Posts tagged ‘Early Reader’

Nate The Great and theHungry Book Club by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat;, illustrated by Jody Wheeler (Delacorte Press, 2009)

Another intriguing episode in the Nate the Great series.  The young detective and his trusty dog, Sledge, are on the hunt for an “evil page monster,” who damages or tears pages from Rosamond’s books.  Could it be one of the members of her book club?  Nat is not convinced, after inspecting the evidence and sitting in on the club.  Through his observations, ability to put age appropriate clues together, and aid from his signature brain food, a stack of pancakes, he concludes another cozy mystery.  The illustrations provide good picture cues, as well as support the text and plot.  Like the other books in this series, each is a stand alone and not dependant on reading any of the earlier editions in order to be appreciated and understood.   For grades K-3r

JE Fiction, Recommend – Anne Beier (HenHud)


March 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

A BRAND-NEW DAY WITH MOUSE AND MOLE by Wo Yee (Houghton Mifflin, 2008)

brand new dayThird in the series, this is already in some library collections. Mole’s day is off to a bad start when he discovers all of his clothes have moth holes.  His friend Mouse takes him shopping where he finds pants and a new shirt. They then go fishing, only to end up in the water when the line gets caught on an old tire.  They have so much fun playing in the pond that  Mole rigs up a tire swing for Mouse and  Mouse sews patches from her old clothes to cover the holes in Mole’s old clothes. Words and sentences are a little complex.  Would beginning readers recognize “pendulum”, “Abracadabra”, “cashier” or even know what “groovy” means? Still, the four simple stories reflect the warm friendship between Mouse and Mole.  Where easy readers are needed, this is a worthwhile addition.

Early reader, Recommended- Diane McCrink (Yonkers Grinton I Will branch)

May 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA PLINK AND PLUNK by James Howe and illustrated by Marie-Lousie Gay

houndsleyWhen Bert, his usual canoeing companion isn’t available, Houndsley invites his best friend, the talkative Catina whose constant chattering drowns out the peaceful plink and plunk of the paddles that brings him such joy.  When Houndsley receives a gift of a bicycle, which, unfortunately, he can’t ride, he is unable to refuse Catina’s invitation to go for a bike ride.   Houndsley crash lands in an azalea bush.  A trade with Bert for a three-wheeler allows Houndsley to finally master the two-wheeler.  This prompts Catina to confess that she’s afraid of the water because she can’t swim which is why she was so talkative in the canoe.  Both realize each did what they didn’t want to do out of friendship.  Houndsley teaches Catina to swim and the three friends enjoy a (quiet) canoe ride. A warm, sweet friendship story, easily accessible to beginning readers. Local author.

JE  recommended  Diane McCrink (Yonkers Will)

May 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

THOMAS & FRIENDS TRAINS, CRANES & TROUBLESOME TRUCKS based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry and illustrated by Tomny Stubb

thomasSmall Thomas, Medium-sized James, and Big Gordon must each pull different size loads. But, the trucks behind them have different ideas. They don’t want to work; they are all looking for fun, fun, fun. So, coal, milk, and freight go splat. Luckily, each train gets righted again by helpful cranes. These simple stories have a built-in audience of young readers. They would not hold up for multiple story times, but they are always requested by fans of Thomas & Friends.

Early reader

Recommended- Lillian Hecker (Pelham)

January 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

MERCY WATSON THINKS LIKE A PIG written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

mercy1Mr. and Mrs. Watson live in a house together with their pig Mercy. Surprisingly, Mercy likes everything humans enjoy, including lemonade, albeit slurping from a bowl. Unfortunately, the neighbors who are sisters, Baby and Eugenia Lincoln, are not thrilled about living next door to a pig. “But this does not stop us from having a gracious life,” said Eugenia. Oh, really!

The sisters plant petunias around their house. Guess who admires the flowers? Right – Mercy. Mercy eats the flowers until all the petunias are gone! Mr. and Mrs. Watson see the neighbors chasing Mercy and they happily conclude that it must be a game of tag. And so it goes. Even when the Lincolns tell the Watsons that Mercy has devoured the flowers, Mrs. Watson imagines that this means Mercy is hungry, so she makes hot buttered toast for her. The Lincolns plot their revenge by calling the Animal Control Office to pick up Mercy. Needless to say, in spite of everything, Mercy and the gang end up eating hot buttered toast together. Yum! The simple chapters and the animated illustrations make this a winning choice for beginning readers.

J Fiction

Recommended- Lillian Hecker (Pelham)

January 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment


waterholeMorris Alligator is best friends with Billy Turtle. However, even the best of friends fight. It happened when Morris’s mother wears a new swimsuit with fruit in its fabric. Billy whispers to Morris that his mother looks like a fruit salad. After they make up, Morris stays quiet but he does notice the Billy’s mom is wearing something that makes her look like a rose garden. Each of the four chapters features either Morris or one of his pals in some sort of sit com that makes them glad to have each other. The illustrations of the nattily clad animal youngsters add appeal. This is a good choice for new chapter readers.

Easy Reader

Recommended- Lillian Hecker (PEL)

January 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment


hampstersIn a collection of twenty poems, children explore the joys of learning and the discoveries made in school—from math with hamsters, to winning spelling bees, to staying home with the measles, to shells in show and tell, to going home to a pet.  The vibrant and high energy illustrations burst with confidence in this I Can Read book.

Ages 4-8, 48 pages

Recommended. Amelia Carling- Pelham



December 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

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