Franklin and the Case of the New Friend – Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

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     Franklin and the Case of the New Friend–Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, Kids Can Press, 2014

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3

What did you like about the book? / What didn’t you like about the book? When a picture blows in the wind towards Franklin and his friend Beaver, they are excited to find who it belongs to and maybe make a new friend.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend this to Franklin fans.

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? No.

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

Date of review: 9/19/2014

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Franklin and the Radio – Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark

  51ij2+j7MnL                Franklin and the Radio –  Paulette Bourgeois and      Brenda Clark,   Kids Can Press, 2014.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? The theme here is about giving away items you no longer use or play with and placing broken ones in the trash. This is pretty indispensable to most parents.

To whom would you recommend this book?  To Franklin fans and also to parents who could use help in getting their kids to part with belongings they no longer use.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-cares and lower elementary grades.

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

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

Date of review: 9/19/2014

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forget me not – Nancy Van Laan and Stephanie Graegin

61YFry5HWsL    Forget me not – Nancy Van Laan       and Stephanie Graegin,  schwartz &  wade, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? Julia loves her grandmother very much and has experienced some very happy times with her. But Grandma is becoming forgetful, more so with each visit – until finally she cannot live on her own. This is a sad but beautiful book, illustrated softly and lovingly in pencil and ink.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? You might pair this with Can you do this, Old Badger by Eve Bunting. Or The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester L. Laminack.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries and child-care centers

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not quite, but an important subject is being broached.

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

Date of review: 9/18/2014

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Hermelin the Detective Mouse – as told to Mini Grey

  51--jYa2cdL       Hermelin the Detective Mouse – as told to Mini Grey, Alfred A. Knopf, 2014

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

What did you like about the book? Hermelin is a little white mouse that can read and write but he is still a mouse so he still manages to frighten folks. When he decides to assist people in finding missing items, he is discouraged by the reception he receives – until a loving person saves the day!

What didn’t you like about the book? Nothing!

To whom would you recommend this book?  The obvious choices to pair with this book are the Dear Mrs. Larue books by Mark Teague.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, lower elementary grades 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? Yes, very cute.

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

Date of review: 9/18/2014

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Free to Fall – Lauren Miller

5178AncBOOL      Free to Fall – Lauren Miller, Harper Teen, 2014

Format: Hardback

Genre: Realistic/Romance

Rating: 4

What did you like about the book? Rory Vaughn is pleased when she is accepted at the prestigious boarding school, Theden, which her mother attended – her mother died in childbirth with Rory before she graduated. It is not long, however, before Rory discovers there is much more to this school than she expected or wanted.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  The action is strong as are the characters – and then there is romance and tech knowledge for the geeks….

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and high schools

Where would you shelve it and why? Young adult fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

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

Date of review: 6/2/2014

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Franklin’s Rocket Team -Caitlin Drake Smith

  51pEc997ydLFranklin’s Rocket Team – Caitlin Drake Smith, Kids Can Press, 2014.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 2.5

What did you like about the book? Franklin has set up his rocket ship tent in preparation for a sleepover with his friend Rabbit but his little sister Harriet keeps trying to be part of the fun. Franklin finally gives in when he understands that Rabbit welcomes Harriet because he is missing his many siblings.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  To Franklin devotees.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, lower elementary grades and child-care centers

Where would you shelve it and why? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

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

Date of review: 5/6/2014

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Franklin’s Day with Dad – Caitlin Drake Smith

51ij2+j7MnL Franklin’s Day with Dad – Caitlin Drake Smith, Kids Can Press, 2014.

Format: Paperback picture book

Rating: 3

What did you like about the book? This is the result of the Franklin television series and not written by Paulette Bourgeois but done well enough for Franklin lovers.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  Franklin books!

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? No.

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

Date of review: 4/29/2014

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