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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

MY BEST FRIEND WILL by Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel

My Best Friend Will is a terrific picture book describing the friendship between Jamie and Will.  Jamie and Will are best friends.  The key element to their friendship portrayed in the book is the fact that Will has autism. The book does a fantastic job of explaining autism in a way that is easily understandable to … Continue reading

BLACKOUT by John Rocco

Blackout is the story of a city-wide blackout which causes the people of one particular neighborhood to put aside the technologies of computers and phones and ipods, as well as staying indoors thanks to electric light, and discover their neighbors on the roof of their apartment building and in the streets. It opens with a … Continue reading

NOT A STICK by Antoinette Portis

Not A Stick is a little gem of a picture book.  The entire book is about 75 words and illustrated primarily with line drawings.  The story revolves around our (unnamed) main character who is a young pig.  He is continually being questioned about the stick he is carrying:  why is he carrying it, be careful … Continue reading

ARITHMETICKLE by J. Patrick Lewis

If you like Dynamath at school or have ever wanted to try it, then Arithmetickle is for you!  It is a collection of poems that are both fun to read–and fun to solve because each poem is ALSO a clever math puzzle. First you must decipher the actual nature of the problem/puzzle.  Second you must … Continue reading

WON TON: A CAT TALE TOLD IN HAIKU by Lee Wardhaw

Won Ton is the story of a cat adopted by a young boy from an animal shelter.  As indicated by the title, the story is told in a series of haiku poems from the perspective of the cat.  The poems are by turns funny and sweet.  Any animal lover–and especially someone who adores cats–will fall … Continue reading

THE SIGN OF THE SEAHORSE: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts by Graeme Base

Graeme Base is without a doubt one of my favorite author/illustrators.  His book Animalia is one of my favorite picture books of all time.  I love that he (like John Lithgow and his illustrating partner C.F Payne in particular) treats his audience of young readers with respect in both his lavish illustrations and words. The … Continue reading

CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER BULLY by Trudy Ludwig

Confessions of a Former Bully is an interesting book at a time when we are seeing a big anti-bullying push in our schools.  It is an oversize hardcover so it looks like a picture book–although I hesitate to term it strictly as that. It is written in the style of the popular Diary of a … Continue reading

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