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Bonaparte Falls Apart

Title: Bonaparte Falls Apart
Author: Margery Cuyler
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Pre-K-2nd
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E Cuyler (We don’t own this one, but I did ask Janet to purchase)

Synopsis: Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself.
When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?
Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?

Review: I thought this one was super cute. Of course, as a skeleton, you would have trouble keeping your bones together! I love how all of his friends teamed up to find a solution. While many of their ideas didn’t work, it was a cute take on friendship and helping a friend out, especially since even though their idea didn’t work, they kept on trying! I chuckled at the solution, which happens to be a bone fetching dog named Mandible. I also like that even though Bonaparte was worried people at school wouldn’t like him because his bones fall off that he discovers that’s not the case at all. People like him for him. While it has that Halloween feel since they’re all monsters, it has nothing to do with Halloween at all.

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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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My New Mom and Me

Title: My New Mom and Me
Author: Renata Galindo
Series: N/A
Recommended for: K- 2 ( maybe a little younger)
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  E Galindo

Synopsis: When the puppy comes to live with his new mom, he is nervous. After all, his mom has stripes and he doesn’t. But his mom says she likes that they look different, and soon the puppy likes it, too. (And who cares what anyone else thinks!)

The puppy’s new mom does all the things other parents do. She plays with him, takes care of him, and sometimes even makes him mad! But that’s okay, because when he’s feeling sad, she knows just what to say.

Review: This is a super sweet story of adoption or fostering. It is geared towards older children more than those adopted straight from birth. Puppy knows from the get go that this is his new home and he is different from his new mom. At first, he tries to be just like her, even paints on stripes, but his new mom wipes it all away and tells him she loves him just the way he is. In the end, they end up embracing their differences–and even though it’s not easy being a new family they’re going to continue to work on it.  This would be a perfect book to give to families that have either just adopted older-ish kids or who are maybe even just fostering.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Picture Books

 

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Nobody Likes a Goblin

Title: Nobody Likes a Goblin
Author: Ben Hatke
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Ages 4-8
Pages: 36
Call Number/Link:  E Hakte, B (We don’t currently own it, but hopefully Janet will order it!)

Synopsis: Goblin, a cheerful little homebody, lives in a cosy, rat-infested dungeon, with his only friend, Skeleton. Every day, Goblin and Skeleton play with the treasure in their dungeon. But one day, a gang of “heroic” adventurers bursts in. These marauders trash the place, steal all the treasure, and make off with Skeleton—leaving Goblin all alone!

It’s up to Goblin to save the day. But first he’s going to have to leave the dungeon and find out how the rest of the world feels about goblins.

Review: This is a super cute book that I think kids will enjoy. I love that it was kind of a reverse-adventure. Usually the adventures are the heroes and the goblins/trolls are the bad guys, but this time it’s the opposite. Both the goblin and the troll were just minding their own business when the adventures come in and stole their items. And really all the goblin really cared about was his friend the skeleton! And while most of the world doesn’t like goblins, he find others along the way to help him in his quest to save Skeleton.

The illustrations are nice as well. If you’ve read Ben’s other works (Zita the Spacegirl) it’s on par with those.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books, Uncategorized

 

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