If you happen to have a dinosaur but don’t know quite what to do with it…there are a lot of options. From being a handy can opener to being a kite, AnIf you happen to have a dinosaur but don’t know quite what to do with it…there are a lot of options. From being a handy can opener to being a kite, And some of the suggestions are quite fun to imagine (like a large dinosaur looking at a robber’s face when being a “burglar alarm” to the dinosaur stomping on coffee, nuts, and potatoes to grind, crack, or mash them all). In fact, the illustrations are so fun that readers will need to look through the book multiple times just to see all the fun details. And then there is the fun bit at the end when readers are invited to think about what they would do if they didn’t have a dinosaur around (or if they happened to have a different pet like an octopus or a porcupine or Sasquatch or whatnot). This would be a fun story to read at a dinosaur story time (especially if paired with When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach)....more
Matilda is sure her cat likes many things. Like playing with wool; however, clever readers will be able to guess that Matilda’s interpretations of whaMatilda is sure her cat likes many things. Like playing with wool; however, clever readers will be able to guess that Matilda’s interpretations of what her cat likes isn’t quite accurate. Upon turning the page Matilda discovers what the readers already guessed…that perhaps Matilda’s cat doesn’t like “playing with wool.” Instead Matilda tells us another thing that her cat likes. And so on until we discover the one thing that Matilda’s cat really does enjoy.
This is quite a fun little book that will help readers learn about deciphering clues as to what is happening not only by reading the words on a page but also by looking at the clues in the illustrations and expressions of the characters. Readers who have a special love for young furry things will have an extra special place in their hearts and homes for this story. A great edition to any pet-lover’s library....more
Lily wanted a dog, but her parents said they were too “messy” so she got a kitty. Lily has fun getting to know her kitty…at first. But then the kittyLily wanted a dog, but her parents said they were too “messy” so she got a kitty. Lily has fun getting to know her kitty…at first. But then the kitty started being naughty. The kitty got into food, destroyed the living room, and leaving surprises around the house. However, readers know that there is something afoot. For the kitty isn’t the only kitty around and readers know just what is really happening at Lily’s house.
This is a delightful book. I wondered how Adam Stower could create a feline book as good as Silly Doggy! but I think he has sure come close. The subtle way that readers can spot the tiger (or parts of the tiger) in various spreads is great. And how that giant tiger is always just out of site of Lily (but not the kitty, take a look at the kitty’s face as the yappy dog is running away) is quite funny. This will be a perfect edition to one of my story times on cats or tigers. (Although the fun bits like what is in the newspaper on the table will be just for a small chuckle for the adults who read the book to the youngsters.)...more
Henry writes a letter to his Grampa telling him all about his new dog named Charley. Henry also asks when Grampa will next come to visit. Grampa writeHenry writes a letter to his Grampa telling him all about his new dog named Charley. Henry also asks when Grampa will next come to visit. Grampa writes Henry back informing him when he will arrive at the train station and that he isn’t sure if he likes dogs. Finally the day of Grampa’s visit arrives. Henry and Charley head to the train station to wait for Grampa. Charley does playful doggy things while waiting. Eventually Grampa’s train comes. Grampa still isn’t sure about the dog. On the way back to Henry’s house Grampa’s hat blows away with the wind and snow. Charley rescues it. Soon Grampa realizes that he and Charley will be good friends after all. This is a sweet story that shows the concern one grandchild has for his grandpa and his dog to get along. There are fun pictures on most of the pages of text showing the playful nature of Charley. There are also large illustrations that showcase Henry, Charley and Grampa’s personalities and their small little story. This is a cozy story for those who love their pets or who enjoy the small conflicts of losing a hat in the wind. Plus, with all the snow that is blowing around, the story reminds us how family and pets can keep our hearts warm....more
This book is about a group of kids that find an elephant. And they want to keep him. So they hide him and hope that the grownups in their lives won’tThis book is about a group of kids that find an elephant. And they want to keep him. So they hide him and hope that the grownups in their lives won’t find him or mind. Of course the kids have a great deal of fun…but the adults aren’t so sure about keeping an elephant for a pet. So they send the elephant away on a bus. The kids are sad. But don’t worry. The grownups changed their mind and the kids can keep the elephant. Only, the bus has left. Good thing Phil knew how to climb trees (and therefore didn’t really go on the bus)....more
This is a book that will help you pick the perfect pet train. And yes, you read that correctly. This book goes over all the various aspects of what itThis is a book that will help you pick the perfect pet train. And yes, you read that correctly. This book goes over all the various aspects of what it might take to capture a train and get it to become a good pet. From how to trap a train to how to make it follow you home. Then it goes into the responsibilities that come with having a pet train and what to do to keep the pet train happy.
This is a humorous story that kids will find amusing due to the fact that kids realize that trains really wouldn’t be pets. But they laugh at the fact that this has more of a “serious” tone to what to do to make a pet out of a locomotive when the idea is so ludicrous that it doesn’t fit with the tone. The illustrations are perfect for any little train engineer’s heart. And there are loads of trains that are featured (from steam engines to monorails, there are all sorts of trains in here). My little two-year-old nephew loved looking at all the trains. (He sure loves anything that has to do with trains.) In fact, he would just look and look and look at these illustrations. And he loved how at the end there was also a pet truck, pet plane, and pet submarine (which he thought was a train and then called a “submarine train”…mostly because he didn’t really know what a submarine is yet…). If there is a young train engineer in the family, this book will be looked at over and over again. And the older ones that read the book to them will enjoy the comedy of the subject. Well done....more
I think I just love all the “I Spy” books in this series. This particular one is all about pets. There is a large hole in the book (including the fronI think I just love all the “I Spy” books in this series. This particular one is all about pets. There is a large hole in the book (including the front and the back covers). A reader is given a clue such as, ” I spy with my little eye…something with silky feathers.” And there is always a second clue (which I don’t always get out before kiddos shout out the answer) such as “I like to peck seeds.” The reader can also see the animal’s eye and through a hole the texture of part of the animal. Then when the page is turned, the hole goes over the illustration of the eye and the texture becomes part of the bird, the cat, the fish, or whatever pet is showcased. I have read these books in story time and have read them one on one with small kiddos. They all love them. And their favorite part is at the end of the book when they get to look through the back cover of the book (through the hole) and see what they can “spy”. Great fun in book form!...more
Buzz and Fly Guy are playing one night. They are walking around acting like Frankenstein monsters. Buzz draws a picture of him as Frankenstein and FlyBuzz and Fly Guy are playing one night. They are walking around acting like Frankenstein monsters. Buzz draws a picture of him as Frankenstein and Fly Guy as a bat friend. Then Buzz goes to bed. But he is woken up by Fly Guy making a Frankenfly monster. The monster goes after Buzz, but Fly Guy turns off the power just in time. Then Buzz falls out of bed and finds out that it is just a dream. Instead Fly Guy was really drawing a picture for Buzz of the two of them being monsters.
My nephew especially loves the Fly Guy books. And I think he was even more pleased than I was that this Frankenfly book came out just before Halloween. Once again the chapters are short. The text is large with a good amount of white space surrounding it. Basically, this is another good easy reader for kids who love Fly Guy. Which is great, seeing how my next Reading Adventures program is going to be all about Fly Guy....more
Boris wants a lizard…but not just any lizard, he wants to get a Komodo dragon. Even though it is a bit deadly, he thinks it will be the perfect pet. SBoris wants a lizard…but not just any lizard, he wants to get a Komodo dragon. Even though it is a bit deadly, he thinks it will be the perfect pet. So in a series of chapters we learn more about Boris, about the Komodo dragon he wants, and how he tells his school class that they can come and visit his new pet (before he even gets the pet of course). And then we learn what he does about it when he doesn’t in fact get the dangerous pet to show off.
I like Boris. A lot. I haven’t read all of his adventures (from the book jacket I can see that there are at least three other Boris books just waiting for me to read them). But I know that he is great. In fact, I like him just as much as Henry and Mudge or Poppleton or some of those other great early reader chapter books. I think that I need to get loads more Boris books for my library, just so I can recommend him to everyone I talk to who wants a good easy reader book. I like the fact that Boris thinks the way he does (I totally laughed out loud when I saw how he “convinced” everyone he had a Komodo dragon even though he didn’t). He just seems like the type of kid (or a pig-like animal) that kids everywhere should be reading about. At least, all the kids that I recommend early readers to at my library will start to hear about him from here on out. :) ...more
So this isn't totally wordless...but with only one word (ball) written through out the book I thought I would add it here. It is about the obsession oSo this isn't totally wordless...but with only one word (ball) written through out the book I thought I would add it here. It is about the obsession of a dog who wants to play with a ball....more