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Friday, April 24, 2015


Title: Paperboy
Author: Vince Vawter
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 221
Reading Level: Ages 10-13
Reviewer: Sandy

Twelve year old Victor has agreed to take his friend’s paper route for a month while his friend is on vacation.  Throwing the paper is easy because he has a great pitching arm. Collecting money is a bit harder for Victor because he has to speak to the customers and he has a serious stuttering problem. This is a heartwarming story about courage and coming of age in 1958 Memphis, Tennessee.  His encounters with several adult customers and characters help him develop his self-esteem. Along with his devoted Mam, this becomes the summer that will change his life.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Great Cheese Robbery

Title: The Great Cheese Robbery
Author: Tim Warnes
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Ages 7 and up
Interest Level: Ages 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Patrick is a little elephant who is scared of lots of things.  His daddy elephant isn't scared of anything. Patrick keeps trying to scare his daddy but it never works.  Until.......Cornelius J. Parker the mouse with the Cheese Inspection Council shows up.  Great disguise for a cheese robber!!!  Patrick learns that even daddies have things they are scared of. Find out who actually ends up saving their cheese, refrigerator, furniture and daddy from Cornelius J. Parker and his team of cheese robbers!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

I Will Fight Monsters for You

Title: I Will Fight Monsters for You
Author: Santi Balmes
Illustrator: Lyona
Category: Juvenile Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: K-2
Interest Level: Age 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Martina is afraid of monsters.  She dreads going to sleep at night because she is convinced that there is a whole upside down monster world through her floor under her bed.  If she leaves her arm hanging over the side of her bed the monsters will pull her through and force her to live in their monster upside down world!
In the meantime a monster girl named Anitram is also afraid of going to bed because she is afraid of humans for the same reason.  With some reassurance from their dads they both finally fall asleep and something surprising happens.
A wonderfully written story about fears.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Funny Books for April Fool's Day

Funny Books for April Fool's Day

Picture Books
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

I'm Bored! by Michael Ian Black

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

Juvenile Fiction

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lizzie and the Last Day of School

Title: Lizzie and the Last Day of School
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
Category: Picture book
Pages: 32 pages
Reading Level: K-2 grade
Interest Level: Ages 5-7
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Lizzie loves school!  She loves everything about school.  But when the school year ends she is very disappointed.  She thought school was supposed to last an entire year.  She finds out her teacher is just as disappointed in the school year ending as she is.  But then they discover summer school!!!  A great book for those future teachers out there!!

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

Title: How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Author: Wendy Meddour
Illustrator: Rebecca Ashdown
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32pages
Reading Level: K-3 grade
Interest Level: Ages 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Rapunzel sat up in her window day after day growing her hair, moping and staying in her tower.  Numerous people come by to see her (even the prince)but she doesn't budge nor let down her hair.  Finally one day she opens the letter the mailman brought her and finds out she got a job at the Library!  She immediately perks up and from then on she reads everything she can and no longer waits for a prince.
A cute picture book that encourages kids to make their own paths.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Quilt Walk

Title: The Quilt Walk
Author: Sandra Dallas
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Pages: 213
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 13
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy

Could you walk and quilt at the same time? And no shoes! Apparently that is exactly what some pioneer women and girls did in 1863 as they followed the wagon trains west.

Ten year old Emmy Blue Hatchet and her family make a grueling trip by wagon train from Quincy, Illinois to Golden, Colorado.  Emmy’s father decides that there is a good life to be made by opening a store for miners in Colorado.  He informs the family that they are to pack everything that they can fit into a wagon and leave friends and family behind to move.  The family encounters snakes, Indians, mud slides and other threats as they make the trip. The Quilt Walk is based on a true story and we see the role of quilt making in the lives of pioneer women—not just a quilt to keep you warm but a way of connecting with others  and having a community of friends.  The Quilt Walk was our Family Book Club choice for February. Fans of The Little House on the Prairie books will enjoy this historical fiction book.