A Little Bit Scary Picture Book: Wolf’s Coming!

Wolfs Coming

Picture books are an excellent way to explore scary emotions in a controlled, safe environment.

I read Wolf’s Coming! written and illustrated by Joe Kulka at preschool story time five times last week.  With each group, I enjoyed watching the children’s eyes widen as they scrunched closer to their caregivers whenever I turned a page.  Until, that most important page which allowed them to release their fear.  The relief on their faces was priceless.

 

 

 

Julia’s Review: Omega City

Omega City

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

Three words:  thrilling, well-written, forever interesting

This book made me nervous and worried for the characters. I was on the edge of my seat every minute, because the plot was just real enough to make a reader really scared.
My favorite character was Fiona. I know she’s the villain, but she was so evilly cunning, and had such a perfect balance of clever practitioner and sly trickster that I felt a little sorry for her when she was arrested.  My favorite part was when they were being chased by Fiona and her thugs and the place was flooding. I seriously thought Savannah was going to die.

Synopsis from Harper Collins:

“Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War–era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced them to move to the middle of nowhere, but Gillian knows he’s right and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle—a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off on a journey into the ruins of Omega City, a vast doomsday bunker deep inside the earth,.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried . . . forever.”

The Bus Ride

The Bus Ride

I’m missing sharing picture books on the blog.  So I’m back to it.  During the summer it’s hard to write often.  Expect brief posts.  Today’s is about an engaging, delightful book.

The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc – A little girl goes on her first bus ride without her mom to grandma’s house.  I poured over these illustrations which show story upon story.  After reading the girl’s story. . . open the book again, flip through the pages and look at each sketch of turtle.  Repeat for cat, the bunnies, mouse, sloth and more.

Julia’s Review: Murder is Bad Manners

Murder is Bad Manners

Summer reading has started at the library, which  means all the books I’ve been meaning to write about will have to wait.  Thankfully, I have Julia to keep the blog going this summer.

Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

Three words:  captivating, pageturner, complex and surprising

This book had me biting my nails nonstop- it was so interesting that I just couldn’t stop reading! I loved how surprising the ending was; most mysteries just have the detectives follow a hunch and then it turns out they’re right. This was very different in a good way.  My favorite character was Miss Griffin. She managed to fool everyone until Daisy accidentally ran into her!  My favorite part was when Daisy and Hazel found the diary and got chased by Miss Griffin. At first I was like “Uh-oh, she’s after them,” but then I realized that this wasn’t just their teacher, they were literally being chased by a serial killer!

PS- I don’t know why I’m so fond of smart villains, I’m just like that.

Synopsis from Simon and Schuster “Two friends form a detective agency—and must solve their first murder case—in this start to a middle grade mystery series at a 1930s boarding school.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solving mysteries. In fact, outspoken Daisy is a self-described Sherlock Holmes, and she appoints wallflower Hazel as her own personal Watson when they form their own (secret!) detective agency. The only problem? They have nothing to investigate.

But that changes once Hazel discovers the body of their science teacher, Miss Bell—and the body subsequently disappears. She and Daisy are certain a murder must have taken place, and they can think of more than one person with a motive.

Determined to get to the bottom of the crime—and to prove that it happened—before the killer strikes again, Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects, and use all the cunning, scheming, and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?”

Julia’s Review: The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold

The Imaginary

Julia is on fire.  I have five reviews ready to go from her.  I’m feeling confident you’ll see recommendations from her once a week this summer.  Check out what she thought about  The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett.

Three Words:  exciting, funny, interesting

Favorite Character:  Fridge. I loved how loyal he was to Lizzie.

Least Favorite Character:  I was scared by Mr. Bunting and his imaginary.

Favorite Part:  When Amanda got better and said she’d never forget Rudger, and Fridge and Lizzie were reunited.

Book synopsis from Bloomsbury “Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup’s imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger-until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he’s found Rudger

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him-and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world?”

 

ML Can’t Stop. I mean Tommy Can’t Stop

Tommy Can't Stop

Rumor has it ML’s teacher recently needed to remind her no dancing around the classroom.  I understand her teacher’s frustration.  Since ML started ballet class in January, she’s been pirouetting everywhere…the house, the yard, the grocery store.  Even on the soccer field.  She joined a team this spring and brings extra flair to the field.

Tommy Can’t Stop! by Tim Federle and illustrated by Mark Fearing arrived last week.  It’s a humorous picture book about a family trying to tire out Tommy, the bopping, pogo-sticking, elephant clomping whirlwind sensation who has over-taken their house.  After a few false starts, they find the perfect fit for Tommy’s moves… tap dancing.

ML’s still boycotting picture books; but I might be able to slip this one in.  After all, last week she asked if she could try a different type of dance in a few years.  Tap or hip hop?  Plus, Mike Fearing wrote and illustrated her favorite picture book of 2014, The Great Thanksgiving Escape.

Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero!

Super Fly

I read 5 pages of this 115 page illustrated, novel. . . Super Fly:  The World’s Smallest Superhero! by Todd H. Doddler.  That’s all it took to realize this book is going to be a hit.  Particularly with the Kindergarten through 3rd grade set obsessed with the word poop.  Notice I did not single out boys.  I’m amazed at how often the words poop and pee come out of ML and her friends’ mouths.  I do not remember having this fascination in elementary school.

Now for a synopsis from the publisher, Bloomsbury.  “From just a tiny larva in diapers to . . . SUPER FLY! This is the story of Eugene Flystein, a small and nerdy, mild-mannered housefly, who also happens to be the world’s smallest superhero and humanity’s greatest crime fighter.

SUPER FLY!: Able to stop tornadoes from destroying towns with just one breath.
Strong enough to push a ship away from a looming iceberg.
He’s even read every book in the library twice. Yes, twice!

Can this four-eyed little bugger, along with his trusty sidekick Fantastic Flea, take on Crazy Cockroach and his army of insect baddies? It’s housefly vs. cockroach in this epic battle of good vs. evil. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned!”