William Heads to Hollywood – Helen Hancocks

51soqkdk4flWilliam Heads to Hollywood – Helen Hancocks, Templar Books, (9780763689131), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  William, International Cat of Mystery, returns with his second case.  William is a suave throwback to 1930s movie detectives, which lends appeal to adult readers.  In this second book William is hired by Audrey Mieowski, “the loveliest star in Tinseltown,” when the statues for the Golden Cuckoo Awards are stolen.  William jets to Hollywood and is soon on the trail of the thief.  Along the way William attends a costume ball with Audrey where he sips “Milk-frothed, not stirred…” Sharp eyed readers will be able to spot the thief just as William does.   The illustrations in pencil and gouache are full of detail.  In the end William solves the case and is ready to head back home, or is he?  A sign tells of auditions for a black cat to star with Audrey in her next film.  The final wordless page shows William and Audrey attired like Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the first book William and the Missing Masterpiece will welcome this new mystery.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/8/16             

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Fuddles and Puddles written and illustrated by Frans Vischer

 71359gncpl     Fuddles and Puddles written and illustrated by Frans Vischer, Simon and Schuster, 9781481438391, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Fuddles is a pampered cat who gets totally bent out of shape when a new puppy comes into the house to live. The way the author gives the pampered Fuddles his personality is hilarious. Fuddles is totally put out by the new puppy, and not until he finds himself in a very precarious situation, does he realize that Puddles, the new dog, isn’t so bad.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Cat lovers have to see the illustrations in this book. It’s a book that children ages 3-8 will love, especially if they have a dog or a cat for a pet.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.9, 2016

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Love by Emma Dodd

   Love by Emma Dodd, Nosy Crow,61hyjfrwk1l 9780763689414, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This small hardcover book has gold leaf additions to the cover and pages of the book. It is very appealing visually as a book. The message is equally appealing. A little rabbit  discovers that love is everywhere and this gentle book reassures a child that love is in the tiniest of things in the world.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Emma Dodd fans will love this addition to their library. It’s recommended for children ages 2-5.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.9, 2016

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Not Opposites written by Linda Ragsdale and illustrated by Imodraj

91lm7augq0l      Not Opposites written by Linda Ragsdale and illustrated by Imodraj, Flowerpot Press, 9781486708703, 2016

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Not better, not worse, not opposite, just different. This book models diversity. It is a simply written book that illustrates that different is ok, it’s just different. The mascot of the book is Pax, the Peace Dragon and at the end of the book there are some very nice messages from Pax to the young readers. There are also suggestions for parents and teachers to take this lesson of diversity further. The message is simple and clear and the illustrations are straightforward, keeping the focus on diversity.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is a great book for a kindergarten class to help children see that they don’t need to judge.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.9, 2016

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Melena’s Jubilee, The Story of a Fresh Start by Zetta Elliott and illustrated by Aaron Boyd

           Melena’s Jubilee, The Story of a Fresh Start by Zetta Elliott and illustrated by Aaron Boyd, Tilbury House Publishers, 9780884484431, 2016

510vrxbclmlFormat:  Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? The author writes a note at the back of the book saying that as a black child, she grew up believing she was invisible and that it hurt just as much to realize that she was also invisible in the world of the imaginary. This is a beautifully written story about a day to forgive and to be forgiven. It’s a book about social conscientiousness and a book about hope. At the end of the book, after a page from the author, there is also a page of suggestions of how a child can make a fresh start every day.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This would be great for children ages 3-8. It’s also a book of empowerment for all children, not only black children.

Who should buy this book? all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Dec.9, 2016

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The Obsidian Chamber – Preston & Child

3820518 The Obsidian Chamber – Preston & Child, Hachette audio, (9781478938941), 2016.

Format: cd audiobook

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++

Genre: Mystery

What did you like about the book? There are three intertwined stories going on here and all three are ridiculously exciting with non-stop action. When Pendergast’s ward Constance is supposedly kidnapped by Pendergast’s brother (Pendergast is missing, presumed dead), Proctor finds himself on a wild goose chase to the far corners of the earth. Not too much can be said here without doing a spoiler alert, but storytelling does not come any better than this. Rene Auberjonios narrates the story with expertise.

Anything you didn’t like about it? One of those rare perfect ones.

To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to fans of Preston & Child but also to anyone who likes an incredibly good, exciting story.

Who should buy this book? All public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Shelve in your adult mystery fiction audiobooks

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/9/2016

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Ollie’s Easter Eggs – Olivier Dunrea

41uftmdwbal         Ollie’s Easter Eggs – Olivier Dunrea, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780544809727), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Beginning Reader, Level 1

What did you like about the book? Gossie has a red egg, Gertie dyes hers blue. BooBoo dyes her egg bright purple and Peedie uses bright yellow. Ollie, with his pink Easter rabbit ears, does not have any eggs – but he wants some! Ollie finds each egg after the others hide them and he hides them out of sight under a blanket. Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo and Peedie search everywhere for the eggs finding them wrapped up in ribbons by Ollie. “Look!” says Ollie. “Easter Eggs!”. The illustrations are adorable.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything!

To whom would you recommend this book? A nice selection for Easter storytimes, of course, but also for beginning readers and the many fans of the ducklings.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, particularly kindergartens and 1st grade. Children in day-care would also enjoy it.

Where would you shelve it? Beginning Readers

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/9/2016

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