Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Whale, the Sea and the Stars by Adrián Macho

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Title: The Whale, The Sea and the Stars
Author: Adrian Macho
Published: 7/23/19
Publisher: Floris Books
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by Edelweiss+
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



When Gerda the blue whale was very small, her mother would sing a beautiful song telling her that if she were ever lost she should look to the stars and they would guide her.
Then it's time for the little whale to leave home. Her adventures take her from the warm waters of the equator to the freezing poles.
Along the way she meets clever killer whales, playful penguins, a friendly polar bear and the ancient narwhale. Then one day, the little whale realizes she wants to find somewhere to stay forever. How will she know she's found the right sea for her? With her mother's song in her heart, Gerda follows the stars to a place she knows she can call home.
This heartwarming story, rendered through luminous, captivating illustrations full of texture and feeling, promises we will find our way if we listen to our hearts.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

NetGalley: I Really Love You (Tyrannosaurus #6) by Tatsuya Miyanishi

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Title: I Really Love You
Author: Tatsuya Myanishi
Published: May 20, 2019
Publisher: Museyon
Pages: 40
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


A very long time ago, dinosaurs lived all over the world. They were various colors, shapes, and sizes, and spoke different languages. One snowy winter, with his skillful use of words, Tapejara almost tricks a Tyrannosaurus to its death. A weak Tyrannosaurus meets three friendly Homalocephale and they save his life, even though they do not understand each other’s languages. They become good friends and start communicating with their hearts. One day, while picking up red berries for the Tyrannosaurus, Homalocephale meets Albertosaurus, who is hungry and speaks the same language as the Tyrannosaurus. I Really Love You shows that heartfelt communication is about more than just words.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Starry Skies: Learn about the constellations above us by Samantha Chagollan, Nila Aye (Illustrator)


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Title: Starry Skies
Author: Samantha Chagollan
Illustrator: Nila Aye
Published: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 3 on up/Science/Fiction
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Every night, the sky is filled with stars that tell a thousand tales. Brave warriors, regal queens, fierce beasts -- they all parade across the starry skies each night. In Starry Skies you’ll discover some of the most famous constellations and learn how to find them in the night sky.
With brilliant illustrations by Nila Aye, you will see the shapes of each constellation, and imagine what they might look like when you look up into the dark sky above. This introduction to astronomy is all you need to start learning about stars, so get ready, star hunters, and look to the skies!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Published: Nov. 22, 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


The all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?
Including a special feature, dye cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

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Title: The Lost Hero (The Heros of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: Jan. 5, 2011
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 577
Genre: Pre-teens/Teens Ages 12 on up/ greek mythology/adventure
Review: Library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


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Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Published: Jan. 12, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 325
Genre: Children/ Animals
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk




Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby #1) by Beverly Cleary


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Title: Beezus and Ramona
Author: Beverly Cleary
Published: Oct. 6, 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 208
Genre: Ages 2nd grade on up
Review: ebook from library
Buy Links: Amazon



Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be…especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus's birthday party. Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous tale of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.

Cat on the Mat (Step into Reading) by Susan Schade

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Title: Cat on the Mat
Author: Susan Schade
Published: May 13, 2010
Pages: 36
Review: ebook from the library
Genre: Children
Buy Link: Amazon 






Cat has a dream. She runs. She flips. She jumps. She slips. Will Cat make the team?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive #1) by Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen

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Title: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
Published: Aug. 26, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 96
Genre: Children 1st on up/Fiction



Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books. Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse—until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good? Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters—Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy—for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

I Don't Want To Go To Bed: Tony Ross


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Title: I Don't Want To Go To Bed
Author: Tony Ross
Published: Jan. 2, 2014
Publisher: Andersen Digital
Pages: 32
Genre: Children





Never mind another glass of water, never mind about spiders and monsters, it's time to go to bed!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jumanji (Jumanji #1) by Chris Van Allsburg

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Title: Jumanji
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Published: Anniversary edition Nov. 6, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for young readers
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle-adventure board game. "Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of de-sign, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." -- New York Times Book Review

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson


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Title: Old Yeller
Author: Fred Gipson
Published: 1956
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 196
Genre: Kids grade 5th on up
Review: library book
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At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller.
The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.
Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad

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Title: Rattlesnake Rules
Author: Conrad J. Storad
Published: 9/24/18
Publisher: Story Monster Press
Pages: 40
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
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Rattlesnakes are much maligned primarily because they are much misunderstood, In Rattlesnake Rules, award-winning children's author and science editor Conrad J. Storad removes the veil of mystery from these fascinating creatures and imparts to young readers valuable information that will help them better understand rattlesnakes and to keep both the children and the snakes safe. Now available in paperback for the first time!

Owl Love You Matthew Heroux & Wednesday Kirwan

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Title: Owl Love You
Author: Matthew Heroux and Wednesday Kirwan
Published: 9/18/18
Publisher: Cameron & Company
Pages: 32
Genre: Children Ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



The sun is setting, time to rise! At dusk, when an owl’s day is just beginning, a baby owl asks questions and a mama owl offers comforting answers in this gentle, reverse bedtime book, featuring lulling, lyrical text and luminous illustrations of the nighttime world.