Shelf Lookout: Monster Needs a Costume

| July 3, 2013

Rhyming picture book alert!!! This debut picture book from Paul Czajak is the first in the Monster & Me series. In Monster Needs a Costume, as Halloween approaches, Monster needs a costume (of course). But with so many choices, he simply can’t decide. Well, I have deicided that this is a book worth picking up. […]

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Shelf Lookout: Elecopter

| April 29, 2013

Today’s picture book is strictly for toddlers – toddlers of all ages, that is. I was first struck by the cleverly fun-ness of the title, but upon closer inspection, the artwork from author/illustrator Michael Slack is nostalgically reminiscent of the little golden books from my (and probably everyone’s) childhood. In Elecopter, a little lady elephant/helicopter […]

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Shelf Lookout: Octopus Alone

| April 22, 2013

In her second picture book, author/illustrator Divya Srinivasan takes us to the undersea reef of Octopus Alone. This illustrative tale of Octopus traveling from her busy reef to a cozy quiet cave, then back again is more about the pictoral descriptions of undersea life than anything. For some time now, Mama Funk has been sensing […]

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Shelf Lookout: Dozens of Cousins

| April 16, 2013

Be on the lookout this summer for a book with a rhyming title! Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum is illustrated by David Catrow (who, I must say is now an OtLS favorite). Catrow illustrated Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, as well as last week’s Picture Book of the Week – Our Tree Named Steve. I haven’t read or viewed […]

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Shelf Lookout: Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters (Graphic Novel)

| April 9, 2013

The five book series may be complete, but Percy Jackson and the Olympians have a lot of life left. While the first adaptation into graphic novel format (The Lightning Thief) was released almost three years ago (late 2010), it appears the rest of the series is getting the comic treatment. The Sea of Monsters is set to be released this […]

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Shelf Lookout: Sticky, Sticky, Stuck!

| April 2, 2013

Annie apparently get stuck to everything. She also craves attention from the rest of her family. Put those two together and you’ll end up with a picture book full of a whole bunch of messy people. As this book is yet to be released, I haven’t read it, but I look forward to being entertained by […]

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Shelf Lookout: Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card

| March 26, 2013

The next installment of the Amelia Bedelia’s Firsts (is that the official name of the series?) series is due out this spring. What mischief and misinterpretations can occur on Amelia’s class trip to the library? We’ll find out in Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card! Lynne Avril’s endearing illustrations have always made this updated version of […]

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Shelf Lookout: Twenty-Six Pirates (an Alphabet Book)

| March 14, 2013

Coming from Dave Horowitz, the author/illustrator of Twenty-Six Princesses (a previous alphabet book), Twenty-Six Pirates tells the story of twenty-six wannabe pirates on their way to Captain Frogbeard’s ship hoping to join the crew. The cut-out art along with vibrant colors is sure to engage your budding, alphabet-learning, speller. And in 14 years, there will […]

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Shelf Lookout: Fancy Nancy – Fanciest Doll in the Universe

| March 10, 2013

The pair of Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser have created a character that will last for generations. Leading the pack of kindergarten-age girl picture books (ahead of Pinkalicious, Young Amelia Bedelia, and upstarts Crafty Chloe among others) is Fancy Nancy. In Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe, Nancy runs head into the obstacle of […]

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Shelf Lookout: Crafty Chloe – Dress-Up Mess-Up

| March 6, 2013

The sequel to Crafty Chloe (the spunky do-it-yourselfer) by Kelly DiPucchio takes us to Halloween, where Chloe (the crafty one) must decide between scary and fairy. Leo wants Chloe to be Frankenstein with his Dracula, but Emma wants to Chloe to be a fairy with her? Whatever will Chloe do? I (and the literally tens of thousands of Chloes born in the […]

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