Picture Book of the Week: Flora and the Flamingo

| December 27, 2013

From OtLS favorite, Molly Idle, this wordless picture book is flat-out awesome! I just bought my first copy of Flora and the Flamingo to give away as a gift. This book falls into so many categories, but let me first tell you what it’s about. Flora (who appears to be an aspiring toddler ballerina-swimmer), begins […]

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Picture Book of the Week: When Sheep Cannot Sleep – The Counting Book

| November 29, 2013

I hadn’t heard of author/illustrator Satoshi Kitamura until Mama Funk began taking a course in children’s picture book illustrating (the course was analyzing picture books, not learning how to draw them). When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book (originally published in 1988) was on the course’s syllabus, and rightfully so. This book sparked an animated discussion regarding the […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Jangles – A Big Fish Story

| November 22, 2013

Written (and, of course, illustrated) by OtLS favorite, David Shannon, Jangles: A Big Fish Story tells the story of the legendary fish that no one’s been able to catch. First, the narrator explains the historic lore of Jangles, then how Jangles got his name (his mouth is pierced with innumerable hooks and he makes a jangling sound when he is […]

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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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Story Time: Halloween

| October 23, 2013

Here’s how we celebrated Halloween during Story Time at our library.

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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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