In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator. After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present. Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all. Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right. And Cat meets Santa after all. The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u
Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914. The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother. He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away. Stille Nacht--Silent Night. The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers. Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”. They first buried their d
This innovative and unique alphabet book takes a basic word like "beast", take away the "a" and "the BEAST is the BEST". "Without the B, the BRIDE goes for a RIDE." Reading the book straight through would be fun for preschool and kindergarten, but for older students and their teachers, its a great excuse for wordplay! Highly recommended.
This is the first book in a promising series about a fourth grade boy named Mike whose school year is not off to a good start. Mike struggles to sit still and pay attention, and ends up in the principal's office at least once every week. And this year, he has to spend every afternoon after school with new neighbor gifted Nora. Mike's not looking forward to it, until he and Nora discover an antiques store called "The White Rabbit". This store also is a little magical.
This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.
This picture book first published in the Netherlands is a gem. I loved it from the very first spread--a drawing of a bird opposite of the word yearning. Followed by hoping, expecting, marveling--each showing a beautiful bird in a stage of parenting. Each spread consists of a word opposite a bird--and the pages with words become increasingly more complex in design. When I got to the final page, letting go, I was so impressed with the beauty of the book. Mies Van Hout is becoming one of my favorite author/illustrators.
Pippi Longstocking is available as a comic! Over several four page spreads, Pippi's stories are told. You learn about her strength, her bad manners, her oddities, and all of her friends. You meet Pippi's father, the king of the Kurrakurradootas on Kurrakurradoot Island. The illustrations and stories are charming and this is a good introduction to Pippi for children who are not quite ready for the novel yet. Don't miss the other comic, Pippi Moves In.
Words With Wings, by the author of the Dyamonde Daniel series for young readers, is about a girl named after a creature with wings, the angel Gabriel. Gabriella loves to daydream, and daydreaming helps her cope with her parent's recent divorce. However Gabby still craves her mother's and her teacher Mr. Spicer's approval. Gabby tries to stop daydreaming, but Mr.
Charlie Bumpers is sure he’s doomed! It’s bad enough he’s the middle kid between a smart-aleck brother and a (sometimes) pesky little sister. But he’s starting his 4th grade year with all-white back-to-school shoes, he and his best friend Tommy are in separate classes for the first time ever, and—worst of all—he’s stuck with Teacher of the Year Mrs. Burke, the strictest in the whole school! She’s the same teacher that Charlie accidentally beaned with a shoe the year before—and she hasn’t forgotten!
What’s a “wordle?” According to creators Rosenthal and Bloch, wordles are “groups of words that sound exactly the same but mean different things,” such as “I scream,” and “ice cream”; “Heroes,” and “He rows.” This setup is followed by a baker’s dozen of wordles. One of my favorites is a fellow shouting, while being chased by two deer with big antlers, “I scream! Two bucks!” followed by an ice cream vendor selling “Ice cream, two bucks!” Other favorites include characters from fairy tales, and a little plug for Rosenthal’s book