Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin

Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
No Lexile or AR information available at this time

It's Saturday!  Ruthie is very excited and looking forward to a fun, don't-have-to-go-anywhere day with Mom and Dad.  She has made BIG plans - blueberry pancakes, planting flowers, cartoons, and baking cookies.  However, the best laid plans of mice and men (and foxes) often go awry and such is the case with Ruthie's Saturday.

First, Gramma's basement floods and Dad is off to help.  Then, a remembered party and forgotten gift purchase have Mom and Ruthie rushing to the store.  And on top of everything else, Ruthie's favorite dress that she wants to wear to the party isn't clean!  Ruthie is ANGRY.  Her perfect Saturday isn't turning out well at all!

Suddenly, Ruthie and Mom hear a loud HISSSSSS.  Oh no!  The car has a flat tire. 

But wait!  Is that really bad news??  Gee, with a flat tire, they can't go to the party.  And if they can't go to the party . . . . . COOKIE BAKING!  CARTOONS!  YAY!  Ruthie gets a do-over and her Saturday won't be so bad after all!

We've seen Ruthie before in Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie and in Laura Rankin's new book, Ruthie is cuter than ever!  She let's children know that things don't always go as planned.  Also, bad luck might, at times, not actually be so bad and you have to look for the silver lining.  What seems like bad luck (flat tire) turns into a good thing for Ruthie!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day  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, June 30, 2014

HARRY AND THE MONSTER by Sue Mongredien, illustrated by Nick East

Pages     28          Ages     3 - 7
No Lexile or AR information available at this time.

One night, Harry has a bad dream - a scary dream about a big purple and green monster. The next night Harry doesn't want to go to bed because he's afraid the monster will return. His mother suggests he imagine a pair of pink pants on the monster's head, telling him it will make him laugh and the monster won't be scary any longer. Harry gives it a try, but in the dream, putting pink pants on his head only makes the monster angry, scaring Harry even more. Night after night, the monster comes back and despite the suggestions from Mom and Dad, Harry is afraid to go to sleep. Then one night, Dad suggests Harry confront the monster with an Angry Mom. This is just the trick to make the monster not so scary. The monster's reaction to being yelled at by an angry mom is sure to make children laugh. In the end, Harry feels sorry for the monster and they become quite good friends, playing the rest of the night.

Harry and the Monster is a cute and fun way to help children learn to confront their fears and would make a great addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Harry and the Monster 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, June 16, 2014

BELLA'S RULES by Elissa Haden Guest, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
AR Quiz No. 160538 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP
Bella knows the family rules by heart but she prefers her own rules - candy for breakfast, no baths, and no bedtime, ever.  On the night Sammy comes to babysit, things get really out of hand and Bella's parents have a long talk with her.  The Granny comes for a visit and brings Bella a puppy!
Puppy has his own rules too, and Bella isn't very happy with them.  In the process of teaching Puppy manners and how to follow the rules - no jumping on the counter, no chewing on Teddy, going outdoors to do business - Bella learns why we have rules that need to be followed.

Bella's Rules is a good lesson given in a fun story with sweet watercolor illustrations that would be a great addition to your child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 Bella's Rules 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.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Lexile     AD730          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 7
AR Quiz No. 159597 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Duncan wants to color. But when he opens his crayon box, the crayons aren't there! Instead, he finds a stack of letters tied together with a string and addressed to him. They are from the different crayons, each with an issue they'd like to discuss. Gray is overworked, while Pink is overlooked. Orange and Yellow both believe they are the true color of the sun. Beige is feeling unimportant, Blue is feeling short and Green is being driven over the edge by Orange and Yellow arguing! 

Poor Duncan just wants to color!

How does Duncan resolve the problem? How does he get the crayons back on track? Well, no pun intended here, (wink, wink) - he THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX! : )

Does a whale HAVE to be gray? No!
Can there be an occasional pink dinosaur? Absolutely!


I really like the message Dewalt's book sends about creativity. Too often we put things into boxes and leave them there, day after day, week after week. Structure and rules are good, don't get me wrong, but creativity is just as important when faced with a problem to solve. I also like how the story shows that different people have different points of view, moods aren't always good, and that you have to speak up about something that bothers you for anything to be done about it.

You really can't go wrong adding The Day the Crayons Quit to your child's collection.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Day the Crayons Quit 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.




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

YOU'RE WEARING THAT TO SCHOOL?! by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
AR Quiz No. 162204 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

The first day of school is approaching and Penelope is so excited! Her friend Tiny, not so much.  "Starting school is tricky," he says.  Penelope asks what he means and he responds, "Like clothes!  What will you wear the first day?"  She says she will wear per sparkle rainbow outfit - a turquoise tutu, a pink feather boa, and colorful, striped stockings.  Tiny is appalled and "helps" her find an "acceptable" outfit.  He doesn't like her idea of bringing a picnic for lunch or her choice for show-and-tell.  He pretty much makes Penelope - NOT Penelope.
In the end Penelope chooses to be herself (YAY Penelope!)  She wears her sparkle outfit, packs a picnic lunch and brings her favorite stuffed animal for show-and-tell.  And you know what? Her new friends like her just the way she is.

This is one of those books that I am conflicted about.  On one hand, the lesson about being yourself is a good one.  On the other hand, Penelope's friend Tiny criticizes everything about her - what she wears, what she eats and even what she wants to bring for show-and-tell.  That's not my idea of being a friend.  While Tiny's criticism is made with good intentions - he just wants Penelope to fit in - he comes off as judgmental when he should be supportive. You could, I suppose, start a discussion with your child about what being a good friend means to them.

I applaud Penelope for her decision to be herself and her new friends for liking her just the way she is.  Here's hoping Tiny learned something too!


Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

You're Wearing That to School?! 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, May 27, 2014

HERO MOM by Melinda Hardin, Illustrated by Bryan Langdo



Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     24          Ages     4 - 8
No AR information available at this time.

For years children have had Hero Dads - fathers serving in the military.  In this day and age we are seeing more and more Hero Moms!



"My mom can't transform
  into a machine, but she
  can make airplanes fly,
  trucks run, and tanks roll."






"My mom doesn't lead
  a band of superheroes
  - she leads a battalion."





Langdo's colorful water color illustrations and Hardin's simple prose celebrates the mothers who make the supreme sacrifice of leaving their children to serve our country. Hero Mom will instill a sense of pride in military children and help them explain to their peers what their mothers do. It will also help non-military children understand why some of their friends' moms are away for long periods of time.

I would recommend Hero Mom for any child's library, but especially for children of military moms.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Hero Mom 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, May 19, 2014

NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney

Pages     40          Ages 3 - 5
There is no Lexile or AR information for this book at this time.


Nelly is so proud of her daddy! He can do anything. Together, they build Nelly a playhouse, Daddy showing her how to do the simple things, while he takes care of the big stuff, like sawing. Then they go shopping for the supplies to add the finishing touches and Nelly gets a little lost. Being the hero he is, Daddy Gnu finds her before she can even really become frightened. They return home and paint "brick walls" and flowers and vines on the playhouse. Daddy makes dinner and afterward, they read books and Daddy tucks Nelly in for the night. Nelly and Daddy are quite a team! 

Near the end of the book is my favorite line: 
"Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK."

Being a Daddy's Girl, this book really spoke to me. Like Nelly, I loved doing things with Dad. I helped him fix things around the house and by the time I was 12 I helped him rebuild the engine on one of our cars (at that point I was still pretty much a parts washer.) All of these things helped me in life - from doing my own car repairs to buying a house in need of a lot of TLC and making it liveable.
Every little Daddy's Girl will love  Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney, author of the popular Llama Llama books.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too  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.