Posted by: spinatale | November 13, 2012

I Need My Own Country by Rick Walton

Who wouldn’t enjoy their own country?  Rick Walton’s book, I Need My Own Country, will make you smile throughout the book.  A small child decides it is time to create a world of her own.  The first thing she must create is a place for her country; her room.  She creates a flag and citizens such as her fish, dog and cat.  Rules are extremely important because you wouldn’t want your little brother in your country.  A national anthem, national money and a national bird is necessary along with a National Potato Forest, a jar of National History and a National Gallery of Art.  She must be ready to greet foreign leaders such as her parents but this entitles her to visit their land and enjoy their food.  However, you must always be on the lookout for small invasions like a younger sibling.  If they should arrive with a peace offering such as cake they are always welcomed. Your country will experience natural disasters and civil arrest; pets will fight.  You will find that things do get back to normal and you may even change some rules after all it is your country.

 A fun book and the illustrations by Wes Hargis are so well depicted that you can hardly wait to turn the page. I think the book flap says it best ” the perfect book for all young future presidents who are ready to rule a roost of their own.”

Posted by: planomommy | April 26, 2012

Oh, Daddy!

Oh, Daddy!
By Bob Shea

Oh, Daddy! is a fun and silly picture book in which a daddy trys doing things the silly way – inorder to prompt his dawdling toddler to show him the proper way to do things. It’s a very quick read that will have your toddler in stitches.

Amy P.
Davis Library

Posted by: planomommy | April 19, 2012


By Oliver Dunrea

It is rare to find a writer who can create a compelling story, memorable characters and great humor using minimal words. Oliver Dunrea does this again and again with the Gossie series.

Gossie is a gosling who loves to wear her red boots “every day,” begins the story. By the end of this short tale, Gossie has made a friend and learned how to share. But the story and illustrations are so cute and so hilarious, you won’t mind reading this one over and over – as your toddler is sure to ask you to do.

The series continues with several other goslings: BooBoo, Gideon, Ollie, and Peedie among them.

Amy P.

Davis Library

Posted by: reneekir | April 13, 2012

Pearl Verses the World

Pearl verses the World

 Sally Murphy

I was originally drawn to this book because it is written in free verse, which I love.  This is the story of a young girl named Pearl who is coming to terms with the fact that her grandmother is dying.  Pearl Barrett lives with her mother and grandmother and she feels safe and loved with them.  However, at school, she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the other children.  She is also having trouble in school when her teacher asks her to write poetry.  Pearl is a budding poet, but she loves to write poems that don’t rhyme and her teacher keeps asking for rhyming poems.  Through the loss of her grandmother Pearl learns that she’s not as alone as she feels.  Heather Potter’s pencil drawings enhance the story by bringing out the mood of the characters with expressive faces.  This book would be excellent for a child dealing with the loss of an elderly grandparent.


Posted by: librarianra | April 2, 2012

New Site for Kid’s Brain

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Posted by: Library Mouse | March 29, 2012

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = CHAOS

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel  ÷ 1 Dog = CHAOS

By Vivian Vande Velde

Illustrated by Steve Björkman

When Twitch, the schoolyard squirrel is chased into an elementary school after hours by an angry dog named Cuddles, all sorts of craziness takes place. As Twitch runs from room to room, he encounters various classroom pets who either attempt to help him escape from the dog or are just intrigued by this fascinating interruption of their usual dull routine.  Each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different pet as the hilarious parade of animals makes its way through the school.  Humorous illustrations are scattered throughout the text. The short funny chapters with each animal having its own distinctive voice make this beginning chapter book ideal for a read-aloud as well as an entertaining experience for an early chapter book reader.  Recommended for grades 2-4 but it would be a fun read for anyone who enjoys animal humor.

Reviewed by:  Connie (Parr Library)

Posted by: reneekir | March 23, 2012

Even an Octopus Needs a Home

Even an Octopus Needs a Home

Irene Kelly

Kelly, the author of Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest, expands on that idea in this new book.  She introduces animal homes by categorizing the homes as tree houses, towers, lodges, caves, burrows, floating homes, and bubbles.  Many of the animal homes depicted in the book are fascinating, such as the monk parakeet’s huge apartment style tree houses.  My favorite living arrangement is that of the pistol shrimp and goby fish who live together in a burrow in a lagoon.  They live together since the pistol shrimp has poor eyesight and needs the goby fish to warn it of impending danger.  The author has included just the right amount of information for children in grades 1-3 to absorb without overwhelming them.  The illustrations done in watercolor, gouache, pen and ink are bright and cheerful.  A fun, informative read for children who enjoy learning about animals.

Posted by: lillianneb | March 19, 2012

Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad

Book 5

Ivy and Bean: Bound to Be Bad by Annie Barrows

Ivy is the sweet charming friend, while Bean is the brasher tomboy who gets in trouble often for her mischievous behavior at home. All in good nature these two girls are just trying their best to find a way to “act good” so much so that even animals flock to them. Throughout the story most things don’t go as planned. You must read and see the outcome of this unpredictable story.

 Although this book is set up like a chapter book, the chapters are super short. With only 120 pages, I found that I had completed reading it in only a half hour. Although the characters could stand to be developed more, this is still a very cute book. I love the humor and the idea of insight into the world of these girls. I would definitely recommend this book to a younger audience and for those who would like the idea of starting a chapter book that is a very easy read. I can’t wait to see what Ivy and Bean do next in the other seven books of this series! 


Barrows, A. (2008). Ivy & bean bound to be bad. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Posted by: booksheep | March 6, 2012

The Camping Trip that Changed America

The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks
by Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Caldecott winner Mordicai Gerstein (The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, 2003)

As a city girl, born and raised, I love and appreciate the National Parks system that preserves places like Yosemite, the Waterton and Peace Glaciers in Montana, and Carlsbad Caverns.  I was tickled to find this new book about the creation of the National Parks system, an idea born out of a trip taken by a president and a naturalist.

In 1903 naturalist John Muir wrote to President Theodore Roosevelt about the disappearing forests of California’s wilderness, asking for help from the government to preserve the Yosemite redwoods.  Roosevelt asked Muir to take him on a camping trip so that he could see the endangered forests himself.  The president was a great lover of the outdoors anyway, so all it took was the sight of the beautiful forests and mountains to convince him that Yosemite should be saved from loggers and developers.  And he didn’t stop there.  The conversation between Muir and Roosevelt helped to convince Roosevelt to protect places like the Grand Canyon, the Devil’s Tower and the Mount Olympus.   What a camping trip!  Read this book for a great fictionalized account of the conversations that Muir and Roosevelt may have had, and to learn about a neat piece of history!

Posted by: nezbots | March 3, 2012

Kid Picks

 Title: Attaboy, Sam!

 Author: Lois Lowry

 What I thought about it: I liked that Sam works hard and does very good.

 Reviewed by: Sammy


 Title: Knock, Knock! Who’s There?

 Author: Tad Hills

 What I thought about it: It is funny and it makes me laugh

Reviwed by: Nidhi


 Title: The Revenge of the Baby-Sat

 Author: Bill Watterson

 What I thought about it: I liked it because it had a lot of jokes

 Reviewed by: Sumukh


 Title: I’ve Won, No I’ve Won, No I’ve Won

 Author: Lauren Child

 What I thought about it: It is on playhouse Disny.

 Reviewed by: Olivia


 Title: High Wire

 Author: Charles Ogden

 What I thought about it: It is very interesting and I love the series

 Reviewed by: Lucy


 Title: Huggly Gets Dressed

 Author: Ted Arnold

 What I thought about it: I liked when Huggly puts the childs underwear on his face

 Reviewed by: Anika

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