Saturday, November 24, 2012

BEING FRANK by Donna W. Earnhardt, illustrated by Andrea Castellani

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     5 and older
 AR Quiz No. 154904 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Young Frank is, well . . . . frank.  He believes honesty is the best policy - in ALL things.  In his honesty, Frank is alienating everyone - his friends, the principal, and even his mother!  When people start avoiding him he is unhappy.  Hoping to feel better he goes up the street to visit with his Grandpa Ernest.  He tells Grandpa how everyone is upset with him and that he isn't so sure that honesty is, in fact, the best policy.  Grandpa tells him that when he was younger he had felt that way too. Then by example he teaches Frank the fine art of tact. When Mrs. Peacock walks by in a massive, flowered hat and asks Grandpa how he likes it he tells her, "There are an awful lot of flowers up there.  But my favorite is the purple one in the middle."  Frank thinks his grandpa has lied but Grandpa tells him that no, he didn't lie.  He really does like the purple one best. He goes on to explain how to talk about the good things instead of the not-so-good.  The next day Frank tries out Grandpa's approach and finds out that it works!  Everyone is happy again and Frank has learned a valuable lesson.

How often have you experienced the precocious and sometimes embarrassing "out of the mouths of babes" moments?  This is a book that is loads of fun for both children and adults, while teaching the meaning and necessity of tact.  Kids will giggle when Frank tells his teacher her breath smells funny and the principal that his toupee looks like a weasel!  I laughed right out loud when Frank told the police officer that had stopped his mom, "Yes, officer.  She knew how fast she was going.  I told her."  Andrea Castellani's illustrations are brilliant and add to the fun.

I enjoyed Being Frank and think it would be a great addition to any reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Being Frank can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/a8ex9h3  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DOG IN BOOTS by Greg Gormley, illustrated by Roberta Angaramo

Lexile     AD680          Pages     32          Ages 3 - 6
 AR Quiz No. 143289 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

After reading Puss in Boots, Dog decides he needs a pair of fancy boots too so he goes to the shoe store and buys himself some. However, when he gets home and tries to dig up his bone he discovers that boots aren't so good for digging.  He takes them back and exchanges them for rain boots, but those are no good for swimming.  Back he goes to the store and this time he comes home with flippers, which are great for swimming but are of absolutely no use for scratching.  Finally after several exchanges, Dog asks the clerk for something that is good for ALL the things he likes to do.  The clerk replies, "I don't have anything like that, but you do - they're called PAWS!"  Dog is so happy he runs home and does all his favorite things - digging, running, swimming, scratching.  Blissfully worn out, he goes inside to rest and read another book, this one about a girl with a beautiful red cape.  "Hmmmmm . . . ." dog thinks . . . .

Children will love all of the funny shoes Dog wears while learning that sometimes, even though something looks better, what you already have is the best.

With words like splendid, magnificent, awful, and perfect, Dog in Boots will help your child expand their use of descriptive words, and the story lends itself to expansion, letting children use their imaginations to come up with other types of shoes Dog could try and why they would or wouldn't be good choices.

I enjoyed Dog in Boots and think you and your little ones will too!

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Dog in Boots can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/9hwzc3q  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.




Thursday, November 1, 2012

JUNGLE HALLOWEEN by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages 3 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 64296 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

This book is just plain fun.  In bright, enjoyable, two-page spreads, Cocca-Leffler shows the jungle animals engaged in the fun of preparing for Halloween.

"Jungle painting, Jungle sewing, Jungle carving, Jungle blowing."

Kids will get a good laugh at the costumes - a rhino in a hula skirt, a fairy giraffe, a cowboy crocodile, an elephant in a jester's hat, and more.

If you're looking for a story time hit, Jungle Halloween will do the trick!

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Jungle Halloween can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here  http://tinyurl.com/8apsm6z  and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.