Mr. Gilly is a trashman and everyday he cleans up Trashy Town. At the school, the pizza parlor, the park, and even the fire station, he empties the trMr. Gilly is a trashman and everyday he cleans up Trashy Town. At the school, the pizza parlor, the park, and even the fire station, he empties the trash cans into his truck, “Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!” The repetitive text moves the story along at a nice clip and is easy to read on the page. Yaccarino’s cartoonish illustrations feature bold shapes and bright shapes, making this a great fit for a toddler storytime.
The moon thought that if he could have just one day as the sun that he would see so many wonderful things. The sun agreed to trade night for day, butThe moon thought that if he could have just one day as the sun that he would see so many wonderful things. The sun agreed to trade night for day, but only if the moon met two conditions. First, the swap would last forever, not just a day. Second, the moon would need to spend a night looking at the details of earth very carefully. The delicate mixed media illustrations utilize textures and patterns to create a soft, almost glowing, atmosphere. The fable-like text is concise, yet evocative and well-suited to reading aloud at bedtime.
The perfect square was perfectly happy having four sides and four corners. But that all changes on Monday when it’s sliced into strips and poked fullThe perfect square was perfectly happy having four sides and four corners. But that all changes on Monday when it’s sliced into strips and poked full of holes. It’s not a perfect square anymore, but it is a very wonderful water fountain. Each day brings a new change for the square, it’s torn or snipped, shattered or crumpled, but no matter way the square always finds a way to make itself into something new. The super short text and large torn paper illustrations are well-suited for preschool storytime crowds. The kindergarteners I read with loved the final pages that show how all the square’s incarnations are connected.
Anton has a magic hat that can make things disappear! Anton can’t wait to show his friend Luke. But what will Anton do when he makes Luke disappear? OAnton has a magic hat that can make things disappear! Anton can’t wait to show his friend Luke. But what will Anton do when he makes Luke disappear? Originally published in Germany, this story uses third person narration to let readers in on the joke about Anton’s hat and it’s magical abilities. The cartoonish illustrations use a limited palette to create simple, but hilariously effective scenes and character interactions. This is a wonderful book to share one-on-one or with a group of preschool or lower elementary school kids.
(Reviewed based on an advance reader’s copy) What do lightbulbs, foil, mirrors, pieces of wood, glass bottles, coffee cans, and cardboard have in commo(Reviewed based on an advance reader’s copy) What do lightbulbs, foil, mirrors, pieces of wood, glass bottles, coffee cans, and cardboard have in common? They’re all items on the list of “The Seven Most Important Things” that Arthur T. Owens must collect for James Hampton (aka the Junk Man). 13-year-old Arthur thinks the list is weird and nonsensical, but he has no choice. This is his probation for throwing a brick at Mr. Hampton. Eventually, the heavenly, spectacular, brilliant artwork in Mr. Hampton’s garage and the seven most important things help Arthur find forgiveness and peace.
Based loosely on the life and art of American folk artist James Hampton, this story features a sensitive, but tough protagonist learning to understand his emotions. Arthur not only deals with the consequences of his brick-throwing actions, but also the sudden death of his father and his mother’s new boyfriend. Strong character development and a believable plot ground this quick, yet thoughtful read. The tight narrative unfolds without fanfare or unnecessary suspense.
9-year-olds Trille and Lena are neighbors and their adventures take them all over Mathildewick Cove in Norway. They string a ropeway between their win9-year-olds Trille and Lena are neighbors and their adventures take them all over Mathildewick Cove in Norway. They string a ropeway between their windows, recreate Noah’s Ark, save a horse, and sled down a mountain, all with hilarious results. Although their adventures never go as planned and Lena usually ends up with a concussion, Trille is never happier than when he’s on an adventure with his best friend.
Originally published in Norway in 2005, this realistic fiction story set in a rural community follows a year in the life of Trille. In addition to a series of high-spirited adventures, Trille also learns about loss when Lena moves away and his beloved Auntie Granny dies. Set in modern day Norway, each of the episodic chapters ends with a humorous or touching punchline. Puzy’s translation is smooth and suited to Parr's style of writing. Unfamiliar cultural markers and terms are explained easily within the narrative or through context. The characters are wonderfully unique, including Trille’s moped driving Grandpa, his waffle-making Auntie Granny, and, of course, the vibrant and thrilling Lena.
Astra and her family are on their way to start a new life on the planet of Nova Mundi. With three moons, singing mountains, and herds of floating airAstra and her family are on their way to start a new life on the planet of Nova Mundi. With three moons, singing mountains, and herds of floating air sheep Nova Mundi sounds amazing! Unfortunately, the planet is 199 years away from Earth! That’s why all the passengers on the gigantic space ship will sleep in pods until they get there. Everything is going according to plan until Astra gets hungry and asks the Nom-O-Tron in the Cafeteria for a bedtime snack. “Oh, just make me the most amazing, super-fantastic cake ever!...I want something so delicious it’s scary!” Nom-O-Tron doesn’t seem able to make the cake, so Astra goes to sleep. But when she wakes up it hasn’t been 199 years and they haven’t arrived at Nova Mundi. Instead, crazy, evil, highly evolved cakes have taken over the ship!
This silly adventure of spoon-loving aliens and friendly robots is complemented with whimsical orange and grayscale illustrations. They provide context for new words and add even more humor to the story. The short chapters that end with cliffhangers are great for new chapter book readers. This is a great recommendation for a laugh out loud family read aloud.
11-year-old Tabitha Crum has a pretty miserable life. Her parents dress her in rags, force her to do all the chores, and have just announced they will11-year-old Tabitha Crum has a pretty miserable life. Her parents dress her in rags, force her to do all the chores, and have just announced they will be sending her to live in an orphanage while they go abroad. She’s teased at school and her only friend is a mouse named Pemberley. But all that changes when Tabitha and her parents are invited to spend the weekend at the estate of the mysterious and seldom seen Countess of Windermere. Five other children and their parents have also been invited. Why have they been invited? Is the estate haunted? Why are the children vanishing one by one? It’s a good thing that Tabitha likes to read mystery novels. She’s going to need all the help she can get to solve this mystery!
Although it is set in Edwardian England, the characters and dialogue in this page-turning mystery have a modern feeling. Some elements of the mystery are easy to piece together, while others remain elusive until the final reveal. The vocabulary is vast and each chapter begins with a quote from a (fictional) Inspector Pensive novel, which Tabitha knows by heart. Fans of Roald Dahl will be delighted to find this readalike complete with dastardly parents and resourceful children who save the day. Recommend this book to a reader looking for a cozy and engrossing read.
George has always felt like a girl, ever since she can remember. Unfortunately, everyone else looks at her and sees a boy. So when George’s teacher anGeorge has always felt like a girl, ever since she can remember. Unfortunately, everyone else looks at her and sees a boy. So when George’s teacher announces auditions for the 4th grade play, Charlotte’s Web, George just knows she has to play Charlotte. If she plays Charlotte she’ll finally be able to be seen as a girl. And if people could see her like that maybe they could see the real George. Luckily, Kelly, George’s best friend, hatches a plan to make George’s dreams come true. This realistic fiction story focuses on a shy, but endearing protagonist. Written in third person from George’s point of view, George is always referred to in the feminine form in the narration.
This book is not only notable for having believable characters and dialogue, but also because there are few books about transgender children as young as George. The story is reminiscent of Gracefully Grayson, but for a younger audience. Although George’s mother is initially resistant, by the end of the story she realizes that George’s happiness is the most important thing. However, this doesn’t mean that the transition for the family will be smooth. Use this title to begin a discussion on identity and gender. Information within the story about transitioning genders is accurate and age appropriate. I hope the published edition will include back matter with further resources.
1% Lumberjane field guide and 99% awesome, this graphic novel follows the adventures of five diverse and distinctive girls during their summer at Miss1% Lumberjane field guide and 99% awesome, this graphic novel follows the adventures of five diverse and distinctive girls during their summer at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types. It’s a good thing these girls have lots of energy, intelligence, and outdoor know-how because something’s not quite right at the camp. Magic foxes, secret codes, underground chambers, hipster yetis, and possessed scouting lads not quite right. And it’s a good thing the girls have each other and always follow the Lumberjane motto, “Friendship to the Max!”, because who knows what will happen next!
Filled with snappy dialogue and fast-paced action this graphic novel zips along at a frenetic clip. The characters are unique, resourceful, and hilarious. The badges, “The Up All Night Badge: Learn What Goes Bump in the Night”, “The Naval Gauging Badge: Because Drowning is a Scary Way to Go” and “The Pungeon Master Badge: The Best Kind of Punishment”, are just an example of the quirky humor. The ending is abrupt, but this will leave readers begging for volume two.
Little Elliot loves living in the big city, but he doesn’t like being so small. He finds himself being trampled and overlooked. But one day he meets aLittle Elliot loves living in the big city, but he doesn’t like being so small. He finds himself being trampled and overlooked. But one day he meets a mouse that’s even smaller than he is! The cartoonish, yet softly diffused illustrations make great use of light and shading. Short sentences and a linear plot make this a good choice for a toddler storytime. Kids will relate to Elliot’s powerlessness and cheer when he finds a way to be seen and heard.