Friday, April 18, 2014

Baby Bear

BABY BEAR by Kadir Nelson. Balzer and Bray, 2014.

Baby Bear is lost.
He seeks advice from others,
And finds his way home.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bunches of books

THE BAD BIRTHDAY IDEA by Madeline Valentine. Knopf, 2014.

Ben loves his robots
His sister Alice gets one
nd Ben is jealous.

THE HUEYS IN IT WASN'T ME by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, 2014.

Who started it all?
What was the fight about? Should
We just let it go?

CALL ME JACOB by Marie Hubner with illustrations by Iris Wolfermann. North/South, 2014.

Matthew wants new names
Ones that will set him apart
And make him special.

LEONCE AND LENA by Georg Buchner with illustrations by Lizbeth Zwerger. Retold by Jurg Amann. North/South, 2014.

German play retold
Mistaken identity
With happy ending.

McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1947.

McElligot's Pool
Full of possibilities
If one is patient.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Animal Fare

CLARK THE SHARK by Bruce Hale with illustrations by Guy Francis. Harper, 2014.

Clark the Shark loves school
He does not always fit in
But he does his best.

THE CROCODILE WHO DIDN'T LIKE WATER by Gemma Merino. North/South, 2014.

Corcodile hating
Water? How could that happen?
Perhaps he's not croc?

CUCKOO by Fiona Robertson. Putnam, 2014.

Cuckoo's different
From the others in his flock
Can he find a friend?

DONKEYS by Adelheid Dahimene and Heide Stollinger. North/South, 214.

Stubborn donkeys split
Seeking someone new to love
Only to find none.

GOLDI ROCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton with illustrations by Nate Wragg. Putnam, 2014.

Three bears seek songstress
For their band. Will Goldilocks
Create harmony?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little things mean a lot

LITTLE FROG'S TADPOLE TROUBLE by Tatyana Feeney. Knopf, 2014.

Tadpoles mean siblings
Are coming soon. Little Frog
Is not that thrilled.

LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver with illustrations by Tomie dePaola. Penguin, 2014.

Perfect poems for
Little ears, illustrated
Gather kids in laps.

SNOWBALL FIGHT by Jimmy Fallon with illustrations by Adam Stower. Dutton, 2014.

Snow means snowball fights
Building forts and attacking
Then home to get warm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Half a Chance

HALF A CHANCE by Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Press, 2014.

It is another time of change for Lucy as she and her parents have just moved to New Hampshire to a house on a lake. Dad is taking off immediately to go photograph an endangered insect in Arizona. This is a constant in Lucy's life: new home, Dad gone. But somehow, Lucy is determined to find her place in her new world. The lens of her camera helps her see more clearly. This summer brings her closer to Nate, whose family's summer place is next door. Through Nate, Lucy learns about the loons that nest on an island in this lake. Lucy's summer will be a time of change, no doubt. But perhaps that change is a GOOD thing? Pair this with Cynthia Voigt's SOLITARY BLUE and Gary Paulsen's THE ISLAND.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Princess Labelmaker

PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE by Tom Angleberger. Abrams, 2014.

Welcome back to Dwight and his Origami Yoda and to the Rebel Alliance that is fighting test prep at McQuarrie Middle School. A note from Princess Labelmaker to Principal Rabbski alerts her to the secret files sent her that demonstrate what is happening at the school with he dreadful test prep package that has replaced electives at the school. Will Rabbski stand up to the district? Will there Rebel Alliance win out over the Dark Side of test prep? Fans of the series will welcome this new entry into the lives of a band of misfits who are brought together by the Origami Yoda and his comrades.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Some bugs

SOME BUGS by Angela DiTerlizzi with illustrations by Brendan Wenzel. Beach Lane, 2014.

Bugs stink and hide and
Fight and hop and build and take
Look closely at them.