Thursday, January 29, 2015

Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow

Muldrow, Diane Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book, 96 pgs. Random House, 2014. $9.99. PICTURE BOOK Content: G.  

If you grew up with a houseful of little golden books, this is a beautiful trip down memory lane.  With simple instructions about love matched with the memorable illustrations for many little golden books, adults will find the nostalgia irresistible.  That’s the beauty of this book, I’m not sure it would be engaging for children.  Give it to your favorite Valentine. 

 OPTIONAL GIFT  Lisa Librarian

One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl- ADVISABLE

Gehl, Laura One Big Pair of Underwear.  Illustrate by Tom Lichtenheld.  PICTURE BOOK.  Beach Lane Books, 2014. 17.99. Content : G. Two bears find a funny, big pair of underwear but do not want to share it with each other.  How will they solve this dilemma? Each page in this book not only explores counting, it also provides similar conflicts with sharing between fun animals participating in exciting activities. Goats, pigs, ducks and baboons alike find themselves in situations where one animal is left out of the fun.  How can they solve this problem? Who will set the example of finding solutions through the simple act of sharing? This book is a counting book that not only rhymes but teaches a lesson in sharing. We enjoyed not only the storyline, but the illustrations. Pre-K.  EL (K-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: SL.

Tickly Toes by Susan Barroux- OPTIONAL

Barroux, Susan Hood Tickly Toes. BOARD BOOK. Kids Can Press, Limited. 2014. $9.95. Content: G. Nothing makes a baby laugh quite like their ten tickly toes! Mommy and Daddy enjoy playing with baby and making him laugh.  His toes can be tickled, splash in the bath, and be reached when he bends one pudgy knee.  This is a cute board book for babies. It is written in rhyme. The illustrations are unique and simple.  Understandably the baby’s toes are the focus of this board book, but the baby’s toes are drawn to look a little odd. We aren’t sure we liked them! Pre-K.  OPTIONAL. Reviewer: SL. 

The Eternity Key by Bree DeSpain - OPTIONAL

DeSpain, Bree The Eternity Key, 368 p. Egmont, MAY 2015.  $19.  Content: G (2 swears, 0 ‘f’).

Daphne may have thwarted her destiny as a tithe for her father’s fame and avoided a life in the Underrealm, but things are by no means settled.  Daphne and her friends still need to find the Compass, which will lead her to the Key, which she can hopefully use to open Persephone’s Gate  and stop the Underlord’s plan to unleash the Keres on the mortal world.  Throw in a group of Skylords with their own agenda and Daphne’s inability to open her heart to Haden and a few more problems and the waters become very murky indeed.  

I loved book #1 so much that I felt guilty that I was so grateful when I reached the end of this book.  The plot has become pretty cluttered with characters and feels more like a vehicle to book three than a fulfilling novel in its own right.  I did, however, enjoy Garrick’s plot twist at the end.  No more spoilers from me, however.  Would publishers and author’s please rethink their devotion to the trilogy as a plot vehicle?  I have enjoyed DeSpain’s writing in the past; I am holding out hope for book 3 to redeem the series.  

MS, HS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham - ADVISABLE

Gillingham, Sara How to Grow a Friend.  PICTURE BOOK.  Random House, 2015.  $17. 

Growing afriend is much like growing a flower.  Gillingham takes you step by step through the joys and struggles of growing a friendship.

Because the illustrations and the words are very simple, this is more a book for the youngest readers.  The bright colors will keep them interested and spare words should be the concept easy to understand.  

Pre-K - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

Valiant by Sarah McGuire - ESSENTIAL

McGuire, Sarah Valiant, 384 p. Egmont, JUNE 2015.  $17.  Content: G.  

Saville’s life with Father contains no joy.  He has no love to spare her, instead pouring everything into his craft of tailor.  On their journey to the king’s city, the Tailor is gravely injured and it is Saville who must continue his work because Father is a bedridden invalid.  If she could only get a commission from the king, she can keep both them alive, if not happy.  Saville takes in a orphan boy, Will,  to help care for the Tailor.  When Will’s life is threatened by the giants who are the advance scouts for a force that has come to defeat the king, Saville takes drastic measures to save him.  Now the entire city believes that she (disguised as a he) is a hero and are determined that he save them all.  

While the book says that it is a new look at the story of the Brave Little Tailor, McGuire surpasses the original in so many ways.  I love that fairy tales are so popular and will be very happy to add this one of my collection when it is published this summer!

MS - ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

Poem in Your Pocket by McNamara - ADVISABLE

McNamara, Margaret Poem in Your Pocket, and G. Brian Karas.  PICTURE BOOK.  Schwartz & Wade (Random), 2014.  $17.  

Mr. Tiffin has invited a famous poet to their class for “Poem in Your Pocket” day.  All month long the class studies poetry, even relating it to their other subjects.  Elinor wants to write the perfect poem, but when the big day arrives, she has nothing her pocket at all.  When she goes to share with the poet, the poet in turn teaches Elinor an important lesson.  

Poem in Your Pocket day is a fun way to celebrate poetry, sharing, writing, and public-speaking.  What a great set-up to prepare for the activities.  

EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS