Archive for April, 2009

PLEASE PICK ME UP, MAMA! By Robin Luebs

pleasepick-upThis book is for the baby – toddler crowd.  This book would be a great accompaniment for baby time.  It’s written in an easy going sing-song manner with it’s up and down prose.  The illustrations are warm in their earth tone colors of sage green, and various shades of yellows.  I think that this book would be a great addition to any children’s library. 

JP Recommended- Mary Ann Minozzi (Griton I. Will Library, Yonkers)

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April 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

THE MISSING CHICK by Valeri Gorbachev

missing-chickIn The Missing Chick, popular children’s author Valeri Gorbachev describes a rapidly escalating search for Mama Hen’s missing seventh chick. Police, firemen, and finally a helicopter conduct the search, but the solution to the chick’s mysterious disappearance is ultimately a simple one. All of the characters are various animals, and the all-beaver fire brigade is especially charming. Overall, a simple, sweet story that would work equally in story times and individually for children ages 3-5. 32pp.

 JP Recommended- Aili Whelan (Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers)

April 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

FANCY NANCY: EXPLORER EXTRAORDINAIRE! by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

fancy-nancy-explorerThis book could lend itself to a story time that includes exploring the outdoors (bugs and butterflies) and making crafts such as a bird feeder – recipe included.  It’s written in a charming manner and the illustrations are delightful.  It also explains the use of “fancy” words, such as aroma (thesaurus).  This book would be an asset to any children’s section because you can have fun with it.

JP Recommended- Mary Ann Minozzi (Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers)

April 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

MOMMY, WHERE ARE YOU? By Leonid Gore

mommy-where-are-youMommy, Where Are You? uses very clever page design to describe  a young mouse’s search for his mother. For example, on one page he sees a grey patch through the slates of a fence, and thinks it’s his mother. When the reader turns the page with the fence (an actual cut-out fence with a hole in it), it reveals “only some silvery fountain grass.” This pattern, where the mouse sees an element that resembles his mother, only to find a different object, is repeated until he finally finds her. The format is similar to a lift-the-flap book, but the flaps are more organically integrated into the illustrations. This design also seems like it would withstand wear-and-tear better than a lift-the-flap book, but it is still advisable to buy a reference copy as well as a circulating copy.

JP- Recommended for children ages 2-5.18pp.

Aili Whelan- Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers.

April 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

THE DOGHOUSE by Jan Thomas

doghouseThe Doghouse is a simple picture book in which four animals lose a ball inside an ominous, fear-inspiring doghouse. As the mouse volunteers his friends to retrieve the ball, each one disappears into the doghouse, building fear and suspense. The resolution, however, is funny rather than scary. This book works best as a read-aloud, and would be good for ages 3 to 7. The large, cartoon-like illustrations are appealing and there are several humorous details. This book is a good addition for story-time collections. 36pp.

JP Recommended- Aili Whelan (Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers)

April 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

BATS AT THE LIBRARY by Brian Lies

batsLies is dead-on once again with the rhyming text, acrylic illustrations and pure batty adventures. When a group of bats discover an open window at the library the real fun is just beginning. They embark on the classic tales of literature with each bat playing new roles. Great read-aloud and librarians will definitely want to add this to their collection.

Highly Recommended

Tara Somersall- Grinton I. Will Library

April 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

HOW ROBIN SAVED SPRING by Debbie Ouellet and illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli

robinLady Winter refuses to allow Sister Spring to turn her white world to green. Instead, she places an icy white blanket over Sister Spring to keep the world in frost. The trees and creatures of the forest hold a meeting at robin’s bequest to find a way to awaken Sister Spring. One by one Lady Winter outwits them by putting winter blankets on bear and skunk, wrapping leaves around caterpillar, and causing maple tree to cry sweet tears. Robin, however, bravely flies to Mother Sun to capture the morning light that awakens Sister Spring. In this sweet pourquois story, a satisfying explanation is given for each creature’s nature and physical look. The lovely pastel drawings shed a soft glow upon the landscapes and the main characters. Young children will enjoy listening to this fanciful account of how the seasons change.   

Picture book.  Recommended- Lillian Hecker (Pelham Public Library)

April 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

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