Out and About: A First Book of Poems by Shirley Hughes

61SYI+kFRsL    Out and About: A First Book of Poems by Shirley Hughes, Candlewick Press, (978-0763676445), 2015

Format: hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre: poetry

What did you like about the book? The illustrations are what drew me to this book. Hughes goes through each season and beautifully illustrates the book showing people enjoying each season. Katie and her baby brother Olly greet each day as a new adventure and enjoy each day while they are out and about. The poems are free verse and are not on every page. It’s a beautiful book to read and enjoy.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? Young children will love looking at and talking about the illustrations with an adult. There’s so much detail on each page, that a child could spend hours alone with this book looking at the pictures.

Who should buy this book? All libraries

Where would you shelve it and why? Poetry

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, Gardner, MA

Date of review: April 1, 2015

 

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Poppy the Pirate Dog and the Missing Treasure – Liz Kessler, Illustrated by Mike Phillips

3304934    Poppy the Pirate Dog and the Missing Treasure – Liz Kessler, Illustrated by Mike Phillips, Candlewick, (978-0763674977), first U.S. edition 2015.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

Genre: Beginning Reader

What did you like about the book? This is the third adventure for Poppy and his friends and is just as wonderful as the first two. This time Poppy is assigned to guard the pirate treasure which includes a birthday present for Mom. In her endeavor to hide the treasure for safe keeping, Poppy trips and hurts her eye – which brings about a trip to the vet. And now poor Poppy is wearing a cone around her neck. Of course this does not stop her from saving the day. The illustrations from Mark Phillips are wonderful, full of detail, excitement and emotion.

What didn’t you like about this book? Nothing at all.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a beginning chapter book, but advanced. Pair it with the first two Poppy books and some Henry and Mudge.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries

Where would you shelve it and why? Beginning Readers

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

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

Date of review: 4/1/2015

 

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The Bus Is For Us by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler

    619PtKjX6mLThe Bus Is For Us by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler, Candlewick Press, (978-0763669836), 2015

Format: hard cover

Rating: 4

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? This rhyming book is both playful and entertaining. Each mode of transportation, from a bike, to a horse is represented with colorful illustrations and text that can be read aloud. The refrain of “But the best is the bus. The bus is for us” is repeated after each example of transportation. I especially liked the repetition and the multi-cultural illustrations.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great read-aloud for a young audience during a story hour.

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, Gardner, MA

Date of review: April 1, 2015

 

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When the Wind Blows by Linda Booth Sweeney, Illustrated by Jana Christy

51uq4gCF3LL When the Wind Blows by Linda Booth Sweeney, Illustrated by Jana Christy, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (978-0399160158), 2015.

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Soft bright watercolors invite young readers to share the pleasures of the windy day as a boy, grandmother, and dog head out for a walk along with the boy’s mother and a younger sibling in a stroller. The little group takes pleasure in flying a kite, splashing in puddles, racing ahead of a storm, and after returning home, cuddling up and getting warm. Text consists of short rhyming phrases, “Trees dance. / Spiders curl. / Mice shiver. / Leaves swirl.” The pages overflow with movement: the wind blows off hats and scatters leaves and the little doggie runs through every scene.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  (Read-alikes if you can think of them)  This would work well as a read-aloud since the text is quick and the pictures are engaging. (It’s fun to find the dog and the kite on each page.)  Suggest also to teachers and parents to introduce weather concepts.

Who should buy this book? (Middle schools, high schools, small libraries, all libraries, etc.)  It would work well in public and elementary libraries, day care and classrooms, and home settings.

Where would you shelve it? Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary

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

Date of review:  4/1/15

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In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You by Shari Graydon, art by Karen Klassen and Katy Lemay

71gBQnICI-L   In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You by Shari Graydon, art by Karen Klassen and Katie Lemay, Annick Press, (978-1554516674), 2014

Format: Hardcover nonfiction

Rating: 3

Genre:  Nonfiction

What did you like about the book? Perhaps best for browsers, but there’s a lot here to enjoy. From a look at hairstyles over time to a deconstruction of beauty ads, this is a comprehensive look at beauty culture and how it has permeated society and changed over the ages. Includes infographics, charts and a handy “double take” at the end of each chapter that sums up important take-aways from that chapter. Also contains an index and source notes.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This book is not one that any student will sit down and read cover to cover, but there are interesting pieces to pick out and share with others.

To whom would you recommend this book? Girls who are interested in the women’s movement, but also girls interested in fashion, hairstyles and celebrity.

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools and high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Nonfiction 391.6

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but it’s a good one to buy!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: March 31, 2015

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Patient Zero: Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics by Marilee Peters

 61s5VI1zRVL    Patient Zero: Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics by Marilee Peters from Annick Press, (978-1554516711), 2014

Format: Hardcover nonfiction

Rating: 4

Genre:  Narrative nonfiction

What did you like about the book? Fascinating look at epidemiology through the lens of mysteries to be solved. From the plague to ebola and AIDS, this book uses narrative to tell the story of each epidemic, those who suffered (including Patient Zero for each if possible) and the individual who solved the case. Includes index, glossary and many interesting sidebars. Highly readable!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No. I loved it!

To whom would you recommend this book? Any student interested in disease, mysteries or “yucky stuff” should like this one.

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools and high schools

Where would you shelve it ? Nonfiction 614.49

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: March 31, 2015

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Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

51iuTZgl5WL     Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder, Candlewick Press, (978-0763669041), 2015.

Format: Picture Book

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

Genre:  Poetry

What did you like about the book?  In this stunning pairing of verse and images, Helen Frost’s lovely poem is nearly eclipsed by the breathtaking images of birds in flight photographed by Rick Lieder. For anyone who ever wanted to reach out and touch a bird in flight, the photos in this book (reminiscent of Nic Bishop’s phenomenal wildlife photos) are about as close as you can get to that experience. A two-page spread at the end of the book identifies all of the birds and gives some facts about each. There is a big dose of wonder encapsulated in this simple picture book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  (Read-alikes if you can think of them)  Recommend to young readers who enjoy poems that celebrate the wonders of nature.  Suggest also to teachers and parents looking for accessible poetry with glorious illustrations to hook readers.

Readalikes would be other books that combine poems suitable for young readers along with nature photographs such as Step Gently Out by Helen Frost, A Mirror to Nature by Jane Yolen and Bug Off! also by Jane Yolen.

Who should buy this book?  This would work well in elementary and public libraries, classrooms, and home settings.

Where would you shelve it? Shelve with poetry books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, it is a quick read and quite lovely.

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

Date of review:  3/31/15

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