Book Reviews! Early Readers!

I’ve been reading so many wonderful books for early readers! Makes me want to be back in a school library – totally would be asking for a budget increase and getting students and teachers to check out some of these books!  Here are reviews of a few of the ones I’ve read recently –

  • Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss. I love a good noodlehead tale (think Amelia Bedelia). They are just plain silly and fun. The illustrations are super cute and the story is bound to get a giggle or two.

Meet Tedd Arnold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yxSOyHfNtc 

  • Moby Shinobi: Ninja on the Farm by Luke Flowers. This was my first time reading a Moby Shinobi book, even though I have seen them on my Scholastic Book Fair carts and I THINK the series has been highlighted in the author video that comes with the fair in the past few years. Silly stories, fun illustrations, and the main character is a NINJA, so kids will like that.

Author’s website – Luke Flowers: http://www.lukeflowerscreative.com/moby-shinobi/

Bob Shea’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bobsheabooks/ 

  • Pip Sits by Mary Morgan. This is from a new to me series called I Like to Read. This series is great for those littles who are just learning to read. Lots of white space and few words on each page. Font is easy to read and the stories are short and easy to comprehend. In this one, little chicks think a little bear is their mama at first. Cute.

I Like to Read series webpage: http://www.holidayhouse.com/ILiketoRead/

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list. I AM an Amazon affiliate, but these are NOT affiliate links! FYI!

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Book Review – My Kite is Stuck! and That’s My Book!

My Kite is Stuck! and That’s My Book! by Salina Yoon

Both of these books are part of the Duck, Duck, Porcupine! series by Yoon. If you know a kid who loves Elephant & Piggie and books by Jan Thomas, you must introduce them to this series! Simple to read. Lots of speech bubbles and very bright, fun illustrations. Funny, too! A new fav!

Salina Yoon’s webpage: http://www.salinayoon.com/

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

 

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Book Review – Under-the-Bed Fred

Under-The-Bed Fred by Linda Bailey; illustrated by Colin Jack.

Leo has the same problem that kids from all over the world have – there is a monster living under his bed. He fears that something will grab his ankles every time he gets out of bed (especially at night when he has to go to the bathroom!). One night he decides that he has had enough and he asks the monster to just come out so that he can face his fears and be done with it. What follows is a story of friendship and fun. This is the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to the adventures that are to come!

Linda Bailey’s webpage: http://www.lindabaileybooks.com/ 

Colin Jack’s blog: http://jackomtablet.blogspot.com/ 

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

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October Highlights!

Here is a link to check out highlights of what I shared in October! 

Enjoy!

 

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Book Review – Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion; illustrated by Joyce Wan

Pig LOVES Halloween – she especially loves her costume. Her friend, Pug, however does NOT like Halloween…especially his costume. When it is time for trick-or-treating, Pig is sad because Pug does not want to go…but, Pug doesn’t want his friend to be sad, so he manages to create a costume that works for him and everyone is happy in the end. Love the illustrations and the simple text. Great read aloud!

Author’s webpage: http://suegallion.com/picture-books/pug-pig-trick-treat/ There is a party kit and a curriculum resource guide!

Illustrator’s webpage: https://wanart.com/

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

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Book Review – The Chicken Squad: Dark Shadows

The Chicken Squad – Dark Shadows: Yes, Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Love this series for beginning readers by Doreen Cronin. Perfect for 2nd – 4th graders. Follows a group of chickens as they solve mysteries. Dark Shadows is the fourth book in the series and readers will love trying to solve the mystery with this funny group of chickens. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the different personalities that shine through in the narration.

Visit the author’s webpage here: http://doreencronin.com/books/chicken-squad/ (and take a quiz to find out which chick you are – I am Sugar)

Check out the publisher’s webpage here: http://simonandschusterpublishing.com/chicken-squad/

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

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Book Review – Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz; illustrated by Brian Floca

I very much enjoyed this book and I think any reader who likes a good fairy tale will gobble it up! This book would work well as a read aloud in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom – students are sure to giggle at what the crocodile does to the King! Princess Cora is a strong main character and the illustrations by Brian Floca are lovely. Excellent addition to any school or classroom library!

Read more reviews at Brian Floca’s website here: http://brianfloca.com/princess-cora-and-the-crocodile.html

Check out information about the book from Ink Well Management here: http://inkwellmanagement.com/books/princess-cora-and-the-crocodile

Read notes from the author and illustrator here: http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763648221.ban.1.pdf

*NOTE: This title has been nominated for the Cybils Award, and I am a first round panelist for the award. There are many nominations and other judges. We are all busy reading and reviewing! My opinions are my own and should not be construed as a sign of inclusion or exclusion on the final short list.

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