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SONG FOR A WHALE by Lynne Kelly

Song for a Whale was a happy surprise for me!  I read this book because the Mock Newbery group that I belong to on Goodreads voted for it to be our June 2019 read. (I did not vote for it.)  I didn’t really know what to expect but I wasn’t all that excited about reading … Continue reading

YOURS SINCERELY, GIRAFFE by Megumi Iwasa Illustrated by Jun Takabatake

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe is a brilliantly crafted short chapter book for young readers by Japanese author Megumi Iwasa.  Her clear text combined with Jun Takabatake’s line drawings are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s work in books like Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back and A Giraffe and a Half. Giraffe lives on the African savanna.  He is … Continue reading

LOST.FOUND. by Marsha Diane Arnold. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell…MN Star of the North nominee

Bear begins the story with a scarf. He loses it. Beaver finds it, wraps it into a turban.  It snags on a tree branch and is lost.  Again.  Only to be found by many different animals including raccoons, mice, squirrels and a fox.  Each animal finds a new use for the scarf and the story comes … Continue reading

AN ARMY OF FROGS by Trevor Pryce…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

I had seen An Army of Frogs at the library.  I had checked it out twice.  It looked interesting.  It looked fun.  But I couldn’t get into it.  I groaned when I saw it come up on the Lovelace nominee list for 2016-17.  I was not looking forward to forcing myself to read it all … Continue reading

THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH by Julia Sarcone-Roach…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

I was unenthusiastic about The Bear Ate Your Sandwich until the end.  I thought it was boring during my first read-through.  Because the narrator is in question it was ineffective as a story for me until the final pages.  I have to say, though, that when the narrator is revealed the story takes on a … Continue reading

HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca Gomez Illustrated by Dan Santat

Simply, phenomenal!  Hensel & Gretel:  Ninja Chicks is my favorite in this picture book series so far!  In this version of the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale, Mama has been taken by the evil fox at large in their community.  Hensel & Gretel see the sign advertising the Three Pigs Dojo “Get Empowered, Not Devoured” (read … Continue reading

WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Wolfie the Bunny is a delightful tale about the power of love.  When a bunny family finds a wolf cub left in a basket on their doorstep the bunny parents immediately adopt him and treat him as their beloved son.  Their young daughter, Dot, insists that it is a  bad idea and Wolfie will eventually … Continue reading

NIGHT ANIMALS by Gianna Marino…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Night Animals is the perfect marriage of text and illustration in a picture book. Possum is hiding.  Skunk, alarmed, joins him.  Together they hide from “night animals.”  To their surprise, Wolf, claiming to also be afraid of something bigger and scarier than himself is next to join.  Then, to their shock, Bear has the same … Continue reading

THE SECRET CHICKEN SOCIETY by Judy Cox…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Before I even start this review I feel obligated to admit that I am biased:  I don’t like chickens.  I wasn’t looking forward to reading this particular book.  I will also admit that my dislike of actual chickens faded to the background as I read Judy Cox’s The Secret Chicken Society. It begins with Daniel, … Continue reading

8 CLASS PETS + 1 SQUIRREL /1 DOG = CHAOS by Vivian Vande Velde…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

8 Class Pets is a great independent reading choice for the younger readers of Lovelace nominees in 2015-16.  Vivian Vande Velde is a master of clear, direct dialogue and this is a huge advantage in this story of Twitch the Squirrel and his manic adventure through the school. Looking for a way to escape a … Continue reading

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