and courage to realize her dreams.

Whether it’s wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, the trials and tribulations of Callie Vee will have readers cheering for this most endearing heroine.

My Recommendations: I love this book and the first book. It is a great historical fiction book for young ladies seeing how difficult it was to just be in the early part of the last century.  It fun to see how she works her way around all the obstacles in her path and doesn’t let her family stand in the way of her goals.  Of course there is a knight in shining armor that is her grandfather and older brother encouraging her along the way.  A great read for older elementary school and middle school children. I read this on audio book in the car so a great book to read over a few weeks time for children and adults.

 

 
 

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Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens coverTitle:   Beauty Queens
Author:   Libba Bray
Series:   –
Recommended for:   teen girls, adults who like chick lit, people who like satires
Pages:   396 pages
Call Number/Link:   Teen Fiction Bray, L.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

What do you get when you cross America’s Next Top Model with Lost? A brilliantly funny novel by the queen of teen satire, Libba Bray.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane crashed on a desert island, leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan or learn to run wild? And what should they do when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

Comments:

I loved many parts of Beauty Queen.  It’s not often that I laugh out loud while reading or listening to a book, but I alarmed Natalie by laughing loudly several times while reading this book.  I would never have thought of combining a beauty pageant and “Survivor.”  Libba Bray is a genius!  However, that said, there were moments when I thought she was a bit over the top, to the point that it just wasn’t funny to me.  Overall, there were more positive moments.

Most of the beauty contestants were two-dimensional characters (or caricatures) at the beginning of the book.  By the end, the beauty contestants who were main characters were well fleshed out and I had a pretty good idea of what made the other beauty contestants tick.  (This was less true of the pirates, Corporation employees and other minor characters.)  Whereas the beauty contestants seemed like a mostly homogeneous group early on, with the exception of Idina and uber-competitor Taylor, they turned out to have definite differences – and secrets.  One character was a “wild girl.”  One presented herself as a traditional East Indian immigrant (with a vaguely British accent) but was really a valley girl.  One contestant was transgender, one was hearing impaired, one was an African-American girl whose mother wanted her to be lighter.  They also all had different talents and gifts that helped the group survive on a deserted island.  They created an irrigation system, built huts, crafted bows and arrows….

This book will be most appealing to readers who have a satirical bent and are not not too reverential of beauty pageants.  It mocks Big Business, reality t.v. (and the media), commercials, international relations, political campaigns, dictators, and many other things.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Adventure, Dystopian, Funny, Teen

 

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