Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Adapted by Elizabeth Schaefer, Illustrated by Brian Rood

51fRKlI9rEL            Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Adapted by Elizabeth Schaefer, Illustrated by Brian Rood, Disney Lucasfilm Ltd., (9781484705582), 2016.

Format:  Hardcover

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

Genre: Science fiction

What did you like about the book? This is an adaptation based upon the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Luke Skywalker has vanished leaving the women of the Alliance to battle against the evil forces of Kylo Ren and the First Order. It is beautifully illustrated and it should easily please the many Star Wars fans.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this one out to those who love Star Wars.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools.

Where would you shelve it? Shelve in either fiction or movie adaptations.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Only if you are a Star Wars devotee.

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

Date of review: 4/28/2016

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Rain Fish – Lois Ehlert

 81-xBLpjjhL     Rain Fish – Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books, (9781481461528), 2016. 

Format:  Hardcover picture book

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

What did you like about the book? Ehlert has created an imaginative masterpiece. She turns all the trash and litter floating in puddles and lying in the street to fish, rain fish, fish that come out when it rains. This book will mesmerize children and adults alike.

To whom would you recommend this book? It might be a good gift to an art teacher for inspiration in creating projects. After reading it, parents could take their children out looking for the images that exist or can be created from litter and trash.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and childcare centers, also kindergarten and 1st grades

Where would you shelve it? 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, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/28/2016

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Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip, based on the TV series by Neville Astley, Mark Baker and Phil Davies

51qeBN4VWFL  Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip, based on the TV series by Neville Astley, Mark Baker and Phil Davies, Candlewick Press, 9780763687410, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Peppa Pig heads out on a camping adventure with her family and this book follows them from the preparation to the final page as they look up at the stars from their campsite. The family has some trouble with their motorized camper and have to improvise and use tents instead. Not a bad message that you can have fun with just the basics. Children love this book as it has a story that is easy to follow and the crisis in the book is resolved in a way children can relate to.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Unless children are familiar with the TV character, they might not warm up to the Peppa Pig books.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-5 will love this book

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? Only if you like Peppa Pig

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner, MA

Date of review: April 28, 2016

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Skip to the Loo, My Darling! By Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Anita Jeram

51KCo68UCQL     Skip to the Loo, My Darling! By Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Anita Jeram, Candlewick Press, 9780762672348, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This potty book might be enjoyed in England where they call the bathroom the loo, but for an American audience, this book would hold little interest. A take-off of the song, it shows lots of animals all trying to find a place to pee. At the end of the book, they all find potties, and have a big potty party where everyone sits on their potties.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The group potty party at the end was ridiculous.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents who want to make toilet training fun and feel they have to read about it.

Who should buy this book? Nobody

Where would you shelve it ?  Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner, MA

Date of review: April 28, 2016

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Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

51H9la7hhsL      Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg, Candlewick Press, 9780763681241, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Anyone who remembers “The Jolly Postman” will instantly recognize both the name of this author and the style of the book. Jessica Ahlberg is the daughter of the noted author Allan Ahlberg and she continues the tradition of writing. This is a peek-through story featuring a little girl telling nursery rhymes to her pet dog. The illustrations are delightful and the cutouts are cleverly placed. Each page brings the girl and her dog into another nursery rhyme.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children who are already familiar with nursery rhymes.

Who should buy this book? Parents, all libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, Gardner, MA

Date of review: April 28, 2016

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What Dog Knows – Sylvia Vanden Heede, Illustrated by Marije Tolman

  41UvQVJDtoL      What Dog Knows – Sylvia Vanden Heede, Illustrated by Marije Tolman, (Translated by Bill Nagelkerke), Gecko Press, (9781776570362), 2016

Format:  Paperback

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

What did you like about the book? This is a wonderful, but quite quirky, book. Wolf and Dog are cousins and quite good friends though very different in their skills and knowledge. This is their second outing together in which they examine Mummies and Skeletons, Robots, knights and pirates, Dinosaurs and dragons (difference between), and Rockets and the Moon. Each topic is examined informationally with facts and ends with a short quiz. The book is totally unique and very enjoyable, oddly enough, it works! I think kids would love it. The illustrations add immeasurably to the humor.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this to the child who likes something a bit different, who is willing to take a chance on the unknown.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools.

Where would you shelve it? I think it would have to be shelved in fiction chapter books even though it is very factual.

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: 4/27/2016

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Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear? – Emily Gravett

81eiCSVS+CL     Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear? – Emily Gravett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781481456159), 2016.    

Format:  Hardcover Picture book

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

What did you like about the book? Bear and Hare are playing Hide-and-Go-Seek. Given the difference in size, Hare finds Bear very easily while Bear has a pretty hard time finding Hare. When Bear finally finds the perfect hiding place, Harte gets very worried. The illustrations are the story here with few words. Both Bear and Hare are sweet and charming and funny.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? Pass this one to Emily Gravett’s Bear and Hare fans or just fans of Emily Gravett’s wonderful stories.

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

Where would you shelve it? 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, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/27/2016

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