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review 2015-09-02 23:54
Are You My Mother? for a new generation
Max the Brave - Ed Vere

Vere captures the playful innocence of both cats and children in this tale of Max the brave kitten. Preschoolers will love correcting Max as he meets various animals on his hunt for the elusive mouse. Rich with color and feeling and just enough story make this a perfect read aloud. Max will be finding his way into multiple storytimes very soon.


And pick up a copy of Are You My Mother? while you're at it!  Always a classic, it has found its natural companion here.  


Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!


(Just ran across this charming book trailer by Animade.  Check it out!) Animade Max the Brave Trailer

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review 2015-08-31 17:23
A great little book
The Good Little Book - Kyo Maclear,Marion Arbona

A story about a boy and a book he didn't think would matter to him.


Ever seen that moment in life when a "reluctant reader" finds that book. The one that just clicks.  That finally makes them forget how hard reading is-because it is (See: Proust & the Squid); that becomes their almost constant companion; that opens the world of possibility and exploration that other Readers have been trying to tell them about.  This is a book about that book.  But what happens when that book is lost...? 


Lyrically written and intricately illustrated, this book has a long and glorious future in many a library collection and bedside table.  The joy of reading has never felt so uplifting.  Also a subtle lesson in book care.  Book jackets unite!   

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-16 18:03
It's no use crying over broken crayons
Snap! - Hazel Hutchins,Dusan Petricic

Tenacious Evan turns a broken crayon into a colorful world of whimsy.  The illustrations full of color, texture, and childhood freedom truly make the book.  A great discussion starter for the concept primary colors and color mixing. 


All readers will appreciate Evan's optimism in finding the bright side of a  broken crayon.  However, this book only receives three stars as the plot loses focus at the end.  While it is clear that Evan could use his three primary color crayons to create the world of his imagination, this point became quite muddled through a handful of rambling pages.    

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review 2015-07-07 20:47
A lesson in acceptable selfishess: Keep your cold to yourself!
Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo - E.S. Redmond

A tale of much sorrow accompanied with sniffles and sneezes.


Felicity Floo visits the zoo and gets a little too handsy with the animals after going achoo WITHOUT A TISSUE!!!  The ensuing chaos is reminiscent of an elementary school during cold & flu season. 


Redmond's lyrical rhyming text  ink & watercolour illustrations perfectly capture the misery of the common cold.


So...visit your local library, use a tissue, and wash your hands! 



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