Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope

51tzrmo49kl        Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope – written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 9780152064273, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

Genre:  easy reader picture book

What did you like about the book?  It’s wintertime and Mr. Putter & Tabby are a little bored.  There are no flowers to tend or berries to pick.  So Mr. Putter thinks “What can we do in the wintertime?” He thinks back to when he was a little boy and remembers how much fun he and his friends had sledding! So they decide to find a sled in Mrs. Teaberry’s garage and go sledding!  Zeke and Tabby go on a sled together and Mrs. Teaberry & Mr. Putter share another one. They have a lot of fun going down the big hill- so much fun, in fact, that they are exhausted.  They go home, take a nice warm bath, eat a snack and have a good night’s sleep.  The illustrations are so cute! Seeing Mr. Putter as a child is so hilarious.  And Putter wears a sweater to keep warm which is so funny!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing I didn’t like about this book

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this to kids who are advancing in their reading but still learning.  This is broken up in chapters to make it easier.  Some read-a-likes are other books in the Mr. Putter & Tabby series and the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School libraries and children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Juvenile easy reader 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:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  September 27, 2016

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Bear’s Big Day -written and illustrated by Salina Yoon

81v1uu76f6l  Bear’s Big Day – written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 9780802738325, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

Genre:  picture book

What did you like about the book?  Its Bear’s first day of school and he feels like a big boy! He doesn’t even need help cutting his pancakes.  But when he gets to school, he realizes that he can’t do everything himself.  He learns that its okay to need some help and that its okay to need his bunny.  After this, he has a much better day.  Salina Yoon’s books are always so well illustrated.  This one is no exception.  On the inside cover, there are tons of backpacks lined up and they are so cute! They even include the penguin from her Penguin series!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing I didn’t like about this book

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this to kids who are anticipating their first day of school.  It’s also good for parents who have kids who are starting school and want them to see what it could be like.  If you like Salina Yoon’s other books, you will like this one.  Some read-a-likes are “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney, “Oliver and His Alligator” by Paul Schmid, and “Little Critter: First Day of School” by Mercer Mayer.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School libraries and children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Juvenile picture 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:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  September 27, 2016

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They All Saw A Cat – Brendan Wenzel

81pp76kkgil They All Saw A Cat – Brendan Wenzel, Chronicle Books, 9781452150130, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3

Genre:  Children’s Picture book

What did you like about the book? Learning to see other perspectives in life is a very worthy life goal. In this simple and creatively illustrated story, the reader practices and learns to value other perspectives. The child, dog, fox, fish, mouse, etc. all see the cat differently, and the illustrations artfully display this alternative cat representation. At the end, the cat looks in a pond illustrating the greatest mystery, how the cat views himself.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Animal lovers, naturalists of all ages.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School librarians, habitat and nature centers

Where would you shelve it ? Picture 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: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 9/27/2016

 

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If I Was a Banana – Alexandra Tylee, Illustrated by Kieran Rynhart

51dndhnpnil  If I Was a Banana – Alexandra Tylee, Illustrated by Kieran Rynhart, Gecko Press, 9781776570331, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3

Genre:  Fantasy, Adventure, Picture Book

What did you like about the book? The flight of fancy that the young boy displays throughout the book is charming. His imagination and every day events allow him to ascend into a rich fantasy, evaluating each change with down to earth sensitive feelings. The cow on his milk bottle, his hand shadow of a bird, his spoon, a cloud, stars, a tree, all transport him to a magical place where he could envision a positive or negative aspect of change. If the change made him brave, more friendly, and unique he would try it on. But after this meandering journey, he thoughtfully returns to being most comfortable with himself. This book is a therapeutic hug for children as they grow into their own self-awareness! The soothing artwork guides, rather than detracts from this important childhood journey.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents that value the emotional growth of children, sensitive children and educators leading children down the path of self-acceptance.

Who should buy this book? Parents, elementary librarians, and childhood educators

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture books, fantasy and value based literature

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 9/27/2016

 

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Wodney Wat’s Wobot – Helen Lester, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

513qvkcqscl   Wodney Wat’s Wobot –  Helen Lester, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544809031, 2016

Format: Paperback

Rating: 2

Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children’s picture book

What did you like about the book? Wodney is a loveable wat that has a slight speech defect. The book explores how he creatively solves this problem with a speech correcting wobot. When a big bully capybara terrorizes the classroom and picks on Wodney, and his wobot fails, she assumes absolute power, even when she replaces the wobot’s batteries. The only positive resolution occurs when the wobot banishes the bully.

Anything you didn’t like about it? When a children’s story glorifies a bully and shows a teacher, Miss Fuzzlewoth, as powerless to stop harmful teasing, it displays a very negative scenario, in spite of the humor and redemptive act of Camilla. The resolution is very unsatisfactory as Camilla is removed, without any attempt at education, leaving her to bully again somewhere else, and disempowers the teacher and classmates from understanding their roles as supportive bystanders.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Anti-bullying educators

Who should buy this book? Elementary librarians

Where would you shelve it ? Picture 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: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 9/27/2016

 

 

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Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat – Nick Bruel

51eule-5mtl       Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat – Nick Bruel, Roaring Book Press, 9781596439788, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4

Genre:  Children’s picture book, Halloween book

What did you like about the book?  Bad Kitty is a loveable cat that experiences a scary Halloween night while successfully reinforcing the alphabet creatively. She becomes scared when seeing the “alphabet’ of costumed Halloween trick or treaters. Only her love of “alphabet treats” inspires her to overcome her fears as she resumes a bad, bad, bad kitty attitude, “alphabetically” dispelling all the monsters. She hopes to appreciate her reward of captured treats, until the dog scares her again.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The alphabet is long at times and some vocabulary will need explaining.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children that enjoy the Bad Kitty series, parents looking for a Halloween book as a real treat!

Who should buy this book? Parents, elementary librarians

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Picture books, Holiday 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:  Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 9/27/2016

 

 

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We are Growing! – Laurie Keller

51czrah3wnl             We are Growing! – Laurie Keller, Hyperion Books for Children, (9781484726358), 2016

Format:  Hardcover Beginning Reader

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

What did you like about the book? There are eight blades of grass, all different in size and shape. Boing! One discovers it is growing! Suddenly they are ALL growing – differently, of course, since they are all different. One may be the tallest, but one is the silliest and one is curly, two are pointy and one is crunchy and one… is a dandelion! Then comes the lawn mower and we learn that one is the neatest! Everyone is unique and everyone is the something-ist.

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

To whom would you recommend this book? Share this one with children who might be uncertain about how special they are. This is a good confidence builder while being silly and funny.  Also very good for fans of Mo Willems.

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

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: 9/26/2016

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