Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Children's Book Review: Dottie Dolphin Plays Hide and Seek

Beginning readers will love Dottie and her friends.

Title: Dottie Dolphin Plays Hide and Seek
Author:  Maurice Pledger
Illustrations:  Maurice Pledger
Publisher:  Silver Dolphin Books
ISBN: 978626863446


Dottie the dolphin is playing hide-and-seek with her family. On her search she encounters many different types of sea creatures where she swims. She discovers a lionfish hiding behind a giant clam. She meets Ernie Eel and three little clown fish too. It wasn’t until Dottie saw the seahorses that she discovered where her family could be hiding and they helped show her the way.

Little readers will love this sturdy board book with its beautifully illustrated sea life. Young readers will find hidden creatures behind pieces that flip open and share information. Easy to read and follow, this handy tool is perfect for small hands. Parents can add this tool to their home libraries for easy reading anytime. This could also be a great story right before bedtime.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

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Tom Ryan
BIBLIO:2013, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 12 to 18, $12.95.
REVIEWER:Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN: 9781459802971

Four students who don't know each other will connect, not on purpose, on Prom night. It has finally arrived. Andrea isn't impressed with the excitement that surrounds Prom night. She only plans to go because she thinks that's what she's supposed to do. Her friend Bethanne convinced her to “make a move” on her long time crush Justin Sanchez. Unfortunately, Andrea won't be going to prom. Her mom found a bottle of alcohol hidden in her closet and now she is grounded. Being grounded didn't stop her. She put on a hoodie and hopped out her bedroom window. Paul, on the other hand, has his buds to hang out with. A girl he thinks is beautiful is on his radar. Eventually, he meets and dates this popular girl named Lannie. Her popularity and love for glamour has her planning every minute of their Prom date. She wants to go all out. It's all she talks about. He goes along with it until the morning of the Prom. He has a very familiar, yet horrible, feeling come over him. It's a panic attack. His mother calls Lannie and Paul knows she will be upset. The stress of the Prom has triggered his attack. Later that night and after sleeping all day he feels good enough to eat and then borrow the family truck. He is out for an adventure. Candace, is a loner and artist who lives with her grandma and a dad who's depressed and drinks. They are somewhat loving and caring but she needs to get out of the house. She is looking for a perfect spot to create some awesome graffiti. Roemi is gay. His date for the Prom is a no-call no-show. At Prom, he planned to make a big splash and win the crown. Still in his tux, not wanting to change, he heads out of the house but not to Prom. He couldn't face it alone. Later that night these four strangers randomly meet and form a sort of kinship through unusual circumstances. How will they pass the time on Prom night without getting caught?

Author Tom Ryan has created a story that young readers will connect with. This fast paced read has humor, suspense and a familiar vibe of teen emotion. This tale does not really have a coming of age vibe, but is more about friendships. Readers, teachers and parents will enjoy this story alone or as a group read along.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Children's Book Review: Frog On A Log?

Parents, children and teachers will love this story as a read-a-loud or bedtime story. It is hilarious!

Frog on a Log?
Kes Gray & Jim Field
BIBLIO: 2014, Scholastic Press, Ages 3 to 5, $16.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN:  978054568791

Do frogs really need to sit on logs? One little green frog doesn’t like to because he gets splinters. According to Cat frogs sit on logs, mules sit on stools, puffins sit on muffins and snakes sit on cakes. Frog is very curious as to what Cat will say when he asks about the comfort for animals sitting on these various assigned stations. According to Cat every critter has a specific place to sit and it’s not about comfort but about all these different animals doing the right thing. You might wonder if there is anything that sits on frogs, perhaps dogs.

Parents, teachers and children will love this hilarious rhyming tale. Readers will giggle as they turn the pages and discover all of the interesting animals presented. Colorful and cartoony illustrations depict the sense of humor. The facial expressions of the animals alone will make any reader smile. Easy to read words make this a great starter story for any young beginner. Preschool teachers and storytime librarians will especially love this little gem.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Children's Book Review: BetterNot and the Tale of Bratsville

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Title: BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville
Author: Gene Del Vecchio
Illustrations: Roderick Fong
Publisher:  BetterNot Enterprises, LLC
ISBN:  9780692471050


When children are naughty that’s never good. In the little town known as Bratsville the children are especially naughty. It is a problem that has gone on for a very long time. Some children picked their noses, some slurped, and others told lies. Some kids even ate too much junk food. Parents were so busy pleading and warning the children of what they better not do that their words were heard by a creepy purple creature from the swamp. This creature known as BetterNot showed these children what happens when you hit, call a person names or steal things that don’t belong to them. Rest assured none of these children were happy with the consequences of their actions. Believe it or not, BetterNot taught his lessons out of love for the children.

Author Gene Del Vecchio was looking for a way to teach morals. He wanted to add humor and he was successful. Parents and teachers can use this tool to teach manners and to help children understand why they should listen and be kind to one another. Colorful illustrations represent the naughty children quite well. Easy to read sentences with fun whispy rhyme make the story fun and meaningful.

About the author:
Gene Del Vecchio's first young adult novel, the Pearl of Anton, was honored with a star review from Booklist. The sequel, The Sword of Anton, made the Young Adults' Choices list from the International Reading Association. In his longtime role as an entertainment consultant he's worked with various studios including Disney. He also has four business books to his credit and he teaches at USC.


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