Monday, August 27, 2012

THE REVENGE OF THE MAGIC CHICKEN by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Lexile      Not Rated           Pages     30           Ages     5-8

Wizard, Fairy and Magic Chicken are always arguing. One day Wizard and Fairy get so angry that Fairy turns Wizard into a cow and he turns Fairy into a blueberry muffin. Magic Chicken thinks it's the funniest thing he's ever seen and laughs and laughs and laughs. Now even more angry, Wizard and Fairy turn Magic Chicken into a ballerina.

Magic Chicken plans his revenge carefully, but in carrying it out he is having so much fun he overdoes it and his revenge nearly backfires and his friends could have been hurt. All turns out well in the end and the friends are back to their old selves, ready for a new adventure.

This book is just plain fun. The illustrations are colorful and amusing and the story teaches children that revenge can have undesirable consequences.

For a good laugh and a positive and enjoyable lesson, pick up a copy of The Revenge of the Magic Chicken today!

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Revenge of the Magic Chicken 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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

JINKA JINKA JELLY BEAN by Molly Dingles, illustrated by Aimee Bingler

Lexile     Not Rated               Pages     34               Ages 4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 49489 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

This book is beautifully illustrated.  The pictures are friendly and non-threatening, done in lovely colors that catch the reader's eye. However, it looks so friendly that children may pick it up randomly and end up with questions that parents aren't yet ready to answer.

If adults are, in fact, using the book to introduce death to a young child, it may make the children easier in their minds about where their loved one has gone, but does nothing to help them deal with their personal feelings of loss and sadness.

I personally feel that Jinka Jinka Jelly Bean may make the afterlife too appealing, making children want to go there without understanding that once there, they can never return.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Jinka Jinka Jelly Bean 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, August 13, 2012

ENRICO STARTS SCHOOL by Charlotte Middleton

Lexile     Not Rated               Pages     32               Ages     4 - 6
 AR Quiz No. 80669 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Enrico the cat is five years old.  He has mastered riding a two-wheeler, he makes an awesome sardine and lobster-jelly sandwich, and he is an excellent wind-up mouse catcher.  Despite his confidence in his abilities, Enrico now faces a new challenge that has him a little afraid - it is time for him to start school.  He is unsure how to approach making new friends and he is too shy to participate in class, afraid of giving a wrong answer and looking silly.  When his first few attempts to make friends fail, Enrico's little brother, Chico, suggests that he just be himself.  What a novel idea! 

Enrico starts participating in class and instead of approaching the other children and trying to fit in, he starts playing by himself and lets the others come to him. In the end he has made a new best friend, Pepe, who has interests similar to his own.

The first day of school is such a scary time for many children.  Enrico Starts School gives you a way to discuss with them some of the issues they may encounter and possible ways of dealing with them.  I personally think the lesson of "To thine own self be true" is one of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children - to not do something they are uncomfortable with in order to be accepted.

With its simple, boldly colored illustrations, Enrico Starts School will help your child transition from preschooler to kindergartner in a happy, giggly way.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Enrico Starts 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Lexile     Not Rated

Pages     32

Ages      3 - 6

by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Lexile     AD580

Pages     22

Ages      3 - 5 

 by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Jana Christy

 Lexile     Not Rated

 Pages     32

 Ages      4 - 7

Today we have books that are great for introducing your children to reading, book care and your local library.  Often, we teach our children to read but leave out the things that go with it!

In Beatrice Doesn't Want To, little Beatrice is forced to go to the library with her older brother, who has a report to do for school.  "I don't want to," she says, "I don't like books!"  But she has to go so brother Henry tries to find something for her to do so he can get his work done.  Finally, he happens upon a poster for story hour and makes her go.  At first, she sits with her arms crossed and a frown on her face.  But eventually, the story the librarian tells about a roller skating mouse catches her attention.  Beatrice discovers that she does like books; she just hadn't yet found the right one.

Lola loves Tuesdays; that is the day she and her mommy visit the library!  She loves everything about the day, from making sure she packs all of her library books she has borrowed into her backpack along with her library card, to story hour, the special treat she and mommy get on the way home, and the story Mommy reads to her at bedtime.  Lola thinks that every day should end with a good book!  Lola at the Library is a wonderful book for teaching your preschooler about all of the wonderful things about going to the library.

Penelope Popper wants to be a doctor.  She is always after one of her friends to let her listen to their heart or take their blood pressure and other doctor things.  Her friends don't always cooperate and Penelope is sad until Ms. Brisco, the school librarian, tells her there are all kinds of doctors - people doctors, animal doctors and . . . . book doctors!  She teaches Penelope how to care for and repair the books in the library. Penelope, in turn, passes along the correct way to care for books along to the other children in her class. Penelope Popper, Book Doctor teaches your child about the proper care and handling of books; to make sure your hands are clean so you don't get anything on the book, to turn pages carefully from the top right corner, and the ultimate sin - never dog-ear the pages!  It also shows children that they can follow their dreams, even if those dreams change a little over time.

Any one of these books would make a wonderful addition to your collection. Or, find them at your local library! : )

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Beatrice Doesn't Want To, Lola at the Library, and Penelope Popper, Book Doctor can all be found at the Lake County Public Library or, click here and with your library card number and PIN, place a hold for pick-up at your favorite branch.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Lexile     180          Pages     32          Ages     4-8
AR Quiz No. 53946 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Arnold is devastated when he realizes he has left his pirate costume for the class Halloween party on the bus.  He had counted on it to win the prize for the scariest costume.  He tries fashioning a bug costume from a coat and an extra sweater in his class cubby (for extra arms) and pencils for antenna but when that doesn't work, Arnold decides he isn't going to the party at all and crawls under a tarp in the classroom that they use for painting projects to hide.  Will Arnold miss the party? Does someone else win the scariest costume prize? Read The Perfectly Horrible Halloween and find the answers to these burning questions. : )

I think Arnold's imagination is great!  Even though the bug costume didn't work at least he tried.  And in the end things worked out fine for Arnold, showing children that sometimes things aren't nearly as bad as they seem.  Arnold leaving his costume on the bus also opens a door for a discussion about both responsibility and consequences. Even if you just read The Perfectly Horrible Halloween for fun, you won't be disappointed.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Perfectly Horrible Halloween 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.