Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

It's a Happy Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

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BIBLIO: 2016, Cartwheel Books, Ages 3 to 7, $9.99.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Children’s Picture Book
ISBN:  9780545611121

In the house that monsters built atop a lonely spooky hill there seems to be a lot of scary things going on and it all starts with a little creepy crawly spider. All of the monsters played a role in putting the house together and all of the monsters for some strange reason are a bit afraid. What could it be that is so scary to a bunch of monsters? Well, the mummy was shocked by the spider, the werewolf was upset by a hammer, the skeleton was rattled by a chair, Frankie was terrified of a black cat, the cat was scared of the bats, a zombie let out a scream, and a ghost let out a boo! But that’s not all, there is a witch and a vampire who also scare very easily in the scary and creepy house that monsters built.

Author Steve Metzger has created a hilariously ironic Halloween tale where the monsters are not scary at all. This story builds and builds as the monster conundrum unfolds. It’s helped along by rising rhyme which makes the story even more hilarious and fun. Beginner readers as well as little listeners will be tickled as they see for themselves, with colorful illustrations by Jared Lee, that monsters are afraid of some of the silliest things. Parents and teachers can use this as a tool to open a discussion about being afraid.

Courtesy of the CLCD

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review of No Place For Kids

How do two trouble underaged girls survive without parents? This gripping story will hook you to the end.

Title: No Place For Kids
Author: Alison Lohans
Illustrations: Alex Potemkin
Publisher:  Wandering Fox Books
ISBN:  9781772030174


Two sisters, Sarah and Jennifer, are moving from one place to another with their Dad and his friend Joe ever since their Mom passed away with cancer. The girls deal with hunger, old clothes and holey shoes because Dad is now a drunk without a job. As the girls peddle for cash from strangers they see a sibling rift coming between them. Their Dad is neglecting them and his new found buddies, one in particular named Wes, is looking at the girls in a way he shouldn’t. In order to try and save themselves they make their way to the streets.

The girls get to a bus station and with the help of a lady named Vi they head to an old familiar town called Brandon. On the way Jennifer gets sick with fever. The girls hide out at a local school. For them, it’s not fair that they didn’t have anyone to look after them. Did their Dad even realize they were missing? What would become of them now?

Author Alison Lohans shares a story for readers who can either relate to or become sorrowful for the main characters. Either way this story packs a punch and may need to be censored by a parent. This book has the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection and is a Resource Links Best Book.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Teeny Tiny Halloween

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Do you know about the teeny tiny house in the great big forest and who lives there?

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Title: A Teeny Tiny Halloween
Author:  Lauren L. Wohl
Illustrations:  Henry Cole
Publisher:  Persnickety Press
ISBN:  9781943978021


In the big forest during the season when the leaves fall from the trees is a teeny tiny house where a teeny tiny woman lives. There were so many leaves falling that soon they covered the teeny tiny house with the teeny tiny woman inside. Her home was a little dark and seemed a little spooky. Who would know she was there? She tried calling for help but her teeny tiny voice just couldn’t be heard. She tried tapping spoons on the window and clanking cookies sheets and pans with lids together, but that didn’t seem to work either. She decided to bake chocolate chip cookies. Outside a witch, cat and a ghost in the forest caught a whiff of something delicious but all they could see was a giant pile of leaves. They began to dig and dig and soon discovered a teeny tiny house. What do you think happened next?

Author Laruen L. Wohl has created a delightful story with just enough scare to entice young readers but not scare them away. Illustrations by Henry Cole invite readers to flip through the pages filled characters and scenery wrapped in warm colors of red, orange and brown. Parents, teachers and caregivers will love this tale for a cool fall read. Simple sentences with a teeny tiny tongue twister make for a fun read for beginners.

How I Sent My Hug Around The World

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Hugs can be contagious and are able to spread happiness around the world.

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Title: How I Sent My Hug Around The World
Author: Donna Ellen Conrad
Illustrations:  Monez Gusmang
Publisher:  Hummingbird Book Press
ISBN:  9780985245719


When a tired mom comes home and gets splatted with spaghetti on her new hat a grumpy chain of events began. Ollie, the initiator of the spaghetti, grumps at his sister Tippie, who then grumps at dad, who then grumps at Sweetie the dog, who then barks at a skunk, who then sprays a cloud of skunk juice. It is then that two songbirds, caught in the smelly fog, fly across the globe spreading the grump.

“…over oceans, and mountains, and bridges, and castles on hills. And wherever they stopped, they still stunk from the skunk, which meant some bad-BAD-stinky-bad moods landed in a lot of places.”

Tippie had an idea to remedy the situation. She gave her mom a hug. Soon after there was ice cream with the family and petting was passed on to Sweetie, who then left a cookie for the skunk, who then listened to the song of the songbirds. And it was then that the songbirds flew across the skies singing their songs.

“The songbirds sang sunny songs across the skies – through clouds, and rains, and storms of sand, over deserts, and islands, and smiling giraffes.”

Author Donna Ellen Conrad has created a delightful conundrum with zippy rhyme that’s fun to read. Bright cheery pictures that help the story unfold shares with readers the many peoples, animals and even deities grumpy and happy. Parents and teachers can use this hilarious read as a guide to discuss how a bad mood can spread and how a hug and a smile can help people avoid a big crazy conundrum. Readers will enjoy seeing and identifying all of the cultures, and animals depicted in this tale.