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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

CAT by Matthew Van Fleet

catThis interactive concept book about cats provides as much opportunity for exploration and fun as Dogs and Tails.  Twenty – three different breeds of cats are photographed with various expressions, playing or posing.  Pulling a flap could surprise readers; a kitten popping its head out of a boot, or making a tail wag.  There are wonderful touch and feel features; a silky tail, a wrinkly body, and a squeak toy.  Other flaps open for more surprises; “Catastrophe,” a photo of a cat that broke a vase, and an imposing Bull Dog, “Look What the Cat Dragged In.”  The book will wear in time, but is well worth the hours of delight and opportunities for play and fun. Leave this book out on a table or in a cozy reading area for children and caregivers to enjoy or take home. Local Author.

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Recommended- Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

February 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment


chicken-soupCHICKEN SOUP by Jean Van Leeuwen, illustrated by David Gavril

A comedy of misunderstanding ensues when Mrs. Farmer says she’s making chicken soup.  What’s a little chick with a cold to do, but run away?!! Lots of laugh-out-loud fun from Westchester author and her artist son (living in Brooklyn). 


DO YOU LOVE ME? by Joost Elffers & Curious Pictures doyouloveme1

Minimal rhyming text issues a loving invitation to nestle, snuggle and snuzzle.  Cute toy-like creatures, in extreme close-up, pop off color-saturated pages and have eye-catching appeal.  Great bedtime fare—especially for the youngest. 


katyduckKATY DUCK IS A CATERPILLAR by Allyssa Satin CapucillI, illustrated by Henry Cole

Katy  Duck is not happy to learn she will be the caterpillar in the spring recital—but she manages to turn it into a starting role.  Another charmer from this Westchester author.


THE ODD EGG by Emily Gravettodd-egg2

Unable to lay an egg, Duck finds one and determines to hatch it himself.  Maternal one-upsmanship plays out in this witty, fresh and inventive tale sure  to delight most tots who will thrill to the surprise ending (if read with the right amount of zest). Wonderful watercolor and pencil illustrations and clever cut-out pages heighten the pleasures.


princessbess1PRINCESS BESS GETS DRESSED by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Heather Maione

This little princess gets dressed and dressed and dressed as she changes clothes for each occasion of her day.  A humorous confection in rhyme by Westchester author, with charming ink and watercolor illustrations.


WORDS TO MY LIFE’S SONG by Ashley Bryanashley-brown2

This unique autobiography reflects and captures the essence of this beloved artist/poet/storyteller/soldier/philosopher/human spirit. Ashley Bryan invites readers of all ages (this is accessible to children and adults) to visit and walk through the stories of his life and find beauty everywhere. Pages of text are dazzlingly interrupted with photos and artwork.  


February 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment