Summertime Editorial: The Dirt Diary

| August 1, 2014

Hi everyone! I have a new post to share with you today. It is about a great book called The Dirt Diary. It was written by Anna Staniszewski. The same Anna who wrote the My Very UnFairy Tale Life series. By the way I have met her multiple times and she is very nice. So […]

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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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2nd Grade Editorial: The Cats in the Doll Shop

| June 17, 2013

The Cats in the Doll Shop is the sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs. I made a post about that, too, so if you haven’t read the post, you should probably read that now before you move on. So anyways, Anna is the main character in this second book, too. In this book, Anna and […]

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2nd Grade Editorial: The Doll Shop Downstairs

| June 10, 2013

The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough is about a girl named Anna. Her family owns a doll repair shop. This book starts before World War I. They get all their materials from Germany, so when World War I starts, they can no longer get the materials they need to repair dolls. They are […]

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Picture Book of the Week: When a Dragon Moves In

| May 3, 2013

Not to be confused with A Dragon Moves In by Lisa Falkenstern (which happens to have been released precisely six months to the day after When a Dragon Moves In was released back in 2011), When a Dragon Moves In is a colorful fantasy about a little boy having a fun day at the beach … […]

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Theme of the Month: Mothers

| May 2, 2013

Celebrate Mother’s Day (May 12th, 2013) with these special “Mom-centered” books! Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? written and illustrated by Eric Carle Eric Carle responds to this question with, “Yes! A kangaroo has a mother. Just Like Me and You.” The question and answer book continues in the same way, as we discover that […]

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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: 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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Picture Book Review: I Loathe You

| February 13, 2013

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, comes I Loathe You, written and illustrated by David Slonim. The concept is clever, it’s written in rhyme, the illustrations are of friendly (looking) monsters, and it’s super humorous, especially to adults. Even if some of the jokes go over the kiddie’s heads, they were still super entertained and […]

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Series Review: Who Shrunk Daniel Funk?

| February 1, 2013

First off, the legalese: yes, the main character of this series and I share a common cognomen. I still believe the following review to be fairly objective and objectively fair. Having cleared that up, let me say, that Lin Oliver’s 11-year-old Daniel Funk is a pretty accurate depiction of a California boy living in a house with 6 […]

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