Picture Book of the Week: The Cloud Spinner

| April 5, 2013 Add Your Comment »

The Cloud SpinnerIn this medieval take on environmental consciousness, author Michael Catchpool reminds us that the world’s natural resources should be used sparingly and only when necessary. And Alison Jay’s illustrations remind us that picture books can be clever, awesome, and beautiful at the same time.

The Cloud Spinner
is rated
Renew It Again & Again!

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Shelf Lookout: The Unseen World of Poppy Malone #3: A Mischief of Mermaids

| April 4, 2013 Add Your Comment »

The Unseen World of Poppy Malone #3: A Mischief of MermaidsI have to admit I haven’t read either of the first two books in this series (The Unseen World of Poppy Malone). But they’ve gotten wonderful reviews, and this seems like a super-fun concept. Poppy Malone (she’s 9 years old) ventures out into the vampire, fairy, goblin, and ghost-filled universe with her parents (they are paranormal investigators). Poppy apparently brings a scientific approach to her parents work. She’s also got a twin brother, an older sister, and a baby in the family. In this edition (A Mischief of Mermaids), the family’s baby gets transformed into a mermaid, and Poppy’s got to figure out how to turn her back (into a baby).

The Unseen World of Poppy Malone #3:
A Mischief of Mermaids

arrives on shelves
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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Chapter Book Review: Gustav Gloom (#1) and the People Taker

| April 3, 2013 6 Comments »

Gustav Gloom and the People TakerI haven’t had as much fun reading a book to the whole family since Nanny Piggins. And that’s saying a lot. Gustav Gloom and the People Taker is a cross-generational spectacle of entertainment. In the world of Gustav Gloom, shadows rule, completely shrouding Gustav’s house, yard, and everything that appears behind his home’s fence. Fernie What (that’s right, her last name is ‘What’) moves into the house across the street from Gustav Gloom (along with her older sister Pearlie and her father, Mr. What – Mom).

Gustav Gloom and the People Taker
is rated
Buy Two!
(One for You, One for a Friend)

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Shelf Lookout: Sticky, Sticky, Stuck!

| April 2, 2013 Add Your Comment »

Sticky, Sticky, Stuck!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 this sticky mess of a book. Plus, it’s a debut children’s picture book from author Michael Gutch! Congrats, Mike! Steve Bjorkman’s colorful cartoon drawings look like they’ll be appealing to both kids and adults.

Sticky, Sticky, Stuck!
arrives on shelves
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

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Theme of the Month: Spring

| April 1, 2013 4 Comments »

and then it's springRain, sun, gardens, mud, birds, bunnies, and flowers: what do all these things have in common? Spring! Here are some great picture books that celebrate this lively season.

and then it’s spring written by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Erin E. Stead

In late winter, a boy and his dog plant a garden. They wait and wait for their garden to grow, while the earth remains brown. Finally, a hint of green pokes its way up from the ground. Spring has come! This is a great book for teaching the rewards of patience and growing a garden.

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