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Books for Kids

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Books for Kids


Book Jacket for Katie Loves the KittensKatie Loves the Kittens

    • by Barbara McClintock. Katie (a dog) is so excited when her owner brings home three kittens.  Because of her excitement, she can't control her barking.  Unfortunately this scares the kittens and makes Katie feel sad.  What can she do?  A loveable story that kids that the kids in a preschool visit enjoyed.  Get ready to howl along with Katie!  Reviewed by Bea 1/31/09.







by Remy Charlip For ages 4-8. This silly, simply illustrated book of alternating harrowing disasters and miraculous escapes fascinated me as a child, and it’s still a favorite. Two-page spreads of colored ‘fortunately’ pages alternate with black and white ‘unfortunately’ pages. Fortunately, the book ends in color, and all is well. Unfortunately, some younger kids might be frightened by the dangers (sharks, explosions, wild tigers). Reviewed by Elizabeth 1/09/09.




Book Jacket for Adele and Simon in AmericaAdele and Simon in America

    • by Barbara McClintock. First grade and up. Adele and Simon are back for another adventure. This time, they travel by train across the United States. McClintock's rich illustrations feature great American landmarks - even our own San Francisco. Kids will enjoy searching the scenes for Simon's lost items. Reviewed by Bea 1/03/09.






Tygrine CAtTygrine Cat

    • by Inballi Iserles Adventure, cats, ancient lore, and good versus evil are all elements of this engaging story. Mati, a young cat, is sent off far away from home for his own protection. Unknowingly, he holds the fate not only of his Tygrine clan but of all cats. He must learn to understand the power of the ancient past and how to use it. The fight between good and evil rests upon his shoulders. This is a great adventure story for all cat lovers. It is also a good choice for those who like the Warriors series by Erin Hunter and are looking for something new. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a new series. Reviewed by Andy 11/27/08




Book Jacket for Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont Preschool and up. "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe...who at all the cookie dough?" The opening line of this rhyming story immediately draws readers in and invites them to chant along. Kangaroo made up a batch of cookie dough, and she finds that it has been eaten. She asks other animals if they can help her get to the bottom of the mystery. Check this out, join in the fun, and see if you know who ate all the cookie dough! Reviewed by Bea 11/22/08.




Book Jacket image for Mail Harry to the MoonMail Harry to the Moon by Robie H. Harris

Adjusting to a new baby is not always easy. Harry, the new baby, is getting all the attention and all he seems to do is cry, grab and spit up! Older brother is fed up and has some amusing suggestions for what to do with the baby, including mailing him to the moon. Bold cartoonish illustrations are perfect for the text. Young children will relate to the feelings expressed, giggling along, as will their parents.

Reviewed by Andy 11/15/08








Book Jacket image for The Red GhostThe Red Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer Looking for a transitional chapter book that is a bit scary? If so, THE RED GHOST is a good choice. Marion Dane Bauer has hit upon the perfect formula for readers who are just beginning to read chapter books. Jenna thinks she has found the perfect gift for her younger sister, an old doll her neighbor is anxious to get rid of. But when Jenna brings the doll home, her cat hisses and attacks it. And then in the middle of the night, Jenna is awakened by strange noises coming from the closet where the doll is stored. What is the mystery behind this doll? Reviewed by Andy 10/12/08




Book Jacket for A Camping Spree with Mr. MageeA Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris van Dusen

One of my daughter's favorite books. A great little picture story book about the camping adventure of Mr. Magee and his dog Dee and their "little" Bear encounter. What starts as a peaceful weekend camping trip suddenly turns into quite a funny Warner Brothers cartoon like adventure. It's told in a rhyming fashion similar to Dr. Suess stories. The illustrations are nicely done with a lot of humor pictured. A perfect camping bedtime story for your child. Reviewed by Orlando 10/10/08.




Book Jacket for Winter Babies Wear LayersWinter Babies Wear Layers by Michelle Sinclair Colman

This is a great board book, and part of a great series. In it, chic and multi-cultural babies enjoy various winter activities such as sledding, building snowmen, and snuggling. Whimsical trendy illustrations are accompanied by simple text in a repetitive format. The artwork's main focus is on the babies themselves...and all babies like looking at other babies. The activities described are things that babies can identify with, and even mimic in some instances. The text is both clever and innovative. ("Winter babies are angels" cheekily captions a screaming infant in a snowbank. "Winter babies make friends" accompanies a baby building a snowman.) Reviewed by Megan on 10/06/08.



Book Jacket for Falling For RapunzelFalling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcoxis

Falling for Rapunzel is a very funny modern day version of the fairytale. When a prince happens upon Rapunzel on a bad hair day, she can't quite hear him properly from her tower and manages to throw down just about everything to the prince except her hair. All ends happily ever after when the maid rides off with the prince, Rapunzel descends to collect her things, and her hair finally stays in place. My four year-old daughter laughed hard at the rhyming silliness and strange events, and I enjoyed the parodic twists on the stereotypical princess and fairytale ending. Reviewed by Ann on 9/05/08.


Book Jacket for Ten Tiny TicklesTen Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

From the author of Counting Kisses we get Ten Tiny Tickles a count and read book. Readers will delight in following a sleepy, little child through her morning routine with her family members all giving her tickles. It has big, colorful pictures and few words on each page. The book counts the tickles 1 through 10 and introduces body parts as she gets tickled on her head, ears, chin, and all over. This would be a good selection to use in story time for babies or toddlers. This book invites participation. Children can help count the tickles, children can point to their body parts as they are mentioned, or parents with small babies can follow the book and tickle the different body parts. Ages 1-5. Reviewed by LL 8/30/08.


Book Jacket for Maybe a Bear Ate ItMaybe a Bear Ate It by Robie Harris Preschool and up. A young creature is ready to snuggle into bed with his favorite book. The book disappears, and the creature cannot seem to locate it. Soon, his imagination runs wild as he comes up with explanations of what happened to his book. One explanation is that maybe a bear ate it. Put on your thinking caps and get ready to chime in with your own ideas as you read this simple, imaginative tale. Reviewed by Bea 8/27/08.






Book Jacket for The WilloughbysThe Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Grades 4 and up. The Willoughby children are practically orphans! Their parents don't care much for them. For example, Mrs. Willoughby can't tell her twin boys apart, and she doesn't even care. The Willoughby parents leave for a long vacation, and now the children can pretend to be orphans looking for a benefactor. This humorous story rings of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket. Reviewed by Bea 8/27/08.





Book Jacket for Knuffle Bunny, TooKnuffle Bunny, Too

    • by Mo Willems

In this 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, Trixie and her stuffed bunny begin preschool. The first thing they learn is that Knufflebunny is not unique! Another little girl has a knufflebunny, too; and before long, nobody is happy about this fact...

. Reviewed by Mary 8/16/08






Book Jacket for Dealing with DragonsFirst Light

    • by Rebecca Stead

An engaging story about two different worlds coexisting without knowledge of each other. The story is presented alternately through the eyes of Thea and Peter. Thea, a fourteen year old, lives in Gracehope, a world totally under ice. Her people retreated to this world when they fled from persecution. Peter, a seventh grade New Yorker, travels with his scientist parents on an expedition to Greenland to study the melting ice caps. Here the two children accidentally meet. There are secrets kept by adults about the connection between the two worlds. Peter and Thea bravely try to uncover these. Thea’s world is described in vivid detail. Both Peter and Thea are fully developed characters that draw the reader into this exciting tale. The relationship between Thea, Peter and their dogs is also very interesting. This is a book that is hard to put down. A good read for those who liked the Gregor series and the City of Ember. Reviewed by Andy 8/8/08

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Book Jacket for Dealing with DragonsDealing with Dragons

    • by Patrica C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene didn’t set out to apprentice herself to a dragon. But it was the only way she could get out of endless lessons in etiquette and embroidery. She’d much rather learn about magic, fencing, and library science. This appealingly headstrong heroine begins her four-volume journey here, doing her best to figure out why the local wizards keep turning up where they’re least expected, and why they’re so interested in who becomes the next dragon king. Reviewed by SMV on 7/31/08




The Pigs' Picnic

    • by Keiko Kasza

Mr. Pig wants to ask Miss Pig to go on a picnic with him. On his way to her house he meets three of his friends who offer him advice. The fox wants to loan Mr. Pig his tail, the lion his mane, and the zebra offers his stripes. The results are hilarious, but Miss Pig doesn't recognize her old friend when he arrives in her yard. It doesn't take long for Mr. Pig to realize it's better to "just be yourself." With its delightful illustrations and short text, The Pigs' Picnic is a great choice for story time!Book Jacket for The Pigs Picnic Ages 3-6. Reviewed by RC on 7/25/08


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Book Jacket for Loki & Alex

Loki & Alex

    • by Smith Charles R., Jr.

Do you love playing with your dog or wish you had a dog to play with? Have you ever wonder what dogs think? Well, this book is for you! It had my kids (ages 3, 4 & 10) laughing hysterically! Alex (a boy) and Loki (his dog) are the best of friends and have a great time together! Alex may think he knows Loki, but they really have different views. This is a great book to share with the whole family! Reviewed by Andrea on 7/23/08


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Book Jacket for Peppermints in the Parlor

Peppermints in the Parlor

    • by Barbara Brooks Wallace

“Peppermints in the Parlor” tells of eleven year-old Emily Luccock, recently orphaned, who is moving to San Francisco to live with her beloved Aunt and Uncle in their beautiful home. Emily remembers the wonderful times at this beautiful home but when she arrives all has changed. She enters a dark, dismal house that is too quiet and too full of sadness. The old people who now live there are lifeless and very frightened. Emily knows something is amiss when her Aunt Twice is frightened and is no longer the happy person Emily remembers.

“Peppermints in the Parlor” is a story with a mystery and a girl who wants to help the old people residing in the gloomy house. But, how? Emily and her friend Kipper are courageous, resilient and really very frightened but determined to discover why there are such dramatic changes in this once happy house.

Wallace has written a book with descriptive language that provides a suspenseful and intriguing book for the elementary school reader. Other reviews describe the book as a first “gothic” novel for children. Reviewed by "Mrs. B" on 7/22/08


Book Jacket for Everything On a WaffleEverything On a Waffle

    • by Polly Horvath


In the small town of Coal Harbour, in a quaint restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle--lasagna, fish, you name it. Even waffles! Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp loves this homey place, especially its owner, Kate Bowzer, who takes her under her wing. She entertains herself in a variety of ways--mostly by wryly observing those around her with wisdom, compassion, and slightly cynical humor that belie her years. As her parents are assumed to have drowned at sea, she sits on the dock and waits for her parents to get back, goes to the store and tells the grocer the cottage cheese has expired (not appreciated), and writes recipes that her mother taught her in a memo pad. Everything On A Waffle is about the quirks and adventures of individual townspeople as seen through Primrose's wise eyes and a laugh-out-loud pleasure from beginning to end. Reviewed by Ronda 7-18-08


Book Jacket for IgnisIgnis

    • by Gina Wilson, illustrated by PJ Lynch


This beautiful, heart-warming story about a young dragon seeking his inner fire (I told you it was "heart-warming!") features the art of my favorite modern illustrator. This book is a delight to read and show to a younger child, and a pleasure to curl up with for children of any age -- I, for instance, discovered it in my thirties. Reviewed by Oren 7/18/08




Book Jacket for The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad SharkThe Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

    • by Julia Gorton

It's probably obvious by the title that this is based on "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf" but what made this book stand out is the vivid color illustrations and the fact that the shark loses his teeth and becomes a vegetarian. The three fish are named Jim, Tim and Kim and are all fast swimmers. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. Reviewed by Stina 7/11/08




Book Jacket for OliviaOlivia

    • by Ian Falconer

Olivia is a book for anyone who loves animals, like me. Even without any words, the illustrations themselves just made me smile - Olivia's facial expressions, her pointy feet and hands, her long stick-up ears, the way her body moves - these all made me chuckle. I really enjoyed the two pages of Olivia trying on all her different, red outfits in the morning. She's such a girl! I was disapponted, however, that when I came to the part about what she does when she gets up in the morning, the illustrator didn't show a picture of her combing her ears. This definitely conjures up a hilarious image for me, and I think it would've been a perfect addition to the book. I rather enjoyed, though, the pages about Olivia looking at famous works of art, including her most favorite piece. Having had the rare opportunity to stare at my most favorite work of art at the MOMA last year, I could really relate to Olivia just standing and staring at her favorite. When the author wondered what she was thinking, I thought back to what I was thinking when I stood in front of my favorite. I bet Olivia was thinking how beautiful the painting was and how lucky she felt to be viewing it in person, as I did. Although Olivia's only a pig puppy and her story is written for children, this book seems to be one that could charm adults and children alike. Reviewed by Laura 7/09/08


Book Jacket for Mercy Watson Goes For A RideMercy Watson Goes For a Ride

    • by Kate DiCamillo

The Watson Family pig, Mercy, gets behind the wheel of Mr. Watson's cadillac and goes on an exciting ride that rivals any Mr. Toad ever had. The Watson's neigbors get involved in the escapade as well as a grumpy policeman. All is resolved or perfectly buttered toast after an incident which clearly illustrates the importance of wearing seatbelts, even if you're a pig. The book is charmingly illustrated to highlight the retro-sweet setting of the tale, and the expressions on the character's faces are hilarious. You can almost feel the wind in your ears, an the sun on your snout. I would recommend this for Chapter Book beginning readers. Reviewed by Gia 7/08/08



Book Jacket for Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan CrowBunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

    • by James Howe

Who doesn't love the Bunnicula series, featuring the wacky pets of the Monroe household - Harold, the chocolate-loving, mellow sheepdog, Chester, the Monroe's sassy, suspicious cat, Howie, the excitable "wired" daschund puppy, and Bunnicula, of course, their "vampire" rabbit? In "Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow," the whole household is jittery, as M.T. Graves, children's author of the famous "FleshCrawlers" series, is coming for a visit. Arriving in a black cape with his own suspiciously silent pet, Edgar Allan Crow, on his shoulder, and a "murder" (flock) of crows in the backyard, Graves asks to have Bunnicula stay in his guest room, accompanied with some plain salad makings. Curious, yes, but Chester is quite sure that the author plans to use the bunny for one of his own wicked pet plots, and Harold is quite sure that Chester's imagination has gone into overdrive once again. Howie, on the other hand, is jumping with delight, as he is a big fan of the famous "FleshCrawlers" series, and a fledgling author, sure to get writing tips from the famous author. But, then, Bunnicula suddenly does disappear...are Chester's suspicions right? Is Bunnicula to be seen "NEVERMORE?" Sadly, the series itself may be "NEVERMORE," as this may be the last installment. If you aren't yet a fan, start with the first, "Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery," and continue to enjoy the adventures and laughs with all of the sequels. Also, not to be outdone by his older canine buddy, Howie has also penned a series called, "Tales from the House of Bunnicula." Read them all - you won't soon forget these very entertaining pals. Reviewed by Judy 7/07/08


Book Jacket for You Can Learn Sign Language!You Can Learn Sign Language!

    • by Jackie Kramer & Tali Ovadi

More than 300 words in pictures, including subjects such as animals, school and sports, fill this engaging and educational book for children. Reviewed by Beth






Book Jacket for Wild MagicWild Magic

    • by Tamora Pierce


Shy, country-bred teenage Daine, who has been orphaned by raiders, signs on as assistant to Horsemistress Onua, who is driving a herd of newly acquired mountain ponies to Tortall to be trained as mounts for the Queen's Riders. Daine has an unusual talent, she can 'talk' to animals. She denies that this talent is magic, or 'the gift'. On the way to Tortall, Daine and Onua have many exciting adventures. One of which, leads her to meet Numair, the mage. This is only the beginning of an exciting tale in which Daine gradually accepts the fact that she has wild magic and, with Numair's help, begins to learn how to control it as she is called upon to join the deadly battle to protect the kingdom. I really enjoyed this book and the whole series. Very empowering for little girls, the Queen's Riders are all female, in fact the Queen herself is a Knight. I couldn't wait to get through the whole series! Reviewed by Maile 7/05/08

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Book Jacket for Joey Pigza Swallowed the KeyJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza tries hard not to disappoint his mother, his teacher, his principal....but he's wired and just can't help it! This story, narrated by Joey himself, is both funny and heart-wrenching as the school system tries to get this lovable kid with ADHD on an even keel. Joey wreaks havoc in his classroom but will win your heart as you follow him through the ups and downs of ADHD. Reviewed by Elayne 7/02/08





Book Jacket for When The Sky Is Like LaceWhen The Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Horwitz

My love affair with the illustrations of Barbara Cooney began 33 years ago with this special story. Long out of print, I was delighted to find this picture book had been re-released in 2004. It is hard to separate Ms. Horwitz's magical words from Ms. Cooney's enchanting illustrations. This is a wonderful book to read aloud. Even if you didn't know what a bimulous night was before you read this book, you will never fail to recognize one again. So listen for the otters singing, start the spaghetti with pineapple sauce and please don't wear anything orange, not even underneath...

Reviewed by Marci 7/02/08




Book Jacket for Llama Llama Mad at MamaLlama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

I can relate to this story as it almost happens everyday. I enjoy the rhyming of the book, all the way through the story. Trying to get the shopping done while the little one is throwing a tantrum. As she tries to find a solution to get out so everyone is happy including the little one. Reviewed by Kathleen 7/2/08





Book Jacket for Julia's KitchenJulia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber

Eleven year old, Cara Segal, loses her mother and sister in a house fire and makes the decision without her father's knowledge to carry on her mom's catering business. Cara's dad has created a wall between himself and his surviving daughter leaving many questions Cara has about the tragedy left unspoken.Readers will sympathize with Cara as she attempts to heal her heart without the help of her father but will share her joy as they eventually work through what appears to be an unresolvable situation. Reviewed by Donna 07/02/2008




Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd

Ages 9 - 12. I read this book as a young girl and while I couldn't remember much about it as the years went by, I always had this lingering feeling that I needed to rediscover it. It's the story of a girl who travels back in time through the elevator of her apartment building. That's all I could remember - and I wasn't sure it was an elevator (I spent awhile trying to find the book of a girl who travels back in time through a dumbwaiter). Alas, I finally found it and delighted in re-reading it. Not only is the story as wonderful as I remember, the writing is spectacular. "Time at the Top" is the story of Susan Shaw, a young girl in 1960 who lives with her widowed father and is a bit lonely. She's a lively character, an aspiring actress, and definitely one for adventure. She meets a strange woman on the street one day who bestows her with 3 trips into the past. Later that day, when using the buidling's elevator, Susan finds that the "top" is no longer the 8th floor, but the house that stood on the property in 1881! She finds finds friendship and family, buried treasure, adventures of all sorts - and a whole new life. Travelling between 1881 and 1960, Susan tries to convince her father that she's not a missing person, as the police believe, she longs to bring the two lives together - she can't leave her father, but she loves the life in 1881. What to do? Read and find out! I was pleased when I read this as an adult to see that my young self had just as discerning taste as my current self does! This book not only provided a great story - living in a different era was a longing of mine as a young girl (isn't it for all kids at one point or another!). And the writing - oh the writing! The vocabulary, the phrasing, the expressions - all of the highest caliber and just delightful. I encourage you to pick it up - for yourself or your kids. Reviewed by Caroline 07/02/2008




Book Jacket for The invention of Hugo CabretThe invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Grade 4 and above. At first glance, this story looks like a huge Harry Potter book but when you open the cover and find of it's 533 pages, about 300 are graphite drawings that sometimes span both pages, you will quickly find it lends to a nicely paced book. This particularly delights 4th and 5th graders to be reading such a large volume but as an adult I find it most intriguing the way Selznick incorporates his fascination with the story of a silent film maker, George Méliès, father of sci-fi movies. After viewing several of his magical films and finding that Méliès had automata (mechanical wind up figures), Selznick was inspired to write the story of Hugo. Secrets abound as you turn the pages of this creative combination of not quite a picturebook, not quite a graphic novel, not quite a chapter book. Using the illustrations to draw you in (almost like a silent movie) and telling the story without a lot of text, you find yourself flipping merrily and wondering how this young 12 year old will survive on his own in the walls of the train station in Paris, tending the clocks and remaining anonymous. A cryptic drawing, a mechanical man, and

a stolen key are just some of the mysterious items you encounter along the way. You can view Selznick's webpage to learn more about how he wrote the book which itself is a graphic treat. This is not a typical novel, it's a wonderful fun read for the sheer delight of the difference. Reviewed by Robbin 07/01/2008




Book Jacket for Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil RecordIvy + Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows

Grade 1 and up. All of the second graders in Ms. Aruba-Tate's class are inspired by The Amazing Book of World Records. Bean and her best friend Ivy try to set a new record for the world's youngest paleontologists. They start digging in Bean's backyard and find some bones. This book, full humor and second grade insights, will keep readers coming back for more Ivy and Bean adventures. Reviewed by Bea 7/01/08.





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This is a companion to Bauer's THE BLUE GHOST. Both are entertaining for younger readers. Reviewed by Andy 10/25/08


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