The Secrets of Tree Taylor – Dandi Daley Mackall

516CHfO0iCL        The Secrets of Tree Taylor – Dandi Daley Mackall,   Alfred A Knopf, 2014

 Format: Hardcover

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Rating: 3.5

What did you like about the book? The character battles when the truth is yours to tell, the the character is so young and battling this moral conflict.

What didn’t you like about the book? That the build-up was slow, though not dreadful.

To whom would you recommend this book?  To people who struggle with what is their truth to have or those who are just looking for an interesting book to read.

Who should buy this book? People who appreciate a copy of their soon to be favorite book, those who appreciate the way the book is written.

Where would you shelve it and why? YA fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not the top, but to read the book wouldn’t be a waste of time.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Olivia Anderson, student, Gardner HS, Gardner, MA

Date of review: 9/29/2014

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Littleland Around the World – Marion Billet

 51240snexHL    Littleland Around the World by Marion Billet, Nosy Crow, 2014

Format: Picture book

Rating: 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This is a book in a series of LittleLand books that is a “search and say” book for young readers. Each page in this book highlights a country that the little ones visit. At the bottom of each page, there are pictures with their names written under them. The child can listen to the story and then find the pictures at the bottom on the page. They see the words and can begin attaching the words to the pictures.

What didn’t you like about the book? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book. Beginning readers. I read this book to a 4 year old beginning reader and it quickly became his favorite book.

Who should buy this book? The children’s room in any library

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review: Sept 30, 2014

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The Great Thanksgiving Escape – Mark Fearing

 61UTFTd4dcL  The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing, Candlewick Press, 2014

Format: Picture

Rating: 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This is the story of a Thanksgiving family gathering from a child’s point of view. The children try to escape to have fun and in their attempt to escape, they get caught up in the family Thanksgiving activities. When they finally escape the festivities to have fun, it is raining outside. It just makes them have more fun. I liked the illustrations from the child’s point of view and how they illustrated the text so well.

What didn’t you like about the book? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book. Beginning readers.

Who should buy this book? The children’s room in any library

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review: Sept 30, 2014

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Princess and the Presents – Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton

 61Kh5XdH9VL   The Princess and the Presents by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton, Nosy Crow, 2014

Format: Picture book

Rating: 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This is the story of an overindulged princess who demands lots and lots of presents. When the quantity of presents is so much that it makes the castle collapse, she realizes that the one thing in the world that really matters most to her is gone. It is a good lesson in greed for little kids. The illustrations are playful and the story line moves ahead clearly. It is in a series of other pampered princess books so the same character is highlighted.

What didn’t you like about the book? It was predictable, but made its point.

To whom would you recommend this book. K-2 students

Who should buy this book? The children’s room in any library

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? maybe

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review: Sept 30, 2014

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Super Red Riding Hood – Claudia Davila

 51zovPsx7wL   Super Red Riding Hood by Claudia Davila, Kids Can Press, 2014

Format: Picture book

Rating: 2

Genre:  Fairy Tales

What did you like about the book? Super Red Riding Hood is a little girl who puts on a red cape to take on the persona of Little Red Riding Hood who is a superhero. The story is cute as she goes on a mission to pick berries. As she continues on her mission, she rescues a snail and uses her “super powers” to do good.I like the feel good tone of the book until she actually meets a wolf. From there it gets scary. There is a happy resolution to the story, though.

What didn’t you like about the book? This is the kind of book that would put fear into kids.

To whom would you recommend this book. K-2 students

Who should buy this book? The children’s room in any library

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? not really

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review: Sept 30, 2014

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Tickly Toes – Susan Hood and Barroux

 51UhlpuA8cL       Tickly Toes, by Susan Hood and illustrated by Barroux, Kids Can Press, 2014

Format: Picture Boardbook

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? This book is simply illustrated with an extra large picture of a baby on most pages. It is targeted to a toddler population with simple language and a focus on a baby playing with his toes. Overall it is a cute book that shows that babies need no entertainment other than their toes.

What didn’t you like about the book? Some of the language was a little too difficult for toddlers.

To whom would you recommend this book. Parents of toddlers.

Who should buy this book? The children’s room in any library

Where would you shelve it and why? boardbooks

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? not really

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner Public Schools

Date of review: Sept 30, 2014

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Goodnight, You – Genevieve Cote

 51Ilk7ALwIL        Goodnight, You – Genevieve Cote, Kids Can Press, 2014

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? Two friends, a rabbit and a pig (and a frog) are going to have their first sleep-out in a tent. When Rabbit is frightened by Pig’s shadow a discussion of how to scare away monsters ensues. This is the fourth adventure of these two friends, very simple with soft pastel line drawings.

What didn’t you like about the book? N/A

To whom would you recommend this book?  Since there are three other Rabbit and Pig stories by Cote, they would make a nice accompaniment.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-cares

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not quite.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 9/30/2014

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