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Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs
4.08
I don't remember when I first saw these "seriously silly" books with audio CDs by Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford, but I have wanted to read or purcha...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
 
All the World
4.16
I remember once when I was little having a discussion with a friend about whether "all the world" was bigger than "the whole wide world." I don't reme...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
Spuds
3.40
This would be an excellent choice in a writing lesson as an example of first-person narrative. It is also a nice example of voice, although some of th...more
Sep 23, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
 
Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather
3.27
**spoiler alert** This started out as a solid three stars for me. The stories were nice enough, if a bit pointless. The author warns readers that his...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
The Frog Scientist
3.95
I really enjoyed The Tarantula Scientist and The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery with photos by Nic Bishop. Both titles are part of the S...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
Do Goldfish Gallop?: A Book about Animal Movement
4.50
I read this in a library storytime this summer with a theme of "Away We Go." I like including a simple nonfiction book once in a while in storytime. T...more
Jun 29, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
 
Emma, Vol. 01
3.79
This month the Pick-a-Shelf group is reading graphic novels. So I picked up the first two in this series from the graphic novel section at the library...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
What a Year!: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book (26 Fairmount Avenue, #4)
4.02
In this fourth book in Tomie dePaola's autiobiographical series, young Tomie is in first grade. For his birthday he gets to have a party at school. I...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
3.58
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I've just now finished it so maybe I'll know more with some time to reflect on it. This is set in China during...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
3.97
I loved the first Skippyjon Jones book I read, which was the first Skippyjon Jones book. I didn't enjoy the second one I read, Skippyjon Jones: Lost i...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
 
Nic Bishop: Lizards
4.30
I've gone on record several times to say how much I love Nic Bishop's books. I want to learn about any type of animal he wants to study and photograph...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
3.97
I wasn't sure how much I would really like this one from the book description. And I didn't immediately love it. But the more time I spent with each p...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
Clever Ali
3.59
I've read nearly all of Nancy Farmer's chapter books and some of her short stories. I never realized she'd written any picture books until I came acro...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Things Will Never Be The Same (26 Fairmount Avenue, #5)
4.24
I've wondered if Tomie dePaola kept a diary as a young boy and that's how he could remember so many details from so early in his life. Now I know that...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain
3.91
Deborah Kogan Ray writes about the life of Hokusai, the Japanese artist who inspired her to become an artist when she saw his print "The Great Wave of...more
Jun 07, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
 
Lily's Garden
4.25
What a nice combination of both fiction and nonfiction! In Lily's Garden, we get to see a year in the life of Lily who lives in Maine. In January, her...more
Jun 2010
Jun 01, 2010
 
Treasure Ship (Can You See What I See?)
4.43
These aren't always my favorite books to have in my school library. The students LOVE them, but they can never seem to look at them quietly on their o...more
Oct 14, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
Scrambled Eggs Super!
3.84
I don't remember ever reading this one when I was young. I find that I don't enjoy the Dr. Seuss books I read first as an adult nearly as much as the...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
 
The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish
4.06
This tells the true survival story of a group of scientists, explorers, hunters, and an Inupiaq family whose boat was frozen in the Arctic ice. This w...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
 
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
3.66
I didn't expect to like this as much as Wicked Lovely. I'd read reviews of people who didn't like it nearly as much. I knew that it wasn't about Aisli...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares, #1)
3.81
This is another one I didn't enjoy much. It came as an "extra" in a batch of books I got through eBay. Now I know why they wanted to give it away!

I th...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
 
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
4.29
I am LOVING this series! This fourth book was GREAT! I wasn't sure how much I would like it, since the book description made it clear that Will and Ev...more
Aug 12, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
 
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
4.01
After a reading of "the dish ran away with the spoon," they didn't come back. The cat, the dog, and the cow who can jump go looking for them so that t...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
 
The Clockwork Three
3.97
I didn't expect to enjoy this nearly as much as I did! I found the characters to be very likeable, and I really wanted things to turn out well for the...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Alphabatics
3.47
This reminded me of two other Caldecott-honor winners, The Graphic Alphabet and Gone Wild. This ABC book doesn't have text beyond the letter of the al...more
May 09, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
Indian Chiefs
3.98
I'm surprised more people haven't read and reviewed this early work by Russell Freedman. Perhaps it gets overshadowed by his Newbery-award-winning Lin...more
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
 
Skippyjon Jones
4.25
Too cute! This one HAS to be read aloud, even if you are reading it by yourself! I absolutely love all the names in the story, especially the ones Ski...more
May 20, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer
3.98
This would make a great movie! Deborah Kogan Ray took care of my complaints from The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America's First Naturalist of not...more
Jun 07, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
 
At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, #1)
4.07
I knew from the synopsis and reviews that this wouldn't be the most action-packed book out there, which was fine. It's nice to read a gentle, calm wor...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Journey Home
3.46
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Journey to Topaz, although I did still find the subject matter very interesting. I think many Americans don't...more
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
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