Monday, October 28, 2013

SCARED SILLY: A HALLOWEEN TREAT by James Howe, illustrated by Leslie Morrill

Lexile     310          Pages     48          Ages     4 and up
 AR Quiz No. 148353 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Howard the Dog, Chester the Cat, and Harold the Dachshund Puppy find themselves alone on Halloween when the family goes out to do their Halloween stuff.  Chester is doing what he can to frighten poor Harold, who has never experienced Halloween.  Howard, being a big softie, tries to calm little Harold but it's not working so well.  Chester laughs and laughs.

A storm moves in and the lights go out.  Well!  Chester isn't laughing anymore!  All of a sudden the front door opens and a witch walks in!  She goes to the kitchen and starts boiling something on the stove.  Suddenly she stops and, looking around asks, "Where are those animals?"
 
Holy smoke! Howard, the narrator of the story says, "I never imagined that the three of us could fit behind the sofa at the same time, but no one stopped to measure." : )
 
Does the witch find them?  Is she really a wicked witch like the trio of friends think?
 
Read Scared Silly: a Halloween Treat, part of Howe's Bunnicula and Friends series and find out! This is a really fun Halloween read - scary, but not too scary.
Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Scared Silly: a Halloween Treat 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, October 22, 2013

NO MORE BITING FOR BILLY GOAT! by Bernette Ford, illustrated by Sam Williams

Lexile     AD360          Pages     32          Ages     2 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 158156 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

It is Billy Goat's first day of school and he is too shy to join the fun and games until a helpful classmate, Ducky, persuades him to join Bunny, Piglet, and Lambkin in a game of ball. He whispers to the group that he would like to play too, but they don't hear him. Frustrated, Billy bites Bunny on the tail! Then, not sure how to play the game, Billy bites again when Piggy objects to him grabbing the ball out of turn. With all of this biting going on, the group of friends are starting to not want Billy around! But then Ducky intervenes once again, calmly explaining that Billy needs to speak up and teaching him how to play the game.

At snack time, while eating his apple, Billy declares, "No more biting for Billy Goat!" to which  Ducky replies, "Right! Teeth are for biting food, not friends!"

No More Biting for Billy Goat addresses an issue that many parents face - dealing with a biter. I think the story of Billly and his friends is a good one for both parents and children. Sometimes parents don't realize that their children bite out of fear or frustration, and children, while knowing that biting hurts, don't think about the idea that if they bite their friends, soon no one will want to play with them.

Ford's story, along with Williams' adorable charcoal and watercolor illustrations, will show children that biting is not a good way to express themselves. Also, it will help non-biters understand the reasons other children bite and how they can help them stop.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 No More Biting for Billy Goat 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, October 14, 2013

FLY GUY a series by Tedd Arnold

I love these books, each and every one of them! Written at different lexile levels for both beginning readers and beginning chapter book readers, the adventures of Fly Guy and his bestie, Buzz, are great fun. No lesson, no hidden meaning, just a big bucket of FUN! Here they are in publication order:

Lexile 280
 
Lexile 410
Lexile 360
 
Lexile 370
Lexile 170
 
Lexile 310
Lexile 380
 
Lexile 310
Lexile 420
 
Lexile 390
Lexile 470
Lexile 300


Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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















HUBBLE BUBBLE, GRANNY TROUBLE by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger

Lexile     NR          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 152804 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

This little girl's granny is different.  She wears pointy hats and takes her bats and frog to the movies. Instead of chicken fingers for lunch, she makes "gloopy soup from icky slime, sludge sprinkles, and bits of froggy poop!"  She has a tendency to make things disappear.

One day the little girl asks her granny, "How about we try to make you a little more normal-ish?" Granny agrees to try, and she does try. She knits hats (witch hats,) she rides the bus instead of her broom, and even gets new clothes and has her hair styled. She's normal looking now . . . . but something isn't quite right.

The next day when the granddaughter goes to visit Granny, she is still in bed and the little girl is afraid Granny is ill. "What's wrong with you?" she asks, and Granny says she is bored.

The little girl (she is never named in the book) realizes that while her Granny looks normal, she isn't really different inside.  Out of love for her granddaughter she tried to be different but she misses her old ways.  The little girl promptly goes and makes some gloopy soup and lets the bats and frogs back in the house. She apologizes to her granny for making her sad.  Granny jumps up and says, "Not for long!" and has all of her witchy friends over and the little girl has her happy, fun and UNIQUE granny back.

This is a really fun book that delivers a great message:  Love people for what they are. Don't try to change them into something they're not.  Being unique is a good thing - if everyone was the same, life would be so boring!  You could talk to your child about their friends and what is different about each one and what they like best about them. It also gives parents the opportunity to understand what draws their children to certain people an learn more about their friends.

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble would be a great addition to your reading list. You might even want it for your permanent collection! :)

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/k2q6at7 and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.