McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss

McElligot’s Pool – Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1974.

Format: Hardback picture book

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? Is there a “best” Dr. Seuss book? Probably not. We all have our favorites. McElligot’s Pool is entrancing from the magical creatures to the perfect word rhymes. It causes one’s imagination to soar. A great book for children who might be discouraged about absolutely anything.

What didn’t you like about the book? Absolutely nothing!

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book won a Caldecott Honor award. Read another Dr. Seuss or look for some Caldecott winners.

Who should buy this book? Lower elementary schools and public libraries.

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: Katrina Yurenka, Gardner High School

Date of review: 2/11/2014

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Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck – Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1976.

Format: Hardback picture book

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? When the King tires of the same old rain, snow, sunshine and fog coming down from the sky, he commands his magicians to create something new. That something new is oobleck, a sticky green material that coats everything and pretty much intends to destroy everything – until the King says, “I’m sorry”. The oobleck magically disappears.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Grab any Dr. Seuss book if this one was a success.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you, by any random chance, have not already read it.

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

Date of review: 2/11/2014

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Seven Stories Up, by Lauren Snyder

Seven Stories Up, by Lauren Snyder, Random House, New York, 2014

Format: chapter

Rating: 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?This book is written for a target audience of ten year old girls. It mixes adventure with history and time travel. Lauren Snyder makes her characters real and gives girls characters they can relate to. This is a story of a little girl, Annie, who returns with her mother to an old hotel to visit a dying grandmother. The little girl wakes up the next day back in 1937 and meets her grandmother as a young girl. This gripping story holds your attention while Annie interacts with her grandmother.

What didn’t you like about the book?I liked everything about this book. It also gives children the understanding that “old” people have a story to tell.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Upper elementary girl readers would love this book.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?Chapter 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:Feb. 9, 2014

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The Never Girls Wedding Wings, a Disney Adventure, by Kiki Thorpe

The Never Girls Wedding Wings, a Disney Adventure, by Kiki Thorpe, Random House, 2014

Format: Chapter Book

Rating: 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?This is the fifth book in the Disney series about four girl friends who have adventures with fairies. Their adventures take the girls into a fairy land and also take the fairies into the land of humans, which is the case in this adventure. The girls go to a wedding and when one of the fairies hides in the flower girl’s basket, the excitement begins.

What didn’t you like about the book?I liked everything about this book. It shows the power of friendship and the need for the girls to work together to solve a problem. It is a fantasy book targeted for girls.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Girls, grade 3 seems about the perfect age for these books. The font is large, the chapters are short and it is written clearly for the new reader or struggling reader.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?Fantasy, chapter books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?If you are 9 you’ll love it.

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

Date of review:Feb. 9, 2014

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Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble, by Tatyana Feeney

Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble, by Tatyana Feeney, Alfred A. Knoph, Random House, 2014

Format: Picture

Rating: 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?This is a story of a frog who resents the fact that his parents are giving him 9 tadpole brothers. The frog brings up all the standard feelings of a big brother who is pushed aside because of a new addition to a family. The happy resolution at the end of the book shows the big brother having lots of fun with his brothers. The simple illustrations are line drawings with very little color other than green, however they capture the text and the emotions the frog is feeling.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children who are experiencing difficulty accepting a younger brother or sister.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?It’s cute and the illustrations are worth looking at.

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

Date of review:Feb. 9, 2014

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A Book of Babies, by Il Sung Na

A Book of Babies, by Il Sung Na, Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2014

Format: Picture

Rating: 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?This simple book showing baby animals has beautiful illustrations. It follows wild animals and shows how babies are cared for. It has simple text that melds nicely with the illustrations and is not forced into rhymes. There are a variety of animals along with a variety of actions, which will lead to rich language development of the child. It’s a straight-forward endearing book that children will love.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  Very young children.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

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:Feb. 9, 2014

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Richard Scarry’s Best Nursery Tales Ever, by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s Best Nursery Tales Ever, by Richard Scarry, A Golden Book, 2014

Format: Picture

Rating: 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?This is a reprint of the Richard Scarry Nursery book from 1975. He writes and illustrates 11 nursery tales in the book and for anyone who read Richard Scarry books to their children, this book is a walk down memory lane. It is colorfully illustrated and clearly written Scarry’s old characters.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  Very young children.

Who should buy this book?All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?Yes, especially if you are trying to keep nursery rhymes alive.

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

Date of review:Feb. 9, 2014

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