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RHODA’S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt was a delightful surprise for me!  Rhoda’s experiences–both her fascination with rocks and her delight in finding them–mirror my own experience as a child on vacation during summers in northern Minnesota.  I wish Rhoda’s Rock Hunt had been around eight years ago when my daughter was constantly adding to the LOADS of rocks in … 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

The WEIRD series: WEIRD! DARE! TOUGH! by Erin Frankel Illustrated by Paula Heaphy

The WEIRD! series relates a common bullying situation from three different perspectives:  WEIRD! is from the viewpoint of the bully’s target(Luisa); DARE! is from that of the bystander(Jayla); and TOUGH! is from the perspective of the bully, herself(Sam). The bully situation, itself, is absolutely believable.  Sam continually calls Jayla names and puts down how she … Continue reading

PICTURE BOOKS WITH “BULLY” THEME

Llama Llama, Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney This is an excellent addition to Dewdney’s successful Llama, Llama series.  Baby llama has grown up with his readers, make him an excellent character to model successful anti-bully strategies for young readers.  This installment of the series is exactly on point for young readers pre-school through 2nd Grade … Continue reading

ZARAFA: THE GIRAFFE WHO WALKED TO THE KING by Judith St. George Illustrated by Britt Spencer

Zarafa is the fascinating true story of a singular giraffe.  In 1827 the King of Egypt, in an effort to improve political relations, sent a giraffe to King Charles X of France as a gift.  This is the story of that giraffe’s journey. Zarafa was captured at the age of 2 in North Africa.  Too … Continue reading

WILFRED by Ryan Higgins

What originally attracted me to this book in the library was the illustration on the cover.  It reminded me of my all-time favorite comic Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Wilfred actually has quite a bit in common stylistically with illustrative aspects of Watterson’s work.  This is the story of Wilfred–a big, hairy monster– and … Continue reading

I FEEL BETTER WITH A FROG IN MY THROAT: HISTORY’S STRANGEST CURES by Carlyn Beccia

    I Feel Better is admittedly a bizarre nonfiction addition to anyone’s reading list.  It is compelling in both content and format.  It is–as the title suggests–a compendium of past medical cures used from Ancient Times up through the 20th Century. The format of the book is the genius of its appeal: (1) it … Continue reading

THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY) By Barbara Kerley

Frustrated and annoyed by the public opinions and descriptions of her father, Mark Twain’s daughter, 13-year-old Susy Clemens, decided that she would right the situation by writing her own biography of her father. In this wonderful picture book Barbara Kerley offers some basic information about Mark Twain, but cleverly incorporates exerpts from Susy’s biography of … Continue reading

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS by Mo Willems

Mo Willems’ new spin on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears does not disappoint!  I was so excited to receive my copy in the mail I read it right away, laughing all the way through it!  When my 3rd & 4th Grader saw it they begged to have it added to our bedtime reading … Continue reading

TUESDAY by David Wiesner

SENSATIONAL! During a recent trip to the library my 3rd & 4th Grader came running up to me holding Tuesday. “Have you read this book, Mom?” they asked “No, I don’t think I have,” I said. “You HAVE to read this book!”  They promptly added it to the top of the pile of books I … Continue reading