Picture Book of the Week: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

| November 15, 2013

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell will give anyone the confidence to be proud of who they are. Molly Lou Melon, is short, bucktoothed, and sounds funny, but her grandmother always told her to believe in herself and be proud of herself, so that’s what she does. When she moves to a new […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room

| November 8, 2013

The cookies are gonna burn in the oven if Ruth doesn’t find her mom’s pot-holder in the next ten minutes! Ruth’s room is messy (really messy (really really messy (really really really messy))) and she’s easily distracted, but she’s got a great attitude as she searches through her room for 10 minutes! With a timer counting down in the corner of […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster

| November 1, 2013

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving. Or Hanukkah. Or as the case is this year, Thanksgivukkah (Hanukkah will not overlap with Thanksgiving for another 70,000 years, no joke). And what better way to celebrate Thanksgivukkah than with a Hanukkah book about giving gifts? Enter the world Esther’s Hanukkah […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Monster Needs a Costume

| October 25, 2013

Remember Fancy Nancy? Remember how it started with some hardcover picture books, then branched out to easy readers, sticker books, coloring books, and a series of chapter book mysteries? Do you remembering walking through Target and staring in amazement at an entire row filled with Fancy Nancy toys, dolls, games, and all sorts of other paraphernalia? Of course you do […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Chicken Cheeks

| October 19, 2013

Of all the picture books my family has given out as gifts, not one has received more feedback, all positive, than Chicken Cheeks, by Michael Ian Black. Black, a veteran of all forms of comedy (stand-up, writing, acting) has put together an exceedingly clever and consistently comical list of names for animal bottoms (see the title). […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Cat Nights

| October 11, 2013

Although Cat Nights isn’t explicitly about Halloween, it’s about a 263-year-young witch (named Felicity). Felicity has been counting the days until this milestone birthday because as everyone knows, when a witch turns 263, she is finally allowed to turn herself into a cat. However … a witch may only turn into a cat 8 times in her life … […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Bugs in My Hair!

| October 4, 2013

As the back cover warns – This book will make you ITCHY! But it will also make you laugh. As a long time fan of David Shannon (both his story telling and his artwork), I didn’t have to search with tweezers to find Bugs in My Hair! (his new book about hair lice). If you’ve had lice, or had […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Curious Garden

| September 27, 2013

The Curious Garden,by Peter Brown is a fantastically drawn book about a boy who, through an interest in a small patch of greenery, causes his entire city to turn green. The message is clear, but not too preachy: Care for the environment and good things will happen. The Curious Garden is rated Buy Two! (One […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Vunce Upon a Time

| September 20, 2013

How do you write a children’s picture book starring a vampire? Make him vegetarian, of course! Then you get rid of all the gruesome blood-sucking related stigmas and are left with a coffin-sleeping, night-time waking, bat-transforming, garlic-fearing creature who only likes to eat vegetables. And candy… Vunce Upon a Time is rated Buy It!

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Picture Book of the Week: If I Built a House

| September 13, 2013

I’m quickly becoming a pretty big fan of Chris Van Dusen, and admittedly, I probably haven’t even read half of the books he’s written and/or illustrated. Circus Ship is a classic in some people’s minds, but I have to admit that I think I like the pair of If I Built a … books even […]

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