Monday, April 7, 2014

NOT YOUR TYPICAL DRAGON by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers

Lexile     AD460          Pages     40          Ages     4 - 6
AR Quiz No. 157358 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


Crispin Blaze has a very important day coming up. It will be his 7th birthday, the day when dragons can finally breathe fire! But when it is time for Crispin to light his birthday candles . . . . .

What comes out? Pick up a copy of Not Your Typical Dragon and find out!

This is a great book for children who feel that they are a little bit different and don't fit in.  It is funny and lets kids know that friendships can be found even if you're not like everyone else. It also teaches  that diversity is an important part of life, as in the end Crispin's difference is what saves the day. I also like how, despite the fact that Crispin can't breathe fire like his father and his grandfather and his great grandfather before him, his family loves him and stands up for him when he is ridiculed.

Not Your Typical Dragon is an all-around great book for any child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie


Not Your Typical Dragon can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE RELATIVES CAME by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

This is my 100th post! Woooohoooo!


Lexile     AD940          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 5537 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


When I was young my great aunt and uncle had a small, ten acre farm with a big two story farmhouse. They had chickens and vegetables, a falling-down barn and a small farm stand.  Every year my mom, dad, sister and I would go to the farm, along with a whole battalion of aunts, uncles and cousins. We would pick, gather eggs, play horseshoes and cards. We would jump off the chicken house (one year I almost broke my arm) and play hide and seek in the corn. We would eat and laugh and sleep in piles.  My memories of the farm are among my most cherished.  

Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came make all of those memories come flooding in. It is an amazing celebration of family that you won't want to miss!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie 

 The Relatives Came can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



 With much love this is
 in memory of  my
Great Aunt Annie and Uncle Dave
of
Logansport, Indiana.
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

THE POCKET MOMMY by Rachel Eugster, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 6
No AR information available at this time.

Samuel is in kindergarten.  It's hard for him when Mommy leaves him at the door each day, and he tells her he wishes she was tiny so he could keep her in his pocket.  She pretends to slip a tiny pocket mommy into his shirt pocket and leaves.

At Circle Time Samuel is surprised to find that his pocket feels heavy and somthing is wiggling around in there.  He takes a quick peek and is astounded when he finds a REAL pocket mommy!

Having a mommy around to help is great stuff - at first.  But as the day progresses and the pocket mommy sticks her nose into everything and causes trouble, Samuel finds that sometimes it's more fun and satisfying to manage on his own.

Pocket Mommy will help little ones suffering from separation anxiety to realize that they can take that first step toward independence, and that it just might be more fun than always having Mommy do things for them. They will also get a kick out of the predicaments the pocket mommy gets herself into and that Samuel has to rescue her from.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Pocket Mommy can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, March 17, 2014

NOTHING SCARES US by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Neal Layton

Lexile     AD30          Pages     24          Ages 5 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 46098 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 2.2 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP


Lucy and Lenny are best friends. Together they conquer pirates and aliens and all manner of scary things.  "We are the Fearless Two," they declare.

But there is one thing Lucy is afraid of - scary shows on the television. Lenny has no idea of Lucy's fear and has her watch "The Creature" with him.  Lucy is terrified but manages to hide it from Lenny, not wanting him to stop being her friend because of her fear. He asks her to come back the next day and watch the next episode and Lucy reluctantly agrees.

When she arrives at Lenny's the next day he runs straight to the TV. Lucy sits down with him but keeps her eyes closed.  All of a sudden she hears a scream - she opens her eyes and there on the TV is the Creature but she doesn't see Lenny anywhere!

Where is Lenny? Does Lucy find him? And just what made him disappear in the first place?

Check out Nothing Scares Us and find the answers to these burning questions and also learn the fate of the friendship between Lucy and Lenny.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nothing Scares Us can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


















Friday, February 28, 2014

MOUSETRONAUT by Astronaut Mark Kelly, illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lexile     670          Pages     32          Ages     5-7
 AR Quiz No. 154908 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 5.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Final preparations are being made for the space shuttle mission and NASA is sending some mousey guests on this flight.  The mice are working hard at their training, hoping to be one of the ones chosen for this important mission.  The smallest mouse, Meteor, is training hardest of all and to the surprise of all the other mice he is chosen!  During take-off the bigger mice are afraid and when they reach outer space where there is no gravity they don't like that either.  But Meteor is unafraid and has all kinds of fun floating around the spacecraft.  During the flight the astronauts are very busy, taking spacewalks and doing experiments.  Meteor is disappointed because there is nothing he can do to help. But then, "Oh no!" The key for the control panel has fallen into a crack between two computers and none of the astronauts can reach it.  Meteor thinks, "Finally! Something I can do to be helpful!"  He squeezes into the crack and pulls with all of his mousey strength, the key comes loose and he takes it out to the astronauts.  Meteor has saved the mission!  When the flight returns to Earth, Meteor is declared a hero and given a brand new space suit and the official title of Mousetronaut!

The story of Meteor is partially true - he is based on a small mouse that accompanied Mark Kelly and his crew on their first mission on the space shuttle Endeavour.  While the real Meteor remained in the cage for the entire flight, he stirred Kelly's imagination and the outcome was this book.

Mousetronaut is a fun way to introduce space travel to young children. It also demonstrates how important team work can be and lets children know that being small can be just as important as being big - there is a niche in life for one and all.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Mousetronaut can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here
http://tinyurl.com/cq4ur5r and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS of MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce, illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

Lexile     Ad650          Pages     56          Ages     5 - 7
  AR Quiz No. 152402 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

"Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.

"His life was a book of his own writing,
one orderly page after another."

Morris would record his hopes and dreams,  his experiences and his milestones.  One day a storm blows in, turning things topsy-turvy.  Everything Morris knows is all mixed up, even the words of his book. Without his familiar surroundings, and the anchoring words of his past, Morris is lost.

A stroke of luck leads Morris to a fantastical world where books can fly, and where they truly come to life. Once he enters, he knows he has found his new home.

So begins the amazing story of Morris Lessmore and his life-long love affair with books.

A blend of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a 2014 Young Hoosier Award nominee and also the inspiration for an Academy Award winning short film, will speak to anyone who loves the written word, young and old alike.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie
 
 The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, February 3, 2014

FRAIDYZOO by Thyra Heder

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     48          Ages 4 - 8

Little T's family wants to go to the zoo.  When she says she is afraid to go to the zoo they ask, "Why?"  But Little T can't remember. So begins the adventure of Little T's family and their quest to discover why she is afraid of the zoo.

This is the cutest book! At first glance, it's a book about being afraid of going to the zoo. After you've read a few pages, you discover Fraidyzoo is a wonderfully imaginative ABC book!  It will get your little one's thinking cap buzzing (and sometimes yours too!) as it displays some of the letters, but sometimes just gives hints about what animal is being portrayed by Little T's family with their creative animal costumes made from everyday things around the house.  The story teaches not only letters, but also alphabetical order and letter sounds as well as creativity.  The twist at the end of the story will give all readers a good laugh.

Fraidyzoo is a must for any child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Fraidyzoo can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.