Friday, April 18, 2014

Following Papa's Song

Title: Following Papa's  Song
Author/Illustrator:  Gianna Marino
Category: Picture Book
Reading/Interest Level:  ages 3-6
Reviewer: Lynn

I loved the sweet, serene mood of this picture book about the special bond between a father whale and his son.  Little Blue and his father are starting on a long journey across the ocean.  Little Blue is curious about the wonders of the ocean they will see and a bit apprehensive about the long journey but Papa's reassuring answers calm all Little Blue's fears.  The large, colorful illustrations are perfect for young listeners and give a sense of the vastness and peacefulness of the ocean.  This is a great introduction to whales for young children and a sweet story of the father-child relationship.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

School of Charm

Title: School of Charm
Author: Lisa Ann Scott
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 293
Reading Level: Age 10 and up
Reviewer: Kim

"Chip" is a daddy's girl who loves exploring, climbing trees, catching fish and anything to do with nature and the outdoors. When her daddy dies she has to move to North Carolina with her mama and two sisters to live with her Grandma.  Life with a bunch of beauty queens is not easy for Chip.  She tries and tries to fit in but the more she tries the more she seems to fall short of their expectations. She stumbles upon a Charm School run by Miss Vernie and wonders if she can become a beauty queen after all and still maintain her own spirit and style without losing herself.  This is a quirky and hopeful story with a little magic sprinkled in.  Chip and her friends at the charm school are the underdogs you will root for until the end! I loved this book and this will be one I will be recommending!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Charlie's Superhero Underpants

Title: Charlie's Superhero Underpants
Author: Paul Bright
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
Category: Picture Book
Interest Level: 3-8
Reviewer: Chelsea

It's Charlie to the Rescue!! That is...until the day Charlie's superhero underpants disappear off his clothesline in a large gust of wind. Before he can return to his duties, Charlie must set out to find the underpants that provide him with the POW he needs save the day. What begins as a simple journey turns into a world wide adventure where Charlie sees lots of places and meets some cool animal friends along the way.Written with a great rhythm, this book will be fun to share aloud or read one on one.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Title: The Sittin' Up
Author: Shelia P. Moses
Pages: 226
Reading Level: Grade 5 and up
Reviewer: Kim

This book is set in 1940 and is about a boy named Bean.  He lives in an area in North Carolina called the Low Meadows.  Mr. Bro Wiley, the last man there that was born a slave, who was loved and revered by all, has died. He was an adopted grandfather to Bean who is almost 12 and ready to attend his very first sittin' up (a wake).  The week of the sittin' up illustrates the grief of the people who knew and loved Mr. Bro. Wiley.  Mr. Bro. Wiley imparted a lot of wisdom to the people of the Low Meadows and particularly to Bean.  A powerful storm comes through and threatens to upset the sittin' up as well as the whole Low Meadows area and Bean learns what it means to be a Low Meadows man.
 This book is filled with lots of great characters and even though there is sadness, there is also humor.  I really enjoyed this book and at the end the author gives a little information about her own family history and the tradition of a sittin' up.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Title: Find a Cow Now!
Author: Janet Stevens
Illustrator: Susan Stevens Crummel
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Grades 2-3
Interest Level: Pre-K to Grade 2
Series: No
Reviewer: Clarice

Over the years, I have always loved books by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  The stories are usually humorous and/or contain an important message, and the illustrations a delightful, and clever. Find a Cow Now! was one of the nominees for the Missouri Building Block Award. It did not win the award, however it  did not disappoint.  The main 'character' is a dog who is looking for a cow because he has become a tired, bored cattle dog.  The house bird tells him to go find a cow, NOW.  The dog sets off to do just that and encounters several other animals along the way.  Read the book and go on the journey from the city to the country with the dog to find the cow.  Enjoy your trip!