Disney Pixar Storybook Collection

61wn+A9Gq5L._SX475_BO1,204,203,200_   Disney Pixar Storybook Collection, Disney Press, ( 9781484719190), 2016

Format:  Hardcover

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

Genre:

What did you like about the book? Seventeen brief stories from popular Disney Pixar films are presented here all in one volume. It is highly illustrated with artwork from the movies which include Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, Up, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E and many more. Keep this one in the bedroom for bedtime stories.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good choice for kids who might see more movies than they read books! They will certainly recognize the stories and that can lead into reading other books.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Storybook collections

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

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

Date of review: 5/29/2016

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Little Blue Truck’s Halloween – Alice Schertle, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry

61HuvKmW+QL   Little Blue Truck’s Halloween – Alice Schertle, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780544772533), 2016

Format:  Board book

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

Genre: Halloween picture book

What did you like about the book? Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad are going to a Halloween party. As they drive along they meet up with many of their friends dressed in costumes, which is where the flaps come in! All the farm animals have elaborate costumes – including Little Blue Truck!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Give this one to fans of the Little Blue Truck.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Board books / Picture books / Halloween 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, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 5/28/2016

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Cockatoo, Too – Bethanie Deeney Murguia

7179vYhsw+L Cockatoo, Too – Bethanie Deeney Murguia, little bee books, (9781499801026), 2016.

Format:  Hardcover picture book

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

What did you like about the book? Cockatoo, Too is a very clever book. “One cockatoo, two cockatoos?, cockatoo, too? Two cockatoos! Cockatoo tutus! Two cockatoo tutus, too! Tutued toucans. Tutued toucans can-can. Can cockatoos can-can, too? “ Fun language, silly story, great, colorful, imaginative illustrations. Toddlers and the preschool crowd should love this.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This might make a fun readaloud – if you are careful not to mess up!

Who should buy this book? All public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

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

Date of review: 5/28/2016

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The Tortoise and the Soldier: A Story of Courage and Friendship in World War I – by Michael Foreman

51QTdb5TVkL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_      The Tortoise and the Soldier: A Story of Courage and Friendship in World War I – by Michael Foreman, Henry Holt and Company, (9781627791731), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  5

Genre:  Historical Fiction or War/Biography

What did you like about the book?  In this fictionalized account of a true story, a young English reporter interviews a local farmer with an unusual pet, a Turkish tortoise. The farmer, Henry Friston, had served in the British Navy during World War I. During the Battle of Gallipoli, the tortoise was blown into a foxhole with him. Friston and his gunnery mates adopted the tortoise, named him Ali Pasha, and believed he would be their good luck charm. Friston brought Ali Pasha all the way home to England. Photos and images of artifacts from Friston’s real life add authenticity. The author’s soft watercolors convey the character’s personalities and soften some of the harsher aspects of the war. In a postscript, Foreman describes actually meeting Friston and Ali Pasha during the 1940’s.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This could be recommended to a variety of readers, for instance, to boys who like war stories such as those written by Michael Morpurgo, to girls and boys who enjoy unusual animals as pets, and to teachers who want to help students embrace faraway places and better understand a long ago war.

Who should buy this book?  Upper elementary libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with fiction or with Historical fiction if you have Genre shelving.

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  5/28/16

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Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale – Liz Braswell

51YYsPN+1wL      Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale – Liz Braswell, Disney Press, (9781484707258), 2016

Format:  Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? What if Sleeping Beauty never woke up?  What would have happened if the Prince, instead of waking Aurora Rose with a kiss, instead fell asleep as well? That’s the tag-line and premise of Braswell’s second twisted tale (tweaking of the classic Disney take on an even more classic fairy tale).  Readers will realize right away from the title and tag-line and many “Clues” in the first few chapters (inability to do math, books are empty or incomprehensible, etc) that Aurora Rose is still sleeping and is dreaming of a world where Malificent is the benevolent fairy who holed up the remaining survivors in the castle on the eve of Aurora’s 16th birthday; when (Malificent explains) Aurora’s parents had done irreparable harm to the world; making it unsafe to leave the thorny vine and vile demon-creature-“protected” castle.  With her parents, the King and Queen, in the dungeon, Aurora spends her increasingly trapped and frustrated “days” anticipating the next great party at the castle; confiding in her one “friend” Liana, a handmaiden who’d been trapped in the castle along with the others.  When one day Aurora seems to conjure a rabbit, a creature she’d never remembered even knowing of, out of thin air, she begins to question her Aunt Malificent and dig into the truth.  This was a surprisingly well paced story with lots of strange dream-like sequences, a good bit of magic and “find your power inside yourself” character building, but also some really thoughtful exploration on depression and feelings of being trapped in your life.  Very well done.

Anything you didn’t like about it? So many things give away the book’s main premise that it could feel annoying to sharp readers that Aurora Rose spends so long unaware that she’s dreaming.

To whom would you recommend this book? This isn’t a sequel to Braswell’s first book so it could be a great stand-alone for lovers of tweaked fairy tale re-tellings but also for readers who really enjoy the eerie dreamy style of story where you’re not quite sure what’s real and what’s not.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA (Fantasy) Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No but if you enjoy fairy tale mix-ups this will be enjoyable

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 5/28/2016

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If not for you – Bob Dylan, pictures by David Walker

71UB7Wvm+bL          If not for you – Bob Dylan, pictures by David Walker, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (9781451648812), 2016

Format:  Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? David Walker lovingly uses a parent dog and puppy to illustrate the words of Bob Dylan’s song, If Not for You. Soft, sweet pictures tell a loving story of the bond between parent and child.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? Might make a nice gift for new parents.

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

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It is very sweet……

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

Date of review: 5/28/2016

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Memoirs of a Parrot – by Devin Scillian and Illustrated by Tim Bowers

61LBVaI6lcL._SY409_BO1,204,203,200_  Memoirs of a Parrot – by Devin Scillian and Illustrated by Tim Bowers, Sleeping Bear Press, (9781585369621), 2016.

Format:  Hardcover picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? Brock the parrot is happy enough in Wilbur’s pet store chatting with his friend, Tik Tok although he really does not like all the people who come in and assume his name is “Polly” or that he wants a cracker. When he is purchased and taken home to a small apartment by Todd, he is not thrilled. Todd continues to want him to talk “his” language, not Brock’s and he also insists on calling him Echo and offering him crackers. The illustrations are bright, cheerful and quite endearingly wonderful.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is an excellent choice for storytimes.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and day-care centers.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

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

Date of review: 5/28/2016

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