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THE CHICKEN SQUAD: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Kevin Cornwell

Delightfully slapstick in nature The Chicken Squad builds on the tiny, comical characters who first appear in The Trouble with Chickens, the original J.J. Tully mystery.  A perfect graduation from her brilliant picture books, these short, easy chapter books by Doreen Cronin (of Click, Clack, Moo fame) provide an ideal bridge for young readers. J.J. … Continue reading

ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Smith…2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Aliens on Vacation is pure fun.  David (Scrub) is sent to his grandmother’s for the summer.  Never having met her, he is unsure what to expect–except that she’s crazy.  She owns the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast.  It doesn’t take David too long to realize that it is, in fact, an intergalactic Bed & Breakfast. As David’s grandmother … Continue reading

THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex

The True Meaning of Smekday was a hit in our house–particularly with my 6th grade son.  Set in the future after an alien invasion of Earth by the Boov, young Gratuity (Tip) is writing as essay titled The True Meaning of Smekday as a class assignment.  The essays will then be judged by a committee … Continue reading

LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil

Lantern Sam is a dual narrative:  one part told by 10-year-old Henry Shipley and one told in flashback by Lantern Sam (a male calico cat).  Henry’s narration relates the events on the Shoreliner (a famous express train taking passengers from New York to Chicago–960 miles–in less than 20 hours) in 1938 when he and Sam first … Continue reading

FRAMED by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Framed has been on my “To-read” list for years and I feel like doing a happy dance now that I have finally had the opportunity to read it!  Nine-year-old Dylan Hughes’ family owns the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel Garage in tiny Manod.  As the economy has become more difficult families continue to move to London to find … Continue reading

THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING THE KINGDOM by Christopher Healy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom is now one of my new all-time favorites!  In its pages we are introduced to the Prince Charmings of several well-known fairy tales: the male leads of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  Frederic was traumatized as a child by a toothless tiger which has resulted in … Continue reading

GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE-TAKER by Adam-Troy Castro Illustrated by Kristen Margiotta

Gustav Gloom and the People-Taker is a quirky story that is part scare-your-socks-off and part chuckle-to-yourself.  Gustav sits in the front yard of the Gloom mansion.  All who see him there are agreed that he appears to be the saddest, loneliest little boy in the world.  Neighbors are NOT pleased to have the Gloom Mansion … Continue reading

TURKEY TOT by George Shannon Illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann

Turkey Tot is a  clever re-telling of the classic story The Little Red Hen.  In this version the Little Red Hen is replaced by Turkey Tot and the three uncooperative friends are Chick, Pig and Hen.  Instead of preparing and baking bread Turkey Tot wants the sweet, juicy blackberries in the tree high above their … Continue reading

FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo

I’ve had this book on my to-read list since it came out and I am glad I finally had the opportunity to read it, as I usually enjoy DiCamillo’s work immensely.  Flora & Ulysses is no exception! Because the beginning is so quirky and over-the-top in its humor it took me about 20-30 pages before I … Continue reading

TOLLINS: EXPLOSIVE TALES FOR CHILDREN by Conn Iggulden

Tollins are not fairies.  Though they both have wings, fairies are delicate creatures and much smaller….In addition, fairies cannot sing B-sharp….Tollins regard fairies as fluttery show-offs and occasionally use them to wipe out the insides of cups.  Tollins are also a lot less fragile than fairies.  In fact, the word “fragile” can’t really be used … Continue reading

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