Pizza Mouse by Michael Garland

 Pizza Mouse by Michael Garland, Holiday House Publishing Inc, 9780823438532, 2017

Format: paperback

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

What did you like about the book? Any book that makes me laugh out loud is a winner, and this one did. From the bright illustrations to the simple text, this book will charm young readers and keep them turning the page. There is limited text on each page and the vivid illustrations support the text for easy comprehension. No one likes mice, but when a little mouse has to find food, it is an adventure that luckily has a very happy ending.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a guided reader level D and is appropriate for first grade students who are beginning to read.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries, day care 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: August 15, 2017

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Clive is a Librarian by Jessica Spanyol

Clive is a Librarian by Jessica Spanyol, Childs’s Play International, 9781846439896, 2017

Format: board book

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

What did you like about the book? Today Clive is a librarian and he and his buddies explore the things a librarian does. He sets up a little computer and is in business checking books out to his friends. He reads a story for story time, sings songs with his friend Wilfred and helps Anisa find a book to read to her doll. The book shows a multi-cultural group of children all playing together and pretending that they are at the library. Both the language and the illustrations are kid friendly and children will learn to copy the positive social skills that are highlighted in the book. This book will be a starting point for children to come up with their own make-believe situations.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is an excellent book for toddlers who love to role play and use their imagination.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries, day care 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: August 15, 2017

 

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Clive is a Teacher by Jessica Spanyol

Clive is a Teacher by Jessica Spanyol, Childs’s Play International, 9781846439902, 2017

Format: board book

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

What did you like about the book? This is another book in the Clive series where Clive and his friends explore all the different things a teacher does daily. These Clive books are special in that they portray a diverse group of children who role play without gender and cultural stereotypes. Clive has his “students” dance, read and even have a snack. Clive continues to be an inventive and imaginative teacher. It is a good book to read to children anxious about starting school so that they can role play being a teacher.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is an excellent book for toddlers who love to role play and use their imagination.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries, day care 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: August 15, 2017

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Clive is a Nurse – by Jessica Spanyol

   Clive is a Nurse – by Jessica Spanyol, Childs’s Play International, 9781846439919, 2017

Format: board book

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

What did you like about the book? This wonderful book is one of a series of books where Clive and his friends explore jobs and occupations. Today he and his friends are role-playing all the things a nurse does in a day. What I especially liked about this book is how this inclusive group of playmates plays without gender stereotypes. This book will help a child develop his language skills along with his social skills.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is an excellent book for toddlers who love to role play and use their imagination.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries, day care 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: August 15, 2017

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Clive is a Waiter – by Jessica Spanyol

  Clive is a Waiter – by Jessica Spanyol, Childs’s Play International, 9781846439926, 2017

Format: board book

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

What did you like about the book? Today Clive is pretending that he is a waiter. He, along with his diverse group of friends, explores the many things that a waiter does each day. His interactions show the give and take of a service profession and he happily plays the part. The language is simple, yet age appropriate, and in this book, proper table manners are noted. Please and thank you are often mentioned. The illustrations are child friendly and Clive and his friends are quite expressive.

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

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is an excellent book for toddlers who love to role play and use their imagination.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, school libraries, day care 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: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: August 15, 2017

 

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Dinosaur Pirates! – Penny Dale

  Dinosaur Pirates! – Penny Dale, Nosy Crow, (9780763693305), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   In a rollicking sing-song, yet not rhyming text, the reader follows a band of dinosaur pirates on their quest for treasure.  “Pirate dinosaurs sailing. Sailing across the sea. Across the sea in their pirate ship. Creak! Creak! Creak!” Each page includes a repetitious phase that preschoolers will love repeating:  “Snore! Snore! Snore!” as the dinosaurs sleep, “Heave ho! Heave ho! Heave Ho!” as they dig up the treasure “Clash! Clash! Clash!” as they fend of a band of “robber raptors.”  The watercolor and pencil illustrations bring the dinosaurs and the action to vivid life.  This one is sure to find lots of fans!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a match made in reader heaven for fans of dinosaurs and pirates.  Reader’s who enjoyed Penny Dale’s previous dinosaur books will find lots to enjoy in this one.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school 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:   8/13/17             

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Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives – Library of Congress Center for the Book, edited by Catherine Gourley

   Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives – Library of Congress Center for the Book, edited by Catherine Gourley, Candlewick Press, (9780763681012), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book?  This collection of earnest, thoughtful letters was written by young people to authors of books they read that impacted them in some way. They validate what librarians and teachers already know – that the right book in the right hands can make a powerful difference in a young person’s life. There are fifty-two letters divided into elementary, middle and high school students who have won the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Each letter is introduced with one or two pages of information about the book that is the topic of the letter. Most of the books are well-known and are often required reading in schools, such as Stargirl, Night and The Giver.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Young people, even such excellent writers as these, are still not as polished as professional writers.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to those who regularly embrace the power of books and reading to transform lives, especially English teachers, librarians and authors. The letters could prove useful as exemplar texts for teachers working with students on persuasive writing and crafting an excellent letter.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 810.8 with collections of writing.

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:  8/15/17

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