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King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats (King & Kayla, #1)
4.19
it was amazing
King solves mysteries from his point of view while his owner, Kayla, does her best to keep him fed. This is my absolute favorite new easy reader serie ...more
Oct 2017
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Jan 05, 2018
 
Number One Sam
3.82
really liked it
A very effective easy reader deals with the experience of losing and making good decisions.
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
Three Bears in a Boat
4.00
really liked it
The co-creator of Ladybug Girl has another winner here. Beautifully illustrated, this adventure story for young children includes a gentle lesson abou ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey
3.70
really liked it
This book is impossible to classify. I put it in nonfiction, but it still has a story in it. In fact, I loved the juxtaposition between the story abou ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015
 
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes
3.99
really liked it
I do love Barry Moser's animal faces. Palatini writes really fun folktale retellings.
Jul 06, 2015
Sep 23, 2014
 
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
4.34
it was amazing
I think this might have worked even better than Applegate's novel to convey the story of Ivan. Regardless, it's a wonderful companion - and a perfect ...more
Dec 2014
Apr 08, 2015
 
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
4.15
really liked it
Dorkin presents an intense and compelling mashup of Lady and the Tramp and Dawn of the Dead. These dogs and cats are not always cute and cuddly; the g ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 20, 2010
 
Ten Eggs in a Nest
3.88
liked it
Rooster counts up to ten, but the pictures and text strongly support the understanding of the pattern of 1+2=3, 3+3=6, 3+4=10. Pair with Eric Carle's ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual
3.95
really liked it
This is one of those amazing pieces of art that I would own just for the illustrations. On top of that, though, this is a science fiction picture book ...more
Dec 2014
Apr 08, 2015
 
Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane
3.70
liked it
There was a lot to like about this book, including the character details and the illustrations, but I think it was a little too busy for very young re ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
Paul Meets Bernadette
3.96
it was amazing
This book made me cry in the best possible way. It's about how other people can change your world, can change the way you see things, in such a profou ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
Owl Boy
3.13
liked it
Schatell's art reminds me strongly of Robert Kraus' Owliver, which I adore. The illustrations are better than the story, which leaps too neatly betwee ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Oct 17, 2015
 
Who is the Beast?
3.90
liked it
Answering the question, "Are we animals, too?" is made easier after reading this story, in which a tiger compares herself to several other animals. It ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
I Like the Farm
3.43
really liked it
Cuddly farm animals and racially and ethnically diverse children form a winning combination for new readers in this easy-to-read book. Each two-page s ...more
Nov 2017
Jan 05, 2018
 
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
I have read anthropomorphic animal fantasy all my life - to the point that I specifically went to seek out more of this genre when I figured out there ...more
Jan 1984
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May 11, 2015
 
Extraordinary Warren: A Super Chicken (Extraordinary Warren, #1)
3.68
liked it
Cute and funny but somewhat disjointed, and the illustrations lack authentic movement. Contrast this with Mo Willems' simple line illustrations depict ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Cub's Big World
3.66
really liked it
Among many I-lost-my-parents stories, this one stands out because of the language. "The world was too big for a cub with no mom." This can definitely ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
Ball
3.97
liked it
Essentially wordless, this book uses expressions and body language to convey exactly how the dog is feeling about the ball, his surroundings and every ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
I Didn't Do It
3.93
it was amazing
I haven't read this aloud yet because when I discovered it, I immediately gave it to the teacher who loved the first one. I'm sure it will be just as ...more
May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015
 
This Is a Moose
4.06
liked it
I did like this book, but I think it tried a little too hard to be meta. Mac Barnett and Kelly Bingham do it better. Still, it would be a good pairing ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat (I Can Read!, Level 1)
3.74
liked it
Not all easy-reader versions of picture books work, but this one is good. It captures the style of Cronin and Bliss' story very well. I think Doreen C ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
Once I Ate a Pie
4.30
it was amazing
Best, best, best first person point of view poetry. Best dog poetry (and I am not a dog person). Best paintings. Best language, from one of the best o ...more
Jan 2014
May 14, 2015
 
A Birthday for Cow!
4.07
it was amazing
Jan Thomas continues to be one of my favorite sure-fire read-alouds for the preK-1 crowd. Her Dust Bunnies series is popular, but it takes a certain k ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2016
 
Tony Baloney Buddy Trouble
3.69
liked it
In picture books, siblings often get along way better than they ever would in real life. Not in this story! Lots of sibling rivalry and yelling makes ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
Spectacular Spots
3.44
liked it
Use this book to teach -ing verbs. Pair with Some Bugs which features verbs without -ing.
Oct 17, 2015
Oct 17, 2015
 
The First Misadventure (Chicken Squad Misadventure #1)
3.83
really liked it
This early chapter book has perfect tone for a mystery, plus hilarious dialogue and laugh-out-loud one-liners. I'm itching to write reader's theater o ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence
4.00
really liked it
This portrayal of Sadie, a police dog, is exciting and well-written. I would only wish for more realistic illustrations, but that's just a stylistic c ...more
Oct 19, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
The Way to the Zoo
3.35
really liked it
A good reminder about being responsible, embedded in an adventure through a secret passageway to the zoo. Burningham is never too preachy, and his lan ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
 
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
4.12
really liked it
Cleanly written, compelling and adorable! I'm not super crazy about Floca's style here, but the elephant seals are so, so sweet. Pair with Balto or ot ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
 
Bees, Snails,  Peacock Tails: Patterns  Shapes . . . Naturally
3.85
really liked it
Patterns are always interesting to kids. Math plus nature plus poetry equals infinite teaching possibilities. Symmetry, shapes, footprints, migration ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
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