Picture Books by Age

Preschool Picture Books
Picture Books for Grades K-3
Picture Books for Grades 3-5
Picture Books for All Ages

General

Preschool Picture Books

Alexander, Claire.  SMALL FLORENCE, PIGGY POP STAR!  Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co. 2009.  
	24p.  ISBN 978-0-80757455-3 hb. $16.99     PreS – Gr. 1     E PIC
      This piggy takes on something of a Cinderella t heme and will delight children.  Don’t we all cheer on the underdog?  
Shy Florence, a small pig, dreamed of becoming a pop star.  She sang secretly in the bath and under the covers and, 
with courage gained, for her friends.  After seeing an announcement on television for a singing competition enabling the 
winner for perform on live television, Florence’s sisters are confident that they will prevail in the contest. The much larger 
sisters are incredulous that Florence, who can only squeak nervously for them, would have the temerity to consider 
entering the contest.  After all, they exclaim, “You can’t even sing!”  A the the contest, the sisters are paralyzed with fright. 
Of course, Florence’s marvelous voice woos the judges and a star is born. Predictable, but fun.
    Barb Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library

Appelt, Kathi. MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CROW.  Illus. by Jon Goodell. New York:
    Harcourt, Inc., 2005.  unp.  ISBN: 0-15-202651-7  hb. $16.00.   PreS-K     E 

    The book's beautiful, wintery illustrations tell the story of a very busy crow going about its mission to collect an assortment of every-day objects to decorate the town's Christmas tree: a length of shiny garland, a bottle cap, candy wrappers.  Words are few; the pictures tell it all as the townspeople gather around the village tree celebrating the beauty of the snowy night and the gifts of the birds.
    Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Appelt, Kathi. TODDLER TWO-STEP. Illus. by Ward Schumaker. New York:
    HarperCollins, 2000. unp. 0-694-01244-; $5.95 hb. 98-75697   PreK   E

    Short and Sweet.  Read to the Beat!  Filled with rhyme and rhythm, ten little toddlers dance from one to ten and back again.  The story begins with two young ones and increases by two even more energetic youngsters as the text counts in pairs.  Upon reaching ten, the count reverses and descends back to one. The energy level of the two-steppers decreases accordingly.  The simplicity of the cartoon-like figures depict lively, animated cherubs, robust and chubby, on bright solid backgrounds.  Sharing this title is certain to encourage participation and frolicking fun.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Araki, Mie.  KITTEN'S BIG ADVENTURE.  Illus. by author.  New York:  Gulliver Books,
    2005.  ISBN: 0-15-216738-2  hb.  $15.00.  PreS-K    E PIC

    This book follows an adventurous kitten's path as he follows a butterfly. The use of descriptive language, such as Jump, Splash, and crouch down low, gives the reader an opportunity to actively involve a young audience.  The kitten does make his way back to his mother's side for a happy ending.  The illustrations are bold and colorful.  The kitten's expressions match the text very closely.  A pre-reader would enjoy looking at this book.
    Heidi Bretall, Bessemer Public Library Board Member & Preschool Teacher

Bateman, Teresa.  APRIL FOOLISHNESS.  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  Morton Grove, IL:  
          Albert Whitman & Co., 2004.  32p.  ISBN 0-80750404-1 hb. $15.95   PreS-Gr. 2   EP

            This is a bright, colorful, rhyming story for April Fool’s Day.  The grandkids are visiting the farm and telling Grandpa outlandish tales, in the hope that he will fall for one of their April Fool tricks.  He calmly makes breakfast and ignores the stories, until Grandma succeeds in tricking him with her own April Fool joke.  The watercolor illustrations are entertaining, adding to the magic of this clever story.  Facial expression is an integral part of each illustration.  Parents, teachers, and librarians will want to add APRIL FOOLISHNESS to their collections.
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library

Beardshaw, Rosalind.  GRANDPA’S SURPRISE.  New York.  Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2004.  
         
ISBN 1-58234-934-7 hb. $15.95   PreS-Gr. 1   E PIC 

            A boy and his grandfather spend some quality time together and, at the same time, do problem solving adtivities.  This is a wonderful book on many levels.  It has humor, warm family relationships, great illustrations and a subtle lesson thrown in at the end.  It is large, colorful and fun to read.  The visual appeal is so strong, children will read it again and again.  I loved it! 
           
Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

Beaumont, Karen.  I AIN'T GONNA PAINT NO MORE!  Illus. by David Catrow.
    New York:  Harcourt, Inc., 2005.  32p.  ISBN 0-15-202488-3  $16.00  PreS-Gr.1   E

    Who hasn't been in trouble for painting on the walls when they were little?  The main character in this story tries something new by painting himself instead.  By using the rhythm of an old folk song, the author writes entertaining new lyrics to paint with.  The text is very large, making it easy to read aloud with the book balanced on one arm.  Each word representing a body part is highlighted in color and emphasized.  Speaking of color, the illustrations are full of color – and design.  The vibrant colors are painted on a stark white background which makes them even brighter.  Everything that hasn't been painted, for instance, the mother, is shown in black and white pencil drawing.  Every library and preschool should own this charming book. 
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Beaumont, Karen.  I LIKE MYSELF!  Illus. by David Catrow.  New York: 
    Harcourt, Inc., 2004.  unp.  0-15-202013-6 hb. $16.00   PreS - Gr. 1   E

    This ia colorful and visually pleasing book for young children.  The main character leads readers through silly situations in the story while speaking with rhyme the whole time.  Self esteem is the main topic of the book, letting young children know that it's best just to be themselves.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Beaumont, Karen.  MOVE OVER ROVER!  Illus. by Jane Dyer.  Orlando, FL:  Harcourt,
    2006.  unp.  ISBN 0152019790 hb. $16.00    PreS-Gr. 2    E

Sometime in the fall, during a rain storm, Rover expected to have his doghouse all to himself.  Instead, various other animals showed up, one by one, to sleep with him and stay warm during the storm.  One particular guest ended up chasing everyone out!  Colorful illustrations bring the audience into the story while the rhyming and rhythmic, chant-like text keeps them interested.  This book would be a great read for children ages 3-7, and is recommended for school and public libraries. 
    Amy Salminen Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Beaumont, Karen.  SHOE-LA-LA!.Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  New York:  Scholastic Press, 2011. 32p.  
    ISBN 978-0-545-06705-8 hb. $16.99  PreS – Gr.2   E PIC

   
Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Claire need new party shoes to wear. The girls find a plethora of colorful, exciting choices at Shoe-La-La. Shoes with zippers, straps, buckles, heels, bows and pom-poms in every hue are tried on. So many choices, so many shoes to try on until the exhausted girls decide that they can’t decide. Pham gets it just right when the girls come to this conclusion with delightful expressions of consternation on their faces. The depiction of the totally exhausted shoe salesman lying in a huge pile of discarded shoes is perfect.  The moppets solve their shoe dilemma by decorating shoes from their closets with feathers, ribbons and all of the items found in a good children’s craft box. Moms may need to hide the glue sticks after reading this book or they inspired to create some fun with an old pair of shoes or slippers. Creative teachers could make an art project, providing decorative items to glue on paper shoes. The rhythm and rhyme flow well and the ethnic diversity of the girls is an added plus. Combined with the bright, funny illustrations for a book that girls (and moms) will enjoy.
     
Barb Ward, Retired Dickinson County Library Children’s Librarian

 Bloom, Suzanne.  A SPLENDID FRIEND, INDEED.  Illus. by author.  Honesdale, PA,
 2005. 29 pgs.  ISBN 1-59078-286-0  hb. $15.95    PreS - 2    E 
     This picture book is illustrated with large, wonderful drawings which do a marvelous job of conveying emotion.  They nearly tell the story by themselves.  The story teaches children that true friendship is possible even when the friend is less than perfect.  Bear is happily engaged in his own activities, but is constantly interrupted by aggravating Goose who talks and talks and talks!  In spite of this, they find that they can be splendid friends, indeed.
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse - retired elementary teacher, public library board trustee

Bogan, Paulette.  OMMA'S MAGICAL PURSE.  New York:  Bloomsbury, 2004.
            unp.  ISBN=1-58234-842-1 hb.  $15.95.  PreS – Gr. 2    E

            On a trip to the park, Rachel tells Cousin David that her Momma's purse is magical, but he doesn't believe her.  She says her Momma has absolutely everything in her purse.  Soon Rachel hurts her knee and Momma gets a bandage from her purse.  Throughout the afternoon, Momma continues to pull out exactly what is needed in every situation - even everything that is needed to save Cousin David.  This book has beautiful, full color, eye catching pictures that are perfect for preschool and early elementary school students.
            Laurel Miller, K.I.Sawyer Learning Center and Library.
Bridwell, Norman.  CLIFFORD THE CHAMPION.  New York: Scholastic, Inc. 2010. 32p.  
	ISBN 978-0-545-10146-2 hb. $17.99   PreS - Gr.1   PIC
               Emily Elizabeth enters Clifford in a big dog contest.  Clifford is trying hard to complete the required tasks, 
but amazingly, to Emily and to fans of Clifford, he is falling behind a dog named Champ in points.  Bridwell writes a 
lesson in the importance of trying your best even when you may come up shortt.  Being a winner as a person, or as in 
this case, a dog, isn’t as important as being a participant.  Young readers will be happy to see a new Clifford tale.  
No pun intended.
               Barb Ward, Retired children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library

Bunting, Eve.  MY BIG BOY BED.  Illus. by Maggie Smith.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin,
    2003  32p.  0-618-17742-6 hb. $15.00   PreS-Gr. 2    E  or  FIC

    Donnie is making a big transition in his life.  He gets a big boy bed.  This story follows the excitement of the main character through the journey of the freedom that a big boy bed allows.  This is a good book for PreS-K age children.  This is a fun journey that young children would find funny and easy to relate to.  The material talked about in the book is pertinent to their age and the things that they are experiencing.  The language is also good for new readers because it offers repeating texts and sounds.  Purchase this book for grades PreS-K for both the content and the illustrations.
    Kathleen Stiles. Elementary School Teacher, Marquette, MI.

Cuyler, Margery.  PLEASE SAY PLEASE:  PENGUIN'S GUIDE TO MANNERS.  
    Illus. by Will Hellenbrand.  New York:  Scholastic Press, 2004.  unp.  0-590-29224-2
    $15.95   PreS - Gr. 2    E

    Cuyler presents a comical view of bad manners through the actions of a group of animals invited to dinner at Penguin's house.  Improper table behavior is shown on the right page, inviting readers to respond..  Correct behavior is then demonstrated on the flip side of the page.  The illustrator aptly captures the facial expressions and body language of amall children and transfers them to the illustrated animals.  Some of the situations are silly, but they do get the point across that there are acceptable and unacceptable behaviors at the dinner table.  All early elementary and preschool students will enjoy listening to this story or read it on their own.  Highly recommended.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Demers, Dominique. TODAY, MAYBE. Illus.Gabrielle Grimard. Trans. By Sheila Fischman. Custer, WA:
       Orca Book Publishers, 2010. 30p. ISBN 978-1-55469-400-6 hc.$19.95  Gr. PreS–2    EPIC

       Translated from the original French publication, this lovely story is about a young girl who lives in the forest with her bird, waiting each morning for someone special to come. The girl doesn’t know who it will be, but knows that she will recognize them when they come.  She is visited by many fairytale characters, some evil, some noble, but she gently turns away each one. The story culminates with a scratch on her door which fills her with the conviction and anticipation that this is the one. Upon opening her door, she finds the long awaited special friend. The gentle heroine is a beautiful, magical fairytale girl who will capture readers’ hearts. Throughout, the art is as wondrous as any found in children’s books today. This sweet tale is a good choice for storytime, one on one reading or gift giving.
   
    Barb Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library, Iron Mountain, MI

Downs, Mike.  THE NOISY AIRPLANE RIDE.  Illus. by David Gordon.  Berkeley, CA:
    Tricycle Press, 2003.  32 p.  ISBN:  1-5824-6091-4, hb, $14.95.    PreK-1    E

    Large colorful illustrations supply the imagery that accompanies the rhyming description of the noises and sounds that are heard while on an airplane flight.  The final double page spread gives more detail to "other things you might see, hear, and feel" while traveling by airplane.  This book is written for the pre-kindergarten age-level and is probably most appropriate for a young child, who will be taking a very first airplane trip.
Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board

Edwards, Becky.  MY FIRST DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL.  Illus. by Anthony Flintoft.  New York:     
          
Bloomsbury USA, 2002.  ISBN 1-58234-761-1 hb.  $15.95   PreS   E PIC

            This is a fun spirited treatment of the difficult adjustment children make when separating from parents during the school day.  The little girl in the story is resistant to all the allures of her nursery school until she starts listing them and gets herself caught up in the fun, in spite of missing her Mommy.  By the end of her first day, she does not want to leave.  The story has a light touch throughout, with good resolution.  The little girl puts all the things she made at preschool on her shelf at home and can’t wait to go back for more.  
            Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

Ehlert, Lois.  PIE IN THE SKY.  San Diego, CA:  Harcourt, Inc., 2004.  
    0-15216584-3 hb.  $16.00  PreS - Gr. 2      E

    This bright, colorful picture book is another beautiful example of author/illustrator, Lois Ehler's work.  Her intense, vivid use of color, combined with interesting collage illustration draw the reader right into this sweet story.  PIE IN THE SKY is the story of the cycle of a cherry tree, culminating in the making of a pie.  The main text (in bold white print) is a story told through a child's dialogue as he/she observes the tree through the seasons.  The story ends with cherry pie making - recipe included!  There is a subtext (in small white print) on each page which points out many of the objects observed by the child on each page, ending with "But no pie."  The varied materials used by Lois Ehlert, along with interesting half pages and holes, representing steam holes in a pie, make this a very fun and interesting read.  Also, the child's dialogue is directed to "Dad" who helps make the pie at the end of the story.  Refreshing!
    Erin Donovan, Elementary School Teacher, Marquette Area Public Schools   

Ehrlich, Fred.  DOES A DUCK HAVE A DADDY?  Illus. By Emily Bolam.  Blue Apple 
    Books, 2004.  ISBN 1-59354-032-9  hb. $10.95   PreS – K   j591.563

 Ehrlich, Fred.  DOES A MOUSE HAVE A MOMMY?  Illus. By Emily Bolam.  Blue 
    Apple Books, 2004.  ISBN 1-59354-034-5  hb. $10.95   PreS – K   j591.563

 Ehrlich, Fred.  DOES A PANDA GO TO SCHOOL?  Illus. By Emily Bolam.  Blue 
    Apple Books, 2004.  ISBN 1-59354-017-5  hb. $10.95   PreS – K   j372.21

Ehrlich, Fred.  DOES A YAK GET A HAIRCUT?  Illus. By Emily Bolam.  Blue Apple 
    Books, 2004.  ISBN 1-59354-016-7  hb. $10.95   PreS – K   j646.724

    Titles in the Early Experiences series teach children about important people and moments of childhood. The author uses an eye-catching question-and-answer format comparing people to animals.  The contributors share information on childhood events that may seem scary, but won't hurt a bit, such as going to school and getting a haircut.  Some may criticize Ehrlich for making some statements in regards to the parental or living situations.  For example, in Does a Duck Have a Daddy? the claim that “[human daddies] spend more time with their children than any other animal father" may trouble children whose father may not be a strong part of their lives.  Though a caring adult can aid in dealing with those situations as they arise.  Bolam’s illustrations of monkeys, ducks, birds and other animals interacting with their offspring are clear and bright.  This series of books are recommended for ages 1-5 and would be most appropriate for public library picture book collections as well as school libraries that have a preschool program. 
   
Amy Becker, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, Michigan.

Esbaum, Jill.  STANZA.  Illus. by Jack Davis.  Orlando, FL: Harcourt children's Books,
      2009.  ISBN 978-0-15-205998-9 hb. $16.00    Gr. PreS-2     E PIC

      Stanza, a street smart, tough dog of the city, has a secret life as a sentimental poet.  In this fast paced, rhyming tale, author Jill Esbaum reveals Stanza's softer side after he wins second place in a dog treat jingle contest.  His friends tease him until they want him to share the prize of a year's worth of dog treats.  The entire neighborhood is pleasantly surprised when Stanza's brothers entertain them with art work and piano playing.  It turns out that Stanza wasn't the only dog to have a secret talent.  Colorful waterdolor illustrations playfully bring the characters to life.  Children will understand the feeling of trying to fit into expected roles and delight in the concept of being accepted for who they really are.
      Heidi Bretall, Early Childhood Educator, Bessemer Public Library Board Member

Fernandes, Eugenia.  BUSY LITTLE MOUSE.  Illus by Kim Fernandes.  Tonawanda, NY:  
           
Kids Can, 2002.  24p.  ISBN 1-55074-776-2; lib.bdg., $12.95   PreS-Gr. 1     E PIC

                Fimo modeling material was used to create the same little mouse that was in Fernandes’ SLEEPY LITTLE MOUSE (Kids Can, 2000).  A rhyme introduces eight animals.  The last of the four lines is the same for each animal: “What does the little dog (pig, sheep, cow, cat, duck, horse, mouse) say?”  It is unusual that the name of the baby animal is not used; i.e., puppy, lamb, calf, kitten, duckling, or colt are not used.   The sound for each animal is repeated twice: “Woof! Woof!” or “Oink! Oink!”  The book ends with the little mouse going to bed.
            Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Frazee, Marla.  WALK ON! A GUIDE FOR BABIES OF ALL AGES.   Orlando, FL:
      Harcourt, 2008.  ISBN 978-0152055738 hb. $ 9.95     Gr. PreS-K     E PIC
 
      In the spirit of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,” this book that will satisfy many audiences. On the surface it is a guidebook for infants who are about to become toddlers, and their parents, but it is a metaphor about milestones of any type. The book is full of helpful and motivational advice (such as "stay away from fragile stuff" and "only begin when you are ready". The charming colored pencil and gouache illustrations of a gender-neutral baby demonstrate the dangers and perks of learning to walk. The wry tone will be sure to amuse adult readers, while the pictures will delight children.
      Heather Crozier, Public Librarian, Munising School Public Library

George, Kristine O’Connell. ONE MITTEN. Illus. By Maggie Smith. New York: 
    Clarion Books, 2004. 32p. 0-618-11756-3 hb. $15.00   Gr. PreS-2     E

    This book is a treat to read and interact with. Although the reading level of this book is for the primary grades, the interest level will begin with 3 year olds. There is plenty of imagination going on in the story, as the main character finds many ways to use a single mitten. Parents, preschool teachers and librarians will enjoy reading this book out loud also. The illustrations are bright, colorful and textured.  The cool color hues provide a calming atmosphere for the reader. What an enjoyable book!
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Horacek, Judy.  THE STORY OF GROWL.  Illus. by author.  La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller 
      Book Publishers, Inc, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-933605-80-7 hb. $15.95   Gr. PreS-K     E PIC

      Growl is a little monster who loves to growl all day long.  She enjoys growling, much to the dismay of her neighbors.  Growl is forced to stop her growling when it becomes outlawed.  Children will enjoy this cute little monster and her problem.  In the end, Growl saves the day by growling at a burgler and scaring him away.  A compromise is reached and all ends well.  The illustrations are lively, cute, and non threatening.  A great choice for reading aloud to children.
      Heidi Bretall, Bessemer Public Library, Board Member

Isadora, Rachel.  HAPPY BABY, HAPPY SMILE.  New York: Harcourt Childrens Books, 2009. 
	ISBN 978-0-15-206546-1 hb. $16.00  Presch-Gr. 1   E PIC
	Louie goes to his Grandpa Sam’s Chinese restaurant for dinner every Friday night.  He visits the kitchen 
to see the chefs and watch the chopping and hustle and bustle of the busy kitchen.  The people who inhabit Isadora’s 
vibrantly illustrated pages are a nice multi-ethnic mix.  the look on Louie’s face when Grandpa serves a fish with head 
intact is a grimace that children will recognize and enjoy.  there is a warm family feeling to this book.  Isadora clearly 
enjoys and knows the hearts of children.
	Barb Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library

Jackson, Woody.  A COW’S ALPHA-BET.  Illus. by author.  New York: 
           
Houghton Mifflin, 2003.  ISBN 0-618-16599-1 hb. $15.00   PreS-Gr. 1   EP

            The book is illustrated by the man who did the design for the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream line.  The strength of the book is in the illustrations.  There is no story, just one word on each of the 26 pages for each letter of the alphabet.  Each page features a lovely black and white cow and a farm photo.  The clear text is graphically appealing, especially to children who like animals and farms.
            Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

Jarman ,Julia.  BIG RED TUB. Illus. by Adrian Reynolds.  New York:  Orchard Books, 2004.   
           
ISBN=0-439-67232-5 hb. $14.95.  Gr.   PreS-K    E PIC

            As Stan and Stella take a bath in their big red bathtub, various jungle of animals join them in their crowded tub and lead them on bigger-than-life adventures. By the end of bathtime, readers are aware that the adventurous animals can be found on items around the bathroom.  This delightful story is told in rhyme and has a very nice rhythm.  The pictures are large and colorful and make you feel as if you were in the bath with the kids.  This is a wonderful book for Preschoolers to enjoy.
            Laurel Miller, K.I. Sawyer Learning Center and Library.
Klise, Kate.  IMAGINE HARRY.  Illus. by author.  Singapore: Harcourt Books, 2007. 
          30p.  ISBN: 978-0-15-205704-6 hb. $16.00.    Gr. PreS-2     E Pic

          Harry is the imaginary friend of Little Rabbit. They do everything together.  When the time comes for Little Rabbit 
to start school, he takes Harry along.  The more friends he makes at school, the less often Little Rabbit thinks about Harry.  
One day Mother Rabbit asks Little Rabbit about Harry.  Little Rabbit says that Harry moved away to his own house and 
can't call or write, so he won't be heard of anymore.  This is a cute story about imaginary friends and how we outgrow them.
The illustrations are full of artistic detail which support the storyline.  My kindergartener liked the story very much and often 
asked to have it re-read while we were previewing it.
          Melissa Coyne, Taquahmenon Falls School Public Library, Newberry, MI

Korchek, Lori.  ADVENTURES OF COW.  Illus. by Marshall Taylor.  Berkeley, CA:  
    Tricycle Press, 2005.  26p.  ISBN: 1582461392 hb.  $12.95   PreS-K    E
   
    The book tells about the travels of this little plastic cow.  The pictures are real photographs of animals, but the words 
do not match the animals, thus creating confusion for young readers.  From an early age children are taught that the 
picture of a horse is a horse, but the author's subtle humor may not be understood by children.  It was very hard to 
understand that cow's mother and father were photographed as a wooden penguin and a glass hippo. The author's 
attempts tp play-on-words didn'tl quite work in this book.  Although the pictures are okay in this book; the story is 
very confusing.
    Jan St.Germain, Director, Richmond Township Library, Palmer, MI

Martin, Bill Jr.  "FIRE!  FIRE!" SAID MRS. MCGUIRE.  Illus. Vladimir Radunsky.  New York:  Harcourt, Inc., 
          2006.  24 p.  ISBN: 0-15-205725-0 hb. $16.00     PreS-K    E PIC

          Wonderful pictures of worried mice accompany this nursery rhyme.  Their only view of the "fire" is through a closet
or pantry keyhole.  When they open the door, the "fire" turns out to be the six candles on a birthday cake.  Although the 
pictures are colorful and imaginative, and there is the allegory that a very small view of something can be most misleading, 
the nursery rhyme will not stand up to much repeat reading at the kindergarten level.  This is a better choice for the pre-schooler.
               Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board

Moon, Nicola.  TICK TOCK, DRIP DROP.  Illus. by Eleanor Taylor.  New York: Bloomsbury, 
          2004.  32p. ISBN 1-58234-944-4 hb.        PreS – Gr. 1   E PIC

          Rabbit can’t sleep because of the noises in his house.  Longsuffering mole tries to help rabbit, but the job seems 
unending.  The friendly illustrations are exceptional in this large format book.  The caring relationship between rabbit and 
mole is a nice backdrop to the humor of the story as one thing after another keeps rabbit awake.  The language is repetitive 
and patterns the sounds of nighttime in the burrow.  This is a great book to read aloud to a crowd or one-on-one with your 
favorite young reader. 
            Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

O'Connell. Rebecca.  THE BABY GOES BEEP.  Illus. by Ken Wilson-Max.  Brookfield, CT:  Roaring
    Brook Press, 2003. unp. 0-7613-1789-9 hb.$14.95   0-7613-2867-X lib.bdg. $22.90   PreK    E

    Follow this exuberant baby through the day and you'll know why the parents end up exhausted.  The text is rhythmic, the illustrations are huge and each page is full of vibrant color.  Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book to preschoolers everywhere!
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Oldland, Nicholas.  BIG BEAR HUG.  Toronto, ON:  Kids Can Press, 2009.
          32p.  978-1-55453-464-7; hb., $16.95.  PreS-Gr. 2.    EP

A bear who loves to hug, especially trees.  A new take on the phrase "bear hug."  The bear just roams the woods filled with love.  The love spills out in bear hugs; hugs to animals and trees.  The bear's problem arrives in the form of a man with an axe who wants to chop down an old tree.  The needs to decide to either eat the man, or...what?  The artwork in this story is primitive, but appealing to pre-school children.  The eyes on the animals receiving the bear's hugs are precious to behold.  The story is an interesting approach to forest preservation.
          Chris Collins, L'Anse Area School/Public Library, L'Anse, MI

Rau, Dana Meachen. I AM IN CHARGE OF ME.  Illus. by Shirley Beckes.  Minneapolis, MN:
    Picture Window Book, 2005.  32p.  ISBN: 1-4048-0646-6    PreS-K   E PIC

    I found the concept of "I'm in charge of me" an appropriate message for young children.  The book followed a boy during a typical day at home and at school.  Through repetition of the title, the author creates a story about the boy taking responsibility for many daily tasks.  He makes his bed, knows where he puts his mittens, and feeds his fish to name a few ways that he is in charge of himself.  I think the bright simplicity of the illustrations would also appeal to young children.  The boy looks friendly.
    Heidi Bretall, Bessemer Public Library Board Member & Preschool Teacher

Richardson, Bill.  SALLY DOG LITTLE.  Illus. by Celine Malepart.  New York: 
    Annick Press, 2002.  22p.  ISBN 1-55037-759-0 hb.  $14.95  PreS-Gr. 2.  E
 
    This is an imaginative story about a dog's solution to a fanciful visit by ghostly intruders to the very formal Little home.  It is colorfully illustrated, making it a fun story to read aloud.  Sally Dog Little has been instructed by her very formal family on the PROPER behavior for a dog in the Little family, but the instructions do not cover every situation.  Sally Dog Little manages to figure out an acceptable solution to a most improbable problem.  This is a great read aloud story and one that will stimulate other imaginative stories from the listeners.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Board Member, Superiorland Library, Marquette, MI

Salas, Laura.  WHOSE COAT IS THIS?  A LOOK AT HOW WORKERS COVER UP:
            JACKETS, SMOCKS, AND ROBES.  Illus. by Amy Bailey.  Minneapolis:  
            Picture Window Books, 2006.  24p.  ISBN: 1-4048-1598-8 hb.  PreS-K   E PIC

            This book introduces children to different occupations by asking them to guess what kind of a job someone has when they wear a certain kind of clothing.  Children love to try to solve riddles, so this book is a great way to allow them to practice.  The explanations of what people do for their jobs are descriptive and easy for children to understand. 
            Stephanie Swenski, West Iron District Library, Iron River, MI

Schubert, Ingrid & Dieter.  MY HERO.  Illus. by authors.  Ashville, NC:  Front Street, 2004.
    ISBN: 1-932425-10-1  hb. $16.95    PreS-K   E PIC

    The notable feature of this thin book is the illustrations. The award-winning authors/illustrators applied their creativity and talents to the story of two mice: Mouse (he's the hero in the story) and his Mousegirl (think girlfriend). Mouse is a macho mouse who boasts about the depth of his love as he fantasizes about the ingenious, heroic lengths to which he would go in order to protect his Mousegirl. The expressive illustrations will bring a smile to child and adult.
    Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Sendelbach, Brian.  THE UNDERPANTS ZOO. Illus.by Brian Sendelbach. New York:
            Orchard Books, 2011.  32p.  ISBN: 978-0-545-24935-5 hb.  $16.99.  Gr. PreK-1   PIC

            The Underpants Zoo takes the reader on a tour of a funny, wacky zoo where all of the animals wear different types of underwear. Everything from monkeys, to zebras, to hippos and snakes all wear underpants that are personalized to their own particular style.The rhyming words and colorful illustrations make this a fun and easy read for beginning readers.
            Joyce Hoskins,  Teacher- L'Anse School Public Library

Shannon, David. ALICE THE FAIRY. New York: Blue Sky Press, 2004.
    0-439-49025-1 hb. $15.95 Gr. K-2 E

    What can you do with a fairy wand? Alice, who also wears wings and a crown, can think of many things! She takes young readers through some successful magic tricks and a few more that need extra work. It’s amazing what a little imagination can do. The illustrations are typical of David Shannon, drawn with imprecise black line drawings and very bright, rich colors.  The text is quite large, making it easy to read aloud to children while showing them the great pictures.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Shields,Ggilliam. THE PERFECT BEAR. Illus.by Gary Blythe. London: Simon & Schuster,
         2007. 24p. SIBN 978-14169-53630 hb. $16.99   PresK-Gr. 3     E PIC 

        
Two words that can transcend gender and age:  teddy bear.  If you or a child you know has loved, or still loves a “taddy bear,” this book will surely stir up old memories or create new ones.  A deeper love of one’s own “bear” and one’s own self will be revealed during this read.  THE PERFECT BEAR is the perfect story where children can discover that love comes with acceptance of flaws.  Like the “Do Not Touch” bear, only after we have accepted others and ourselves, can we come to realize that it’s what’s inside us that’s important. 
        
The story is reminiscent of GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS in the beginning. “There once was a girl who was a bit like you. She was not too big. She was not too small. She was just somewhere nicely in the middle.”  The little girl loves her “Do Not Touch” bear, but he is resistant to her love because he only wants to be admired, like before he was brought home to the girl.  As the story progresses, the bear becomes dirty and ragged from being played with, which makes him very unhappy.  It is not until his conversation with another toy, the old pink rabbit, and his separation from the girl that he understands the true meaning of love.  This is a cuddly story, which is sure to be a bedtime favorite.  Don’t forget to bring your own “perfect bear!”
         
Ashley Ingram, Secondary English, Engadine Schools

Singer, Marilyn. TALLULAH’ SOLO. Illus. Alexandra Boiger.  New York:  Clarion Books, 2012.  32p.  ISBN 978-0-547-33004-4  hb. $16.99   PreS-Gr.1   Easy PIC

            Tallulah is back in this follow-up to TALLULAH’S TUTU. She’s excited and looking forward to the winter recital. She knows that she is an excellent ballerina dancer and is sure that this year she will have a solo. She is happy that her younger brother Beckett wants to learn ballet after admiring Tullulah practicing her ballet moves.  At class she proudly shows him the barre, the mirrors where you watch yourself move and the chair where students sit when they misbehave. Beckett’s attention wanders; he slides on the floor, plays with his toy car, and worst of all picks his nose. In spite of Tullulah’s efforts, at the next lesson instead of doing better, Beckett continues to be distracted and a distraction, until he ends up in the time-out chair. Tallulah concentrates hard on her ballet moves and daydreams about her solo. When the day of the recital audition arrives, the ballet chosen is announced, The Frog Prince. Sure that she will be chosen for the princess, Tallulah smilingly auditions. When the list of parts is posted, Tullulah is crushed to see that she is not a princess, but a lady-in-waiting and Beckett has been chosen to be the frog. It’s so unfair. She has practiced so hard while her brother has goofed off.  Tulullah’s eventual realization that Beckett has become a dancer because he admires her, allows her to put her pride and disappointment aside to help him with his moves. The lesson in pride and humility along with the love between brother and sister comes through, but it is lightly done. The happy ending will please children.
            Barbara Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library,

Stock, Catherine.  A SPREE IN PAREE.  New York:  Holiday House,  2004.  32p.
    0823417204  hb. $16.95    PreS-Gr. 2    E

    Set in the French countryside, this unusual picture book has a farmer visiting Paris for a holiday with all of his farm animals - cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens.  The many references to French locations and culture may be lost on children, but there may be an audience for the mildly amusing tale.
    Linda Peterson, Retired Librarian, Carnegie Library, Ishpeming, MI

Stolz, Mary.  EMMETT’S PIG.  Illus by Garth Williams.  Watercolors by Rosemary Wells.  
         
New York: HarperCollins, 1959, 2003.  32p.  0-06-028746-2 hb. $15.99    PreS-Gr. 1     E 

          This book was originally published in 1959 as a Harper I Can Read easy reader.  Many reissues provide essentially the same book but the transition from easy reader to picture book means major differences between these two books.  The picture book is 32 pages and the easy reader is 64 pages.  This means that while all of the illustrations that are included in the picture book come from the easy reader, there are a number of illustrations and accompanying text that do not appear in the picture book.  Some of these include two illustrations about the zoo, four pages about pets in the building, two pages about space ships and firemen, one page about the dentist, one page about people in the street, Emmett the boy in his PJs, a partial page showing a toy dump truck,  l page of cars parked in front of the apartment, over a page showing cars at the farm as Emmett’s family says good-by, a page of Emmett telling his teachers and classmates, and one of his telling the elevator man about his experiences, and a partial page of writing to the farmer.  Williams’ illustrations have been enlarged and watercolors by Wells brighten the illustrations from the paler Williams illustrations.  The location of the illustrations is different also.  The easy reader uses easy language but no attempt is made to limit vocabulary in the picture book.  The story is tighter because side issues such as Emmet’s visit to the zoo and interaction with others who live near him in the city are excluded. 
          The stereotype of the farmer and his wife in the illustrations and Emmet’s bib overalls, straw hat, and pipe may have been more acceptable in 1959 but are now out of place.  
          Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Tanen, Sloane. WHERE IS COCO GOING.  Photos by Stephan Hagen.  New York: Bloomsbury 
	2004. 13 pgs.  ISBN 1-58234-951-7 $14.95    PreS-K     E

	This photo story has a cute Easter chick photographed against stunning backgrounds, while taking various modes of transportation to grandma's house. 
The simple text is just right for this visual extravaganza. It's a real "WOW" book kids will want to look at again and again. 
	Susan Koernke, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee

Thompson, Lauren.  POLAR BEAR NIGHT.  Illus. by Stephen Savage.  New York:  
          Scholastic Press, 2004.  ISBN=0-439-49524-5 hb.  $15.95.   PreS-Gr. 2   E
 
            The Polar Bear cub wanders away from his sleeping mother to watch a magical star show.  Along the way he encounters many other Arctic animals sleeping.  After the show he finds his way home to his snuggly warm mother.  This book is great for Preschoolers and emerging readers.  The pictures are of dark colors to imply night, but they are enjoyable. 
            Laurel Miller,  K.I. Sawyer Learning Center and Library

Tuxworth, Nicola.  KITTENS: A VERY FIRST PICTURE BOOK.  Illus. with photos
    by Lucy Tizard.  Milwaukee, WI: 1999.  24 p. 0-8368-2273-0; hb.  $21.26.  PreS-K

    The book is illustrated with very appealing photographs of kittens.  The text is very simple.  The book includes questions for discussion and a list of more books to read, some video suggestions, and possible web sites.  It is exactly what it says it is- a very first picture book introduction to kittens.  The questions for discussion suggest further topics to be explored, but any further factual information is left to the adult reader.  This book might be suitable for a nursery school in terms of its pictures, but it really does not include enough information for a school library.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Board Member, Superiorland Library, Marquette, MI

Whatley, Bruce.  CLINTON GREGORY'S SECRET.  Illus. by Bruce Whatley.  New York:  
         
Harry N Abrans, Inc., 2008.  ISBN: 13: 978-0-8109-9364-8 hb. $15.95.     Gr. PreS-1     E PIC

          Every child loves a secret.  Especially if it comes in the form of fantastic, giant friends.  Monday starts off with Clinton Gregory wrestling with a dragon.  By Sunday he's got a whole crew of intersting characters flying to the moon and back.  Each page is illustrated with expressive, colorful characters.  This book is fun to read as well as fun to look through.  An excellent" what do you think will happen next ?" type of book.  

          
Heidi Bretall, Early Childhood Educator, Bessemer Public Library Board Member

Winch, John.  TWO BY TWO.  New York:  Holiday House, 2004.  unp.
    ISBN 0-8234-1840-5 hb. $16.95    Gr. PreS-K     E

    This is a variation of the Noah’s Ark great flood story, written for preschoolers.  It focuses on land animals and a few birds as their homes become covered with water.  Noah and his wife are pictured toward the end of the story, but are never named in the text.  The author’s note in the back of the books tells how flood stories are found in the folklore of most cultures around the world.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Yolen, Jane.  BABY BEAR'S BOOKS.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Orlando, FL:  Harcourt,
    2006.  unp. ISBN 0152052909 hb. $16.00   PreS-Gr. 2    E

    As a companion book to Baby Bear's Chairs, Jane Yolen and Melissa Sweet have created a world where little bears and their imaginations come to life.  From the very first book at the beginning of the day to the last one at bedtime, the author demonstrates how books can be a wonderful and exciting part of each day.  Sweet's illustrations bring the text alive with color, shape, and motion.  So, what is the best time of day to read?  Anytime, of course!  A highly recommended addition to any public or school library serving 3 to 7 year-olds.
    Amy Salminen Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Ziefert, Harriet. BUZZY'S BOO BOO. Illus. by Emily Bolam. Maplewood, N.J.:  Blue Apple Books,
     2004. 8 pgs. ISBN 1-59354-023-X   hb. $ 9.95    PreS    E
  
     Nice language flow and rhyming text make this short, but sweet, book fun to read.  It is visually appealing with sharp illustrations against lots of 
white space.  The story is about  how to find comfort for a boo-boo. This would be a quick read for someone healing up from a scrape! 
     Susan Koernke, preschool teacher, Little Punkins Daycare
Ziefert, Harriet.  A DOZEN DUCKLINGS LOST AND FOUND.  Illus. by Donald Dreifuss. 
    New York:  Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.  unp.  0-618-14175-8 hb.  $15.00   PreS-Gr.2   E

    The bright, simplistic illustrations and bold, easy-to-read text carry this counting book about twelve ducklings living on a farm.  The story covers the hatching process of eggs, and includes an information sheet on Muscovy ducks at the end of the book.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

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Picture Books for Grades K-3

Austen, Catherine. MY CAT ISIS. Illus.by Virginnie Egger.  Tonwanda, NY: Kids Can
     Press Ltd. 2011.  30p. ISBN: 978-1-55453-413-5 hb.  $16.95.    Gr. K-3    E PIC

      The narrator in this book provides information about the Egyptian goddess Isis by revealing parallels between the goddess and her own family pet. This book will appeal to cat lovers and spark interest in Egyptian mythology.  Several references are made to other Egyptian god/goddesses and myths. Unique illustrations in the form of collages helps bring this unusual book to life.
       Joyce Hoskins, Teacher- L'Anse School Public Library, L’Anse, MI

Bailey, Linda.  THE FARM TEAM.  Tonawanda, NY:  Kids Can Press, 2006.  unp.
    ISBN 1553378504 hb. $16.95   Gr. K-3   E

    This is a cute story, set in Canada, about barnyard animals on a hockey team vying for the championships.  It's a predictable tale which should please young hockey fans and amuse readers who imagine chickens and sheep on skates.
    Jennifer Nykanen, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Banks, Kate.  MAX’S WORDS.  Illus. Boris Kulikov.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006. ISBN10-0374399492             hb.$16.00    Gr. 1-3     Easy PIC

            How do you carve out your place in the world when you have two older brothers who are both collectors, and they won't share?  Max's solution is to create his own collection of words. He collects them from magazines and newspapers; makes them into sentences; and then starts to create a story.  Soon everyone wants to join in. MAX’S WORDS celebrates how Max faces the problem of being ignored by his brothers and finds a clever solution.  Every reader will notice the author's emphasis on the power of words.
     The  illustrations by Boris Kulikov use warm hues and add interesting shapes to the story. The cut out words are shown in various fonts and often continue the storyline from the standard type.  The characters have enlarged heads with expressive faces, making then very interesting.  As the story gets going, the words begin to transform into the animals that they name.   This book appeals to children as an enjoyable tale and to adults for its creative use of the written word.
            Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI


 Bazer, Gina and Renanah Lehner. NOW HIRING: WHITE HOUSE DOG.  Illus. Andrew Day.
    New York:  Walker & Co., 2009  34p.
ISBN: 978-0-8027-8486-5 hb. $16.99.      Gr. K-2    E PIC

     Most children will identify with the desire for a dog of their own. The two sisters, who just happen to live in the White House, have the same desire. Although they have been told that their is a dog of their very own in the future, it isn't happening quickly enough for the girls, who decide to put a sign on the lawn soliciting a dog for the White House. Soon they are inundated with canine applicants, who give their give their resumes in somewhat forced rhymes. The difference in doggy personalities and the parents who are somewhat olivious to the situation, busy with their lives, will ring a bell with children.  Because of the subject matter and the children currently living in the White House, this book will immediately move off the shelves.
    Barb Ward, Children's Librarian, Retired, Dickinson County Library, Iron Mountain, MI

Berge, Claire.  WHOSE SHADOW IS THIS?:  A LOOK AT ANIMAL SHAPES-ROUND, LONG, 
	AND POINTY.  Illus. Derrick Alderman and Denise Shea.  Bloomington, MN:  Picture Window Books, 
	2005.  24p. ISBN 1-4048-0609-1 hb. $22.60   Gr. K-2   EP

                Along the lines of WHOSE NOSE AND TOES? By John Butler, Berge uses the same guessing game idea 
to introduce fun facts about hummingbirds, reindeer, and other unusual animals.  Berge also describes the different types 
of shadows that can be made and specific characteristics of those shadows and shapes.  Alderman and Shea’s 
illustrations are attractive and will be enjoyed by readers in the early elementary grades.
            Amy Becker, Technical Services Librarian, Peter White Public Library

Berkes, Marianne. MARSH MUSIC.  Illus by Robert Noreika.  Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2000.  unp.  
    0-7613-1325-7; hb., $15.95  0-7613-1850-X; lib.bdg., $21.90.    99-051641   Gr. K-3    E PIC

    Frogs and toads found in the pond behind the author's Florida home provide the inspiration for this rhyme.  The pond at night becomes a concert and a glossary at the end explains 14 musical terms.  The watercolor illustrations within the story show 11 frogs and toads that are labeled within the story but are described in greater detail at the end of the book.  Other creatures like rabbits, raccoons, dragonflies, and owls are pictured but not identified.  This combination of music and science in a picture book can be used effectively by teachers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director; Superiorland Preview Center

Best, Cari.  SALLY JEAN, THE BICYCLE QUEEN.  Illus. Christine Davenier.  Farrar, Staus, & Giroux, 2006.  
          ISBN-10: 0374363862 hb. $16.00     Gr. K-2      PIC



          Sally Jean earns the title of bicycle queen through her lifelong enthusiasm for biking.  She begins by riding behind 
her mother, then riding a tricycle, and graduating to a two-wheeler, first with training wheels and then without..  Her 
parents have raised a self-reliant girl who knows how to do bicycle maintenance, as well as ride like the wind.  We pick 
up Sally Jean's story as she is outgrowing her bike and is without resources for a new one.  The energetic Sally Jean 
finds a way to recycle her old bike and earn a bigger one for herself.  Davenier's ink and watercolor illustrations are 
detailed and light, enhancing the story without overpowering it.  Sally Jean and her parents are kind and sensible role 
models for everyone.
            Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Birdseye, Tom. OH, YEAH!. Illus. by Ethan Long.  New York, NY:  Holiday House, 2003. 
    28p.  ISBN 0-8234-1649-6  hb. $16.95     Gr. K-3    E

    When two young boys decide to spend the night outside in a tent accompanied only by each boy's favorite stuffed animal, who knows what might happen.  To bolster their courage they begin to boast about their lack of fear - even if it were pitch dark and spiders dangled over their heads and snakes slithered around their feet;  even if there were crocodiles in the fish pond and big hairy kid-eating monsters on the prowl - AND even if they put their comforting stuffed animals under a tree.  Of course, like all youngsters, they manage to scare themselves silly.  Then there is a noise from the bushes - just like a big hairy kid-eating monster might make!  What should they do?  Every really cool child who has spent a night camping out will relate to this hilarious adventure.
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse - retired elementary teacher, public library board trustee
 
Blair, Eric.  PUSS IN BOOTS:  A RETELLING OF THE GRIMMS' FAIRY TALE.
    Illus. by Todd Ouren.  Minneapolis:  Picture Window Books, 2005.  32p
    ISBN: 1-4048-0591-5  hb. $13.95    PreK-3    E

    Puss in Boots, a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale in the style of Aesop's fables, is the story of a cat inherited by the youngest of three sons upon the death of their father.   Envious of his older brothers' legacies--a mill and a donkey--the youngest son is sure he will starve because there is no way to earn a living with a cat. But devious and clever Puss has plans; all he needs are a pair of boots and a bag to assure a happy ending. Unlike an Aesop fable with an enlightening moral at the end, this story demonstrates that it pays to be deceptive and intimidating. But it's only a fairy tale, after all, and an entertaining one at that.
    Judy Bennett, Clerk, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Bliss, Harry.  BAILEY. Illus. Harry Bliss.  New York: Scholastic Press, 2011.
           
32p.  ISBN 9780545233446 hb. $16.99.   PreS- Gr. 1    E  PIC

            Follow a day in the life of Bailey, an adorable little dog, as he joins the children at a local elementary school. Through Bailey the reader see’s his excitement of learning. He loves school, especially: reading, math, lunchtime, interaction with the children and even singing (or in his case “howling”). His obsession with slow moving squirrels and chewing paper reminds us after all he’s still a dog.  I challenge all grandparents to pick up a copy and create a memory with sharing this wonderful story with their grandchildren. Also I recommend this book for story hours. It’s a great read out loud book that will keep the attention of the little ones.
   
         Pam Chouinard, Media Assistant, Cameron Elementary School, Gladstone, MI

Bratun, Katy.  GINGERBREAD MOUSE.  Illus. by author.  New York:  HarperCollins
    Publishers, 2003.  32p.  0060090812 hb. $12.99    Gr. K-2    E

    There's a mouse in the house.  Actually, it's a mouse house, so that part is fine.  However, during a blustery winter blow, Mouse is cozy under her quilt when she awakes with a fright.  A limb of a tree has cracked off and fallen on top of Mouse's house.  Now Mouse must find a new place to live.  It isn't without bravery and unwavering determination, plus a bit of ingenuity and assistance from a bearded man in a red suit, that Mouse finds not only a new abode, but a very special place that she can call home.  Bratun's cheerful and festive illustrations draw the reader in while her heartwarming text will make this a delightful holiday read for the young and the young-at-heart.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library

Broach, Elise.  GUMPTION. Illus.by Richard Egielski. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,  
       
2010.  ISBN 9781416916284 hb. $16.99.    Gr. K-3      E PIC

        The title of this book is Gumption! shown on the cover along with the main character, a boy named Peter, swinging Tarzan-like from a snake tail to a jungle vine over a crocodile.  The bright artwork of Richard Egielski, a Caldecott Medalist, rendered in ink and pens on watercolor paper will entice children to pick up this book.  Peter's
favorite Uncle Nigel has invited Peter on a safari.  While Uncle Nigel confronts obstacles, Peter uses his ingenuity to get through.  This book uses repetitive phrases and children will love picking out the objects the animals take from Uncle Nigel.  This book would be good for a story-time for young elementary children and also for lap-time so the artwork can be examined more closely.
          Denise Engel, Director, Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MI

Bryant, Jen. CALL ME MARIANNE.  Illus.by David Johnson. Grand Rapids, MI:
    Eerdman's Books for Young Readers, 2006.  ISBN 0802852424 hb. $16.00   Gr. 1-3   PIC

    This is a gentle story of a hypothetical meeting between a young boy and poet, Marianna Moore, at the Brooklyn Zoo.  Moore wrote poems about animals and studied them intently.  In this story, she tells the boy to look for the small details.  Good advice for a poet, and a good way to begin a poetry lesson.  I wished for an example of Moore's poetry.  There is a brief biography of Moore at the end of the book.  Illustrations are simple and colorful watercolors.
    Jennifer Nykanen, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Bunting, Eve.  BUTTERFLY HOUSE.  Illus. by Greg Shed.  New York: Scholastic,
    1999.  unp.   0-590-84884-4;  hb., $15.95.    98-16349     PreS-Gr. 3    E

    Full-page gouache on canvas illustrations on the right, bordered by a prose poem on the left, a small illustration on pastel colored paper on the left make this an appealing book.  The story told in the first person by a little girl who with her grandfather finds a caterpillar and shares its development into a butterfly .  The book ends with the girl as old as her Grandpa.  This is a metamorphosis, not only of the butterfly, but of the girl as well as is a testimonial to love.  When neighbors wonder why they can't attract butterflies like she does, the butterflies tell how they are returning the love she gave their ancestors long ago when she saved a caterpillar from being eaten, made a box for it, and painted a garden in the box.  This book will be as timeless as the tale it tells.  The last page lists five instructions on  "How to Raise a Butterfly." This book is a winner and deserves to be in school or public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library media specialist

Chruch, Caroline Jayne.  ONE SMART GOOSE.  Illus. by author.  New York, NY: 
    Orchard Books, 2003.  26 pgs.  ISBN 0-439-68765-9  hb. $16.95  Gr. K-2   E
 
    Dirty from swimming in a muddy puddle, one lonely goose is ridiculed by the rest of the gaggle who are all clean and white.  But terror arrives with the full moon in the form of a fox who chases the geese all around the farm;  all except the dirty goose whose dirty feathers help it hide in the shadows.  It shares this secret with the rest of the gaggle and they all swim in the muddy pond to protect themselves.  All is well until one day the lonely little goose detects the approach of winter snows and it rushes to the clean pond and scrubs itself clean and white.  It tries to persuade the rest of the geese that this has become the new way to avoid the fox, but will the other geese listen? 
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse - retired elementary teacher, public library board trustee
Cowley, Joy.  WHERE HORSES RUN FREE: A DREAM FOR THE AMERICAN MUSTANG
    Ilus. by Layne Johnson.  Honesdale, PA:  Boyds Mill Press, 2003.  30p.  ISBN 1-59078-062-0
    hb.  $15.95    Gr.K-5    E
 
    This is the story of the lead mare of a herd of wild mustangs.  She and her herd are rounded up and impounded in crowded pens where they languish until nearly broken in body and spirit.  A cowboy resolves to do something about their plight and purchases land where the mustangs can run free.  Layne Johnson's illustrations evoke the wide open spaces where the mustangs live free, as well as beautifully enhancing the emotional impact of the story.  This is based on the true story of Dayton O. Hyde and the creation of his Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
     Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse - retired elementary teacher, public library board trustee
 
Compestine, Ying Chang.  THE STORY OF KITES.  Illus. by YongSheng Zuan.  New York:
    Holiday House, 2003.  30 p.  0-8234-1715-8 hb.  $16.95.   PreK-3.   E
 
    This is a lively imaginative story about three Chinese brothers who work together to devise an easier way to scare the birds away from the rice crop rather than having to continue their current efforts of marching, waving arms, blowing whistles, and banging pots and pans.  Through trial and error, building on the ideas that work, the boys arrive at the idea of kites.  The illustrations are outstanding.  They are done in a traditional cut-paper Chinese technique, and have the vivid color and definition of stained glass.  This book would work in a multi-cultural unit, both in terms of story and of art, as well as a how-to for building and flying kites.  Highly recommended!
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors
Christelow, Eileen.  LETTERS FROM A DESPERATE DOG.  Illus. by author. New York:  Clarion Books, 2006.
	ISBN 978-0-618-51003-0 hb. $16.00         Gr. K-3   E PIC

                Emma is a “pup with a problem.”  Her owner doesn’t seem to appreciate her.  She attempts to sole her 
problems with internet advice columns and new hobbies.  Her results aren’t everything she’d hoped, but she realizes that
human / pet relationships take effort.  Kids will enjoy the trouble Emma gets into and the messes she makes, even if 
adults are unconvinced by the relationship advice.
                Eric Smith, Director, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Crimi, Carolyn.  GET BUSY BEAVER!  Illus. by Janie Bynum. New York:  Orchard Books, 2004.  unp. 
            ISBN=0-439-54866-7 hb.  $15.95   PreS-Gr.2   Easy PIC
 
            The Beaver family is busy, busy, busy building their dam, all except Thelonious. He is a thinker and a daydreamer.  He likes to admire the clouds and smell the flowers. His family is always in such a hurry, busy building their dam, they don't take any time to enjoy life.  Thelonious thinks up a way to help them enjoy these things and surprises the family with it.  This book has beautiful pictures and a nice quick moving text that keeps you enthralled. This book is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary students.
            Laurel Miller, K.I. Sawyer Learning Center and Library

Crow, Kristyn.  THE REALLY GROOVY STORY OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE. llus. Christina 
    Forshay.  Chicago: Albert Whitman & Co., 2011. 32p.    ISBN 978-0-8075-6911-5 hc.$16.99.
    PreS – Gr. 2    E PIC

    This hip-hoppin’ version of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare is lively, funny and well-illustrated. While the cool dude hare zips around the city using taxis and jogs along city streets wearing his equally cool high-top running shoes ,  the mellow country living tortoise floats in a pool with a drink on his belly, reads in a hammock and enjoys country life. When the two protagonists literally and figuratively bump heads at a country fair, tortoise challenges  hare to a race. The antics of the hare are hilarious as he disregards the ability of the slow tortoise. As the story comes to it’s inevitable conclusion, a final page depicts the two as buddies swimming in a pool, tortoise telling hare that he hates to beat him, but must, and hare replying with disgust, “Would you chill out?” The tale is fun and sassy to the end.
      Barb Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library, Iron Mountain, MI

Cullen, Lynn.  LITTLE SCRAGGLY HAIR: :A DOG ON NOAH'S ARK.  Illus. by Jacqueline; Rogers.  
    New York:  Holiday House, 2003.  32p.   ISBN: 0-8234-1772-7  hb. $16.95    Gr. K-3    E

    This is a story about why dogs used to have warm and dry noses.  Little Scraggy Hair came across a man named Noah, who treated him very well.  That was not the normal way dogs were treated in those days.  Little Scraggy Hair helped Noah  build the Ark by fetching bits of wood and toting bags of nails.  The neighbors laughed at Noah building efforts and his new dog.  They tried to shoo Little Scraggy Hair away but Noah stopped them.  When Noah's children would not help him gather up the critters to put aboard the ark,  Little Scraggly Hair was up to the task.  There was almost no room for Little Scraggy Hair on the ark when all the other animals were aboard.   He fit so tightly that his nose stuck out through a knothole.  After forty days of cold hard rain patterin' down on his nose,  a dove and an olive branch landed there also.  They knew they were safe to leave the ark.  Noah built a cabin and still saw Little Scraggy Hair hangin' around.  He thanked the dog for all his help and then he noticed his cold, wet nose.  Noah let the dog in to warm it's wet nose, but that nose never dried up.  I think this story will keep children's interest and is a fun story.  I recommend the book for school and public libraries
    Sharon Evans, Assistant Librarian, Engadine, MI

Dahl, Michael.  DO FROGS HAVE FUR?  Illus. by Jeff Yesh.  Minneapolis, MN:  Picture Window Books, 2004.  
	ISBN 1-4048-0292-4 hb.   $17.95   Gr. K-3   E PIC

         

                This book is really written at two levels.  Younger children can use the bold text as an enjoyable guide to 
identifying characteristics of the outside of various animals, while older children can continue reading the small print 
which covers a very scientific explanation of the biology of each animal.  The last three pages of the book are dedicated 
to summarizing all the information found in the book.  Readers could use this book to expand their vocabulary, or note 
how form follows function in the design of an animal’s coat and exoskeleton.  The illustrations are somewhat primitive 
compared to the sophistication of the text.  However, there’s a lot of interesting science in this book!
              Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI
Daly, Jude.  SIVU’S SIX WISHES.  Grand Rapids, MI: Erdmann’s Books for Young Readers, 2010.  32p. 
	ISBN 978-0802853691 hb. $17.00.   Gr. 1-3    E PIC



	Sivu, a stonemason, carates sculptures from rock; one problem is there’s not much money in his line of work.  
Sivu feels like an outcast.  When Sivu’s wish is mysteriously granted six times, transforming him by turn into a rich 
businessman, the mayor, the sun, a rain cloud, and a great rock, he ends up in situations he doesn’t like.  It turns out, 
after all his wishes, he has greater power as a stonecutter than he first thought.
                Shane Williams, Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy, Wilson, MI

 

Decker, Timothy.   THE LETTER HOME.  Illus. By Timothy Decker. Asheville, NC: Front Street, 2005.  
          26 p.  ISBN: 1932425500 hb.     Gr. K-3    E PIC

          This book is about a World War I medic who writes a letter home to his young son.  Because he is writing to his 
young son, the author uses simple text and describes his views of the war front in a way a young child would understand.  
The striking pen and ink drawings that accompany the text have a Japanese aesthetic quality to them.  The drawings go 
beyond the text to describe the scenes of war, but are not so graphic as to be disturbing to a child.
            Denise Engel, Director, Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MI

Donohue, Moira Rose.  ALFIE THE APOSTROPHE.  Illus. By JoAnn Adinolfi. Morton Grove, IL:  Albert 
    Whitman & Company, 2006.  ISBN: 978-0-8075-0255-6 hb.$16.95.  Gr. K-3   E PIC

            Who knew punctuation marks could have such a good time?  Alfie, the Apostrophe, is a bundle of nerves and filled with self doubt as he enters the punctuation-mark talent show. The competition includes colorful, dancing quotation marks and asterisks and hyphens and joke-telling question marks. But Alfie has some magical tricks up his sleeve in this whimsical punctuation primer. Prepare to be entertained as well as educated. Intended for children, the book would be useful for English 101 students as well!
            Judy Bennett, Clerk, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Edwards, Wallace.  THE EXTINCT FILES:  MY SCIENCE PROJECT.  Tonawanda, NY:
    Kids Can Press, 2006.  32p.  ISBN 1553379713 hb. $17.95    Gr. K-4    E PIC

    Planning to do his science project on his pet iguana, the author of these "files" made an amazing discovery; he saw a dinosaur right outside his window!  In fact, there are many dinosaurs that he observes living in his neighborhood.  He  recorded his observations in this book, which details the habitat, diet, grooming, health and fitness, communication, and recreation of these contemporary dinosaurs.  He his done his homework.  Following the scientific method to record information and he has gathered many, many photographs of these creatures.  This book is a great fictional example of how scientists organize their findings and shows kids how the scientific method is used.  Dinosaur lovers will certainly enjoy this book.  Recommended for libraries serving children ages 5-10.
    Amy Salminen Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Egan, Tim.  THE TRIAL OF CARDIGAN JONES.  Boston, MA:  Houghton Mifflin,
    2004.  unp.  ISBN 0618402373 hb. $16.00    Gr. 1-4   E

    Egan introduces plump animal characters in this book that are all but human.  Cardigan Jones, a new moose in town, goes to trial accused of stealing a fresh, homemade apple pie from an open window.  Witnesses place him at the scene, but the judge is watchful and reminds all that the evidence is circumstantial.  Cardigan admits to smelling the pie, but maintains his innocence.  In the meantime, Cardigan's antlers keep getting in the way and knocking things over.  The ink-and-watercolor illustrations present simple lines and lots of white space, and are embellished with motion lines, showing various emotions.  This story would be a good way to introduce the idea of "innocent until proven guilty" and what happens by jumping to conclusions.  Recommended for school and public libraries serving children ages 6-10.
    Amy Salminen Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Ehlert, Lois.  RRRALPH. Illus by author. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.  40p.  
   
ISBN 978-1-4424-1305-4 hb. $17.99    Gr. K-3     E  PIC

    RRRalph is GGGreat! The artistry of Lois Ehlert gets it right once again. The bright colorful illustrations depicting animals with screws for beaks, button eyes, zipper teeth and can tab noses are sure to bring fingers pointing at the illustrations which are perfectly and amusingly married to the text. This picture book is ppperfect.
     
Barbara Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library,Iron Mountain, MI

Eliasen, Lorena.  THE CHAMELEON AND THE DRAGONFLY.  New York: 
    Orchard Books, 2004.  unp.  0-439-52320-6  hb. $16.95   Gr. K-2   E

    Who can resist a beautifully illustrated pop-up book?  The story of Pepe the Chameleon includes five intricate and very colorful pop-up pictures.  The illustrations are a bit comical and enhance the short story of why chameleons change color.  It may be difficult to maintain this book in a public library setting, but individual collections would definitely be enhanced.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Elliott, David.  HAZEL NUTT:  MAD SCIENTIST.  Illus. by True Kelley.  New York: 
    Holiday House, 2003.  32 p.  ISBN:  0-8234-1711-5 hb.  $16.95    K-2   E
   
    This is an imaginative story.  Dr. Hazel Nutt is a mad scientist, who is mad because her weird assistant, Igor, has eaten her sandwich.  Igor is a weird, but sensitive, two headed young man.  Dr. Hazel Nutt’s monster creation on this particular evening is an opera-singing vampire named Dracula-la-la.  The village elders of Hamburg-with-Ketchup take exception to “another” monster and storm the laboratory.  Meanwhile a blend of a piano and some leftover monster parts results in another Dr. Hazel Nutt creation, Frankensteinway, which leads to a lovely concert that calms the villagers.  The illustrations are water colored pen and ink sketches, which are filled with visual puns masquerading as inventions.  This is a fun story, where the visual silliness and word-play will be appreciated.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors

Engelbreit, Mary.  QUEEN OF CHRISTMAS.  New York:  HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
    unpg.  0060081767 hb.  $15.99    PreS-Gr. 3    E

    What a charmer.  Christmas doesn't get much cuter than this.  Ann Estelle, aka the Queen, is making a list and checking it twice...and three times, and once again.  She earnestly tries to turn off the distractions, but she does want to cherish each and every aspect of the holiday season, so she manages to squeeze in trimming the tree, singing, Christmas baking, and sledding.  The bold color illustrations which exude holiday cheer and merriment reinforce the festive spirit, but leave Ann Estelle worrying about the importance of finalizing The List.  Definitely Christmas fun from cover to cover, it's a great read-together for the holidays.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Faulkner, Keith.  BIG BUGS.  Illus. by Stephen Holmes.  Paper Engineering by Jonathan Lambert. 
    New York:  Scholastic, Inc., 2003.  unp.  0-439-49905-4  hb. $10.95   Gr. K-2  E

    Featuring giant, creepy, crawly pop-ups, Faulkner sets each page to rhyme with a riddle about the insect hiding under the next flap.  The text identifies the insect and states a single fact about it.  This book would be a great read-aloud, as the illustrations are huge and the text is set up for audience response.  Early elementary teachers could use it to introduce a science unit or read it for fun!
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Finchler, Judy.  MISS MALARKEY LEAVES NO READER BEHIND.  Illus. Kevin O’Malley.  New York:  
    Walker & Company, 2006.  ISBN 0-802780849 hb.  Gr. 1-3   E PIC

    During the first week of school, Principal Wiggins promises that if the students read 1000 books by June 12th, he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof.  Miss Malarkey is up for the challenge and she picks some books for each of them, even reluctant readers.  But one boy remains unable to find a book he likes until June 10th, when Miss Malarkey chooses one that has aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs.  It becomes number book number 1001, and Principal Wiggins (whose hair is now purple) wishes everyone good night from the roof.  Students who choose math, video games, and sports over books will identify with this story.  The illustrations, done in markers and colored pencils, bring the text to life with pictures of the students and their teacher as they explore the joys of reading.  The illustrations also give humor and credibility to the reluctance of some of the students to get into reading.  This book is a must-have for libraries serving student ages 6-9. 
      
Amy Becker, Technical Services Librarian, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI 

Frankenhuyzen, Robbyn Smith.  ITSY BITSY & TEENY WEENY.  Illus. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.  
    Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2009.  47p. ISBN: 9781585364176; $16.95    Gr. K-3     E PIC

          This story in the fourth in the Hazel Ridge Farm Stories. It is springtime on the farm and also lambing time.  An ewe gives birth to triplets, but one is rejected.  An orphan fawn is brought to the farm.  The two bond throughout the spring until the fawn,now a young buck leaves the farm in the fall. The illustrations are very realistic and wonderfully done.   Animal lovers will enjoy this book. 
          Denise Engel,  Director,  Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MI

Frasier, Debra. A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS NO ORDINARY CAKE.  Illus. by Author.   
       Orlando, FL:  Harcourt, Inc, 2006.  ISBN: 9780152057248 hb. $16.00  Gr. K- 4  PIC
 
       Frasier's book is a bright, colorful journey through the year from one birthday to the next. Beginning at your birthday, you are the chef and start gathering ingredients from your world to add to your cake, starting with a sunrise to a snowflake.  This book xplains the concept of how the earth travels around the sun to complete a year's rotation.  A recipe for a traditional birthday cake is included at the end of the book.  This book would useful to reinforce the earth's rotation on it's axis and its rotation around the sun.  
       Denise Engel, Director, Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MI

Funke, Cornelia.  THE PRINCESS KNIGHT.  Illus. by Kerstin Meyer.  New York:  
    Scholastic, Inc. 2004.  unp.  0-439-53630-8 hb.  $15.95    Gr. 1-3     E

    Princess Violetta, or Vi as her brothers called her, was raised by her father to be a knight.  With no help from her big brothers, she became a very good knight.  The king surprised Vi with a jousting contest in honor of her sixteenth birthday.  An even bigger surprise was the prize for winning - Vi's hand in marriage.  What can she do to make her own future?  The illustrations truly enhance the storyline with their pastel colors, suitable for a princess story.  The characters are comical with entertaining facial expressions.  This is great book for individual and classroom libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Gantos, Jack.  NINE LIVES OF ROTTEN RALPH. Illus. Nicole Rubel. New York: Houghton Mifflin 
      Books for Children, 2009.  ISBN 978-0-618-80046-9  hb. $16.00      Gr. K-2     E PIC

      Irrepressible Rotten Ralph is pale and listless.  When Sarah takes him to the vet, the diagnosis is that Ralph has used up eight of his nine cat lives.  Number nine on the list – next stop is Cat Heaven (good cats only).  Upon hearing that shocking news, Rotten Ralph faints.  The list of the eight ways Rotten Ralph has used up his lives will bring chuckles from young listeners and readers, as well as Sarah’s attempts to keep Ralph from being rotten.  The illustrations are vibrant and perfectly fit the text.
     
Barb Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library

Geisert, Arthur.  MYSTERY.  Boston, MA:  Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.  
    0-618-27293-3 hb.   Gr. 1-3   FIC or  E

    When a little piglet visits the museum with her grandfather, she discovers a well-planned art theft.  All the evidence points the adults in one direction, but this piglet uses her own clues to find the identity of the real theives.  Geisert presents problem solving in logical steps.  The illustrations cover eighty percent of each page with intricate detail.  Teachers and students will find creative ways to use this book in their math/logic units.
    Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

George, Jean Craighead.  SNOW BEAR.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  New York:  Hyperion
    Books for Children, 1999.  28p.   0-7868-0456-4 hb.  $15.99 Gr. K-2   E
    
    This story can almost be considered an Arctic version of BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL.  It takes place on the shores of the Arctic Ocean when Bessie Nivyek decides to explore a huge chunk of ice that looks like a ship.  Bessie meets a baby polar bear cub and the two have a time of carefree play together, while being anxiously watched by both Bessie's brother and the mother polar bear.  The arrival of an enormous male polar bear changes the circumstances, but all ends well.  The illustrations are wintery, yet brilliantly colorful.  As an imaginative story, this is amusing and entertaining; as a story view into another culture, it is misleading.  It would be an excellent public library book, but a judgment call for a school library.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors

Hassett, John and Ann.  CAN’T CATCH ME.   Illus. John Hassett.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company,     
    2006.  32p.  ISBN 978-0-618-70490-3, hb.
$16.00  Gr. K-3  E PIC

            Little blue ice cube sparkles as a main character as he dashes through this story, Can’t Catch Me,” which is a take-off of the Little Gingerbread Man.  The illustrations are adorable with lots of colorful tiny detail young children like to seek and find.
           
Mom is off to the store to buy lemons for lemonade for her thirsty boy.  Pouring water into ice cube trays, mom instructs her son not to open the freezer door.  Mom is gone, boy opens freezer and out jumps our little cubical friend.  Away he runs repeating the phrase, “ I will grow as big as an iceberg and bump into boats when they are not looking.”  Escaping the pleas to stop by boy, ant, mouse, cat, goose, man and dog, the cool little cube makes his way to the sea and bumps into a hot and angry whale.  The clever whale tells the frosty snack to get into his belly where there are a lot of boats to bump into. Cube responds he will bump into them all and in he goes ending his hope of becoming an iceberg. Mom returns home to find the freezer door ajar and everything melted into a puddle.  No lemonade for this thirsty boy!
           
A great book for kids with cleverly delivered messages about listening to mom and how grandiose plans can have unexpected endings. This book is a worthwhile library purchase and easy to read with repeating fun phrases. 
           
Jana Aho, Gladstone School and Public Library, Gladstone, MI

Hazen, Lynn.  BUZZ BUMBLE TO THE RESCUE.  Illus.by Jill Newton. New York:  
    Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2005.  24p.  ISBN: 1582349320 hb.  $15.95.  Gr. K-3   EP

    Buzz Bumble is a bee that is good at dancing, tumbling, and fast flying.  All the other bees watch him while he practices his moves for the arrival of a famous photographer named Ansel Antennae. Buzz is to be featured in the National Bee-Graphic, but when Baby Bumble lands in the garden, everything changes.  Buzz is no longer the center of attention because Baby is just adorable. Ansel Antennae starts taking pictures of Baby instead of Buzz.  However, when Baby gets in trouble, Buzz comes to her rescue.
    The book was well written, and very entertaining.  The author did a wonderful job of placing the text in the illustrations.  The text gave the reader another "picture" to see.  The text tumbled just as Baby tumbled - fun to read.  Jill Newton, the illustrator, brought the book to life.  The bees were cartoonish, yet realistic, all at the same time.  The faces on the bees were comical; each bee had its own look, such as Ansel with his wonderful goatee. The illustrations were full of color and very whimsical. This book was a joy to read and look at.
    Jan St.Germain, Director of Richmond Township Library

Helakoski, Leslie.  BIG CHICKENS.  Illus. by Henry Cole.  Dutton, 2006. 32p.  ISBN-10: 0525475753 hb. 
    $15.99     Grades K-2     E PIC

            Four timid hens spot a wolf in the barnyard and let their fears take over.  They decide to flee and set themselves up for a slap-stick adventure.  Every little thing frightens these big chickens as they run from place to place.  When they finally face real danger, they are able to "pluck" up the courage to take the situation bravely in hand.  Helikoski's repetitive language patterns and alliteration make the text fun for young children.  The full-page watercolor illustrations of  Henry Cole lend even more humor to the story.  Readers can relate to the exaggerated facial expressions on the big chickens, revealing fear, excitement, and bravery.
            Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Henkes, Kevin.  ALL ALONE.  Greenwillow Books, 1981; reissued in 2003.  unp.
    0-06-05411506 hb.  $14.99   Gr. 1-3   E

    In his very first publication, Kevin Henkes simply describes what it's like to be all alone.  He enhances his text with original drawings accented with pastel watercolors.  The total effect results in a peaceful reading experience for all ages of readers.
    Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

High, Linda Oatman.  CITY OF SNOW: THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888.  Illus. Laura Filippuci.
    New York:  Walker & Co., 2004.  ISBN: 0-8027-8910-2 hb. $16.95.  Gr. K-3    EP

    Told from the perspective of a young girl, the Great Blizzard shut down New York City for several days. The experience of everyday living is a struggle dealing with the great snowfall. Life must go on, but it is changed forever. A great book to introduce everyday living in 1888.
    Jolene Hetherington, Teacher, Munising School Public Library

Huneck, Stephen. 
SALLY GOES TO THE VET.  New York:  Harry Abrams, Inc., 2004.  
   
ISBN 0-8109-4813-3 hb. $17.95    Gr. K-3    EP

    This story looks affectionately at veterinarians.  Sally the dog is taken to the vet and treated tenderly after an accident.  Sally goes through many of the same procedures children experience when they are hurt and need medical care.  Children will be reassured about their pet’s care, as well as their own, after reading this book.  It is unique in tone and format.  Part of its appeal, is its large size.  The illustrations, colorful and huge,making the story extra special.
           
Susan Koernke, Teacher, Little Punkins Daycare, Negaunee, MI

Jackson, Ellen. EARTH MOTHER.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon. New York: Walker & Company, 2006. 30p.  
    ISBN 978-0-8027-8992-1 hb. $16.95      Gr. K-3     EP (Easy Picture Bk)

            The reader is treated to a circle of life story revolving around Mother Earth and her care of the world and its creatures.  The story invites you to walk with Mother Earth through her world as she cares for the needs of all creatures, whether they agree with her or not.  Mosquito wants more men to feed on and less frogs; frogs want more mosquitoes and less men; and men want more frogs and less mosquitoes, and so the story goes.
           
The most impressive part of this book is the beautiful illustrations done by Leo and Diane Dillon who also illustrated WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE’S EARS.  These ethnic illustrations visually tell the story and will enthrall the young reader.  They are wonderful!  A great picture book for any library with really exquisite illustrations and a wonderful stroll with Mother Nature and her daily walk. This pleasant book will teach appreciation for nature and the circle of life.
           
Jana Aho, Gladstone School and Public Library, Gladstone, MI

Johnson, D.B.  HENRY WORKS.  Illus by author.  Boston, MA:  Houghton Mifflin,  2004.  32p. 
    
ISBN 0-618-42003-7 hb. $15.00     Gr. K-3     E PIC

            This lovely story is the fourth in a series of picture books about the life of Henry David Thoreau.  It describes his daily routine as he walks to work from home through the woods to town and back home again.  He helps many people along the way as he gathers inspiration and material to write about
            Ann Best, Bookmobile Assistant, Menominee County Library, Stephenson, MI

Kemp, Anna.  DOGS DON'T DO BALLET. Illus by Sara Ogilvie.  New York:
      Simon & Schuster, 2010.  32 p. 1-4169-9839-6; hb.  $15.99.   PreS-Gr 3    E PIC

      Biff, the dog, doesn't act like other dogs.  He thinks he's a ballet dancer.  Even though Dad and Miss Polly, the dance instructor, insist that dogs don't do ballet, Biff is ersistent.  Following the family to the ballet, Biff takes the stage after the prima ballerina trips and has an unfortunate fall.  The simple illustrations tell the story from Biff's point of view.  His joyful wagging tail, his disappointed drooping ears and his hopeful eyes introduce this lovable new character.  A wonderful story time book for readers and non-readers alike.

      
Tami Seavoy, Library Volunteer, Father Marquette Elementary School

Kenah, Katharine. THE DREAM SHOP. Illus. by Peter Catalanotto. New York:
    Harper Collins, 2002. unpg. 0-688-17900-2 hb.   $16.95    Gr. 2-4     E

    The evening is uncomfortably warm and Pip is restless, so she quiets her anxiety by thinking of a tale her cousin, Joseph told her. If she can picture wooden horses prancing backwards, she will be transported to a place to purhcase dreams.  In the dream shop she encounters shoppers in pajamas who fill their carts from shelves with jars of rainbows, plants with eyes, a lion in charge of a submarine, sunsets and butterflies that come by the box, and dozens of other unique findings. Pip runs into Joseph, who professes that he is looking for scarier things, and then the two of them set their sights on a small dragon.  It eludes them and heads straight for the aisle of nightmares. Pandemonium takes hold, but Pip bravely restores order. Pip returns to her cot the same way she got to the dream shop, but in the morning Joseph turns up with an item that Pip recognizesfrom her previous night's adventure.To add to the nocturnal magic, Catalanotto uses sharp and vibrant colors to give the readers their own journey to a dream shop. Sweet dreams, everyone!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Kimmelman, Leslie.  THREE BULLY GOATS. Illus. by Will Terry. Chicago, IL:
        Albert Whitman & Co., 2011. 32p.  ISBN 978080-75 7900-8 hb. $16.99   Gr. K-3  PIC

        Living in a meadow with plenty of grass, three goats decide to cross the river where they imagine that the meadow is grassier. They have no fear of the ogre who is said to live under the bridge; they can take on one puny ogre. The ‘sweet nice ogre’ is no match for the snarling, ugly goats until, eureka, he has an idea. He enlists the help of the baby skunks who live in the meadow. The goats are not defeated by might, but by noxious odor, proving that bullies and strength don’t always win. This modern version of The Three Billy Goat Gruffs doesn’t quite get it right. The brutish looking billy goats certainly contrast with the munchkin-looking green troll with purple hair and wide round innocent looking eyes. If this were a wordless book, children would immediately recognize the personality of the characters.  Although the characters and depictions are too exaggerated, it will have some appeal to children.   
        Barbara Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library,Iron Mountain, MI

Ichikawa, Satomi.  MY FATHER'S SHOP.  Illus. by Author.  LaJolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book 
    Publishers, Inc. 2006.  32p.  ISBN 978-1-929132-99-7 hb. $15.95   Gr. K-2   E

    Most little boys enjoy going to work with their fathers, and Mustafa is no different.  His father, a businessman who knows several languages, runs a carpet shop for tourists in Morocco.  He has big plans for Mustafa, including tutoring him in languages.  Lacking in enthusiasm for this plan, Mustafa finds a way to disappear from the shop and his studies under the cover of a beautiful carpet.  A rooster spots the brightly colored carpet and follows Mustafa around town where he becomes the center of attention for tourists of many nationalities.  He learns something from the tourists and the rooster, while bringing customers to the carpet shop for his father. 
    This multicultural story is a fun and colorful adventure for primary grade levels.  Ichikawa's warm illustrations couldn't be better, capturing the facial expressions of the characters with a combination of cartoonish lines and real details.  Teachers and librarians will want to enhance their collections by adding this book to the shelves.
    Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Kennedy, Frances.  THE PICKLE PATCH BATHTUB.  Illus.by Sheila Aldridge. Berkeley, CA:  
    Tricycle Press, 2004.  28p.  ISBN 1-58246-112-0 hb.  $14.95    Gr. 3-4    E

    It all started in January when Donna Delle discovered that her legs were too long to bathe in the washtub and she decided that her family needed a real bathtub.  However, times were hard and there was no money for such a luxury.  The children of the family in this true-life story decide to earn the necessary funds with cooperation and hard work - they raise cucumbers to sell to the canning company.  As the months pass, their planning, planting, tending and harvesting finally pay off in December with the realization of their dream.
    In addition to a good story, this is a realistic account of farm life in the 1920's.  It prompts comparisons between the fast-paced, instant gratification lifestyle that today's children experience with a time when personal initiative and life geared to the passing of the seasons was the norm.  At the end of the story, the author presents a short biography of her mother, Donna Delle Philip, on whose life the book is based.
    Carolyn Anderson, Retired Elementary Teacher, Public Library Board Trustee

Kimmel, Eric A.  THE CASTLE OF THE CATS.  Illus. by Katya Krenina.  New York:  Holiday House, 2004.  
           
ISBN: 0-8234-1565-1 hb. $16.95.   Gr. K-3    E PIC

            Nowadays, not many stories begin with "once upon a time," but this highly entertaining retelling of a Latvian folktale does. Wonderful, colorful, detailed illustrations stimulate the imagination in a tale of inheritance. Three sons must prove to their farmer father that each is a worthy heir by accomplishing three increasingly difficult tasks:  find the most beautiful wedding kerchief, then the most beautiful wedding gown, and finally the most beautiful bride. Ivan, the youngest son, lacks greed and ambition; he prefers the simple life. Watching his two brothers rush off in hopes of winning the contest,  Ivan is persuaded by his father to undertake the tasks and the results are as you would hope. 
            Judy Bennett, Clerk, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Landmann, Bimba.  I AM MARC CHAGALL.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdman's Books 
    for Young Readers, 2006.  34p.  ISBN 0-8028-5305-6 hb. $18.00   Gr. 1-4   E

    With text "loosely inspired" by Marc Chagall's book, MY LIFE, the illustrations in this book will inspire budding artists.  Beautiful found-object 3-D collages in saturated colors are reminiscent of Chagall's own works.  Ths story explains Chagall's art and his evolution as an artist during a chaotic and painful time in history.  A helpful timeline of important events in Chagall's life completes the book.
    Jennifer Nykanen, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Lasky, Kathryn.  HUMPHREY, ALBERT, AND THE FLYING MACHINE.  Illus. By John Manders.  
    San Diego, CA:  Harcourt, Inc. 2004.  32p.   0-15-216235-6 hb.  $16.00   Gr. 2-4   E

    Lasky has written an imaginative variation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.  The story is interesting on its own – even without knowledge of the original tale.  Her addition of Humphrey and Albert, typical little boys with big ideas, breathes new life into the story.  The author also adds scientific facts about Daniel Bernoulli, a mathematician and physicist in the 1700’s.  The storyline and grammar will are flawless, making this book a welcome addition to public and classroom libraries.
    The illustrations show large, expressive faces on the characters.  Although the colors are vivid, the dark hues remind readers of antique pictures, transporting them to days of old.  The line drawing of Bernoulli’s flying machine on the end papers is a treat.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Leonard, Marie.  TIBILI: THE BOY WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL. Illus.Andreee
    Prigent. LaJolla, CA: Kane/Miller, 2002. 1929132204 hb. $15.95  2001-038793    Gr. 1-3    E

    Although the book was first published in France, the theme is universal.   Be it in the American schools or the savannah of Africa where the story is set, there is a familiar reluctance to any first-timer to school. As subtitle  suggests Tibili is reticent about going off to school as a newcomer.  He is generally a happy African boy, but at this point and time in his life he resorts to animal friends to help him solve his problem. These friends send him on a search that ends with a piece of paper that contains a message....that he can't read!  Tibili then visits Crope, a spider, and it is his cunning and intellect that causes Tiblil to understand why it is important to learn to read and write. This is a modern story with the elements of folklore---animals who talk and a boy who learns a lesson.  Prigent's art is child-like and appealing in its bright bold hues. This is definitely a contrast from the usual starting-school books, but one that will help alleviate the apprehension and insecurity that a child of the age experiences while waiting for the school bell to ring.
    Patricia Fittante Children’s Librarian,  Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Lerner, Harriet. FRANNY B. KRANNY, THERE'S A BIRD IN YOUR HAIR!.
    Illus. by Helen Oxenbury.  New York: Harper Collins, 2000. unpg. 0-06-024683-9 hb.
    $15.95    97-42821    PreSc-Gr 2.    E  

    A family reunion is upcoming and feisty little Franny B. Kranny is threatened with having to go to the beauty shop to have her tresses trimmed.  Franny B. loves her locks and is not about to cooperate. She realizes that her crowning glory is always getting her in trouble, like becoming tied in knots on the buttons of her dress, getting stuck in the door of the refrigerator or making a child on the school bus sneeze, but nevertheless she likes her frizzy coiffures.  When Franny B. is hauled off to have her carrot-top sheared, in lieu of a haircut, the hairdresser piles her curls on top her head. On the way home a bird finds its way to nest in Franny's do.  Oxenbury depicts Franny B. with quirky humor and she soon has Franny B. basking in the attention of all the relatives at the reunion. In the end, the contrary heroine decides to give in and submit to the shears but feels good about it because she gives the clippings to the bird for a proper birdnest. Kids who have unruly naturally curly hair will readily relate to Franny B. and enjoy her along with her hilarious family.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Lies, Brian.  BATS AT THE BEACH.  Illus. by author.  Boston, MA:  Houghton Mifflin Company,
    2006.  32 p.  ISBN: 0-618-55774-X  hb. $16.00     Gr. K-3     E

    And what do bats do all summer night long, while most of the world lies sleeping?  This is a most imaginative picture book written in verse with wonderful illustrations of bats spending the night playing on the beach, surfing in the waves, and having a bug-filled picnic in the sand.  The detail of the pictures of picnic baskets, beach umbrellas, sand toys, volleyball games, and roasting bug-mallows are terrific.  The closer you look, the more you will see.  This book is a real winner!  I really do recommend it.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board

Livingston, Irene.  FINKLEHOPPER FROG.  Illus. By Brian Lies.  Berkeley, CA:
    Tricycle Press, 2003.  32p.  1-58246-075-2 hb.  $14.95     Gr. K-2     E

    Finklehopper Frog wants to join the jogging craze in his neighborhood, but finds himself the object of ridicule from more experienced joggers.  He sticks to it and, with the help of a new friend, finds his own way to join in the fun.  The rhyming verse has good meter and interesting vocabulary, exposing young readers to a bit of word play.
    The bright, bold illustrations will hold the interest of every child, making it a great book to read aloud.  The last illustration is especially clever with the inclusion of a frog taking his tadpole out for a run in a very unique jogging stroller.     
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI
 
McHenry, E.B.  POODLENA.  New York:  Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2004.
    unp.  1-58234-824-3 hb. $16.95    Gr. 1-3    E

    Poodlena  and her owner live in a high rise apartment.  Most of their day is spent primping Poodlena for her afternoon walk with the other dogs in the park.  She usually stays away from the other dogs who run around in the dirt, but one day she lands in a mud puddle and is covered in dirt.  Will her attitude about her appearance change?  The colors and artwork in this book are splendid.  The characters and dogs are a little exagerrated, but adds a light touch to the story.  This is a fun book for home or classroom or public libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

McKay, Katie.  PUMPKIN TOWN.  Illus. by Pablo Bernasconi.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006. 
            30p. ISBN 0-618-60569-X; hb. $16.00  Gr. K-3   EP

            Five brothers who harvest pumpkins fling their unwanted seeds into the field overlooking the town and think nothing of it.  This did not take into account that it was a very windy day so the town below was sprinkled with pumpkin seeds.  The townspeople enjoyed the pretty vines that grew at first, but then fruit started to grow and pumpkins took over the town.  The five brothers noticed what they had done and tried to make up for their mistake.  This is a wonderful story of making mistakes and righting wrongs.  This book’s creative illustrations that combine collaged original art and found objects, really make this story about righting wrongs come to life.  A must for the children’s library collection as both story and illustrations are entertaining and will bring a smile to the face of every reader.  
           
Jana Aho and Rose Richer, Gladstone School and Public Library, Gladstone, MI

McMullan, Kate.  I'M MIGHTY!  Illus. by Jim McMullan.  New York, NY:  Joanna Cotler Books,
    2003.  unp.  ISBN 0060092912 hb. $16.89.    PreS-Gr.2     E

    Move over, Little Toot.  There's another strong little tug in the harbor, and he's MIGHTY!  Living with the laurels of their previous book, I STINK, the McMullan's have hit upon another winner that is sure to land in the hands of those who love big and bold and happy colors.  The author weaves the thread of self-esteem throughout the story.  "When big ships get to the harbor, they need me!  Cause I'm MIGHTY!  And I can nudge, bump, butt, shove, ram, push and pull 'em in."  Looking at tug's size, as evidenced in the illustrations, one would think this tug would be too small to pullin ships that are at least twenty times his size.  Wrong.  This little tug is tireless and tough.  To sum up the book in one work ...it is MIGHTY!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Napoli, Donna Jo.  ALBERT.  Orlando, FL: First Voyager Books.  2001.  
            ISBN: 0-15-205249-6  hb. $ 6.00.  Gr. K-3    E PIC

            What would you do if a cardinal built it's nest in your hair?  This excellent read-aloud shares Albert's experience of watching and participating in the raising of cardinal babies, which changes his life.  New York Times Book Review rated this book -- Best Illustrated Book of the Year.  It would be a worthwhile addition to any library.
            Jolene Hetherington, Teacher, Munising Middle School, Minising, MI

O' Flatharta, Antoine.  THE PRAIRIE TRAIN.  Illus. by Eric Rohmann.  New York:
    Crown, 1999.  unp.  0-517-70988-0;  hb., $16.95    97-22021     E  

    A train that dreams of being a boat travels across the Prairie from Chicago to San Francisco.  Connor comes to Chicago from Connemara in Ireland with his parents and a toy boat carved for him by his boatbuilder grandfather.  Connor listens to the voices as the Prairie Train travels "through towering grass that moved in the wind like gigantic green waves."  While looking out the window and waving, he drops his boat.  That night he dreams he is in the Prairie Train traveling over the ocean to his grandfather who tells him that the city he is sailing to has bigger boats waiting for him.  The end papers show Ireland, the route of his ship to New York, the train tracks to Chicago and San Francisco, a facsimile of a train ticket. Rohman's illustrations in TIME FLIES was a 1995 Caldecott Honor Book and these illustrations are equally as inviting.  The imagery of the prairie and the ocean was successfully use by McLachlan's Newbery winner, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (Harper, 1985.)   Share this picture book with students who are reading that title.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O'Malley, Kevin.  LUCKY LEAF.  New York:  Walker & Company, 2004.
       ISBN 0802789242  hb. $15.95   Gr. 1-3    E

    A boy and his dog are forced by his mother to "play outside" instead of constantly playing his video game.  Once outside and unhappy, he finds a couple of friends who are in the same situation.  A game of catch for the last leaf on the tree begins.  After his friends leave, he finally catches it and puts it on his head as he returns to the house and his video game.  The text tells the story through spare dialogue presented in speech bubbles, very similar to those in graphic novels.  The crisp, colorful illustrations create a vibrant setting for the story.  However, the main character is drawn to look older than the readers the book is recommended for.  This would be a choice for one-on-one sharing or for independent readers only, ages 7-10.
        Amy Salminen Becker, Technical Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Post, Hans and Irene Goede.  CREEPY CRAWLIES.  Trans. by Nancy Forest-Flier. Illus. Irene Goede.
               Asheville, NC:  Front Street, 2005.  25p.  ISBN: 1-932425-65-9 hb. $16.95.    Gr. 1-3   E PIC

               This is an interesting book because it is both fiction and non-fiction.  The main story involves a cat
 and what he does throughout the day.  There is also a non-fiction element at the same time on the opposite
 side of the page.  It's a creative way of telling children just what types of 'creepy crawlies' can be found in
 different types of places.  Grade school children will understand bugs are and what they d when they finish
 this book.  Beautiful illustrations support the text.
               Stephanie Swenski, West Iron District Library, Iron River, MI

Priest, Robert.  THE PIRATE'S EYE.  Illus. by author.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin   Co., 2005.  Unp.  ISBN: 13: 9780-618-43990-0 hb. $16.00.   Gr. K-3   E PIC

            This is an imaginative tale about Pirate Captain Black, who roves the high seas, and a pauper named Sandpiper, who lives in a shack with his dog. In a most unusual series of events, Pirate Black's lost glass eye goes on an adventure of its own and sees images alien to a pirate--images of kindess and generosity. Sandpiper finds the eye and, using it as a crystal ball, chronicles what the eye has seen.  When the pirate regains his lost eye, he is in for an "eye opener" and receives a life-changing lesson in compassion.
            Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library Clerk, Ironwood, MI

Pulver, Robin.  AUTHOR DAY FOR ROOM 3T.  Illus. by Chuck Richards.  New York:
               Clarion Books, 2005.  31p.  078-0-618-35406-1 hb.  $16.00.  Gr. K-3   E PIC

               Mr. Topple's third graders were expecting adored author Harry Bookman to visit their
 classroom.  In preparation for his visit, the children read and reread all his silly stories and compiled a
 list of questions to ask Mr. Bookman. The day of the visit arrived with great anticipation and excitement.
But soon the situation got out of hand as a most extraordinary visitor made his entrance through the
library window.   Fun and mayhem are amply illustrated by Chuck Richards in this surprising, entertaining
tale of mistaken identity.
               Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library Clerk, Ironwood, MI 

Purmell, Ann.  APPLE CIDER MAKING DAYS. Illus by Joanne Friar.  Brookfielld, CT:  Millbrook, 2002.  32p.  0-7613-2364-3; lib.bdg., $21.90    Gr. K-3     E PIC 

This book is a “must-read” before a class or family makes a trip to an apple orchard or a cider press.  The soft illustrations provide just the right touch before cousins visit Grandpa’s apple farm where they help pick apples that are destined for eating or pressing for cider.  The apples called “eating apples” are shown in bags, sorted by varieties like McIntosh and Cortland.  The other apples are chopped and squeezed, then made into cider.  Grandpa’s store, The Apple Barn, also sells homemade jam, squash, pie, and donuts.  The total effect is mouthwatering.  One of the best features is that the farmer looks like most farmers today and bears no resemblance to “Old MacDonald.”   The Ted and Peggy Leipprandt family has owned and operated an orchard and cider press for 25 years.  They recommend this book and appreciate the accuracy of the process.  Although the apples are shown being washed and then “bruised or oddly shaped” ones sent on to be made into cider, the Leipprandts though that it should have been made clearer that the apples used for cider are washed to avoid E-coli problems.  The Leipprandt’s think this book would be a good addition to their store.  Purmell lives in  Jackson, Michgian.  For a listing of orchards and cider mills, consult www.applejournal.com.
            GUEST REVIEWERS:  Ted and Peggy Leipprandt, Pigeon, MI, Members of the
            Michigan Horticulture Society and Cider Makers Guild of Michigan

Robertson, Patrisha. CIRQUE DU SOLIEL:  A PARADE OF COLORS.  Ilus. with photos.
    by Al Seib, Veronique Vial, Jean-Francois Gratton.  New York:  Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2003.     
    30 pgs.  ISBN 0-8109-4515-0 hb  $15.95     Gr. K-6    E
   
    This wonderfully creative way to present colors is a visual delight.  The rhyming text is written to appeal to primary school aged children, but the photographs of Cirque du Soliel performers in their exotic costumes, postures and make-up have wider application.  Those with an interest in theater and drama could learn much about costuming and staging, and budding photographers could benefit by studying the lighting and composition of the photos.  A magical book!
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse, Retired Elementary Teacher, Public Library Board

Robinson, Bruce.  THE OBVIOUS ELEPHANT.  Illus. by Sophie Windham.  New York: 
    Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2002.  26p.  1-5823-4769-7 hb. $15.95  Gr. K-3.   E
  
    One day, right in the middle of a town, there appeared a very large elephant.  The problem was that no one had ever seen or heard of an elephant, so no one knew what this very large animal was or what he did.  Even the elephant didn’t know BUT one boy named Eric, who was 7 ¾  years old and who was known for telling TALL tales, did know.  However no one would listen to him.  There was much speculation about the purpose of this large elephant:  did he haul trains?  Could he put out fires?  Could he collect garbage?  With the help of a Professor and Eric the riddle was resolved.  The very expressive illustrations add a lot of character and carry one right into the tale.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors

Robson, Pam.   PEOPLE AND PLACES.  Illus by Tony Kenyon.  Brookfield, CT:    
    Copper Beech, 2001. 32 p. 0761324232  hb.  $16.95    Gr. 3-6     E

    Robson is a teacher with pizzazz!  If she teaches her classes in the manner in which she has written this book, no doubt her grade would be A+.  Obviously, Robson's objective in authoring this book was to make geography fun, and fun it is.  The author incorporates card games, board games, the making of paper among other clever devices to prove to kids that learning does not have to be boring.  It definitely can be motivating and stimulating.  Subject matter included between the covers ranges from countries, continents, maps, transportation, natural phenomenon, social issues and more.  On each double-spread subject is a text box with informational trivia which together with appealing photographs and eye-catching graphics all add up to one cool book!
    Patricia Fittante Children’s Librarian,  Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Rose, Deborah Lee.  THE TWELVE DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN.  Illus. by  Carey Armstrong-Ellis.  
    New York:  Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2003.  30p  ISBN 0-8109-4512-6 hb.  $14.95    PreS-Gr. 1    E

    Based on the familiar rhythm and repetition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this story can be read or sung. Each day the teacher has a new activity for her kindergarten class which fits into the counting theme.  Carey Armstrong-Ellis has captured the essence of a tumultuous kindergarten classroom:  the harried teacher, the child who won't let go of the teacher's skirt, the boy with his finger perpetually in his nose and the princess wannabe are all colorfully represented.  I wonder who will enjoy this book more - children or kindergarten teachers!
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse, Retired Elementary Teacher, Public Library Board

Roth, Julie.  KNITTING NELL.  Illus. by author.  Boston, MA:  Houghton Mifflin Co.,
            2006.  ISBN: 13:978-0-618-54033-4  hb.  $16.00.   Gr. K-3    E PIC

            Knitting Nell is a sweet, funny book about a shy girl who loves to knit.  She knits constantly.   Nell transforms herself from a girl who barely talks into a town hero for her charitable gifts of knitted scarves, socks, and mittens.   I liked this book.  It's a feel-good story with a happy ending.  The illustrations are lighthearted and peaceful. 
            Heidi Bretall, Preschool teacher/Library board member, Bessemer Public Library


Salley, Colleen.  EPOSSUMONDAS SAVES THE DAY.  Illus. by Janet Stevens.  New York:
    Harcourt, Inc., 2006.  32p.  ISBN 0-15-205701-3 hb. $16.00    Gr. K-3    E

    This retelling of a southern folktale, Sody Sallyraytus, begins with a birthday party for Epossumondas.  Things come to a halt when Mama reaches for the baking soda and finds an empty box.  How can you have a party without a cake?  How can you make a cake without baking soda?  Guests arrive, volunteer to get soda from the store, and seem to disappear. Epossumondas finds a way to get his guests back and proceed with the party.  
    The illustrations by Janet Stevens are bright and bold on a beige background.  The outlines are rounded, giving the characters an unfinished, casual look.  Stevens also incorporated photos of a kitchen and store into the backgrounds of several pages, which blend well with the illustrations as a whole.  The art is interesting and beautiful.  This book would make a worthwhile addition to any library collection.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

San Souci, Robert.  CINDERELLA SKELETON.  Illus. by David Catrow.  New York: 
    Voyager Books, Harcourt Inc., 2000.  32p.  0-15-205069-8 pb.  $6.00   Gr. 1-3   E

    If you like variations of the Cinderella fairy tale, you might be interested in this ghoulish version.  All the usual characters appear in this version, and the rhyming text is quite clever.  Catrow adds eye-catching illustrations that flow with the story.  There are cobwebs in almost every one!  This book would work well in a unit on fairy tales or as a Halloween book.  Elementary students will love this creepy story.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Sayre, April Pulley. IT'S MY CITY! Illus. by Denis Roche. New York: Greenwillow Books,
    2001. hb. unpg. 0-688-16915-5 hb. $15.95   00-044289   Gr. K-Gr 2     E

    To market, to market.... But how do you know which way to go when you are going from one point to another in a busy city?  A little girl insists she does not need the help of her brother, but rather she can do it all on her own.  Our bouncy, lively, pigtailed heroine explains that she has made up a song about all the sights and sounds along the way, thus creating a mapping song.  It is not a virtual map, but it's a map nonetheless.  Done in an uneven rhyme, each page shows a scene of urban life and characterizes the points of interest by their distinctive sounds.  Sayre's text takes a back seat to Roche's brightly colored cartoon illustrations, but readers will enjoy tracing the progress of the kids in the narrow spreads at the bottom of each page. It might even inspire some to create their own mapping songs.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    24 years of experience as a school and public librarian

Seven, John. THE OCEAN STORY. Illus. Jana Christy. Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books,
      2011. ISBN: 9781404867857 hb. $22.65.   Gr. K-3  E PIC

      Children ask questions about everything. This story answers the question of "Why is the ocean so big?" The book is a great scientific version for a child to understand how important the ocean is to the world. With great illustrations and examples of the creatures in the ocean, this book helps the child relate to the ocean. A great book to introduce Earth Day curriculum.
      Kristie Cota, Mom, Munising School Public Library

Sherman, Pat.  THE SUN'S DAUGHTER.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.  New York: 
 
Clarion Books, 2005.  31p.  ISBN: 978-0-618-32430-9  $16.00.  Gr. K-3   E PIC

              THE SUN'S DAUGHTER is an original story based on an Iroquois legend that explains the
changes of the season.  Sun's daughters, Maize, Pumpkin and Red Bean, walked among people of the
earth causing maize, pumpkins and red beans to grow wherever they went. People had only to reach out
to harvest them.  Mother Sun admonished the daughters to stay in the open fields where she could see them.
This tale relates the dire consequences of Maize's disobedience and her heroic rescue by tiny pewee birds.
Illustrations convey the setting and mood of the legend in an expressionistic style.
            Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library Clerk, Ironwood, MI


Singer, Marilyn.  LET'S BUILD A CLUBHOUSE. Illus. by Timothy Bush. New York: Clarion Books
     2006.  24p.  ISBN: 0-618-30670-6 hb.  $16.00    Gr. PreS - 1     E PIC

     This was a fun book about a group of kids who were going to build a Clubhouse.  The "main" young boy's dad 
hears him talking to a friend about building a clubhouse and starts asking him about the tools needed to build a 
clubhouse, plans, rulers, levels, hammers, etc.  The boy tells him who has each necessary tool and on that page there 
is an informational description about what the tools are and what they are used for.  I like how the book made learning 
about tools fun and interesting for young readers.  My son liked the story.  The "non-informational" portion of the book 
was written in rhyming prose and was fun to read even if you didn't read the informational section each time you opened 
the book.  The pictures were bright, colorful and very detailed.   They enhanced the story and kept my son's attention.
     Melissa Coyne, Patron/Substitute Teacher, Tahquamenon Area Library.

Singer, Marilyn. TALLULAH’ SOLO. Illus. Alexandra Boiger.  New York:  Clarion Books, 2012.  32p.  ISBN 978-0-547-33004-4  hb. $16.99   PreS-Gr.1   Easy PIC

            Tallulah is back in this follow-up to TALLULAH’S TUTU. She’s excited and looking forward to the winter recital. She knows that she is an excellent ballerina dancer and is sure that this year she will have a solo. She is happy that her younger brother Beckett wants to learn ballet after admiring Tullulah practicing her ballet moves.  At class she proudly shows him the barre, the mirrors where you watch yourself move and the chair where students sit when they misbehave. Beckett’s attention wanders; he slides on the floor, plays with his toy car, and worst of all picks his nose. In spite of Tullulah’s efforts, at the next lesson instead of doing better, Beckett continues to be distracted and a distraction, until he ends up in the time-out chair. Tallulah concentrates hard on her ballet moves and daydreams about her solo. When the day of the recital audition arrives, the ballet chosen is announced, The Frog Prince. Sure that she will be chosen for the princess, Tallulah smilingly auditions. When the list of parts is posted, Tullulah is crushed to see that she is not a princess, but a lady-in-waiting and Beckett has been chosen to be the frog. It’s so unfair. She has practiced so hard while her brother has goofed off.  Tulullah’s eventual realization that Beckett has become a dancer because he admires her, allows her to put her pride and disappointment aside to help him with his moves. The lesson in pride and humility along with the love between brother and sister comes through, but it is lightly done. The happy ending will please children.
            Barbara Ward, Retired Children’s Librarian, Dickinson County Library,

Smith, Linda.  SIR CASSIE TO THE RESCUE.  Illus. by Karen Patkau.  Custer, WA:
    Orca Book Publishers, 2003.  1-55143-243-9 hb.  $16.95    Gr. K-2    E

    Cassie is a girl with lots of imagination.  Her inspiration seems to come from the books she reads.  Since she's reading a book on knights, she decides to play "knights" with her brother.  The house transforms into a castle, and the family members become parts of the story.  Their fantasy continues until "The Queen" calls them to supper.  The beautiful illustrations are made with cut paper collage.  They're better than the text!  The story is a little slow, but picks up toward the end.   A classroom teacher could use this book to help students think of ideas for writing a play.  
  Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Shaik, Fatima.  ON MARDI GRAS DAY.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper. New York: Dial, 1999.  32p.
     0-8037-1442-4; hb., $16.99    0-8037-1443-2; lib.bdg., $1.89      97-10588    PreS-Gr.-3   E

    This story is told in the first person by a girl, who dresses up to watch the Zulu and Rex Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans with her younger brother.  After the parades they eat gumbo fried chicken, and other delights with their family.  An Author's Note at the back of the book tells more about Mardi Gras.  Cooper's oil illustrations capture the text and the spirit of the festival. There are not many Mardi Gras books and this one is a solid purchase for school and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Spinelli, Eileen.  WHAT DO ANGELS WEAR?  Illus. by Arnold McCully.  New York:
    HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.  unpg.  0060288876 hb.  $16.89    PreS-Gr. 3   E

    As though painted with a pallette of magic, the cover of this winner will draw a young child to the inner pages and ultimately lead to wonderful discussions about the secret lives of angels.  Spinelli has done an outstanding job of bringing an abstract subject into the realm of reality by asking simple questions, followed by simple answers, in a language any young child will understand.  "Can angels fly?...Yes, child.  They can.  Can angels sing?...Yes, child.  They can.  If angels can fly and angels can sing, what do they wear when doing these things?"  A discussion at bedtime between a young child and her mother includes everything from playing hide-and-seek to dancing, baking, singing, and dressing in clothing that most any child would wear.  McCully's warm and innocent illustrations are just what the rhyming test needs to satisfy an inquisitive and wondering child.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Stevens, Janet and Crummel, Susan Stevens.  PLAIDYPUS LOST.  New York:  Holiday House, 2004.  
    unp.  0-8234-1561-9 hb.    Gr. K-2      FIC or  E

    Don't get lost following this young girl and her stuffed plaidypus through their day.  Plaidypus seems to come up missing each time there's a lot of action.  Luckily, the pair reunites each time with these words, "I'm sorry, Plaidypus.  I'll never, ever lose you again.  Plaidypus lost.  Plaidypus found.  This story goes round and round."  Early readers can relate to this story and will appreciate the bright illustrations.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Stevenson, James.  DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH.  Illus. by the author.  New York: Farrar, 1999.
    32p.  0-374-31827-1;  hb., $16.00     98-4180   K-Gr. 3     E

    Stevenson has ticked the funny bones of children for years.  This book is no exception except for the rules.  Mr. Frimdimpny, an alligator or crocodile,  is in charge of this book and his first rule is "Do not laugh!" "If you laugh or smile, you have to go back to the front of the book."   Other requests in the book are to not make the elephant sneeze, and  not to sing, whistle or hum and annoy the hippo.  Even the crocodile narrator is not immune.  Stevenson fans will want this one.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Stutson, Caroline.  COWPOKES.  Illus. by Daniel San Souci.  New York:  Lothrop, 1999.  
    unp.  0-688-13973-6; hb.,  $15.00.  0-688-13974-4; lib.bdg., $14.93    K-Gr.3     E

    Humorous illustrations accompany this rhyme that doesn't always work.  Do chaps rhyme with hats or stack, or sage and strays, or shots and trot?   A group of cowboys and a small boy mend fences, rope strays, and practice for the rodeo.  The illustrations deserve a better text.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Sweet, Melissa.  CARMINE: A LITTLE MORE RED.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin
               Company, 2005.  32p. ISBN 0-618-38794-3 hb. $16.00.    Gr. 1-3    E

               Here's a fresh twist on "Little Red Riding Hood."  The author tells the story using target words
from A to Z, brings the story to modern times, and adds a dog named Rufus.  Readers will enjoy the
changes to the traditional tale.  Sweet also illustrates the story with simple cartoons in watercolor.  There
are entertaining speech bubbles and a nice structure to each page.  Each alphabet word is set off by itself
and also incorporated in the text.  Libraries will find this book checked out more than on the shelf because
it's so entertaining.
               Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Tucker, Kathy.  THE SEVEN CHINESE SISTERS.  Illustrated by Grace Lin.  Morton Grove, IL:
    Albert Whitman & Co., 2003.  32 p.  ISBN:  0807573094; hb., $15.95.    Gr. K-3     E

    This is a story of seven Chinese sisters, who live together and take care of each other.  Each of the girls has one 
special skill or talent.  First sister could ride a scooter fast as the wind; second sister knew karate; third sister could 
count; fourth sister could talk to dogs; fifth sister could catch any ball; sixth sister could cook the most delicious 
noodle soup; and seventh sister was just a baby.  The villain in the story is a very thin, very hungry, big red dragon, 
who snatches up seventh sister and plans to eat her for dinner.  The other six sisters use their individual talents and 
work together to thwart the dragon’s intent and save seventh sister.  The illustrations are brightly colored and full of 
pattern.  This reader was left wondering whatever happened to the dragon, but the story will especially appeal to 
young girls.
     Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors

Waddell, Martin.  THE HOLLYHOCK WALL.  Illus. by Salley Mavor.  Cambridge, MA:
    Candlewick, 1999.  32p.  1-56402-902-6; hb., $15.99.    97-3131    K-Gr. 3      E

    Mavor's illustrations are sewn fabric scraps with found objects.  A girl planted a garden in an old cooking pot.  She also made a path stream, and bridge and painted a hollyhock wall around the rim of the pot.  Then she made a boy and a wheelbarrow made of clay and called him Tom.  Then she made him a fishing pole and fish so he couldn't e bored.  One night when she looked into the garden she saw a girl with Tom and they played together.  When he wanted to jump over the wall she cautioned him not to fall out of the pot.  In the morning she found him outside the pot.  Several strange things happened after that to leave readers and Mary wonder what is real and what is not.  Art teachers can use this to stimulate fabric collages.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Ziefert, Harriet.  One Smart Skunk. Illus. by Santiago Cohen.  Maplewood, NJ: 
    Blue Apple Books, 2004.  32p.  ISBN 1593540647 hb. $15.95.   K-3    E Pic

    This book is about a poor skunk named Rebecca, who doesn't really want to spray the family dog. Since the dog keeps bothering Rebecca, she has no choice but to defend herself.  The owners of the dog get very mad and try to trap Rebecca who is too smart for their tricks.  Finally Rebecca decides it's time to leave the country and head to the city to live. The story was cute, but the ending was very dull. The dialog that took place between the boy and his parents was a little too abrupt, almost bordering on rude. The information about skunks was accurate -a big plus for the book. Another big plus for the book was the illustrative work by Santiago Cohen.  The pictures were full of details that brought the story to life. The use of the pinks, purples and other bold colors was wonderfully contrasted with the black and white color of the skunk.
    Jan St.Germain, Director, Richmond Township Library
 
Zimmerman, Andrea and Clemesha, David.  DIG!  Illus. by Marc Rosenthal.  New York:  
    Harcourt, Inc., 2004.  0-15-216785-4 hb.; $16.00   PreS-Gr. 1   E

    Mr. Rally and his dog, Lightning, embark on a day of digging jobs with the big yellow backhoe. There are five jobs to do in order, which makes this book a great read-aloud story, especially if the reader is interested in sequencing the events.  The illustrations are reminiscent of MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL (Houghton Mifflin, 1939) by Virginia Burton.  This book will be a favorite of little boys who are intrigued by large machinery.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

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Picture Books for Grades 3-5

Adelson, Leone.  THE MYSTERY BEAR: A PURIM STORY.  Illus Naomi Howland. New York:
               Clarion Books, 2004. 31p. ISBN 0-618-33725-3 hb. $15.00.  Gr. 2-4    E PIC
            This cute story is a little older level picture book.  It' not just a story;  it’s also an explanation of a religous holiday.  The author tries to point out different traditions related to Purim.  Readers will love the bright, vivid colors in the illustrations.
            Stephanie Swenski, West Iron District Library, Iron River, MI

Adler, David.  MAMA PLAYED BASEBALL.  Illus. Chris O’Leary.  San Diego: Gulliver/Harcourt, 
    2003.  32p.  0-15-202196-5; hb., $16.00  2001-006865     Gr. 1-5        E  PIC 

    Oil paintings help set the mood for the 1940s and wartime America.  Amy’s father, a former milk truck driver, is overseas fighting.  His father shows Amy his medal from the last war and they listen to The Jack Benny Show.   The story is told in the first person by Amy whose mother gets a job playing in the women’s baseball league.   Amy practices with her mother, goes with her to tryouts, and attends home games with her grandparents.  The book ends “The war was over.  My dad was home.”  Background information about the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League is provided in the “Author’s Note.”   This book is useful with intermediate and middle school students for Women’s studies and World War II.   
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Applet, Kathi.  THE ALLEY CAT’S MEOW.  Illus by Jon Goodell.  San Diego:
    Harcourt, 2002.  32p.  0-15-201980-1; hb., $16.00  2001-003966  Gr. 1-4+  E

    The cool cats pictured in these oil and acrylic illustrations will appeal to the Ginger Rogers set as well as older children.  The rhyme introduces a dapper male cat, compete with cane when “His train pulled in the station/on the southeast side of town./at a boogie-woogie juke joint /called the Alley Cat’s Meow.”  Miss Ginger, who arrived on the Catanooga Choo-Choo, was “jazzy, she was snazzy, /she was my oh my oh my.”  The pair dance through the pages and dance into the hearts of readers as they cancan in Paree and do the tarantella in Brazil.  Readers of all ages will remember Red and Ginger and their rhythm.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Bildner, Phil.  SHOELESS JOE AND BLACK BETSY.  Illus by C. F. Payne. New York:
    Simon and Schuster, 2002.  40p.  0-689-82913-2; hb., $17.00  Gr. 1-6      E   PIC

    Joe Jackson, who lived between 1888-1951, received his nickname, “Shoeless Joe,” because he played a whole game in his stocking feet   Joe asked his friend, Ol’ Charlie Ferguson, the finest bat smith in S.C., to make him a special baseball bat of oak that he named Betsy after Betsy Ross.  When that didn’t break his slump, he had Ol’ Charlie make a bat of hickory which he rubbed with tobacco juice to make it black and  called it Black Betsy.  He even slept with it and wrapped it in cotton so it could remember its roots.  In the Afterword, there is a biography which outlines Joe’s life and career as well as how he was accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series even though there was little evidence to support this and Joe played an excellent series.  The mixed media illustrations, poetic language of the text, along with the Ol’ Charlie’s refrain combine to make this a memorable book.  Purchase for baseball fans of all ages.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Bouchard, Dave.  A BARNYARD BESTIARY.  Illustrated by Kimball Allen.  Victoria, BC: 
    Orca Book Publishers, 1999. 32 p. ISBN: 1-55143-131-9; hb., $14.95    1-5    E

    Although this book professes to be for the K-3 level, the poetry, in language and in concept, is better suited for the 5th & up grade level.  The illustrations are truly beautifully colored portraits of the various animals, and will appeal to any age.  The poems are written from the individual perspective of the various animals and each voice has an accusatory or recriminating tone towards the interference/neglect/abuse of mankind.  It is this tone that I believe is not suited for the K-3 level.  The point would seem to be that while many voices are heard to save an endangered wild animal, not many speak up for those domesticated breeds, which have been allowed to vanish, mainly because of decreased commercial value.  The poetic style is that of free verse, again better understood and appreciated by the older student.  I would give this book a low ranking for the K-3 level, but considerably higher for the advanced 5th grader and the higher grades.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Board of Directors

Bunting, Eve.  RIDING THE TIGER.  Illus by David Frampton.  New York:
    Clarion, 2001.  32p. 0-395-797314; hb.,   $16.00  00-043012  Gr.3+   FIC

    This allegorical story is dark; dark in theme and dark in the woodcut illustrations and burnt orange accents.  The story is told in the first person by Danny, a ten-year-old, who is offered a ride on a tiger.  Danny doesn’t ask his mother’s permission because he and the tiger agree that she would not give it.  While up on the tiger’s back, Danny feels “big, really big.”  A grocer and the police offer warnings to Danny who becomes “edgy” but doesn’t want the tiger to think he is a wimp.  Danny is offered a chance to play basketball by someone the tiger scoffs at because “He works at giving kids options.”  Danny likes having other kids envy him but when they enter “tiger territory,” Danny is no longer “honored” to be with the tiger and wants off but the tiger says with glittery eyes, “Don’t even think about it.”   How late can Danny decide to escape and, once making that decision, is it possible?  This is a prime example of a picture book for upper elementary and middle school students.  Even high school teachers can use it to teach allegory.  Media specialists should show it to their DARE officer.  Parents can use it as a vehicle for discussing smoking and drugs with their kids.  This book will win a major award this year but even better than that, it will be a winner for school and public library collections and hopefully for readers as well.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Cleary, Beverly.  LUCKY CHUCK.  Illus by J. Winslow Higginbottom.  New York:
    Harper, 1984, 2002.  0-688-02736-9; hb., $15.99     83-13386    Gr. 3-8     E

    This cautionary tale, about Chuck who pumps gas after school to pay for his motorcycle, was first published in 1984.  Chuck studied his Motor Vehicle Code booklet but did not follow the rules.  After an accident and a ticket, Chuck now pumps gas after school to pay for his ticket.    This book is as fresh as when it was first written and illustrated.  The only change is that color has been added to Higginbottom’s pencil sketches in the new edition.  Purchase to refresh worn copies or add if somehow it was missed.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Cressy, Judith.  CAN YOU FIND IT?  New York, NY:  Harry Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2002. 
    40 pgs.  0-8109-3279-2 hb;  $15.95   Gr. 2-6    

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has built on Walter wick’s idea of an I SPY book by making it educational for all ages.  The objects to be found are part of an art classic, such as The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  The art prints are given maximum space on each page, leaving no room for borders, but enough text to identify the painting and designate the objects to search for.  Just in case readers miss something, the answers are found in the back of the book.  A clever colored dot maps the position of objects in each work of art.  There is a paragraph of additional information for each piece and an invitation to the museum’s website for further research.  This beautiful book is a must for public and school libraries.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Finchler, Judy.  YOU’RE A GOOD SPORT, MISS MALARKEY.   Illus by K. O’Malley.  
    New York: Walker, 2002.  32p.   0-8027-8815-7; hb., $5.95  2002-023063  Gr. 3-5+   FIC

    This picture book is told in the first person by a boy who is part of a soccer league, YELS, Youngstown Elementary League Soccer.  After a series of unsuccessful coaches, Miss Malarkey becomes the coach even through she doesn’t know much about soccer.  None of the kids had ever played soccer either but they have a good time.  The parents come to watch but their conversations, found in balloons, will be best appreciated best by older students and adults.   While Miss Malarkey says that “Winning isn’t everything,” the principal says it isn’t everything, “it’s the only thing.”  The principal is more interested in besting the rival’s principal than the students. When the students are behind, the adults become worse sports until Miss Malarkey, who never yells, yells “Are you people crazy?”  The game is cancelled and the rules are changed.  The name of the league becomes SILENT, Soccer Instructional League, Elementary Neighborhood Teams and the parents are not allowed to yell, only clap politely.  The message of the book and the last statement are “Have Fun!”  Although not didactic, there is a clear message for young readers but mostly for adults--that children should be allowed to have fun in their sports activities and that the activities are for the children, not for the adults.  This should be required reading for all parents whose children are active in sports.  
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Geisert, Arthur. PIGAROONS. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004. 32p.      
    978-0-618-41058-3 hb. $16.00    Gr. 2-4    E 

    When the River Patrollers get ready to carve their annual ice sculpture, they find that the Pigaroons have stolen it. This is the last straw! The Pigaroons have repeatedly stolen from them. With their last sheet of ice, the River Patrollers find a clever way to deliver justice. The illustrations are mostly two-page spreads of line drawing and color. Geisert is known for the detail found in every drawing. This story shows problem solving, as many of Geisert’s other books do. Add to existing collections of his books.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Johnson, D.B.  HENRY CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN.  New York, NY:  HoughtoN Mifflin Co.,
    2003.  32p.  0-618-26902-9 hb.  $15.00.  Gr. 3-5   FIC  or   JUV

    This story is based on Henry David Thoreau and the time he went to jail for not paying taxes.  He refused to pay taxes in a state that let people buy and sell other people as slaves.  This story is in connection to his speech entitled "Civil Disobedience."  Although the story covers good historical content it is packed with twists in the story.  It is a book that should be used in grades 3-5.  It may be too difficult for younger children to follow.  This a great story to use for illustrating historical content for elementary age children.  The pictures are eye-catching and follow the flow of the words.  The book could be purchased for the elementary grades 3-5. 
    Kathleen Stiles, Elementary School Teacher, Marquette, MI.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie.  FROM DAWN TILL DUSK.  Illus. by Mary Azarian.  Boston: 
    Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.  unp.  0-618-18655-7    $16.00    Gr. K-5      E      
       
    The author reminiscences about experiences she shared with her family throughout the four seasons on their farm in Vermont.  The woodcut illustrations add realism to the story.  The author and illustrator share family photos of life on the farm on the last pages of the book.  Parents and teachers who want to expose their children to childhood enjoyments before the technological age will want to purchase this book as well as those who are interested in farm life.
    Jolene Hetherington, 4th Grade Teacher, Munising School Public Library

Lasky, Kathryn.  HUMPHREY, ALBERT, AND THE FLYING MACHINE. Illus. John Manders.  
    San Diego, CA:  Harcourt, Inc. 2004.  32p.  0-15-216235-6 hb.  $16.00   Gr. 2-4   E

    Lasky has written an imaginative variation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.  The story is interesting on its own – even without knowledge of the original tale.  Her addition of Humphrey and Albert, typical little boys with big ideas, breathes new life into the story.  The author also adds scientific facts about Daniel Bernoulli, a mathematician and physicist in the 1700’s.  The storyline and grammar will are flawless, making this book a welcome addition to public and classroom libraries.  The illustrations show large, expressive faces on the characters.  Although the colors are vivid, the dark hues remind readers of antique pictures, transporting them to days of old.  The line drawing of Bernoulli’s flying machine on the end papers is a treat.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Scalora, Suza.  THE WITCHES AND WIZARDS OF OBERIN.  New York:
    HarperCollins, 2001.  48p.   0-06-029535-Xhb., $19.95   Gr. 6-8   FIC

    Bizarre?  Unusual?  Totally creative and imaginative?  Weird?  Outstanding?  The emotions will be mixed on this title.  This title is totally different from the run-of-the-mill picture books and is definitely for an older audience.  Unfortunately, the format might cause this to be a shelf-sitter.  A group of anthropologists discover a mysterious mountain cave in France that had been used by witches and wizards as their gathering place.  Because of the intrusion, these spirits abduct a notable Frenchman who is responsible for unlocking their hidden lair.  The design and photography on the extremely glossy paper cause the text to take a back seat, but fantasy fans who are into creating imaginative worlds will be totally mesmerized with this mysterious, evocative, literary creation.
    Pat Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    27 years of experience as a teacher and librarian

Weatherford, Carole.  DEAR MR. ROSENWALD.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.
    New York:  Scholastic Press, 2006.  ISBN 0439495229 hb. $16.99  Gr. 3-5  E

    This series of connected poems tells the story of a Rosenwald School - a new school for African American children built with financial assistance from Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck & Co.  The illustrations are simple, evocative of a poor, yet hopeful community.  A young girl, Ovella, narrates the tale from a child's perspective which is open and hopeful.  This is a gentle history lesson, reminding all of the power of community.
    Jennifer Nykanen, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Wilson, Laura.  HOW I SURVIVED THE IRISH FAMINE: THE JOURNAL
    OF MAY O’FLYNN.  Time Travelers series.  Illus with photos.  New York:
    HarperCollins, 2001.  36p.  0-06-029534-1; lib.bdg., $14.89    Gr. 2-7+   FIC

    Anyone desiring an “up close and personal” view of the potato famine will find it in this oversize picture book.  The two-page introduction provides background information for readers.  The book is a fictional first person account of an Irish girl who provides interesting details of life in Ireland and her trip to America.  Bold colorful photos are artistically part of each page design as are the muted photos in the background.  Although illustrations overlap pages, no images are lost in the gutters.  A map and population statistics appear in an afterword, dated 1884, completing Mary’s Journal that began in 1845 when she was twelve.  The glossary, index, places to visit, and bibliography on the last page are useful.  Another book in the series is HOW I SURVIVED THE OREGON TRAIL (Morrow/Avon, 1999).  Both books have a look similar to those in nonfiction books published by DK.
    This is a prime example of a fiction book that imparts lots of information to youth in an interesting manner.  But the book can also be used as an inspiration to youth and adults for writing a family history.  Purchase this book for school and public libraries.  Display it prominently in March and share it with genealogy groups as well as anyone who has a drop of Irish blood.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist
 

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Picture Books for All Ages

Grahame, Kenneth.  THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.  Illus. by Michael Foreman.  New York: 
    Harcourt, Inc., 2002.  231p.  ISBN 0-15-216807-9; hb.,  $24.00.  Gr. 2-6.   E
   
    This is a beautifully illustrated edition of the classic story of the adventures of four animal friends:  Mole, Ratty, Toad, & Mr. Badger.  This edition contains reproductions of 2 of Kenneth Graham's letters to his son, Alistair.  They were written in 1907, when Alistair was 7 years old, and in them is, quite possibly, the first draft of "Toad's Adventures", wherein Toad continues his escape from prison on a train.  Michael Foreman's beautiful watercolors appear on every page and truly make the story a visual delight.  The endpapers contain a map of the countryside, so the course of adventures can be followed.  The individual illustrations, very expressively, capture the enthusiasm and energy that bring the entire story to life.  This book will appeal to all ages.
    Kay T. Elzinga, Member, Superiorland Library Board of Directors

McCaughrean, Geraldine.  THE JESSE TREE.  Illus. by Bee Willey.  Grand Rapids, MI:
    Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2003.  93p.  ISBN: 0-8028-5288-2 hb. $20.00.
    PreS - Gr. 4   FIC

    Geraldine McCaughrean has won every major prize for children's literature in Great Britain. Her story-telling talent shines through in THE JESSE TREE.  It uses an innovative approach to tell the ancient Bible stories in a contemporary setting.
    An elderly carpenter, Mr. Butterfield, carves a Jesse Tree in an old church while dealing with the distraction of an uninvited, inquisitive young boy who wants to know what the carpenter is doing.  The carpenter explains, as he chisels the wood, that the Jesse Tree is a symbol of the family of Jesus, showing His ancestors.  In a curmudgeonly tone, Mr. Butterfield tells the boy that he learned all the stories of the Bible when he was a young man, and the boy responds, "so tell me."
    The stories told include the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark, Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors--24 in all from the Old Testament to the Christmas story and are enhanced with colorful illustrations.
    Judy Bennett, Ironwood Carnegie Library, Ironwood, MI

Papineau, Lucie.  CHRISTMAS EVE MAGIC.  Illus. by Stephanie Paulin.  Towanda, NY:
    Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2006.  29p.  ISBN 1-55337-953-5 hb. $16.95   PreS-Gr.5   E

    Barton refuses to celebrate Christmas, until a small mouse shows him Christmas Past, Present, and a possible future.  The story, similar to the familiar Charles Dickens tale, and the illustrations make enjoyable reading.
    Laura LaHaie, Ontonagon Township Library, Ontonagon, MI

Roberts, Lynn.  RAPUNZEL:  A GROOVY TALE.  Illus. by David Roberts.  New York:      Harry N Abrams, Inc., 2003.  32 pgs.  ISBN 0-8109-4242-9; hb., $16.95    Gr. PreS-3    
    E  or  398

    In this story the classic fairy tale is given an urban twist and is adapted to evoke the groovy 1970's when bellbottoms and long hair were "in."  Her wicked aunt holds orphaned red-haired Rapunzel prisoner in an aprtment building with hundreds of stairs and a broken elevator.  The handsome prince of the original story is a handsome guitarist from a rock n' roll band in this version.  It can be read for pure enjoyment of, in the the classroom, used as an example of how to adapt a story to a different time and place.
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse, Retired Elementary Teacher, Public Library Board

Wick, Walter.  CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE:  PICTURE PUZZLES TO SEARCH AND SOLVE.
    New York:  Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.  40p.  0439163919; hb. $13.95    Gr. K-4      E

             This is the tenth anniversary of the first I SPY book (Scholastic, 1992) by Marzolo and Wick.  Now Wick, the photographer, has branched out on his own.  A long slim poem appears beside each photo that covers three quarters of each double page spread.  The poems provide items that viewers need to find in the photos.  Sometimes it is not easy, as in the poem and photos called “In Bins,” pages 12-13.  As usual, the bright primary colors that accompany the dozen rhymes are clear and detailed.  Children, parents, and teachers will want to challenge themselves with this book.
            Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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Agell, Charlotte. TO THE ISLAND. Illus. by the author. New York: DK, 1998.
    unp.    07894-2505-X;   hb., $14.95.    97-48733     Pre-Gr2     E

    Rabbit, Dragon, Chicken and Cat are good friends and playmates. Today they are embarking on a true adventure. With a picnic packed, warm jackets in hand and happy hearts the foursome boards their sailboat and off to the island they go. There are only one or two sentences under the boxed watercolor illustrations on each page so this would be a great find for a newcomer to the world of reading.  The author/illustrator, originally from Sweden, has a certain flair and style.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    24 years of experience as a librarian or teacher

Alborough, Jez.  FIX-IT DUCK.  Illus by author.  New York:  New York: 
    HarperCollins,  2002.  32p.  0-06-000699-4; hb., $15.95  2001-024964   
    K-3    E     PAULIN’S  PICKS

    If you liked DUCK IN THE TRUCK (Harper, 1999), you will like this one even better.  It is difficult to find “funny” books and this one fills the bill, pun intended.  When water drips into his tea, Duck decides that “FIX-IT-DUCK” needs to come to the rescue so he takes out his toolbox, then decides he needs to borrow a ladder from his friend Sheep.  Sheep is in his trailer house near his jeep so Duck joins his friend for a cup of tea while he explains what happened.  During their conversation, they hear a “rattle, creak, and squeak” which is Sheep’s stuck window.  Duck says “This is a job for FIX-IT DUCK.”  From this point on in the story, readers will groan when they hear this phrase because humorous disasters follow.  The last straw for Sheep and for readers is when they find out what happened instead of the leaky roof Duck thought he had.  Anyone who looks at both end papers can figure out the cause of Duck’s trouble.  This book is a treat!  It brings new meaning to the old saying “With friends like you, who needs enemies.“  The large clear print helps make the easy vocabulary even easier to read.  The illustrations help readers because on many pages there are several illustrations with one or two sentences per illustration. Children deserve this book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Allen, Debbie.  BROTHERS OF THE KNIGHT.  Illus. by Kadir Nelson.  New York:
     Dial, 1999.  40p.  0-8037-248-8; hb., $15.99    98-53361    Gr. K-6    398.2   or    E

    Pencil drawings were created and photocopied, then oil paints were applied to the photocopy for this reworking of the German folktale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."  Reverend Knight, an African-American preacher in Harlem, wants to know why his 12 sons's new tennis shoes are worn out each morning.  The front end papers show the battered sneakers to pique the interest of readers and pristine shoes appear on the back end papers.  Have students speculate why they are not the same and how this might affect the plot.   The story is told from the point of view of the dog who has been blamed for ruining the shoes.  Housekeepers also come and go because they were given keys to lock the boys in for the night but the shoes were still ruined.  A variety of adjectives are used to describe the shoes:  worn to threads; messed up; torn up; stinky; dirty; tacky; and jacked up.  Students can add more to the list.  One Sunday a small woman in a bright colored dress was waiting on their doorstep.  She introduced herself as sweet Sunday because she likes to bake pies and cakes.  Sunday uses her magic scarf to make herself invisible and follows the boys to the party.  When they return she swirls her magic scarf and the shoes are replaced by new ones.  The Reverend likes her cooking and likes the pristine shoes.  However, the dog does something to cause Rev. Knight to fire Sunday.  Readers know it will end well for the humans because this is a fairy tale but the twist at the end is that the dog does not live happily ever after.  This book is suitable for reading aloud to primary students as well as can be used to stimulate  middle school students to write fractured fairy tales.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Arkin, Alan. ONE PRESENT FROM FLEKMAN'S.  Illus. Richard Egielski. New York: Harper-
    Collins,1999.  32p. 0-06-024531-X lib.bdg.14.89; 0-06-024530-1 hb. $14.95    Gr. K-3    E

    There may be vaccines for mumps, measles and chickenpox, but there is no cure for Flekmanitis!  Rambunctious little Molly develops a full-blown case of it after Grandpa promises to take her shopping at the biggest toy store--not only in New York City, but in the whole world! The catch?  Molly can pick out only ONE toy.  Molly decides to try out a few toys.  Soon to drive her grandfather to distraction, Flekman Fever hits its peak.   Molly comes up with a crafty solution to her problem.  Although  the book is a little long on text for its targeted audience, the simple,  strong paintings add a comic and enjoyable  touch.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

 Arno, Iris Hiskey.  I LIKE A SNACK ON AN ICEBERG.  Illus. by John Sandford.
    HarperFestival, 1999.  24p.   0-694-01176-2; hb., $9.95   99-71482     PreS-Gr. 1      E

     Fourteen animals are shown snacking on food.  The book can be used for animal identification with preschoolers or for nature studies with early primary students.  The animals range from the girl's dog and cat to a polar bear and woodpecker. At the end of the book the girl eats an apple so this book could be read before the audience eats a snack.   Although the animals are not identified by name, they are all well known.  Several are farm animals but the food mentioned with them perpetuates the stereotype– a pig eats scraps, and a goat is not fussy.   This title is a better home than a school or public library title.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 49855

 Arnold, Katya.  ME TOO!  TWO SMALL STORIES ABOUT SMALL ANIMALS.
    Retold and illus. by K. Arnold.   Based on stories by V. Suteev.  New York:  Holiday,
    2000.  32p.  0-8234-1483-3; hb.,  $15.95    99-016696     PreS-Gr.     1     E

     Arnold's bold black line drawings are similar to her illustrations of other Russian stories.  The first story, "Me Too!," about a duck and chick, is suitable for antiphonal/call and response choral reading.  Or pairs of students could use finger puppets to retell the story.  The duckling makes a statement and the chick says "Me Too!" with success until the duck jumps in the water and swims and the chick jumps in too but can't swim.  All ends well because the duck rescues chick.  In the second story, "Three Kittens," there is a gray, a black, and a white kitten who change colors when they run through a pipe or hop in a pond while following another creature.   Although not in easy reader format, the book has vocabulary easy enough for emerging readers to read for themselves.  Another of Suteev's stories retold and illustrated by Arnold is MEOW (Holiday, 1998).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Auch, Mary Jane and Herm Auch.  THE PRINCESS AND THE PIZZA .
    Illus by H. Auch.  New York:  Holiday, 2002.  0-8234-1683-6; hb., $16.95.
    2001-024112    Fr. K-3+   E      PAULIN’S PICKS

    Princess Paulina’s father wants to carve wood rather than be king and now she needs a job because he is still learning his craft and his carvings are not selling.  One day she learns that Queen Zelda of Blom is searching for a “true princess” to marry Prince Drupert.  Paulina survives the pea in the mattress test, writes an essay about “Why I Want to Have the Gracious and Exquisitely Beautiful Queen Zelda for My Mother-in-Law,” and tries on the glass slippers.  The three finalists are a princess accompanied by seven little men and another girl who has a long golden braid.  Readers will enjoy recognizing these famous fairy tale females by name.  The last test is to prepare a meal but the long-haired princess trips Paulina and the seven strange men take all the ingredients so that all that is left was flour, yeast, water, three overripe tomatoes, and a hunk of stale cheese.  Readers can then predict the ending.   This is a delicious book on several levels.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Augarde, Steve.  VROOM!  VROOM!  A POP-UP RACE TO THE FINISH!
    Illus by author.  Boston:  Little, 2000.  10p.  0-316-07111-0; hb., $13.95.
    00-104565   PreS-Gr. 2.

    Racing fans of both sexes (because the winner, wearing a protective helmet,  has feminine features) will enjoy turning the dials, pulling the tabs, and lifting the flaps.  The first pop up contains a steering wheel with a moveable gearshift.  Instructions on front and back covers warn that the book is "Not suitable for children under 3 years."  What car fan wouldn't enjoy making the cars race along the pages.  This pop-up book is great fun and will be especially popular because of the subject matter.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Baker, Jeannie.  THE HIDDEN FOREST.  Illus. by author.  New York: Greenwillow,
    2000.  32p.   0-688-15760-2; hb., $16.95    0-688-15761-0; lib.bdg., $16.89  
    99-23175     K-Gr. 4+   E    PAULIN'S PICK

     A boy tries to raise his fish trap which is trapped by the kelp.  His friend Sophie is a diver and agrees to help him look under the waves.  Readers snorkel with Ben and Sophie as they explore underwater and feel the textures of the growth about them as well as peer into the eye of a whale. The collages in this picture book are masterpieces which bring the water and kelp to life. A note about the artwork says that the collages are made from "natural materials such as pressed seaweeds, sponges, and sands.  The kelp was modeled with a translucent artist's clay, and the seawater with resin."  An author's note at the back of the book tells about how and where kelp forests grow.  This particular forest is on the east coast of Tasmania where it is disappearing.   It does not seem possible but this book is even more spectacular than the author's celebrated WHEN THE FOREST MEETS THE SEA (Morrow, 1988).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Baker, Leslie.  PARIS CAT.  Illus. by author. Boston: Little, Brown, 1999.  32p.
    0-316-07309-1; hb.,  $15.95. 97-42169    PreS-Gr3    E

    All because of a mouse! Alice (a feline) finally gets to visit Paris, only to spot a mouse!  The adventure begins. Too busy to listen to Annie's plea to come back, Alice begins a chase that starts at an outdoor market, includes a boat ride on the Seine, progresses to an encounter with a crowd at the Louvre, and develops into a near calamity when she meets up with a dog.  Author/illustrator Baker does a magnificent job with her charming watercolor illustrations. All in all it is a great find for an early reader, a cat lover, or for a lap-sit.  Share this picture book with French teachers at all grade levels.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    24 years of experience as a librarian or teacher

Bannerman, Helen.  THE STORY OF LITTLE BABAJI.  Illus by Fred Marcellino.
 New York:  HarperCollins, 1996, 2002.  72p.  0-06-008093-0; pb., $7.95.
 PreS-Gr. 3   823.8  or   E

 The book was first written and illustrated in 1899 by a woman who lived in India for 30 years.  In that story, LITTLE BLACK SAMBO , the names where changed.  In this edition, Indian names are given to the characters.  There is no difference in size between the Trophy paperback and the hardcover so readers can enjoy the illustrations.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Barner, Bob.  FISH WISH.  Illus. by author.  New York: Holiday, 2000.  unp.
    0-8234-1482-5; hb.    $16.95   99-44491    PreS-Gr. 2+   E

     Collages by the author help children to understand a choral reef.  The book begins with a child saying "IF I were a fish" on a choral reef.  What the unisex child would see would be dolphins, sea turtles, octopus, jellyfish, sea horses, shrimp, crabs, and a sea anemone.  A double page spread at the end of the book matches 18 creatures that live on a choral reef with line drawings.  Another double page spread shows eleven creatures and provides facts about each.    Although it is intended for the first experiences with choral reefs, it can be an inspiration for a mural like the kind that stretches all the way down a school hall or a smaller bulletin board.  This is a beautiful book that deserves to be in every elementary school ad public library.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Bauer, Marion Dane.  JASON'S BEARS.  Illus  by Kevin Hawkes.  New York:
    Hyperion, 2000. 32p.   0?7868?0356?8; hb., $15.00;  0-7868-23-3-8; pb., $5.49
    98?52968    PreS-Gr. 2     E

    Children with overactive imaginations will have a heyday with this title.  Bear lovers will love Jason because Jason loves bears.  He loves big bears, little bears, bears that humph and grump and bears he has never seen.  Jason draws pictures of bears, he sings songs about bears and sometimes he pretends that he is a bear!  The real action begins when Jason's big brother Kurt, who is sick of hearing Jason rant about bears, begins to taunt and scare the young bear lover.  But Kurt's plan backfires.  Jason's re?found boldness along with the recipe for gingerbread should uplift the hearts of those readers and listeners.  Get those aprons out!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    24 years as a school and public librarian

Beck, Andrea. ELLIOT'S BATH.  Illus. by the author. Niagara Falls, NY:  Kids Can Press,
    2000. unp. 1-5507-4802-5;hb., $12.95    1-5533-7670-8; pb.,   $5.95     PreS-Gr 2    E

    Never had a bath?  Ever hear of such a thing? It's true for Elliot, the plush toy moose.  He's been damp before, but a bath?  Not!  Elliot and his rag monkey friend, Socks, excitedly anticipate participating in a talent show and as they paint the stage for their performance, Socks leans over too far on the ladder, losing her balance and falls, splattering paint over herself and Elliot. A bath is in order. However, after his initial experience in a tub, Elliot finds himself soggy and waterlogged. Then it is his resourceful toy friends to the rescue! It's splish, splosh and lots of bubbly fun with an ending that gets them dry just in time to make a splash at the talent show!  Detailed, realistic pencil-crayon illustrations add to the drama and appeal of the story which youngsters will enjoy right to the spotlighted finale with its bows, claps and bravos!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library
    24 years of experience as a school and public librarian

Beck, Andrea. ELLIOT DIGS FOR TREASURE. Illus. by author. Tonawanda, NY:
    Kids Can Press, 2001.  32p. 1-55074-806-8; hb., $12.95  PreS-Gr. 2     E

    What happens when you dig yourself into a hole and can't get out?  Ask Eliot.
He knows from first-hand experience.  Believing what he finds to be a treasure map, Eliot convinces his stuffed, furry friends to help find a buried treasure.  However, all are bummed when they find that the map is that of a garden and the "X" is the location where a tree that is to be planted.  To make matters worse, the funsome foursome lose their self-confidence when they realize that they cannot get out.  But perseverance and teamwork prevail and in the end they are rewarded.  Each two-page spread is framed by a colorful, narrow border and within it, space on one page are soft, cheerful illustrations in pencil/crayon, while the facing page is well-spaced text.  The facial expressions on the moose and his friends are detailed and priceless while the "hole" story is totally appealing.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    26 years of experience as a school and public librarian

Bildner, Phil.  SHOELESS JOE AND BLACK BETSY.  Illus by C. F. Payne.
    New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2002.  40p.  0-689-82913-2; hb., $17.00
    99-40563  Gr. 1-6      E   or    FIC

    Joe Jackson, who lived between 1888-1951, received his nickname, “Shoeless Joe,” because he played a whole game in his stocking feet   Joe asked his friend, Ol’ Charlie Ferguson, the finest bat smith in S.C., to make him a special baseball bat of oak that he named Betsy after Betsy Ross.  When that didn’t break his slump, he had Ol’ Charlie make a bat of hickory which he rubbed with tobacco juice to make it black and  called it Black Betsy.  He even slept with it and wrapped it in cotton so it could remember its roots.  In the Afterword, there is a biography which outlines Joe’s life and career as well as how he was accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series even though there was little evidence to support this and Joe played an excellent series.  The mixed media illustrations, poetic language of the text, along with the Ol’ Charlie’s refrain combine to make this a memorable book.  Purchase for baseball fans of all ages.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school-library media specialist

Birdseye, Tom.  LOOK OUT, JACK THE GIANT IS BACK!  Illus by
    Will Hillenbrand.      New York:  Holiday, 2001.   32p.  0-8234-7450-7;
    hb., $16.95  00-032006      K-Gr. 3

    Look out readers!  Jack is back.  So is the late giant’s big brother (smelly feet and all).  The giant’s brother is extremely angry that Jack stole what deservedly was his; the coins, the harp, and the hen that lays golden eggs.  This even uglier, mean giant sibling is out for revenge and doesn’t let anything get in his way including a trip to the mountains of North Carolina where Jack and his mama have settled in a colorful, homey situation.  Along with an occasional departure into rhyme, the comedy is reinforced with Hillenbrand’s illustrations in their variety of media.  They help tell the story and add a down-home telling of the tale.  Hillenbrand captures the rambunctious nature of the author’s creation, while realistically depicting Jack as the innocent kid who has more than an arm up his sleeve.  Fee-fi-fo-fum, you need to buy this one.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    27 years of experience as a school and public librarian

Blos, Joan.  HELL0 SHOES!  Illus. by Ann Boyajian.  New York: Simon and Schuster,
    1999.  32p.   0-689-8144-0; hb.,    $13.00.    98-1676        PreSch-K         E

     A variety of shoes appear on the end papers.  A little boy can't find his favorite sandals so he and his grandfather look everywhere, even in the train box where they find and identify objects in fours, threes, twos, and then one.  In the closet they find a number of items the boy can identify by color.  Even though he struggles with his buckles, he wants to do it himself.  He makes up his own words to the song "So early in the morning!"  as they sing and dance to the park.  This book lacks the tightness of a picture book.  Blos is a Michigan author and a Newbery winner.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library media specialist

Bodkin, Odds.  THE CHRISTMAS COBWEB.  Illus by Terry Widener.  San Diego:
    Gulliver, 2001.  32p.  0-15-201459-4; $16.00       97-25626     K-Gr. 3     E

    Although similar to Climo’s CHRISTMAS COBWEB (Harper, 1982) because the spiders provide tree decorations in return for kindness, this picture book has an ethnic twist.  A German immigrant, a cobbler, brings a carved oak box with him from the "old country."  The box is filled with prized blown glass ornaments.  When their home burns,  the family moves to a shack full of cobwebs.  The husband says they shouldn't disturb the  spiders’ homes because he understands what losing a home means.  In order to buy tools and shoe leather, the father sells the precious ornaments.  When they bring their tree home, it looks bare without ornaments.  When the father says they have each other, he just avoids sentimentality.  In the morning they find that the spiders made web decorations for the tree.  The ornaments from their old home are now replaced with ornaments from their new home.  The acrylic illustrations enhance the story.
    There is only one disturbing element to the book.  In October, firemen visiting schools emphasize important rules for surviving fires; one rule is not to go back to rescue possessions. The father in this story "ran back through the flames.  Finding the box in a corner of his workshop, he rescued the precious ornaments."   This is unfortunate because the story is charmingly told and the illustrations complement the text.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director; Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Bond, Felicia.  THE DAY IT RAINED HEARTS.  Illus by the author.  New York:
    Geringer/Harper, 1983, 2002.  36p.  0-06-623876-5; hb., $9.95
    0-06-001078-9; lib.bdg., $14.89   82-45586    K-Gr. 2     E

    Originally published in 1982 under the title FOUR VALENTINES IN A RAINSTORM, this book will be popular in February.  Cornelia Augusta caught many hearts that fell during a rainstorm.  After looking at them carefully, she made them into Valentines and decided who should get which ones.  Although it never rained valentines again, she “found other ways to make Valentines.”  The picture accompanying that quote shows valentines growing on trees.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Bourgeois, Paulette. FRANKLIN’S SCHOOL TREASURY.  Illus by Brenda Clark.
    Toronto, Ont. and Tonawanda, NY:  Kids Can, 2001.  128p.  1-55074-877-7; hb.,
    $15.95   C00-932214-0    PreS-Gr. 3    E

    The four picture books that are incorporated into this anthology are FRANKLIN GOES TO SCHOOL (1995),  FRANKLIN’S SCHOOL PLAY (1997), FRANKLIN’S CLASS TRIP (1999), and FRANKLIN’S NEIGHBORHOOD (1999).  One consideration for purchasing collections of picture books is whether or not the individual titles are still in print.  According to the OCLC version of BOOKS IN PRINT, all four titles are listed as “active” in paperback and hardback editions, all are available in Turtleback or Scholastic editions, three are in Spanish editions, and one was available in audio format.   An even more important consideration, especially for picture books, is whether or not the original illustrations are preserved with clarity and in their entirety.  In this case both have been maintained and the color is even better in this compilation.  The text and illustrations are reproduced the same as they are in the individual picture books and although they can still be purchased, libraries with limited budgets will be able to purchase this four-in-one anthology for the price of an individual title.  This book is a bargain and school and public library personnel who do not know Franklin should purchase this title.  Libraries already owning the individual titles will have the advantage of four readers reading the stories at one time.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. POP!  A BOOK ABOUT BUBBLES.  Photographs by
    Margaret Miller.  New York: HarperCollins, 2001. 40p.   0-06-028700-4; hb., $15.95
    99-57794    Gr. K-3     530.4   or     E

    Have you ever wondered why bubbles are always round?  Or why they pop?  Or why bubbles in other liquids such as water, juice or milk act differently?   Then join the crowd!   Bradley does an excellent job, without going too far in depth, of discussing the subject in an interesting and entertaining manner.  The simple text and accompanying vivid photographs make it a most inviting read as well as a springboard for experiments and discussion.  Children will no doubt want to test the recipe for making a bubble solution at the end of the book and will bubble over with enthusiasm without realizing that science can be fun.
    Patricia J. Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
    25 years of experience working with children in school and public libraries

Brown, Marc.  ARTHUR'S BIRTHDAY ACTIVITY BOOK.  Arthur's Activity Book
    series.  Boston:  Little, 2001.  18p.   0-316-11851-6; pb., $7.95.    PreS-Gr. 3

    This five page story with black and white illustrations is intended as an activity book for  individual children but it could be circulated by libraries in a plastic bag because the vinyl stickers can be "pasted" back in their original places.  This will be facilitated if the shapes are outlined in black marker.  Large print directions for replacing all of the stickers should be printed to accompany the book.  If the activity pages are laminated, the puzzles can be reused.  The front and back covers fold out into scenes at Arthur's home and school.  The stickers can then be used much like paper dolls with the added benefit that they cling to the scenery.  Teachers can also use the stickers to cling to classroom windows.  Attach the stickers to tongue depressors to make stick puppets.  Preschool and kindergarten teachers could make this book available for the birthday child.  This is a great birthday gift for a child, teacher, or librarian.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Brown, Margaret Wise.  THE DIRTY LITTLE BOY.  Illus by Steven Salerno. New York:
    Winslow, 2001.  32p.  1-890817-52-X, hb.,$16.95    00-031916   PreS-Gr.2   E

    First published in Jack and Jill magazine and later published in an anthology, this story was written by the deceased author of classics GOODNIGHT MOON (Harper) and a Caldecott winner, THE LITTLE ISLAND (Turtleback).  A little boy asks his mother for a bath but she is too busy washing white clothes to give him a bath.  Mother tells the little boy to investigate animals to see how they take baths.  So the boy washes like a bird, pigs, a cat, and a horse but becomes dirtier than ever.  When he comes back to his mother, she has finished washing the clothes and puts him in the tub so that he is cleaner than the bird, pigs, cat, and horse.
    The mixed media illustrations have an appealing child-like quality that begins with bubbles on the end papers that have a vinyl quality to them as do the variety of baths and puddles within the picture book.   This effect is meritorious.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Bruce, Lisa.  FRAN'S FLOWER. Illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw. New York
    HarperCollins, 1999. 32p. 0-06-028621-0, hb. $14.95  99-71630  PreS-Gr. 2  E

    The text may be muddy, but the brilliant illustrations will provide lively visual clarity and fresh fun for the reader.  The author cooked up a theme that seems to be original and untouched which involves Fran who is puzzled as to why her flower bud will not respond to a "people-food diet".  When pizza, spaghetti or strawberry ice cream don't quite cut it, she gets fed up and kicks her fussy flower out the door.  Soon after, Mother Nature performs her magic and......Shazam!  Surprise, Fran, surprise!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Bunting, Eve.  BUTTERFLY HOUSE.  Illus. by Greg Shed.  New York: Scholastic, 1999.  32p.
    0-590-84884-4;  hb., $15.95.    98-16349     PreS-Gr. 3    E     Paulin's Picks Citation.

    Full-page gouache on canvas illustrations on the right, bordered by a prose poem on the left, a small illustration on pastel colored paper on the left make this an appealing book.  The story told in the first person by a little girl, who with her grandfather,  finds a caterpillar and shares its development into a butterfly .  The book ends with the girl as old as her Grandpa.  This is a metamorphosis, not only of the butterfly, but of the girl as well.  In addition it is a testimonial to love.  When neighbors wonder why they can't attract butterflies like she does, the butterflies tell how they are returning the love she gave their ancestors long ago when she saved a caterpillar from being eaten, made a box for it, and painted a garden in the box.  This book will be as timeless as the tale it tells.  The last page lists five instructions on  "How to Raise a Butterfly."  This book is a winner and deserves to be in school or public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

 Burnett, Frances Hodgson.  THE SECRET GARDEN.  Illus. Mary Collier. Adapted. New York:  
      HarperCollins,  1998.  32p.  0-06-027853-6; hb., $14.95    97-20757      PreS-Gr. 2      E

      Anyone who is familiar with Burnett's original, first published in 1849, will feel this adaptation is a bit too emaciated, but the outstandingly rich illustrations make up for the lack of narrative.  It will however, satisfy the appetites of the young who are familiar with the title but not yet old enough to read the real thing.  The storyline follows Mary Lennox's adventure when she is orphaned and comes to live at her uncle's large, desolate house with nothing do do and no one to play with.  When a hopping robin shows Mary the way to a mysterious and locked up secret garden, she is determined to bring the garden back to life.  In so doing, Mary befriends Dickon and later, Colin and together the three of them discover the meaning of friendship, love and the magic of making things grow.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Calhoun, Mary.  BLUE-RIBBON HENRY.  Illus. by Erik Ingrahm.  New York: Morrow, 1999.     
    0-688-14674-0, hb., $16.00   0-688-14675-9, lib.bdg.   97-06470    Gr. K-3     E

      Fans of the siamese cat (CROSS-COUNTRY CAT (M, 1979), HIGH-WIRE HENRY (M, 1991); HOT-AIR HENRY (M, 1981); and HENRY THE SAILOR CAT (M, 1994) will enjoy going to a country fair with Henry as he and the dog, Buttons, become exhibits.  Henry feels inadequate because the other cats are bigger and he is embarrassed when he tries to save his owner from a pig but is laughed at because it was during a harmless greased pig contest.  At the pet parade, Buttons wins second place in the dog category while another cat wins best cat.  Because of the title, teachers can use the book with students for predicting what will happen, especially after another cat wins first place.   However, a surprise is in store for Henry because he saved a little lost girl.  Henry's fans won't be disappointed in this latest addition.   This is a good read-aloud for August right before UP State Fair week.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Carney, Margaret.  THE BIGGEST FISH IN THE LAKE.  Illus by Janet Wilson.
    Tibawabdam NY: Kids Can, 2001.  30p.  1-55-74-720-7; hb. $15.95   Gr. K-3     E

    A girl and her Grandpa go fishing in a stream one summer and then ice fishing on the lake that winter in this first person narrative.  Sometimes they just listen to the wind because Grandpa says, it "is the best part of all."   Grandpa shows her how to use her birthday fishing rod.  After practicing at home, they go to a cabin on a lake to go bass fishing the next summer and the girl almost catches a whopper.  The next morning the girl gets up early and goes fishing on the dock where she catches a huge muskie--the biggest fish in the lake--but it snaps the line and gets away. The plot is really a string of events that chronicle an intergenerational relationship that is heartwarming and will be popular in areas with lots of lakes and streams.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Caseley, Judith. ON THE TOWN. Illus. by author. New York: Greenwillow, 2002. unp.
    0-06-029584-8; hb., $15.95    200-023896    Gr. l-3    E

    East side, west side, all around the town......... His school assignment is to explore his community, so Charlie invites his mother to take a walk with him to find out what really is in his town.  Using the vim and vigor that is so appealing to her young readers, Casely once again shows her true colors (in the full sense of the word) in the writer's world for primary school kids.  Throughout the day, Charlie visits various places in the community, but it isn't until the end of the day that he comes to realize that the very best part of his community is his own home.  Caseley's watercolor/colored pencil illustrations are stacked with detail that the children will want to investigate.  Bordered notebook entries and spot art add to the playfulness of the book.  Community helpers collections will adopt this title quickly and readers will come to realize that a community walk cannot only prove to be a learning experience but an adventure that will sharpen one's sense of observation and appreciation for the obvious. 
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Chataway, Carol.  THE PERFECT PET.  Illus by Greg Holfeld.  Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2002.
    32p.   1-55337-178-X; hb., $14.95   C2001-900600-3  K-Gr. 3      E  PAULIN’S PICKS.

    “Hamlet, Pygmalion and Podge wanted a dog more than anything else in the world.   The three pigs went to the pet store and Mr. Pinkerton told them to take a dog home and if it didn’t work out, they could bring it back.  The illustrations show why Goliath, Baxter,  Digby, Matilda, Woodrow, Buster, Rover, Dotty, and Howler did not work out for them.  Finally the pigs made out a list of things the liked and disliked about dogs.  After listening to their requirements, Mr. Pinkerton found the “PURRFECT” pet to end this purrfect book.  The illustrations show how purrfect a pet Socks was for them.  Half the fun in this book is figuring out what kind of pet they want even before Mr. Pinkerton takes action.  This is a fine choice for reading aloud.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Chorao, Kay.  THE CATS KIDS.  Illus by the author.   New York:  Holiday, 1998.
    48p.   0-8234-1405-1  hb. $16.95     98-3449.  PreS-Gr 3.    E

     This collection contains  three stories about sibling kittens (Jake, Sam, and Martha) who play, fight, tattle, and play some more. In the first story, Sam is told repeatedly that he is "just a baby" and that his older brother, Jake, had only played with him because he was being paid to babysit. Dejected, Sam runs away and is finally rescued from a snowbank by Jake.  Jake then shares Sam's punishment and reads to him to make amends.   In the second story, Jake is angry because his father has eaten his fish. His mother makes him an egg salad sandwich which he takes outside and up a tree. He is feeling sorry for himself, barely nibbling the sandwich, when Martha comes to tell him that he must help his father mow the lawn. He decides not to help, but goes around to see if his father has actually melted as his sister said.  The lawn mower stands alone and Jake decides to go to catch more fish for the family. Everything is frightening since he is alone and he believes that he sees a witch. He manages to catch a fish for most of the family. Later, he discovers that his father was the "witch" and had played hooky and caught fish for dinner also.  In the third story. Martha wants to be in the school play and has mother make her a fancy orange dress with lots of ruffles. Jake helps Martha  learn her lines but at the tryouts, she gets stage fright. Jake helps her out, only to be humiliated by being chosen for the girl's role. Upset, both kittens go home and write and perform their own play. The illustrations are delightful and colorful. Stereotypical male and female roles are used throughout. Family issues that children face daily are addressed.
     Betty Karbon,  Library Aide, Munising School and Public Library, Munising, MI.

Christelow, Eileen.  WHERE’S THE BIG BAD WOLF?  Illus by author.  New York:    
    Clarion, 2002.  32p.  0-618-18194-6; hb., $15.00  2001-056189  PreS-Gr. 3   E

    Children love picture books that allow them, through the illustrations, to be in on the joke that escapes the characters in the book.  In this fractured fairy tale of “The Three Little Pigs,” Detective Doggedly can’t find the “Big Bad Wolf” even though he is right under his nose.  Two elderly cows warn the little pigs not to build their houses of straw or sticks but they listen to the sheep, Esmeralda.  By the time the detective arrives on the scene, the wolf is nowhere to be seen--except by perceptive children.  The acrylic gouache and pen and ink illustrations begin on the end papers and support and extend the text.  Is there room for another version of this popular fairy tale?  The answer is a resounding YES!    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Cohen, Caron Lee.  HAPPY TO YOU!.  Illus. by Rosanne Litzinger.  New York:
    Clarion, 2001.  32p.  0-618-04229-6; hb.,  $15.00 99-039433   PreS-Kg   E

    After attending his first birthday party, toddler Daniel, is rip-ripping with excitement in much the same manner as the wrappings that came off the gifts and equal to the tiny guests' rendition of "Happy Birthday to You.”  However, young Daniel cannot let go of the chant and he bestows a magical, musical, "Happy to you" to everyone and everything he encounters on his way home.  After exhausting his targets (and himself) when Mom finally tucks him in for his nap, this pooped little tyke is happy to snooze. The watercolor illustrations are soft and colorful, yet lively and inviting to the lap-sit crowd for which the book is intended. A delightful little story about one little boy's special day.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Crews, Nina. A GHOST STORY. Illus. with photographs. New York: Greenwillow, 2001. 
    84p.    0-688-17673-9; $15.95  0-688-17674-7; lib.bdg., $15.89.    K- Gr. 2     E

    Like the object of the title, the story is a bit flimsy and transparent, but the attractive full-color photographs help make up for the weakness.  Jonathan is the spinner of the tale and he truly believes that there is a ghost in his bedroom.  This nocturnal visitor knocks books off the shelves, tosses a teddy bear in the air and throws the basketball into the fish tank.  Not funny!  Because Jonathan's sister, Celeste, is a talented singer and loves to perform, she insists that her brother imagines these ghostly happenings just to draw attention to himself.   Not so!   Uncle Pete comes to visit from out West and it is in him whom Jonathan finds solace and a solution to his dilemma.
Not hard!  Consensus of the reading audience?  Not scary!
    Patricia J. Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Cronin, Doreen.  CLICK, CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE.  Illus by Betsy Lewin.
    New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2000.  32p. 0-689-83213-3; hb., $15.00.  PreS-Gr. 3      E

    If you object to having farmers portrayed endlessly in picture books as hayseeds in straw hats, you will not like this book.  Everyone else will find it hilarious.  Farmer Brown is upset because his cows are making too much noise with their endless typing.  Worse is to come.  The cows are typing a “request” for electric blankets or they won’t give him milk.  The next note comes from the hens who want electric blankets too or they won’t provide eggs.  Farmer Brown types out his answer and sends it to the cows via the duck, a neutral party.  The animals are good negotiators and make Farmer Brown an offer he can’t resist.  A final request, typed by the ducks, is clever.  The last page contains an illustration that “speaks a thousand words.”   Readers will enjoy the satisfaction of figuring out this nonverbal ending.  The watercolor and black line illustrations create the appropriate light tone for this story.   Purchase this clever book to use with preschool story hours where audience participation is needed or in primary grades for choral reading.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Cushman, Doug. THE MYSTERY OF KING KARFU.   Illus. by author. New York:
    HarperCollins, 1996.  32p.    0-06-024797-5; lib.bdg.,  $14.89   0-06-024796-7;
    hb., $14.95  0-06-35032;   pb., $5.95    95-31064 Gr. K-3    E

    Seymour Sleuth is the world's greatest detective. His latest case--The Missing Stone Chicken. This petrified foul belonged to the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, King Karfu. Seymour keeps a casebook that captures every step. He interviews suspects, examines clues and puts thepieces together to find out whodunit? However, there is a secret code as well as King Karfu's LostTreasure that wait to be discovered by sharp-eyed readers. Author/illustrator Cushman's latest creation about this intrepid detective exemplifies cleverness, entertainment and imagination all rolled into one.
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library.

Davol, Marguerite W.  WHY BUTTERFLIES GO BY ON SILENT WINGS.
    Illus by Rob Roth.   New York: Orchard, 2001. 32p.  0-531-30322-5;hb.,  $16.95.
    00-39963    Gr. 1-4   FIC

    Have you ever wondered who came up with the adage, "Silence is golden"? (a mother of seven at the end of a hectic day? A preschool teacher?  A grade school band instructor?)  This terse snippet of wisdom has been around a lot longer than Davol, but it could be that Davol was inspired by the thought when she wrote this, her fourth children's book.  Who could ever even imagine a butterfly being noisy and annoying?  Obviously Davol stretched her imagine far enough that she could.  Credit the behavioral transition to a thunderstorm (which seemed a bit abrupt) with the help of the bright watercolor illustrations carrying the theme from noisy ignorance to quiet reflection.  This would make a good read-aloud and will bring to mind other creationist stories by such authors as Kipling, Aardema or Hughes....while it brings silence to the storyroom!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Deacon, Alexis. SLOW LORIS. Illus. by author. LaJolla, CA: Kane/Miller, 2002. 32p. 
    1-929132-27-1; hb., $15.95   1/929132/28/X; pb., $7.95   00-32023    PreS –Gr. 1   E

    This one is a sleeper.  And intentionally so.  Loris, a sluggish lemur in a zoo, proves that you can't judge a book by its cover.  Despite the fact that it takes this lackadaisical character ten minutes to eat a satsuma, twenty minutes to traverse a branch and one whole hour to scratch his backside, things change drastically when night falls.  At night when other animals are asleep, Loris gets up and does things...FAST!  Up to this point the humorous illustrations and witty text set a draggy mood, but watch out!  Loris is not a drag at all.  He definitely is not boring as the other inhabitants find out when he hosts a nocturnal party at which they trip the light fantastic.  The next day this celebration leaves all the other zoo animals as slow and boring as they originally thought Loris to be.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

DePalma, Mary Newell. THE STRANGE EGG.   Illus. by author.  Boston: Houghton
    Mifflin, 2001.  32p. 0-618-09507-1; hb., $15.00.  00-061348    PreS-Gr.1    E

    A strange egg----a strange story?  Not really!  Actually, let's call it a whimsical tale. What happens is that a little bird who is flitting high in the sky spies something below that catches his eye.  Thinking that it is indeed a strange egg, she sits on it.  A rascally monkey who is observing all the action from a nearby tree, finds this to be most comical.  He eggs Little Bird on (no pun intended) and finally monkey takes the egg and juggles it, to the mortification of Little Bird.  Helping to tell the tale are the bold illustrations surrounded with much white space on each page.  The reader is left with a warm fuzzy feeling when the tale ends and a new relationship is cemented between two "egg-static" friends.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Dickson, Louise. THE VANISHING CAT.  Illus. by Pat Cupples. Tonawanda, NY:
    Kids Can Press, 2001.  40p.  1-55337-026-0, hb., $14.95   Gr. 1-3    E

    Lu and Clancy are true blood hounds, there's no doubt about that.  With their noses to the dirt and magnifying glasses polished, this pair of dog detectives set out on a luxury cruise to relax after having just solved a major case.  But good detectives are always on the alert, right?  Right!   Lu and Clancy uncover some shenanigans which involve Awesome Arabella who has more magic tricks up her sleeve than there are nuggets in a bag of Puppy Chow.  This foxy feline has a sneaky plan, but eventually good conquerors all and Lu and Clancy catch her with milk on her whiskers!  This read could be classified as a "bridge" book as is done in short chapters, but with simple illustrations that will help hold the attention of the newer reader.  Several simple-to-do magic tricks are included throughout the book.  It undoubtedly will SOLVE the problem of  “what to do” for the family that has time to spend reading together.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Duquennoy,  Jacques.  OPERATION GHOST.  Illus. by author.  New York: Harcourt,
    1998.  32p.    0-15202182-5;    hb., $13.00   98-43351    K-Gr.  3     E

    Henry the Ghost has been having nothing but problems.  First he had the measles, then jaundice, next he banged his head, broke his arm, and then he fell asleep and couldn't wake up.  Henry's friends brought him to the hospital where Dr. Ouch operated to fix his internal clock!  Done in super-cute watercolor illustrations, this book would be good for younger readers as well as at Halloween time.  Kids will find the big "scissors" used in the operation or the big scar left by the operation, a bit shocking.
    Charlotte Oshe; Children’s Assistant, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Duquennoy, Jacques.  THE GHOSTS IN THE CELLAR.   Illus. by  author.  San Diego:
    Harcourt, 1998. 48p.  0-15-201755-5 lib bdg. $12.95.  97-37583     PreS-Gr. 2      E

     Four ghosts are playing cards in the great entrance hall of a castle when they go down to the cellar to investigate a loud knocking.  After several false alarms they meet up with Aunt Gigi, a ghost who has come to celebrate her five-hundredth birthday.   It's all fun and games from that point forward.  Simple illustrations are done in the hues of Halloween.   Ghost fans will enjoy this illogical spoof.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Dyer, Heather. TINA AND THE PENGUIN. Illus by Mirille Levert. Tonawanda, NY:
    Kids Can; 2002. 32p. 1-55074-947-1 ; hb., $14.95  2001-903440-7   K-Gr. 2   E

    What will really grab you with this title are the illustrations.  The humor they provide will tickle the youngest to the oldest funnybones.  Heaven help the parents of a child who decides to bring a runaway (from the zoo) penguin home for a pet. The antics of getting him out of the zoo and home on the bus are priceless.  To compound the light comedy, Tina spends the rest of the time trying to make this pudgy waddling pet comfortable in her bedroom while trying to evade her mother's questions about her new "stuffed toy."  When Tina finds her flat-footed friend in the refrigerator trying to pick his feathers out of the jam she realizes that things just aren't panning out the way she had planned.  Levert's watercolor and gouache pictures give the book the dimension it needs and just the right flavor--pink beret and all.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Edwards, Duncan.  HONK! THE STORY OF A PRIMA SWANERINA.
    Illus. by Henry Cole.  New York:  Hyperion, 1998.  32p.   0-7868-0435-1, hb.,
    $14.95     0-7868-2384-4, lib. bdg.,   $15.49.  97-44260   PreS-Gr. 4   E

     Mimi is a Swan who fell in love with ballet when she saw a performance from the ledge of the Paris Opera House.  So Mimi danced en point and when she saw Swan Lake, she thought the dancers must have seen her practicing and were pretending to be her.  Most of the book is devoted to Mimi's unsuccessful but humorous attempts to enter the Opera House to watch a performance while being continuously foiled by the manager, an archetype villain. When Mimi finally enters the Opera House, she becomes the star of the show.  The best illustration is the double spread when Mimi follows the dancers on stage and the similarity between her silhouette and those of the ballerinas is striking.  Mimi was a hit and, pardon the pun, the manager was forced to eat crow.  Perseverance wins is the underlying theme but it does not overshadow the fun of the total package.  The type is long and sleek like a swan's neck but the letters (black or white) are superimposed over the background so that sometimes they are difficult to read.  Nevertheless this will make a great read-aloud or a gift for a budding ballerina.  Take this opportunity to introduce  three books, all called SWAN LAKE:  Bell (Simon and Schuster, 1991), Fronteyn (Harcourt pb., 1998), and Isadora (Putnam pb, 1991), as well as  Ganeri's YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO THE BALLET, (Harcourt, 1998).
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Edwards, Julie Andrews.  LITTLE BO: THE STORY OF BONNIE BOADICEA.  Illus.Henry Cole.  
    New York: Hyperion, 1999.  88p.  0-789-82449-2; hb., $16.95    99-24797  Gr. 3-6    Fic.

    BIG name. BIG star.  Third-time children's author, Julie Andrews Edwards introduces a little feline with a BIG NAME--Boadicea (named after a fearless warrior queen, but thankfully shortened to Bo!) Bo is separated from her litter, but rescued by a young sailor, Billy, who is a first mate on a fishing trawler.  Bo learns to feel very much at home on the big boat, but the captain unfortunately is allergic to cats and Bo's misadventures on board "Red Betsy" continually aggravate the boisterous captain.  Consequently, he is intent on getting rid of her.  A large-sized chapter book, this title includes lovely oil paint illustrations that form a untity with the text. The complexion of the story is pleasing, the plot a bit anemic, but the celebrity author blends friendship and excitement into a charming story.
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Edwards, Pamela Duncan.  ED & FRED FLEA.  Illus. by Henry Cole. New York:
    Hyperion, 1999.  unp.   0-7868-0468-8 hb., $14.00.   0-786-2410-7; lib.bdg., $15.49
    98-42680   PreS-Gr.2    E

    For any child who is ITCHING for a good read, this creation is a must. This book will TICKLE the funnybone!  Done in a whimsical rhyme bad flea Fred comes to realize that faking the part of a flu-y flea just doesn't cut it and true to tradition, justice wins out in the end.  Edwards does a delightful job of keeping a strong bond between the rhyming and the plot while Cole's illustrations create a perfect harmony.  The vocabulary and text are easy enough for a novice reader.  This tale would also be a super storytime selection.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Ehrlich, H.M.  GOTCHA, LOUIS!  Ill. by Emily Bolam.  New York: Houghton Mifflin,
    2002. 32p.  0-618-19549-1; hb., $15.00   2001-004152   PreSc-Gr 1    E

    Why do those grown-ups have to ruin all the fun?  Louie and his mommy have great fun playing the catch-me-if-you-can game until his grandparents come to visit and the adults get buried in adult conversation, and Louie gets bored. The setting is the seashore, so when the adults finally realize that Louis has taken off and is nowhere to be seen, things become tense.  When Louis' favorite toy, a goose called Rosie, is discovered in the dune grass, things become even tenser.  Then mother has a plan.  Reverse psychology?  Instead of Louis calling, "Catch me Mommy," Mommy calls out, "Catch me Louis!"  And of course, Louis runs out from under cover and cries, "Gotcha Mommy!"   Ehrlich handles the feeling of panic of losing a child and the relief in finding him in a reassuring way that will strengthen the appeal for this continuing Louis story.  Bolam's large ink-and-watercolor illustrations add charm to the beach scenes and uncover the feelings of the worried adults.  Catch this one, if you can.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Faulkner, Keith.  THE MOUSE WHO ATE BANANAS: A FUN TALE WITH
    ELEPHANT-SIZED POP-UPS!  Illus by Rory Tyger.  New York:
    Orchard/Scholastic, 2001.  16p. First published in 2000 by Brainwaves Ltd.
    0-531-30312-8; hb., $10.95   00-132543     PreS-K    E

    Here is a wonderful participation story to read aloud to preschoolers in day care centers or story hours at public libraries.  The pop-ups are large enough so that the audience can see them.  The text in larger and bolder type can be repeated and acted out by the audience.  Actions include: thump, stamp, trot, bound, gallop, and scamper.  A story hour activity could be wearing masks and making noises of the animals.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Fearnley, Jan.  MR. WOLF AND THE THREE BEARS.  San Diego:
    Harcourt, 2001.  32p.  0-15-216423-5; hb., $16.00.  K-Gr. 3   E

    Mr. Wolf invited his friends, the three bears, to celebrate Baby Bear’s birthday.  Gandma Wolf came over to help him make food for the party.  They couldn’t make a pie because Grandmother didn’t have all the ingredients so they found an alternative recipe on the Internet.  A human girl crashed the party.  Most children know that Goldilocks is not a model citizen, but according to this story, she is a fibber, cheater, rude, mean, and a promise breaker.  The catalogue of her rudeness is a humorous way to tell readers what is unacceptable behavior.  During a game of hide-and-seek, everyone is found except Goldilocks who hid in the kitchen.  Grandmother Wolf solves the problem in a shocking manner but readers won’t sympathize with Goldilocks.  The book ends with Grandmother making a pie after all.  When asked where she got the ingredients, she says, “Oh, you never know what you’ll find in the kitchen when you’re playing hide-and-seek.”  This cautionary tale, a twist on a favorite folk tale, has a dark humorous ending and is not for the faint hearted.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Finchler, Judy. TESTING MISS MALARKEY. Illus. by Kevin O'Malley.  New York:
    Walker, 2000. 32p. 0-8027-8737-1; hb., $15.95.  0-8027-8739-8; lib.bdg., $16.85
    00-028100    K-Gr. 3   E

    This is a test.  This is only a test.  Yah....right!  Try telling that to the teachers, the principal and even parents who are preparing for THE  TEST...the Instructional Performance Through Understanding Test.  The school is in an uproar, Miss Malarkey is in a dither and the kids are not supposed to worry.  They are acting strange, however.  This book is right on the mark when it comes to the subject of testing and would be a likely read for a read-along in class, to share among the staff, or suggest to parents.  It has something to offer everyone...and truly passes the test!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Gammell,  Stephen.  TWIGBOY.  Illus by author.  New York: Harcourt, 2000.
    32p. 0?15?202137?X; hb., $16.00    98?40410    K?Gr. 2    E

    A bit bizarre and definitely far off the normal friendship track, Caldecott author/illustrator Gammell has created an unusual tale that will leave the reader wondering.  Twigboy (who somewhat resembles an old?fashioned clothespin) gets trapped in Weedland.  About to be devoured by bullies, Snackerpinchers, it is Rockwell (a rock) to the rescue!  One good turn always deserves another, right?  In this case Twigboy saves his new found friend from drowning.  Then realizing how hungry they are, it's off to Grandma and Grandpa's they go for Mud Pebble Pie (which resembles an oyster being consumed by a human bladder.)  A storm comes up, but this time it is Quailskeeter who spreads his wings and delivers the pair to safety (undeniably a butterfly).  Lastly, it is time for revenge…Twigboy and Rockwell head back to Weedland.  End of story.  Gammel follows through with his usual enjoyable illustrations, but the story is shallow at its best. Gammell really went out on a LIMB with this one!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

George, Jean Craighead.  CLIFF HANGER.  Illus by Wendell Minor.  New York:
    HarperCollins, 2002.  32p.  0-06-000260-3; hb., $15.95  0-06-000261-1;
    lib.bdg.,  $16.89.    2001-024595   K-Gr. 4    E     PAULIN’S PICKS

    This book is a cliffhanger in title, story content, and actuality.  Because of an impending storm, two mountain climbers do not have time to go back up to rescue a dog that followed them up the mountain.  The dog belongs Axel and his father, the leader of a mountain climbing school.  Grits is up on Cathedral Wall in the Teton Mountains and Axel and his father set out to rescue the dog despite the storm.  Tension mounts as Axel literally “came to the end of the rope.  The planned route was still ten feet below.”  This story is a cliffhanger not to be missed and readers learn how to count the closeness of the storm by counting between lightning flashes.  The illustrations, many of them double-spreads, are an integral part of the story and flow seamlessly from page to page.  The dog looks suitably pathetic and the rescue is scary.  There is just enough mountain climbing jargon integrated with the text to make it authentic.   The master of fiction and Newbery award winner for JULIE OF THE WOLVES (Harper, 1972) has created a special picture book that belongs at the top of the order list in school and public libraries.  This title will also be popular for gift giving.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Gill-Brown, Vanessa. RUFFERELLA.  Illus. by author.  New York: Scholastic, 2001.
    32p.  0-439-25617-8; hb., $12.95.  Gr. K-2    E

    Ask Diamante what her favorite fairytale is and the answer is going to be “Cinderella.”  She imagines she is the fairy godmother and wants desperately to turn something into ‘something.”   No magic wand?  No major obstacle.  For starters, she turns her dog Ruff, into a girl...Rufferella!   Escalating to fame, Ruff constantly steals the spotlight, leaving Diamente feeling deserted and downhearted.  The transformation catapults and when Rufferella is invited to meet the queen and Ruff''s true identity is unveiled during a romp down the royal dinner table.  This modern-day fairytale is sprinkled with British slang and told with wit, wisdom, and a keen sense of style.  Definite proof that “you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Glass, Andrew. BEWILDERED FOR THREE DAYS: AS TO WHY DANIEL
    BOONE  NEVER WORE HIS COONSKIN CAP.    Illus. by author.  New York:
    Holiday, 2000. 32p.   0-8234-1446-9; hb., $16.95    00-024344   Gr. 2-5   E

    An original tale interspersed with actual events and contemporary anecdotes is what Glass has produced in this story about Daniel Boone and the myth of his coonskin cap.  Portrait artist, Chester Harding begins the story by asking Boone why he chooses to pose without his coonskin cap.  Boone explains that when he was young he had such a cap, but after many scary encounters, he swore off coonskin forever and ever.  Told in a down-home way with oil paint art of the same caliber, the author gives the impression that the hero was a modest, quiet guy who befriended the Delaware and Lenape Indians.  Included is a lengthy afterword in which the artist outlines the rest of Boone's life.  A tall tale----but only slightly stretched.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

 Golding, Kim.  FANTASTIC FEET.  Illus. by author.  New York: Scholastic Cartwheel,
     2000.  16p.   B 0-439-10848-9,    hb., $6.95.   PreS-K     E

     The slippers on the front cover have orange fuzzy inserts for readers to feel.  Inside there are tabs to pull for jumping feet and kicking soccer feet.  The fun feet have bright non-matching shoelaces that can be tied.  There are pink bows on the ballet feet and a feather appears with the ticklish feet so the back cover contains a warning "Choking hazard, small parts.  Not for children under 3 years."  The girl jumping on the bed and the painted toenails as well as other indications give this book a distinctive feminine appeal.   Although there are fewer tabs to pull than in other manipulative books, this book may be more appropriate for home than library use.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Gosney, Joy.  NAUGHTY PARENTS.  Illus by author.  Brookfield, CT: Millbrook,
    2000.  32p.    0?7613?1823?2; hb. $16.00    99?037398    PreS?Gr.2     E

    What child has never thought at one time or another how much fun it would be to experience a parental role reversal?  You be the kid--I'll be the parent!  This story, which can be read by beginning readers, is told through the eyes of a girl who relates what happens when her extremely naughty parents get lost in the park.  While acting in a very responsible way, she tracks her parents all around the park only to be told by a passerby that indeed they have seen some very weird adults acting in very childish manner.  Eventually they are reunited but the frosting on the cake (and on the parents' dirty dribbled?on shirts) is the ending:  "Since that day, Mom and Dad have never once run off and gotten lost….and I know why!"  Read it to find out the why.  The pictures, which are simple and full of color, balance the large print to perfection. Delightful!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Grindley, Sally.  NO TROUBLE AT ALL.  Illus by Eleanor Taylor. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003.  
    32p.  1-58234-757-3; hb., $15.95  2001-043982      K-Gr. 3       E      PAULIN’S PICKS

    This picture book depends on the illustrations to provide humor to the words.  A grandparent bear talks about his “good little bears” who are visiting.  He thinks they are “as good as gold.”  Meanwhile the illustrations show the two bears getting up to all kinds of mischief while he thinks they are asleep.  Each time the grandparent says something good about the cubs, they are up to even more mischief that belies his words.  It is rare that the dichotomy between text and illustrations is executed in such a charming and humorous manner.   If the author were not English, the book would be a prime candidate for the Caldecott Medal.  This is a book that can be perused again and again by children and grandparents will enjoy it too.  Librarians should put this at the top of their purchase lists.  
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Gurney, John Steven.  DINOSAUR TRAIN.  Illus by author.  New York:  HarperCollins,
    2002.  32p.  0-06-029245-8; hb., $14.99  0-06-029246-6; lib.bdg., $14.89   PreS-K  E

    Jesse likes trains and dinosaurs.  He plays with them and even draws them.  Jesse’s pictures are shown as childlike and different from the other illustrations in the book.  When the house shakes, a dinosaur reaches through the window and takes Jesse on a train ride where the other passengers are a variety of dinosaurs.  After a derailment, the train returns Jesse home.  The dinosaurs are colorful and non-threatening characters.  This is an appropriate fantasy for the preschool set.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Harder, Dan.  COLLIDING WITH CHRIS.  Illus by  Kevin O'Malley.  New York: Hyperion.
    1998. 32p. 0-7868-0125-5; hb., $15.95   0-7868-2098-5; lib.bdg. $26.49    PreS-Gr. 3      E

    Harder takes us with Chris on a fast-paced bicycle ride colliding with various plants, animals and objects such as a spider web, roses, a pig, and a tuba to name a few.  Although the rhythm of the text is somewhat awkward at times, O'Malley's illustrations are wonderful in depicting the tale, making it an excellent choice for a story hour.  My friend Drew, age 9, summed it up best when he said, "It is an exciting adventure!"
    Kathleen Slattery, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Harjo, Joy.  THE GOOD LUCK CAT.  Illus. by Paul Lee.  San Diego: Harcourt,
    2000.  32p.    0-15-232197-7; hb., $16.00      98-17232      K-Gr. 4       E

     Told in the first person by a Native American girl, this story is about her cat named Woogie who is stripedy, has tickling whiskers, green electric eyes, the softest fur in the world, and purrs like a drum.   The narrator's Aunt Shelly from Oklahoma says some cats are good luck.  The girl thinks her cat is one of the lucky ones because after petting her cat she found her favorite beaded earrings she wanted to wear to the spring powwow.  The narrator tells how her cat almost lost eight lives.   The eighth life was the narrator's fault because she put her cat in a box and hid her in the trunk because she wanted her to go along with them to a powwow.  Then the cat is missing.  Read the book to find out if the cat has another  life left.  The best part of this book it that the main character is a girl who just happens to be Native American even though the plot does not revolve around this fact.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection. New York: 
    HarperCollins, 2002.  448p.  0-06-008094-9; hb., $24.99   2002-002155   PreS-K    E    

    This book is a bargain at $2.00 per book  This unusual anthology is essential for any library that has a historical collection of children’s literature but is not limited to those libraries.  While libraries might have some of these books, they may not have all of them.  Besides purchasing this book for school and public libraries, librarians will suggest this book for parents and patrons to purchase for personal libraries.  Also there is a noteworthy introduction, history section, and bibliography. Directly after the book, which is shared in its entirety, there is a paragraph about enjoying the book and information about the author and illustrator.  The picture books are provided in chronological order from 1947 to 1998.  Titles include Brown’s GOODNIGHT MOON, Slobodkina’s CAPS FOR SALE ,  Johnson’s HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON, Ungerer’s CRICTOR , Hoban’s A BABY SISTER FOR FRANCES, Kraus’ LEO THE LATE BLOOMER ,  Zolotow’s WILLIAM’S DOLL, Numeroff’s IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE,  Joyce’s GEORGE SHRINKS, Steptoe’s BABY SAYS ,  Carle’s FROM HEAD TO TOE, and Steig’s PETE’S A PIZZA.    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan
 
Harris, Lee.  NEVER LET YOUR CAT MAKE LUNCH FOR YOU.
     Illus. by Debbie Tilley.  Berkley, CA:  Tricycle,   1999.  24p.
     1-883672-80-5; hb., $12.95      98-51999   PreS-Gr. 3    E

     This humorous book is a first person narrative about a girl who has a cat named Pebbles who often makes breakfast for her but not without hitches like cat hair in the eggs.  The girl cautions others not to let their cat make lunch because Pebbles made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her school lunch and used her paws to spread the mixture and added an anchovy!  The funniest part of the book is the ending.  Some of the readers who were expecting a mouse instead of an anchovy will feel vindicated.  The book is easy enough for second and third graders to read for themselves, and they will enjoy the play on the tail/tale homophone.  The only improvement would be the type which looks like a child's printing but makes it more difficult for beginning readers to decipher.  The illustrations are funny and in keeping with the text.  This is a good choice for school and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center
    32 years of experience as a school library/media specialist

Haseley, Dennis and Jim LaMarche.  A STORY FOR BEAR.  San Diego: Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 
    2002.  32p. 0-15-200239-1; hb., $16.00.    2001-002141  K-Gr. 3    E

    Acrylic paint and colored pencil illustrations make the bear in this story a sympathetic character.  The cub sees a piece of paper and tries unsuccessfully to read it.  Later he sees a woman reading books outside her cabin in the woods and she invites him to join her and she reads to him throughout the summer.  Eventually he gives her a letter he found.  After the woman reads the letter she leaves the cabin, her books, and bear.  Bear sleeps on the books all winter and the woman returns the next summer.  The illustrations make the characters and setting real.  This causes a problem to people who live in the woods and know the dangers of asking a bear to come over to them.  Perhaps the animal should have been a chipmunk.  The story itself does not ring true.  Why would the woman pack up suddenly when she reads a letter from her parents who say they miss her?  It is difficult to divorce fantasy from reality in this story.  The pictures of the bear reading the book are charming but do not go with the story which is not age appropriate for the audience.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Heide, Florence Parry and Judith Heide Gilliland.   THE HOUSE OF WISDOM.
    Illus. by Mary Grandpre.  New York:  DK Ink, 1999.  unp.  0-7894-2562-9; hb.,
    $16.95   98-7375   E   or   FIC     PAULIN'S PICKS

    The pastel illustrations complement the text to make this an exemplary picture book that can be read aloud during the various holidays celebrating books, for studies of the Middle East, Middle Ages, or the Renaissance. When Europe was in the Dark Ages, 9th Century Baghdad was one of the world's great civilizations.  The House of Wisdom was a gathering place for scholars from all over the world to read, exchange ideas, or translate books into Arabic.  Ishaq's father worked in the House of Wisdom and the boy's dream was to go out on a caravan and bring back manuscripts from civilizations around the world.  Ishaq wanted to be a man of learning like his father who said that ancient people and the ones who will follow are "like leaves of the same tree, separated by many autumns."  Like artists who need to find their muse, Ishaq finally leads one of the Caliph's expeditions and travels to many places including Athens where he walks where Aristotle walked long ago and even brings back one of Aristotle's rare manuscripts.  Ishaq found his muse and became one of the greatest translators of Aristotle of all time.  The afterword gives further information about the library and the scholars.  To carry out the leaf motif, there are leaf illustrations with names of civilizations and a word in their language.  The Renaissance is represented as a flower.  A timeline under the leaves places the civilization in perspective.  There are two bibliographies:  one for the author and another for the illustrator.  The leaves on the end papers finish off this handsome book.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Henkes, Kevin.  OH!  Illus by Laura Dronzek.  New York: Greenwillow, 1999. 24p. 
    0?688?170054?4; lib.bdg., $14.93    98?51890    PreS?Gr. 3     E

    The animals that play with children in the new snow are: squirrel, rabbit, cat, dog, and birds.  This title is good for sight reading the word "Oh" for even the youngest child.  The cardinals are called birds but can be identified as cardinals to children when the book is read aloud to them.  This cozy book ends with children returning to a cozy house.  School and public libraries needing easy to read picture books will purchase this book which is an essential purchase in schools where the elementary curriculum includes the study of woodland biomes.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Hoban, Lillian.  ARTHUR'S HONEY BEAR.  Illus. by author.  I Can Read Picture Book series.  
    New York:  HarperFestival, 1999. 64p.   0-694-01307-2 hb. $12.95     PreS-Gr.3    E

     Now this classic easy reader is available in picture book format.  With all the hype about Arthur the Aardvark, some readers have forgotten the series about Arthur the Chimp.  This Arthur also has a sister, Violet.  Arthur decides to clean out his toy chest and have a Tag Sale but can't part with his Honey Bear because his father gave him the bear when he had the chicken pox and it was medicine for him.  No one buys anything at the sale but interest is shown in buying Honey Bear who has no price tag.  Eventually, Violet buys Honey Bear but Arthur cannot "bear" to let him go so he becomes his uncle.   Purchase if you need a fresh copy of this classic.  If you don't already have a copy, order it immediately.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Howard, Elizabeth Howard. LULU'S BIRTHDAY. Illus by Pat Cummings.
    New York:  Greenwillow Books, 2001. 32p. 0-688-15944-3; $15.95; hb.,
    $15.95   0-688-15945-1; lib.bdg., $15.89   PreS-Gr. 3   E

    Surprise! Surprise! What is more fun than a surprise party?  If anything, it is  being in on the secret. Favorite Aunt Lulu cannot decide how she wants to celebrate the occasion---go to the zoo? The beach? The ballet?  The movies?  The ballgame?  With the help of Cumming's bright, simple, clear, fun watercolor and pencil illustrations, Laurie and J. Matthew have something else in mind.  They blindfold Aunt Lulu and twist her in circles as they lead her back to her own home where family and friends wait to share in the cake that the youngsters made at Aunt Flossie's house. The recipe for One-Two-Three-Four cake can be found at the end of the book. The warmth and joy of sharing with Aunt Lulu will hopefully carry over to the importance of family, friends, and shared memories with the reader.  There's nothing lulu about LULU'S  BIRTHDAY .
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Howland, Naomi.  THE MATZAH MAN: A PASSOVER STORY.  New York:
    Clarion, 2002.  32p.  0-618-11750-4; hb., $15.00.   2001-1028482  PreS-Gr. 3    E

    After he rolled out his Passover matzah, Mr. Cohen created a little man whom he popped into the oven.  When he opened the oven, the matzah jumped out and said “Hot from the oven I jumped and ran,/So clever and quick, I’m the Matzah Man!”  Then the story follows the pattern of the familiar “Gingerbread Man.”  The characters that are part of this cumulative tale include a red hen, Cousin Tillie, Auntie Bertha, Grandpa Solly, Miss Axelrod, a goat, and a boy named Mendel Fox.  The name of the boy tips off readers what will happen during the seder supper.  A “Passover Glossary” of seven terms helps those who are unfamiliar with the Jewish Passover celebration.  The illustrations, executed with gouache and cut-paper collage with colored pencil, as well as the end papers evoke a 1940s family celebration.  The illustrations and text work together to create a story that is both familiar and unexpected.  This is an exceptional picture book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Hubbell, Patricia. SIDEWALK TRIP. Illus. by Mari Takabayashi.  New York:
    Harper Collins,  1999.  unp.   0-694-01174-6   hb. $9.95.   97-77403     PreS-K    E

    Using a combination of humorous rhymes and playful illustrations, this book is a
real trip! A small girl and her mother take a walk in the city. They encounter everything from a waggy-tailed dog to a baby in a carriage to boys on bicycles whilzzing by to a policeman directing traffic. All the while this young lassie has her mind on just one thing---an ice cream cone! Simple and realistic this title is perfect for encouraging a toddler's sense of adventure. It is attractive and the younger set will have fun with it.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba  Public Library.

Hutchins, Pat.  WE’RE GOING ON A PICNIC!  New York:  Greenwillow/Harper,
    2002.  32p.  Illus by author.  0-688-16799-3; hb., $15.95.  0-688-1680-0; hb.,
    $15.89.    00-06225    PreS-Gr. 3   E   PAULIN’S PICKS.

     Hen, Duck, and Goose are back!  After they pick berries, apples, and pears, the three go on a picnic.  On the way they meet a mouse, a squirrel, and a rabbit.  This is a book in which the illustrations tell more than their share of the story.   Readers will enjoy being in on the secret--that the three small animals not only hitch a ride in the basket but eat the provisions.  When the three find themselves at home and the food missing, they think it must have fallen out and they pick some more.  Then the three go on their way singing again while the three culprits peek through the cattails.  Could there be a book better than THE SURPRISE PARTY?  (Macmillan/S&S, 1986).  The answer is a resounding yes!
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Ingram, Bruce.  A NIGHT ON THE TILES.  Illus. by author.   Boston:   Houghton Mifflin,
    1998.  32p.  0-395-93655-1,   lib.bdg.  $15.00.    98-36467    PreS-Gr 2.  E

     "When the cat's away, the..........."   Not in this story.  Forget the mice.  Our little feline goes out at night and does everything from chase those mice in the garden, attends the Cat Academy and goes to the barber for a whisker trim.  Additionally he meets his feline friend, Audrey for a movie and a banana milkshake, but somehow he always manages to return home in time to wake his master.  Some of the references are quite obviously meant for adults, but the humor and charm of this winsome pet cannot help but capture the heart of a young reader.  Big type offers a perfect balance for the bold illustrations that include a lot of collage and bold, bright color.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Johansen, K.V.  PIPPIN AND THE BONES.  Illus  by Bernice Lum.  Niagara Falls,
    NY: Kids Can, 2000.  32p.  1?55074?629?4; hb., $12.95    K-Gr. 2     E

    Pippin is a delightful yellow dog with great big ears and a curly black tail.  She loves to chew bones and she loves to dig holes, and dig holes, and dig…and dig...and dig holes!  What she loves to dig most, she finds out, are BIG brown, prehistoric mastodon bones!  While all the townspeople think the bones belong in a museum, Pippin thinks the bones belong to her. Betrayed by her mistress, Mabel, who phones a museum, Pippin tries to hide the bones, but to no avail.  When the bones are hauled away to the museum, Pippin mopes until she and her owner come to a compromise that, in its finality, finds Pippin and Mabel at a "Mastodon Party"?  The story is well paced and will amuse young readers who will undoubtedly want to read it by themselves because of the short sentences and frequent repetition. The text takes up a lot of the space on the page relative to the whimsical watercolors, but together they team up to make a "dog?gone" good picture book!"
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Johnson, Paul Brett.  THE GOOSE WHO WENT OFF IN A HUFF.  Illus. by author.
    New York: Orchard, 2001. 32 p.   0-531-30317-9; hb., $15.95.     PreSc-Gr. 2  E

    If Miss Rosemary, a matronly farmer lady with a fallen bosom and orthopedic shoes; were into genealogy, she would probably discover that her heroine goose, Magnolia, is a direct descendant of Petunia....silly goose!  Magnolia has taken to doing strange things....playing with a rubber ducky, teaching young chicks to swim, sitting on a basket of Easter eggs!  When Miss Rosemary tells Magnolia to behave, Magnolia goes off in a huff, thus providing this book with a tile.  Magnolia isn't really an ornery goose; she just wants to be a mama.  Using an Appalachian setting, Johnson's comical acrylic illustrations are worthy of close inspections in order to appreciate the humorous detail: the old lady's false teeth on the nightstand, pig and cow disguised as geese.  With the arrival of the Ding-a-Ling Circus comes Miss Rosemary's fear that Magnolia will abandon her maternal dreams for the Big Top spotlight.  However, when the circus leaves town, it leaves behind something that contributes to the resolve of Magnolia's problem.  Silly goose!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Jones, Carol.  THE GINGERBREAD MAN.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
    32p.  0-618-18822-3; hb., $15.00.   2001-039258     K-Gr. 3     398.2   or     E

    The refrain is a familiar one, but the story has a different twist.  An old man and old woman are the first two in the parade who run after the gingerbread man.  After that the participants are different from those in the traditional story but are not unfamiliar to listeners.  Children will recognize Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe,  The Grand Old Duke of York, Little Miss Muffet, and a sly fox.
Readers never get to see the final act; the last page shows the fox flicking back his head and tossing the gingerbread man into the air.  A recipe and child friendly directions end the book.  Another twist to this familiar story is the die cut circle in the page that allows glimpses of the next character to appear in the story as well as the previous character.  The colorful pen and ink drawings contain lots of detail that make viewers come back again and again to see everything.  The complicated drawings, especially the one about the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, is almost overwhelming to the small children for whom the book is intended.  Another unique version of “The Gingerbread Man,” published this year, is Howland’s THE MATZAH MAN: A PASSOVER STORY (Clarion, 2002).
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Karim, Roberta. KINDLE ME A RIDDLE: A PIONEER STORY. Illus.
    Bethanne Andersen.  New York:  Greenwillow, 1999.  40p.  0-688-16203-7; hb., $16.00    
    0-688-1604-5;   lib.bdg., $15.93    98-1955    K-Gr.5+     E   Paulin's Picks Citation.

    This clever story is told in the first person by a pioneer girl whose father asks her a riddle to cheer her up after she lets the fire die out.  The riddle is "What is a wagon road before it's a wagon road?"  The answer is "It was a buffalo trail, long and deep."  This is the beginning of many riddles that help explain pioneer life.  Other riddles are even more poetic like the doll made from "Corn husks dancing in the cool moonlight."  Others include:  log cabin; johnny cakes; cider; broom; fireplace; pie; winter cloak; chalk; ice blocks; sampler; candle; mattresses; and pillow.
    At the end of the book there are 18 pictures and explanations about items mentioned in the book or the riddle themes like chalk and slates, beeswax candles, and making cloth.   Information important to understanding how pioneer families lived is useful for pioneer studies and the riddles help to make the book interactive.  This book will be used by primary, intermediate, and even middle school students for pleasure or information reading.  School and public libraries need this title. Highly Recommended.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Kerr, Judith.  THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA.  Illus by author.  London: William    
    Collins, 1968.  New York: HarperCollins, 2002.  0-06-051780-8; hb., $15.99  
    0-06-051781-6; lib.bdg., $16.89      2002-02436    PreS     E

    Droll English humor comes out through text and illustrations that are as enjoyable today as they were in 1968 when it was first published.  Sophie and her mummy were having tea when a tiger rang the doorbell and invited himself to tea.  No matter what they offered him, the tiger ate everything on the plate:  buns, biscuits, and cake.  He drank all the milk and tea and then “looked around the kitchen to see what else he could find.”  The tiger ate the supper, fridge contents, everything in the cupboard, and all the beverages including milk, orange juice, Daddy’s beer, and everything in the water tap.  When daddy came home they had to go out to eat and replenish their food at home.  Although they bought a large tin of Tiger food, he never returned.  This picture book makes an excellent read-aloud because of the size of the illustrations and the charming story.  Purchase for all sizes of school and public libraries. 
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Ketteman, Helen.  ARMADILLO TATTLETALE.  Illus by Keith Graves.  New York:
    Scholastic, 2000.  32p.  0-590-99723-8; hb., $15.95  99-14722     Gr. K-3   E/FIC

    This is a cautionary tale similar to pourquoi folktales; in this case, it explains why armadillos have small ears and why they love to drink water.   At one time, Armadillo had ears "as tall as a jackrabits and as wide as a steer's horns."  Armadillo evesdropped on conversations of other people and then relayed part of the conversation to others to cause trouble.  For example he heard Egret tell Turtle that Blue Jay's feathers were looking scraggly.  He told this to Blue Jay but forgot to tell him the rest of the conversation--that Egret was concerned that Blue Jay might be sick and that he might see if he could help him.  Graves used acrylics, ink, and color pencils for the expressive illustrations.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Ketteman, Helen.  SHOESHINE WHITTAKER.  Illus. by Scott Goto.  New York: Walker,
    1999. 32p.  0-8027-8715-0  lib.bdg., $16.85   0-8027-8714-2; hb. $15.95.    Gr. K-3     E

    Deserving its name, Mudville is a haven for Shoeshine Whittaker. Plain dirt is pay dirt for Shoeshine. After shining every shoe and boot in this little town on the Mud River, Shoeshine has but one problem. People think that Shoeshine's guarantee of a top-notch shine means their shoes will stay clean for life. Facing court charges, Shoeshine'e ingenuity kicks in very quickly. Using his good old American know-how, Shoe shine comes up with a plan that not only leaves him rich but leaves behind an entire town filled with satisfied customers. This tall tale with its full-page exaggerated illustrations has a unique touch.  From the flap of its front cover, interspersed throughout the book, and ending on the end flaps of the back cover are a trail of muddy little footprints that a young reader will be looking for with eager anticipation.
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Kimmel, Eric A.. A CLOAK FOR THE MOON.  Illus. by Katya Krenina.  New York:
    Holiday, 2001. 32p. 0-8234-1493-0; hb $16.95  90-016697  Gr. 1-4   E

    Looking for a literary luminary?  Here's one that will fill the bill.  In this retold 18th-century tale, a tailor named Haskel dreams that the moon has come to him.  She wants a cloak to keep herself warm (liberation indeed....no longer just the "Man in the Moon").  Haskel promises to make her one.  Even though dreams vanish, Haskel's promise does not.  Determined to make the moon a garment unsurpassed in elegance, Haskel sets out to find a special and unique fabric.  He travels to the mountain tops of China where he learns that a certain princess cannot marry because the royal wedding dress, woven from beams of light, is in need of repair and the secret of spinning the thread has been lost.  No big surprise--the tailor is able to solve the mystery and spins light into thread for which he is rewarded with the remaining thread.  Although the ending is predictable, the central theme is strongly carried throughout the book.  The inclusion of borders and spasmodic mini-art depict the Far East setting and give it a sense of timelessness.   Krenina's vivid gouache paintings equal the quality of Kimmel's beautiful story.  This treasure should be around until the moon spends its last quarter!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Kimmelman, Leslie.  THE RUNAWAY LATKES.  Illus by Paul Yalowitz.
    Morton Grove, IL:  Whitman, 2000.  32p.  0-80075-7176-8; lib.bdg., $15.95
    99-050900    PreS-Gr. 2    E

    This version of "The Gingerbread Man" takes place when Rebecca Bloom is preparing latkes for a Hanukkah party at the synagogue.  Three latkes jump out of the pan and sing the refrain which the audience can join in: "Big and round, crisp and brown,/off we roll to see the town!  And YOU can't catch us!"  The characters who chase the latkes in this cumulative tale are Rebecca, a rabbi, a cantor, boys, the mayor, and two Police officers, Harry and Sue.  The story ends when Rebecca invites everyone to the synagogue to eat latkes.   A recipe for the latkes appears on the last page with a warning for readers under 12 to make them with a grownup.  Add this to your Hanukkah books.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Kroll, Steven.  PATCHES LOST AND FOUND.  Illus by Barry Gott.  New York:
    Winslow, 2001.  40p.  1-890817-53-8; hb., $16.95.    00-031990    Gr. K-3     E

    The first sentence is "Jenny loved to draw pictures."  When Mr. Griswold asked them to write a story, she asked if she could draw a picture instead.   Mr. Griswold said, "Not unless it goes with the words. Words first!"  Before the report was due, Jenny's guinea pig, Patches, was lost.  Jenny made posters with a picture of patches and her phone number on them and she and her mother distributed them.  Meanwhile, Jenny drew pictures of what might have happened to Patches, like a thief snatching Patches and riding away on his motorcycle.  When the deadline for the report approached, Jenny felt sick and didn't want to go to school.  On the day the report was due, her self- fulfilling prophecy came true and she had a sore throat and cough.  That day she drew pictures about her missing guinea pig and what might have happened.  When she taped the pictures on the wall her mother told her to make captions for her pictures and she would have her story.  The class liked her story and the teacher said that maybe drawing the pictures first and writing the story second taught him something.  What happened to Patches forms two surprises without resorting to the trite plot of an animal hiding in the closet to give birth to babies.
    The illustrations in this picture book were prepared digitally.  The end papers show crayons like those Jenny used to draw her pictures.   Jenny's pictures are truly childlike crayon drawings and the other illustrations are child friendly and touched with humor.  The picture of Jenny and her Mom looking under the bed for Patches is priceless.  The school is modern and shows children writing their stories on computers.  The “story within a story” technique is effective.  This book gently reminds primary teachers who are involved in the writing process to be more flexible about learning styles.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Lakin, Patricia. SUBWAY SONATA. Illus. by Heather Maione.  Brookfield, CT: 
    Millbrook Press, 2001. 32p. 0-7613-1464-4; hb.,  $22.90  00-29209    Gr. 2-5     E

    During a Monday morning commute on a NYC subway, throw together four different personalities (a composer, a writer, a choreographer, and a painter) and what do you get?  Answer: Four different views or interpretations of the same scene.  By the time the story ends, the artists, through their own creativity, come together to show how life and art interact.  Maione's illustrations befit the setting and the many thought-balloons add to the sights and sounds that fill the crowded and dirty train.  All aboard for a new reading experience!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Lawlor, Laurie.  OLD CRUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF A TRIP WEST.
    Illus by John  Winch.  New York:   Holiday, 2002.  32p. 0-8234-1608-9; hb.,
    $16.95.   2001-016943   Gr. 2-4+   E   PAULIN’S PICKS

    Based on information from diaries, the Arcame family crossed Death Valley in 1850 and survived because their ox, Old Crump, carried the children without  “a stumble or a fall.”  In appreciation, the family let their faithful ox graze out his life with their cattle in California.  The story provides readers with a view of the reality and dangers of traveling west via wagon train.   However, the best part of his story is the illustrations.  Beginning with the end papers and double page spread title page that show the dryness of the desert and some creatures therein, the book makes readers feel an integral part of this near tragedy.  Perspective is an important part of the illustrations.  The first page shows a hawk’s eye view of the wagons and reinforces the text “peaks we named Mount Misery and Too High.”  Later, the hawk looks down on the group when they discover that the lake is really a shallow pool of brine, a mirage.  The coyote’s howl from above echoes the feelings of the travelers who “burned our wagons to make a fire to keep warm” and lost their treasures from home.  Snippets of the diaries appear throughout the book to remind readers that events really happened.  The diaries make readers want to reach out to touch them.  The text and illustrations combine to create a meritorious book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Lee, Milly.  EARTHQUAKE. Illus by Yangsook Choi. New York:  Farrar, 2001.
    32p.  0-374-39964-6; hb., $16.00.  00-26213

    A retired school librarian tells in the Author's Note provides additional information about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Lee tells readers that the narrator, the Chinese-American girl in the story, is her mother.  More information about Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, is given.  However, more accurately, Kwan Yin is Toaist rather than Buddhist.  What is staggering, but not unlikely given the times, is that the death toll is probably higher because women, children, Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese and Chinese immigrants were not listed because the death toll came from voter registration and property ownership lists which would not have included them.
    This first person narrative begins when the shaking earth wakes a family who gathers all they can carry, puts on extra layers of clothing, and meets in Porsmouth Square in Chinatown.  The book culminates as they take refuge in Golden Gate Park.  The illustrations are somber, in keeping with the tragedy.  Although the afterword explains who Kwan Yin is, the picture of Po Po (grandmother) getting the statue ready for the journey shows only the shadow, not the form or substance of the deity.  Otherwise the illustrations portray the events of the brief narrative which is a slice of history and reminds us of the ethnic flavor of San Francisco, then and now.  It also reminds families of the importance of retelling and recording family stories.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Lester, Alison.  CELESTE SAILS TO SPAIN.  Illus by author.  New York:
    Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  32p.  0-395-97395-3; hb., $15.00.  98-42747   PreS-Gr.2     E

    Lester has created an interactive book with seven little friends who, each in their own unique little ways, express their interests and desires.  This title is sure to cause the reader to express his/her own likes and dislikes and draw a lot of comment.  The simple text is thematic and each of the seven children, including Celeste, enjoys a different activity for each theme.  The seventh child is given a double-page spread, with each child taking a turn to be in the spotlight.  This unique format will keep the reader thinking and sorting.  The pleasing watercolor illustrations reveal much that is familiar in a child's world and the young reader is apt to request a return trip with Celeste and friends.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Lewin, Ted.  BIG JIMMY'S KUM KAU:  CHINESE TAKE OUT.
    Illus by author.  New York:  Harper, 2002.  40p.  0-688-16026-3; hb.,
    $ 16.95  0-688-16027-1; lib.bdg., $16.89   K-Gr. 4     E     PAULIN'S PICKS

    The recipe for Buddha's Delight appears at the end of a book that is a total delight beginning with the end papers, which are menus.  The only disappointment in the recipe is that the sauce is kept a secret because the directions only say "Stir in special secret sauce."   At the end of the book, Lewin tells how he created the illustrations based on a neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn, Kum Kau/Golden Globe. Although it is not stated, it is assumed that it is Saturday when the boy does not go to school.  Work begins in the Kum Kau Chinese Take Out even before it opens in this story told in the first person by a Chinese boy who explains what the kitchen workers, whom he calls uncles, do.  At eleven o'clock when the shutter goes up, the boy greets the first customers of the day.  It is hoped that this is Saturday and the boy isn’t missing school.  The narrator suggests menu items but is really in charge of stuffing each paper bag for take-out.  The boy is impressed because his mother and aunty can use the cash register and take phone orders at the same time.   At eight o'clock that evening, the boy goes upstairs because "It's time for my favorite dish..."  During the course of the book, the readers' mouths will be watering for Chinese food so the ending is a surprise.  This book is a winner!
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 49855

Lewis, Richard. IN THE SPACE OF THE SKY.   Ill. by Debra Frasier. New York:
    Harcourt, 2002. unp. 0-15-253150-5; $16.00 hb.  2001-001954  PreS-Gr 2   E

    Want to take a poetic journey?  You can explore not only the infinite expanse of the universe, but delve into the spaces of our physical world as well as those of the imagination. Lewis even reaches out into the world of a dream as he tries to get the child to capture a wondrous subject.  Many of the illustrations are done on double-page spreads to convey a cosmic feeling.  Frasier uses collage illustrations that can be enjoyed by any age, but might possibly go over the heads of the child.  A child's dream at the end of the book brings earth and sky together and will hopefully do the same for the reader and listener.
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Lodge, Jo.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOO MOO!  Illus by author.  Boston:  Little, 2001.
    14p.  0-316-66644-0; hb., $13.95   00-044386    Pres_Gr. 1    E

    The neon colors that fill each page as well as the flaps to be lifted and tabs to be pulled, will attract readers The book is sturdy enough for library circulation but might be reserved by teachers and librarians to be used during story times when birthday books are included.  In public libraries the child whose birthday is closest to the day of the program can manipulate the book or if the group is a dozen or fewer children, there is something so each child can open or pull one item.  In schools, the book could be reserved for sharing on the birthday of a student who could participate in the manipulation.  The book also makes an excellent birthday gift.  The storyline is simple, a cow has a birthday; various animal friends bring presents for which cow dutifully says thank you, the group enjoys entertainment, dances, plays games, and the last double page spread sprigs forward as a pop-up complete with cake and candles.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director; Superiorland Preview Center

Mahoney, Daniel J.  THE SATURDAY ESCAPE. Illus. by author. New York:
    Clarion, 2002. 32p. 0-618-13326-7; hb., $14.00 . 2001-032430 PreS-G. 2   E

    Librarians will love this one!  Bear, rabbit and mouse all want to go to the library for Saturday storyhour but household obligations tell them they shouldn't go.  Shirking his chores, Jack (bear) convinces his pals, Angie (rabbit) and Melden (mouse) to foresake their responsibilities and sneak out to go with him to the library.  The librarian jogs the trio's consciences to the point where they excuse themselves from the program to set right their irresponsible behavior.  The resolution of the problem is heart rendering (to a librarian, certainly).  The warm watercolors coupled with the uncluttered text that is seasoned with humorous detail make for a sure choice for reading aloud at storyhour or at home.
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Marcellino, Fred.  I, CROCODILE.  Illus by author.  New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
    32p.  0-06-205168-7; hb.,  $15.95    94-677890    K Gr. 3     E

    Marcellino’s book is a view of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign and his bringing home a crocodile as a souvenir.  Crocodile has an ego as big as his appetite.  This scaly creature impresses all of Paris but like their fast-changing fashions, Parisians are fickle and Crocodile is slated to become pie.  This sly, exotic creature has other plans--time for a quick get-away.  The text is not as inspiring as the expressive illustrations, but this tricky creature will keep historians and young readers chuckling, chortling, and anxious for a new title.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

 Martin, Bill, Jr.  THE TURNING OF THE YEAR.  Illus by Greg Shed.  San Diego:
      Harcourt, 1999.  unp.    0-15201085-8;  hb., $15.00    96-53078     PreS-Gr      E

     Gouache illustrations bring the twelve couplets to life; there is one for each month of the year.  Although the book is not large, the illustrations fill the page so that it could be used for reading aloud to small groups of children.  The boy, girl, and the dog obviously enjoy each month which could lead adults to find out which month is the favorite one of readers and why.  Teachers will use the book to teach the months of the year and to encourage couplet writing, public librarians will want to use it for story times throughout the year, and parents will want to add it to their home picture book library.  Martin's book is especially appealing to Upper Peninsula children because they can identify with the scenes, especially  fall and winter.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Mason, Adrienne.  THE CARNIVAL CAPER.  Illus by Pat Cupples.  Lu and
    Clancy series.  Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can, 2002. 40p. 1-55337-027-9; hb.,
    $14.95    1-55074-838-6; pb., $6.96   C2001-901750-2    Gr 2-3     E

    The canine sleuths are back.  Lu and Clancy take time out from playing detective to head to the carnival and their favorite ride, the Drop of Doom.  There is a fly in the ointment, however----Lu's annoying cousin Jake. While this tag-along takes part in a magic show. Clancy overhears two hoods planning to rob the Drop of Doom, so it is up to the two Columbos to stop the heist.  If only they can get Jake off their backs.  Along with its delightful illustrations this unique transitional reader includes five activity pages interspersed at the end of chapters throughout the book.  This allows the kids to help the dog detectives solve the case while discovering the secret and fun of solving simple magic tricks. An interesting twist to an appealing publication!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Mazer, Anne.  THE FIXITS. Illus. by Paul Meisel. New York: Hyperion, 1998.  24 p.
    0-7868-2202-3; hb., $12.99   98-13599    PreSc-Gr 2     E

    Curly and Mo would be more fitting names for the Fixits than Ed and Tom.  This Vaudeville twosome comes to 888 Teapot Drive to fix a favorite plate that Augusta has cracked.  After all, "We fix anything. Accidents happen."  However, it appears that the Fixits are better at creating accidents than correcting them.  They destroy just about anything they touch.  The watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations not only round out the humor but they add a lot of little extras that defy the reader to make this a quick read. Maybe a new slogan is in order? "We Fix It So It Can't Be Fixed!" or, "Fix It Or Nix It!"  Whatever!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

McCully, Emily Arnold. THE ORPHAN SINGER. Ill. by author. New York:
    Scholastic, 2001, 32p. 0-439-19274-9; hb., $16.95  00-063357   Gr.1-3   E

    Set in 18th century Venice, McCully has painted a colorful tale of an extremely talented girl who as an infant seemed to be blessed with the voice of an angel.  Nina Dolci has an older brother, Antonio, also born with the same talent.  However, it is next to impossible for the Dolcis to nurture this musical genius because they live in a state of poverty.  It is a family consensus that the best thing that could be done for the child is to secretly leave her at an orphanage where foundling girls can receive musical training.  Every week the Dolci family visits the orphanage that not only eases their pain, but creates a bond that Caterina (her orphanage alias) soon comes to sense.  Caterina becomes the school's most gifted student--- also its most spirited resident.  When Antonio becomes ill, Caterina risks everything to pay him a visit and hopefully nurse him back to health with the magic of her song.  McCully weaves this history-based tale with threads of family love and dedication.  The combination of watercolor and tempera provides views of Venice that are realistic, yet soft and soothing and reaffirm the beauty of the special familial bond.  Everyone one who reads this title will be left with a song in their hearts!
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Minarik, Else Holmelund.  APRIL FOOLS!  Illus. Chris Hahner.  Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear
    series.  New York: HarperFestival, 2003. 20p.  0-694-01694-2 pb. $3.99    PreS      E

    Maurice Sendak illustrated the first “Little Bear” and friends for Minarik’s easy readers.  This title, illustrated by Hahner, is based on the animated television series, Little Bear.   Little Bear and his friends, Duck and Hen, try to think up an April’s Food trick but can’t come up with one.  When they get to Little Bear’s house, Mother Bear hides from them and pops out and says “April Fools!”  The trick is gentle and age appropriate.   The animals’ discussion of “nice tricks and not-very-nice tricks” is not exactly subtle but will be helpful to adults trying to make a point.  There is not a lot of fare about this holiday in picture books, especially for preschoolers, and this one is suitable.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan
 
Mitchell, Adrian.  NOBODY RIDES THE UNICORN.  Illus. by Stephen Lambert.
     New York:  Levine/Scholastic,  2000.  32p.  0-439-11204-4; hb., $16.95.
     99-27374     K-Gr. 3     E

     When the King of Joppardy worries that someone will poison him, he turns to a nasty man called Doctor Slythe who tells him that he needs to drink from a goblet made from a unicorn's horn.  Since the unicorn can only be trapped by a quiet young girl with a gentle voice, Zoe, a beggar girl, is chosen.  When Zoe learns that her song has been used to capture the unicorn, she feels tricked and frees the unicorn so good triumphs over evil.    Zoe goes to the secret valley where the unicorns live and tells him that she is Nobody and the unicorn says that Nobody rides the unicorn.  The title of the book becomes the ending when Zoe rides off into the moonlight on the unicorn.  The softness of the illustrations contribute to the mood of this mystical story.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Moore, Lilian. WHILE YOU WERE CHASING A HAT. Illus. by Roseanne Litzinger.
    New York: HarperFestival, 2001. 24p. 0-694-01342-0; $7.95 hb     PreS-K    E

    The wind is as busy and active as the young child who will enjoy this charmer.  It is a story about a little girl and her grandfather as they attempt to chase her hat that is whirling and twirling about.  The adventures reveal the hat swirling past a furling flag, past the wind-filled sails of a boat, past a high-flying kite, past bending trees, and more.  Children will enjoy following the hat's journey while they realize that the wind affects many unrelated things all at the same time.  Litzinger uses vivid spring colors to make the story come to life and the short, condensed composition gives the reader the feeling of freedom. Wind or no wind, this story is sure to take off!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Moser, Barry.  THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.  Illus by author.  32p.  0-315-58544-0;
    hb.,  $14.95  00-035228  PreS-Gr. 2    E    or  398.24

    The story is very similar to the usual version.  Two of the pigs ask a man for bundles of straw and sticks and the wolf says "Little Pig, little pig, let me in."  The pig replies, “No, no no, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin."  The wolf huffs and puffs and blows the houses down and eats the little pigs.  The last pig builds his house of bricks and of course the wolf has to trick the pig into coming out of the house to a field of turnips and when that doesn't work, a nice apple tree.  When the wolf suggests that they meet at the fair, the pig goes early and comes down the hill in a butter churn.  Finally, the wolf climbs down the chimney into the pot of boiling water and the last little pig has wolf stew for supper.
    So far, there is nothing to distinguish this tale from hundreds of other retellings.  It is the illustrations that make this story special.  The house of straw has a "See Rock City" sign on it.  After eating the second pig, the wolf lies down with rounded tummy and a pot of bones showing beside a jar of Bubba's No Cook BBQ Sauce and a container of PIG Pepper Sauce.  The cement used by the third pig is called Wolfe Pruf cement.  The brand of kettle used by the third pig to cook his turnips is called Lupus ware.  The churn is made by the Huffiin and Puffin Churn Company.  The recipe box next to the fireplace has a card in a box for "My Mama's Wolf Stew with Garlic" and a nearby book is Harley Rhode Hogg's WOLF COOK.  The last page shows the third little pig with a malevolent look on his face eating wolf stew while wearing wolf slippers.  Because the pigs set off on their journey on Valentine’s Day, this book can be read aloud for that holiday and should be part of Valentine book displays.
    Although Moser sometimes appeals to adults more than to children, this book offers something for both groups.  This version is not for the squeamish but if you want a "no holds barred" rendition of the tale, this one fills the bill.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Nowark, Matt.  JAZZBO GOES TO SCHOOL. Illus. by author.  New York: Hyperion,
    1999.  unp.   0-7868-2339-9;  lib.bdg., $11.49     98-32070      PreS-Gr. 2       E

    Why go to school when you already know things---like "this is my nose, these are my toes."  Jazzbo feels school is totally unnecessary and is certain that he will not like any part of it.  After shopping for school and critiquing the teachers, Jazzbo's conviction are reinforced until Miss Boggle at Super School uses a little child psychology on this little critter who author/illustrator Novak patterns after himself when he was a small boy.  The text, along with the many conversational speech bubbles, uses a simple vocabulary which makes it enticing to a beginningreader. Novak is quite adept in capturing the mood of the story.  This is a solid choice as a read-aloud for any child facing the entrance of kindergarten or to reassure a kindergarten newcomer.
    Patricia J. Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Numeroff, Laura.  IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE.  Illus. by Felicia Bond.  New York:
    Geringer/HarperCollins,  1998.  32p.  0-06-026686-4, hb. $14.95   0-06-026687-2 lib.bdg.,
    $14.89    97-36832    PreS-Gr. 3      E

     Fans of  IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE (H, 1985),  and IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN (H, 1991)  will also embrace this newest title which provides as equally engaging circular story. In Numeroff's latest book, a pig will want maple syrup on her pancake, will get sticky and need a bath which will lead to innumerable associations until the sticky wallpaper will remind her of maple syrup which will prompt her to ask for a pancake to go with it.  Bond provides a myriad of expressions for the pig and the girl that will delight readers.  This third title will be as popular as the other two.  Also consider purchasing the book and cassette.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O' Flatharta, Antoine.  THE PRAIRIE TRAIN.  Illus. by Eric Rohmann.  New York: 
    Crown, 1999.  unp.  0-517-70988-0; hb., $16.95   97-22021     E   or   FIC

    A train that dreams of being a boat travels across the Prairie from Chicago to San Francisco.  Connor comes to Chicago from Connemara in Ireland with his parents and a toy boat carved for him by his boat builder grandfather.  Connor listens to the voices as the Prairie Train travels "through towering grass that moved in the wind like gigantic green waves."  While looking out the window and waving, he drops his boat.  That night he dreams he is in the Prairie Train traveling over the ocean to his grandfather who tells him that the city he is sailing to has bigger boats waiting for him.  The end papers show Ireland, the route of his ship to New York, the train tracks to Chicago and San Francisco, a facsimile of a train ticket.  Rohman's illustrations in TIME FLIES won a 1995 Caldecott Honor Book citation and these illustrations are equally as inviting.  The imagery of the prairie and the ocean was successfully use by McLachlan's Newbery winner, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (Harper, 1985.)   Share this picture book with students who are reading that title.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

O'Malley, Kevin.  BUD. Illus. by author.  New York: Walker, 2000.  32p.
    0-8027-8719-3 lib.bdg. $16.85  0-8027-8718-5 hb. $15.95.   99-05269    K-Gr.3     E

    There's nothing wrong with being different.  However, Bud's love of dirt has the "very proper and very sensible" (and fastidious) Sweet-Williams very perplexed. Realizing it not to be just a phase, the rhino family members try to understand Bud's passion as he channels his love for grime into a love for plants. They adore Bud and can't be angry about the jungle Bud has made of their back yard but their patience buttons require oiling.  Then ta  da..... Grandfather announces he is coming for a visit.  Finally the entire family pitches in and the story ends with humor---and chocolate cake for everyone!  Kids will relate to Bud and his desire to triumph despite his uptight parents.  The text and  colorful illustrations solicit fun and laughter with the help of cartoonlike dialogue bubbles.   Kids will dig into this read with the same intensity as Bud does when he attacks his compost pile!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Ormerod, Jan.  MISS MOUSE TAKES OFF.  Illus by author.  New York: Harper,
    2001.  32p.  0-688-17870-7; hb., $14.95.  0-688-17871-5; lib.bdg., $14.89
    00-40886    PreS-Gr. 1    E

    Both sets of end papers show Miss Mouse in motion to prepare readers for the title page showing her trailing along behind her mistress in the snow and for the plot of the book, her first flight.  Readers learn all the essentials of going on a trip in an airplane from checking luggage, having carry-ons X-rayed, boarding, fastening seat belts, eating, wtching a movie, taking a nap, collecting luggage from the carousel, and flying into the arms of a Granny wearing sandals surrounded by lush vegetation.   This recital alone would make an interesting picture book.  However, Miss Mouse brings this narrative to life.  She flip flops through the book, sliding through the X-ray machine, dragging behind her mistress through airport shops, saved from being stuffed into the overhead compartment, enjoyng the window view, acting as a football between her owner and the boy in the seat ahead, and  going missing just before departure and during luggage retrieval.  Ormerod, a master at making text an understatement for the illustrations, has created a delightful picture book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Omerod, Jan.  MISS MOUSE’S DAY.  Illus by author.  New York:  HarperCollins,
     2000.  32p.  0-688-16334-3; hb., $14.95.  99-27641   PreS-Gr. 1   E

     “My Day, By Me, Miss Mouse” begins with a cuddle and a story--with much much more to follow.  This little rodent has to be jet-propelled and only her juvenile audience will have the energy to keep up with her.  Omerod’s action-packed brilliant illustrations are a sharp contrast to the abbreviated test, a text a beginning reader could quickly conquer.  The boxed vignettes, several to a page, reveal the progression of Miss Mouse’s busy day that is finally turned topsy-turvy when poor Miss Mouse is left behind when her playmate is hauled off to take a bath.  However, the night is made right, when Daddy Mouse comes to the rescue, bathes Miss Mouse, gets her ready for bed, and caps the evening off with a bedtime story.  A perfect ending to a perfect day!  A perfect story!
    Pat Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Riddell, Chris.  PLATYPUS.  San Diego: Harcourt, 2002.  32p.
    0-15-216493-6; hb.,  $15.00.     2001-001228     PreS-Gr. 2     E

    The black line and watercolor illustrations create a delightful platypus not surprisingly called Platypus.  When Platypus looks in his special box he decides that something is missing.  He doesn’t know what, but “he was sure he’d know it when he saw it.”  After discarding several possibilities and eating lunch, Platypus decides he can’t take home the sand castle he made but then he finds “just what I was looking for.”  The shell was just perfect but the next morning it was gone.  The rest of the book is devoted to Platypus looking for the shell and discovering that a hermit crab lives there.  Stopping for lunch interrupts the flow of the story but all in all, the story and especially the main character, are appealing.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Riddell, Chris.  PLATYPUS AND THE LUCKY DAY.  Illus by author.  San Diego:
    Harcourt, 2002.  32p.  0-15-216723-4; hb., $15.00  2001-003718  PreS-Gr. 3  E

    This is even funnier that the first Platypus book, PLATYPUS (Harcourt, 2001).  Anyone, whatever their age, who has had a bad day can relate to Platypus.  The adorable duck billed mammal thinks it is his lucky day so he goes to fly his kite but the string was all tangled.  His kite catches in a tree so he climbs up but when the branch breaks, he paints pictures but the wind ruins the picture and gets his apron dirty.  When he goes to bed, he finds a lost banana, a lost toy, and finally his lucky hat.  The calamities go on and on until he bumps into the tree and his kite falls out so “Today is my lucky day, after all!”  Evidently “luck” is in “the eye of the beholder.”
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Roche, Denis.  LITTLE PIG IS CAPABLE.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2002.  32p.
    0-395-91368-3; hb., $15.00  2001-016583    PreS-Gr. 3    E     PAULIN’S PICKS

    Little Pig’s parents fussed over him and worried about him so much that “they embarrassed him to no end.”  He thought “They treat me like a baby.”  One Saturday his Snout Scout troop went for a hike up into the mountains.  By the time his parents dressed him and fussed over him, he looked ridiculous.  The usual troop leader was absent and the substitute, called Ravenous, took his place.  “Readers” will enjoy knowing that the substitute leader looks very much like a wolf.   Little Pig’s parents left him with one last admonition, “Be wary of wolves!”  The leader had them eat their lunches and drink their juice early.  The leader had them swim so they could be clean and then he wanted them to fall asleep on the rocks so they would be “perfectly crispy!”   Since Little Pig had taken part in none of these activities, he was the only one to notice that they were heading UP the mountain, not down.  When the pseudo-leader asked them to make a bonfire, Little Pig new that all the food was gone and that the Snout Scouts were going to be the leader’s dinner, so he devised a plan of action to save them.  The ending is priceless.
    The gouache illustrations are very expressive and colorful and help tell the story.  Another device used by Roche when the Little Pig’s parents are being overprotective is to have their dialogue appear in waves and in different print at the top of the page.  This book will be popular with scouts and children everywhere.  This book is a winner!
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Rockwell, Anne.  BUMBLEBEE, BUMBLEBEE, DO YOU KNOW ME? A GARDEN 
    GUESSING GAME.
  New York: Harper, 1999.  24p. 0-06-027330-5 hb. $14.95  PreS-Gr.3     E

    Silk screens painted with watercolor and gouache in pastel colors complement the riddle text which shows a variety of insects and a spider on flowers.  The name of the flower and answer to the riddle are perpendicular to the East-West lines of the riddle on the opposite page.  On most pages the color of the flower or leaves on the right hand page is the background color on the page to the left containing the text.  The exceptions are the spider and the zinnias which cover a two page spread, the sunflower which covers a double page spread and must be viewed sideways, and the last two pages in which the child says  "Of course I know you, sunflower!  I know all the flowers I see." Each of the ten flowers are shown.  The pictures show: bumblebee/daffodil, butterfly/tulip; june bug/iris; cricket/poppy; ladybug/rose; spider/zinnia; leafhopper/morning glory; dragonfly/lily; katydid/daisy; and boy/sunflower.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Rubel, Nicole.  GRODY’S NOT SO GOLDEN RULES.  San Diego: Silver Whistle/Harcourt,
    2003.  32p.  0-15-216241-0; hb., $16.00.  2001-005654    K-Gr. 3    E   PAULIN’S PICKS

    The jaunty dog family and background are done with black ink, markers, colored pencils, watercolor, fabric, fabric paint, and photographs.  The illustrations are in keeping with the “tongue-in-cheek” child-centered rules that are set in a yellow boxed Area.  The asides are in a jagged area with a picture of the speaker, Dad, sister, crossing guard, teacher, etc. who counteract the rule with sensible comments.  There is much to see in each illustration.  The schoolroom has interesting bulletin boards, books, accents, and students involved in various activities.  There are a variety of breeds of dogs in the class, giving it a “multicultural” feeling.   The last rule, #14, takes up two pages sideways and says “Don’t follow my rules or you will look just like me-eeeeeeeeee!  The list of the dozen problems are linked with a black line to the problem on the dog himself.  The message is clear but is delivered with such humor and pizzazz that there is no didacticism.  The busy illustrations will keep children busy over and over.  This is a winner!       
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan
 
Ryan, Pam Munoz. AMELIA AND ELEANOR GO FOR A RIDE.
    Illus. by Brian Selznick.  New York:  Scholastic,  1999.  40p.  0-590-9605-X;
    hb., $16.95      98-31788   Gr. 2-8+   E    or    FIC      PAULIN'S PICK

    Graphite and colored pencils may not be the most technically advanced art mediums for an outstanding book to end the 20th century but it is the perfect medium for this fictionalized account  of automobile and airplane rides by Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt who were role models for women in 1933.  The book ends with a photo of the two women during the plane ride that inspired this book.  An Author's Note gives further information about the two women and tells how reality differs from this story.  One research tidbit includes information about a favorite White House dessert, Pink Clouds on Angel Food Cake; the recipe is included.  Ryan uses the gloves worn by the women as a thread that weaves the story together as well as teasing readers about which dessert will be served.  The statement that the two women were alike or "birds of a feather" recurs in a reporter's notepad and obliquely in the flight they take in the book as well as the fact that Amelia was a pioneer pilot and Eleanor was an airline passenger who flew more miles than any other woman of her time and contemplated taking flying lessons from Amelia.  Eleanor also liked to take flight in her automobile.   The illustrations are the perfect complement to the text and make this an exceptional picture book that will appeal to readers of all ages.  This is an essential purchase for school and public libraries.  Any member of ALSC/ALA may nominate a book for the Caldecott Medal and this book was my first choice and a Paulin's Pick citation.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Salley, Coleen.  EPOSSUMONDAS.  Illus by Janet Stevens.  San Diego: Harcourt, 2002.
    32p.  0-15-216748-X; hb., $16.00    PreS-Gr. 3    398.21    PAULIN’S PICKS

    This new twist on an old Southern folktale begins with mouthwatering pies on the end papers by a Caldecott honor book winner, Janet Stevens; who uses watercolor, colored pencil, and photography with digital elements to add a new dimension to this retelling.  Those who are not fortunate to know “Miss Sally” will find her words on the pages, her likeness on the front cover and her “Storyteller’s Note” at the end of the book.
    The tale upon which this book was based is “Epaminondas,” who becomes Epossumondas, an engaging baby possum in diapers who is eminently huggable.  After meeting the baby, “his auntie’s sweet little patootie,” the story goes on in the prescribed manner in which the baby smunches the cake and is told to carry it on his head, but when he carried the butter on his head under his hat, it melts all over him.  Auntie says he has to wrap items in leaves and carry it down to the brook, cool it himself in water, and then put it in his hands to bring it home.  On and on it goes until the last admonition is “you be careful about stepping on those pies!”  And he was!  He stepped on them very carefully.  Expect squeals and admonishments from listeners who are much wiser than the protagonist.  The original story was engaging but the retelling and illustrations add significantly to the familiar story.  Children will ask to have this story read again and again at home or in group read-alouds.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Saltzberg, Barney.  HIP, HIP, HOORAY DAY!  Illus by author. New York: Gulliver,
    2002. unp.   0-13-202495-6; hb., $15.00    2001-001384   PreS-Gr. 2    E

    It's birthday time for Hip, the hip hippo, and she wants to go to the Royal Roller Rink.  Despite all the hints Hip drops to her best friend, Hop, Hop thinks that presents such as sorting Hip's sock for a week or a coupon good for a tooth polish and floss are far more appropriate.  Our disappointed hippo is miffed and Hip's birthday is a disaster.  It takes some strong coaxing by friends for her to be convinced otherwise.  Trusting your best friend can bring about the nicest kind of surprises is what Hip finally learns when, with her group of chums, she goes back to Hop's house where Hip gets the surprise of surprises---a pair of roller skates.  Saltzberg uses very soft pastels in his watercolor-and-ink art to set the tone for the story.  The plot is somewhat predictable, but this HIP story is sure to keep kids HOPping.         
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Sampson, Michael and Bill Martin, Jr.  CADDIE THE GOLF DOG.  Illus by
    Floyd Cooper.  New York:  Walker, 2002.  32p.  0-8027-8817-3; hb., 16.95 
    0-8027-8818-1; lib.bdg., $17.85      2002-071351     K-Gr.     3+

    Jennifer wanted to keep a stray dog she called Diamond because of the white diamond shape on his forehead in this exceptional dog story.  Before they could find the dog a new home there was a storm and a frightened Diamond ran away and couldn’t find his way back to Jennifer.  The dog showed up at a golf course and joined two boys in their golf cart.  The boys named the dog Caddie because he retrieved golf balls for them.  Josh and Jon talked their father into letting them keep the dog whom they learned from the Internet was a blue heeler.  When Caddie had puppies, the boys put an add in the paper and Jennifer and her father answered the add.  When they arrived and saw Diamond/Caddie, there is a dilemma.  Who has a right to the dog?  The problem provides lots of fodder for discussion. And predictions.  The story is resolved satisfactorily without triteness.  This is an excellent dog story for reading aloud and listeners will enjoy it again and again.  This is a book that golfing dads won’t mind reading again and again. Purchase for home, school and public libraries.    
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, Michigan

Scheer, Julian.  BY THE LIGHT OF THE CAPTURED MOON.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.
    New York: Holiday House, 2001. 32p.  0-8234-1624-0; hb., $16.95.     Gr. 2-4     E

    Although this is a consistently visual treat, somehow, the scales don't balance. Himler's watercolors are satisfying and pleasing, but Scheer's ethereal theme may be more appropriate to more mature readers.  What happens is that 10-year-old Billy, through novelistic description, is busy with his friends catching lightning bugs.  In an attempt to hold onto the fun of summer, Billy surprisingly captures the last moon of summer.  However, when he is unable to hide it, he pushes the moon out of his window and it rolls "over a hill and out of sight," leaving evidence that totally confuses his parents.  Older readers may grasp the symbolism, but younger readers may be confused by the transition from realism to fantasy.  But no matter, it's worth a read because after all, thirty years ago who would have ever dreamed that someday man would walk on Billy's moon?
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Schneider, Christine M. HORACE P. TUTTLE MAGICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE!
    Illus. by author. New York: Walker, 2001.  32p.   0-8027-8788-6; hb.,  $15.95
    0-8027-8788-6; lib.bdg    PreS-2    E

    Clever design and humorous illustrations add to the fun and excitement of this story about a magician whose magic tricks backfire.  Horace develops an attitude and his sidekicks suffer burnout.  The bickering, complaining and pouting escalate which leads to Horace firing his collaborators and striking out on his own.  It isn't long however, before Horace realizes that he can't act alone and to be a magician extraordinaire, it takes team work.  It comes as no surprise that Horace does a self-examination and the negotiations begin.  Readers will enjoy the action-packed visuals even if the magical element isn't quite magical.
    Patricia J. Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Schneider, Christine M.   PICKY MRS. PICKLE.  Illus. by author. New York: Walker, 1999. 32p.  
    0-8027-78703-7;    lib.bdg., $16.85   0-8027-78702-9  hb., $15.95.    99-26025    Gr.K-3      E

    Mrs. Pickle is in a rut.  Nothing but green clothes and pickle food!  She won't even make new friends.  Not only is Mrs. Pickle picky, but she is stubborn. However, just as strong-willed and determined is Mrs. Pickle's niece, Sophie Claire.  And her family knows that it is useless to point out that green shoes and pickles are not what life is all about. On a Sunday walk, Sophie Claire and her aunt stop at Igor's ice cream stand.  Sophie won't lighten up until her aunt agrees to try a new ice cream flavor.  Mrs. Pickle holds her ground.  Sophie Claire persists.  Finally the wise young niece reaches her not-so-mature aunt and Mrs. Pickle caves in.  Much to her surprise, eggplant ripple is delicious!  Then to her own surprise, Mrs. Pickle agrees to try all sorts of new things.  No more picky Mrs. Pickle!  Done in rhyme with illustrations as entertaining as the text, this book would be a perfect read-aloud for any picky child--whether five or fifty!
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Schubert, Ingrid and Dieter.  BEAVER’S LODGE.  Illus by authors.  Asheville, NC:
    Front Street, 2001.  40p. 1886910685; hb., $15.95   00-49503   PreS-Gr. 3    E

    Originally published in the Netherlands, this picture book translates well into English  as did previous books about bear and hedgehog; BEAR’S EGGS (FS, 1999) and THERE’S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET (FS, 98).  In this book Beaver works diligently on his lodge but trips and hurts himself.  Hedgehog and bear carry him to Bear’s house to recuperate.  The full-page watercolor of Beaver lying on a bed with his legs tied by foliage to sticks and his tail propped up in a forked stick, with mice looking on, is both funny and tender.  Hedgehog decides that they need to build a new house for Beaver while he is recuperating.  Hedgehog shows Bear how to do the work and supervises construction.  They brighten up the lodge with shells and surprise Beaver with his new house, which looks funny even to children who don’t know how a beaver lodge is supposed to look.  When they discover that there is no door, Beaver offers a clever solution.  Readers can stop short of the solution and have listeners predict Beaver’s solution. This book can be read aloud when studying woodland animals.  Because hedgehogs are found primarily in Europe, this book can stimulate discussion about different animals in North American woods.  The birch trees are found on both continents.  The gentle humor in these books is shown through text and illustrations making them good choices for school and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Shannon, Margaret. THE RED WOLF. Ill. by author. Boston: Houghton Mifflin,
    2001.   32p. 0-618-05544-4; hb., $15.00  00-056742    K-3    E

     Princess Roselupin is tired of being locked away in a stony tower and having her overprotective father breathing down her neck, shielding her from the wild and dangerous outside world.  Cleverly told, "If the world's too wild for the likes of me, Then a BIG RED WOLF I'd rather be."  Thus Roselupin takes the red fuzzy yarn that she received for her birthday and knits a wolf suit.  Being magical yarn, she bursts out of the tower and delights in her day of freedom.  All good things must come to an end, however and the next morning a revolting development occurs (explained by the illustrations).  A thread catches on a twig and the princess' suit unravels.  Back to the tower goes Roselupin.  But the ingenious lass comes up with scheme # 2.  Giving the king a taste of his own medicine, the princess uses more yarn to knit her father a rather mousy looking pair of pajamas.  In a most satisfying conclusion, the king is looking out the tower window, in pj's and tipped crown, while Princess Roselupin is playing with her friends in the village street.  Shannon's brightly colored illustrations and creativity along with her humor and ingenuity make for a thoroughly entertaining story of the necessity of freedom.
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Siebert, Diane.  MOTORCYCLE SONG.  Illus by Leonard Jenkins.  New York: Harper, 2002.  
    32p.  0-06-028732-2; hb., $16.95    0-06-028 733-0; lib.bdg., $16.89    PreS-Gr. 4+    E

    The author of the acclaimed TRUCK SONG (1984), TRAIN SONG (1990), and PLANE SONG (1995) has written a poetic love song about motorcycles "...knows his shaft drives/knows his chains/got 10-40 in his veins/dressed in gloves and boots and jeans/loves to ride two-wheeled machines/helmet on and face shield down.riding/ gliding/right through town"   Although most of the illustrations are of men, there are two showing women so the book could be enjoyed by motorcycle fans of both sexes.  Jenkins' bright, colorful paintings are impressionistic and create the needed atmosphere.  Purchase for the sheer enjoyment of reading it aloud.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Simmons, Jane.  DAISY AND THE BEASTIE.  Illus by author.  Boston: Little,
    2000.  32p.    0-316-79785;   hb., $12.95    99-26050   PreS-Gr. 1   E

     After grandfather finishes reading a book about a beastie,  Daisy and a younger sibling go in search of a beastie.  They look for the beastie with the chickens, geese, lambs, calves, pigs, bees, and rabbits.  When they find the beasties, they say "...EEOOOW!" and run away.  Then grandfather goes with them to view the beasties and he laughs.  The book ends with Daisy and Pip playing with the beasties.  This book is fiction and therefore the idea that a duckling would be associating with a younger duckling who was hatched from a later batch of eggs by the same parents should not matter.  However, it was bothersome to this reader.  Pip's repeating of the noise made by each animal doesn't seem to have any point to it.  Readers will probably not guess the identities of the beasties and when they do, it doesn't seem like such a big deal.  Maybe the point is that our fears are groundless.  Libraries which own other books about Daisy will find this one disappointing.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Simmons, Jane. QUACK, DAISY, QUACK!   Illus. by author. Boston: Little, 2002.
    32p.   0-316-795879; hb., $13.95  2001-092435    PreS-Gr. 1    E

    What do you get when you take a duckling, toss in some bread and then a good helping of independence?  The answer--CHAOS!   As in previous titles by this author, Daisy is still the same adorable little duck, but this time she is making a lot of noise.  Daisy and Pip, her baby brother, with all their exuberance, scare the mice, the fish and even pop a balloon.  The Duck family is visiting Aunt Lily who takes them to a crowded duck pond where they can be as noisy as they want.  However, the twosome become lost in the crowd and it isn't until Daisy can't find mama and lets out a squawk so loud that everyone else becomes quiet that all becomes well.  Simmons' artwork is lively and bold and is interesting in its varied format--sometimes full-page pictures and at other times panels or spot art.  Children will comfortably relate to Daisy and find this book just ducky!
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Simms, Laura.  ROTTEN TEETH.  Illus. by David Catrow.  Boston:  Houghton,
    1998.   32p. 0-395-82850-3;   hb., $15.00     97-2528    PreS-Gr. 3          E

     Melissa is the shortest person in first grade and the only person who has never brought anything for Show and Tell.  Her older brother helps Melissa think of something fascinating to take to school--the jar of 31 teeth their dentist father has in his office.  Shy Melissa can't think of anything to say when she is sharing so she blurts out "ROTTEN TEETH!  FROM REAL MOUTHS!"  The kids are fascinated when she puts a tooth on each desk but the teacher doesn't think they are appropriate and puts each one swiftly back in the bottle as if they were dead rats.Melissa is chastened but at recess she is popular, everyone wants to hear stories about the teeth.  Her father comes to school to pick her up because the teacher has called him, they go out for pizza, and Melissa promises never to take anything to school again without permission.  Even though Melissa takes other items to school and tells wonderful stories about them,  the class thinks her rotten teeth are the best Show and Tell for the whole year.  This humorous story will appeal to any child first grade and below who has ever had a Show and Tell experience.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Simont, Marc.  THE STRAY DOG: FROM A TRUE STORY BY REIKO SASSA .
    New York: Harper, 2001.  32p  0-06-028933-3; hb., $15.95   0-06-028934-1;
    lib.bdg., $15.89   0-06-443669-1; pb., $6.99       K-Gr. 3      E         PAULIN’S PICKS

    A family leaves the city to go on a picnic where they see a scruffy dog.  The children play with him and name him Willy.  The children want to take to take the dog home but Dad says he must belong to someone.  The family thinks about the dog all week and the names of each day are given. The next Saturday they go back to the park where they see Willy being chased by a dogcatcher who says the dog has no collar or leash and does not belong to anyone.  The boy offers his belt for a collar and the girl offers her hair ribbon for a leash.  They tell the dogcatcher that the dog's name is Willy and he belongs to them.  When they get home the first order of business is a bath then "...Willy settled in were he belonged."  The last picture, showing a smile of the face of the dog as he curls up on his pillow, next to a bowl with his name on it, is priceless.  The story is based on a real incident told to Simont fifteen years ago and the watercolor illustrations are child-friendly and expressive and are similar to Simont’s illustrations in Udry's A TREE IS NICE (Harper, 1956) for which he won a Caldecott Medal.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Singer, Marilyn. SOLOMON SNEEZES. Illus. by Brian Floca.   New York: 
    HarperFestival, 1999. 24p.   0-694-01748-5 hb., $9.95.  98-71612   PreS-Gr.2       E

    Move over Paul Bunyan!  When Solomon sneezes, he can blow leaves off the sycamore trees, knock skiers off their skis, topple a giant onto his knees or chill folks by the breeze. Singer created this witty rhyming picture book while Floca illustrated it with exaggerated humor in his playful pictures.  The vocabulary is such that a beginning reader could master it with minimalhelp.   This title also works as an amusing read-aloud. So Solomon----if you are looking for sympathy as you have your fits of sneezing all we can say is......Gesundheit!
    Patricia J. Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Skutch, Robert.  ALBIE’S TRIP TO THE JUMBLE JUNGLE.  Illus by Joe Mathieu.
    Berkeley, CA:  Tricycle, 2001.  32p.  1-58246-076-0; hb., $14.95  PreS-Gr. 3     E

    When his parents suggest they go to a jungle show in town, Albie says “I’ve seen all the animals on TV.”  When he is out walking his dog, Albie sees a sign that says “Welcome to the Jumble Jungle.”  When they go into the park they see another sign that says if they correctly name on animal they can win a lifetime membership to the Jumble Jungle.  In an afterword, readers are invited to visit www.tenspeed.com for their own lifetime membership to the Jumble Jungle.  Most of the book consists of rhymes that give hints about the new name for the animal.  The crocodile becomes a crocoSMILE, the lion with wings becomes  a FLYON, and a porcupine with a fork is a FORKupine.   Pre-readers can be admonished to look at the pictures, examine the clues, and guess the new name of the animal.  These animals will inspire children to draw and write clues for new invented animals of their own.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Slangerup, Erik Jon.   DIRT BOY. Illus by John Manders.  Morton Grove, IL: Whitman,
    2000.  32p.   0?8075?4424?8; lib.bdg.,  $15.95     99?039124    PreS-Gr. 3    E

    With a name like Fister Farnello, why wouldn't you be different?  This Fister loves dirt.  He rolls round and round in it, makes mud pies to snack on, squishes it with his toes and laughs until it sprays out his nose!  Fister has a clean/mean mother, however.  When she tries to force him into the bathtub, he runs away to the woods where he finds lodging in the yucky mucky bellybutton of a giant.  The story is filled with slapstick humor but at times the author struggles to keep the bland text in step with the wonderful earth?tone illustrations that are rendered in watercolor and gouache.  But this is not to say that young boys especially won't enjoy this far?out tale and parents won't use it as a tool to encourage bathing and hygiene.  It would make a great contribution to a story hour after which you might serve mud pudding atop a layer of Oreo dirt and topped with a gummi worm!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Slobodkina, Esphyr.  CIRCUS CAPS FOR SALE.  Illus by author.  New York:
    HarperCollins, 1967, 2002.  48p.  0-06-029655-0; hb., $15.95  0-06-029656-9; l
    lib.bdg., $15.89  2001-024966     PreS-Gr. 2     E

    This sequel to the picture book classic CAPS FOR SALE (Harper, 1968) was first published as PEZZO THE PEDLER AND THE CIRCUS ELEPHANT (Abelard-Schuman, 1967).  The peddler puts on his caps and goes through the town saying his famous refrain “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”  But there are no people in the town, they are at a country fair where a circus tent is pitched.  The circus parade comes by and an elephant pulls off the top cap and the rest of the caps fly in every direction.  The tumblers, jugglers, and clowns think it is a new act and they incorporate the caps into their act.  Nobody pays any attention to the protests of the peddler.  When the circus performers thank their boss for the successful new act, he disclaims knowledge of it and the elephant rider explains what happened.  They try to emulate the trick but can’t so they invite the peddler to perform in the circus where he sells all his hats.  Surprisingly enough, this is not a disappointing sequel.  The story is good and fans of the classic will enjoy this one also.  Add it to collections in school and public libraries for reading aloud.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Sokol, Edwarad.  MEET STINKY MAGEE.  Illus. by author.  New York: HarperCollins,
    2000. 32p.  0-688-17416-7; $14.95    99-50289   Pre-Gr. 2    E

    "Be good, be fast....be gone!" are the magical words that trigger Snaggamumfrey, the hobbyhorse, to fly Stinky from his bedroom window to the topsy-turvy land where ice cream sundaes are delicious, ooey-gooey, slightly chewy, messy, smudgy, chocolate fudgy. sweet and dreamy, real whip creamy extra-special--with a bright red, really red cherry on top!   But that's as sweet as it gets.  Fortunately the illustrations are colorful, bold and satisfying  because the story line is anemic and leaves the reader's appetite unappeased.  How did Stinky Magee get his name? We'll never know!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.  Illus. by J. Stevens. COOK-A-DOODLE-DOO!
    San Diego:  Harcourt, 1999.   0-15-201924-3; hb., $17.00.   K-Gr. 3      E    PAULIN'S PICKS

    Big Brown Rooster is sick of eating chicken feed so he finds his famous great-grandmother's cookbook, THE JOY OF COOKING ALONE BY by  L. R. Hen.  The rooster decides to make strawberry shortcake and asks three others to help him but the dog, cat, and goose predictably answer "Not I."  However,  Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig offer to help by reading the recipes, getting stuff, and tasting.   The story is told with humor through text and illustrations.  When turtle reads "flour," Iguana dashes outside and picks a petunia.  Other confusions are caused by sifting the flour,  measuring a stick of butter with a stick, cutting the butter with a scissors, beating the egg with a baseball bat, and more.  When Iguana drops the beautiful shortcake on the floor and the pig eats it, because his job was tasting,  the team decides it was only a practice run and they remake the recipe.  Although information on how to measure different types of ingredients is explained via the text, there are sidebars giving fledgling cooks further instructions.  Read this book aloud to preschool and primary students after reading a version of "The Little Red Hen" to them.  This book should also be part of fractured fairy tale bibliographies and homonym studies.  This is one of those special books that needs to be in every school, public, and home library.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Stevenson, James.  DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH.  Illus. by the author.  New York:
    Farrar, 1999.  32p.  0-374-31827-1; hb., $16.00     98-4180    K-Gr. 3     E

    Stevenson has tickled the funny bones of children for years.  This book is no exception except for the rules.  Mr. Frimdimpny, an alligator or crocodile, is in charge of this book and his first rule is "Do not laugh!" "If you laugh or smile, you have to go back to the front of the book."   Other requests in the book are to not make the elephant sneeze, and not to sing, whistle or hum and annoy the hippo.  Even the crocodile narrator is not immune.  Stevenson fans will want this one.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Tafurui, Nancy.  WHERE DID BUNNY GO? A BUNNY AND BIRD STORY .
    Illus by author.  0-439-16959-3; hb., $15.95.  00-045007  PreS-Gr. 3    E

    The large watercolor and black ink illustrations combine with extra large text to create a story about woodland animals playing hide-and-seek.  The text is easy enough for emerging readers to read themselves.  Teachers who want to introduce woodland animals during the winter will utilize this story.  Besides the best friends, bunny and bird, the other woodland creatures are squirrel and chipmunk.  Although the bird is not identified, it looks like a chickadee or titmouse.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Thompson, Colin.  UNKNOWN.  Illus  by Anna Pignatano   New York: Walker,
    2000.  32p.   0?8027?8731?2; lib. bdg., $15.95    99?957123    PreS?Gr. 2    E

    Unknown becomes well known; all within thirty-two pages!  Left on the doorstep of an animal shelter where all dogs are labeled,  (Grown?too?Large, Stray, Unwanted Christmas Gift, etc.), this little mop?like dog retires to a corner of his cage as though he is not even there.  Prospective owners walk by thinking the cage is empty.  However, when lightning strikes and the shelter is threatened by fire, it is the timid Unknown who has the courage to find a way to warn the keeper of the shelter.  What makes the book so appealing is not only the soft watercolor and ink illustrations, but the way that the text curves and changes size on some of the spreads to portray the emotional state of the caged animals.  It is a heart?warming story that gives young readers the feeling that sometimes it truly is a dog's life.
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Titherington, Jeanne. BONKERS FELLINI. Illus. by author.  New York: Greenwillow,
    2001.  24p.  0-688-15028-4; hb., $16.    97-006947    PreSch-Gr 2    E

    Imaginary friend, Bonkers Fellini,--- is he Uncle Sam?  Is he the protagonist in his adult life?  Whoever he is, Fellini proclaims in one scene, "Who you are, I am too."  The author attempts to recreate the rich imaginary life of childhood through the two companions who enjoy a day at the circus. The design of the pages is clean and simplistic, yet the details of the crisp colored pencil illustrations require careful attention.  The cloudless blue sky is the repeated backdrop and the boy and man are showered in bright sunlight.  The flags on top all the circus tents read, "HA" while some of the details are a bit creepy.  Definitely an original and individualistic creation that will be enjoyed by some readers and questioned by others! But the boy discovers how much more wonderful a day can be when someone like Bonkers is there to enjoy it with him. See what you think!
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Vande Velde, Vivian. TROLL TEACHER. Illus by Mary Jane Auch. New York:
    Holiday, 2000. unp. 0-8234-1503-1; hb., $16.95   00--026796    K-Gr. 2   E

    Miss Turtledove....what a lovely name.  But lovely, she is not.  Miss Turtledove is a troll.  Elizabeth is the first to notice that Miss Turtledove not only eats gym socks, snacks on desks and throws fruit, but she eats the students' backpacks and then starts in on the students themselves.  When this teacher with skin the color of pale spiders, and hairy knuckles that scrape against the floor, finally runs off with the  principal, parents finally start to listen to the complaining children and believe that there may be some truth to their convictions. The story will not only capture the frustration that children must feel when no one will listen, but it will have the kids giggling.  Auch's brilliant illustrations are as witty and wacky as the story itself and will delight and entertain young readers to the fullest.  Take flight, Miss Turtledove! 
    Patricia Fittante Children’s Librarian,  Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Waddell, Martin.  THE HOLLYHOCK WALL.  Illus. by Salley Mavor.  Cambridge,
    MA: Candlewick, 1999.  32p.   1-56402-902-6; hb., $15.99.    97-3131    K-Gr. 3      E

    Mavor's illustrations are sewn fabric scraps with found objects.  A girl planted a garden in an old cooking pot.  She also made a path, a stream, and a bridge and painted a hollyhock wall around the rim of the pot.  Then she made a boy and a wheelbarrow made of clay and called him Tom.   The girl made him a fishing pole and fish so he wouldn't be bored.  One night when she looked into the garden she saw a girl play with Tom.   When he wanted to jump over the wall she cautioned him not to fall out of the pot but in the morning she found him outside the pot.   Several strange things happened after that which leave readers and Mary wonder what is real and what is not.  Art teachers can use this to stimulate fabric collages.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Wallace, Ian.  BOY OF THE DEEPS.  Illus. by the author.  New York:  DK INK, 1999.
     unp.  0-7894-2569-6,   hb., $16.95    98-25658   Gr. 3-8+    E     FIC

     The grandson of a coal miner takes readers underground to a coal mine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada in this picture book which is based on his grandfather's experiences.The story begins on James's first day underground as miner.  James is proud that he will "no longer be a breaker boy, courting sharp slate from coal with his bare hands."  Through text and illustrations, readers travel down beneath the Atlantic Ocean in a steel cage, use their oil lamps to see to work, dig a tench and set fuses for gunpowder, fill the carts hauled by the pit ponies, appreciate the daisiess mother packed in with lunch,  fall asleep during lunch, and get caught and are rescued when the ceiling crumbles.  The book ends:   "Tomorrow they would go down into the deeps again, for they were miners and that was their job." In the introduction, Wallace tells readers that he was "privileged...to be born at a time in history when a boy could be a boy, growing naturally into manhood and free to choose his own destiny."   Wallace, an excellent speaker, was the featured at the American Library Association/United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) meeting in January, 1999 in Philadelphia.  Use this book when studying industries,  with  books on child workers like Freedman's KIDS AT WORK (Houghton, 1998), or with Hendershot's IN COAL COUNTRY (Knopf, 1987).
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Wallace, John. TINY RABBIT GOES TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY.  Illus by author.
    New York: Holiday, 2000. 32p.   0-8234-1489-2; hb., $16.95        PreS-Gr. 1    E

    Birthday parties are fun, but for shy, inexperienced, tiny tots, Wallace assures them that uncertainties in store are a natural phenomenon at this age and what lies on the horizon can be fun and games.  Tiny Rabbit is invited to attend Blue Mouse's birthday party, but on the bus ride over, a feeling of uncertainty overtakes him.  Tiny Rabbit hangs back until the other partygoers urge him to participate in the festivities and of course, before the reader turns the last page, Tiny Rabbit is planning his own party.  The illustrations blend right into Tiny Rabbit's bashful mood with their soft faded colors displayed on large fields of white.  It's a charmer.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Watson, Esther Pearl.  THE ADVENTURES OF JULES & GERTIE.  Illus. by author.
    New York: Harcourt, 1999.  unp. 0-15-201975-8 hb. $16.00.   98-22267   PreS-Gr. 2    E

     This real spoof is sure to tickle the funny bone of the young and the young-at-heart.  Cowgirl Jules and her spunky horse, Gertie, lay plans to outwit the greedy outlaws, Mean Bulldog Pike and his rotten horse, Bullet, and save the day for the folks on the Western plains. Not an easy task when one is up against mean Bulldog with his bag of tricks. The full-page acrylic illustrations are as busy as Jules and Gertie. Justice does prevail, so hang on to your hats and get ready to lasso this one for a storyhour or a read-aloud.
    Patricia Fittante, Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE CATERPILLAR.  A Finger-Puppet Pal series.  New York:
    Scholastic, 2002.   12p.   0-439-33867-0; bd.bk, $6.95.   PreS-K   BB

    A little caterpillar imagines what he will be one day and discards several possibilities including a roaring lion, long-tailed dinosaur, upside-downy bat, sharp-clawed bear but decides on being a flower-flitting butterfly.   The story is told in the first person by a latex finger-puppet that comes through the die cut holes to be part of each double-page spread.   Although he is an orange color, the caterpillar looks more like a frog than a caterpillar.  When he is a butterfly, he doesn’t look quite right because he doesn’t have any antennae.  The book is similar to Weare’s I’M A LITTLE PENGUIN (Scholastic, 2002) which is a better book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Weare, Tim.  I’M A LITTLE PENGUIN.  A Finger-Puppet Pal series.  New York:
    Scholastic, 2002.   12p.   0-439-33868-9; bd.bk, $6.95.   PreS-K   BB

    A little penguin is lost and decides to follow his parents’ footprints in the snow.  He finds other animals and says to all of them: “Is it my mom?  Is it my dad?”  They all answer by telling who they are:  a seal, a whale, an albatross, and a fish.  The story is told in the first person by the little latex penguin finger puppet that comes through the die cut holes to be part of each double-page spread.  The book is similar to Weare’s I’M A LITTLE CATERPILLAR but this is a much better book.  If you can only afford to buy one of the books, buy this one.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Weeks, Sarah. MRS. MC NOSH HANGS UP HER WASH. Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
    New York:   HarperCollins, 1998.  unp.  0-694-01076-6, $9.95.  96-38002.    Gr. PreS-Gr.1   E

     Bright, colorful illustrations complement the silly, rhyming text.  In addition to hanging the usual items out with the wash, Mrs. Mc Nosh has a few surprises to put on the line.  These include grandpa's teeth, two sleepy bats, and the turkey that's for dinner.  In the end, Mrs. Mc Nosh finds a way to relax after all her work of hanging the wash.  This would be a nice read-aloud for pre-schoolers and story hours.  It's lots of fun!
     Ann Best, Spies Library, Menominee MI

Whatley, Bruce. DETECTIVE DONUT AND THE WILD GOOSE CHASE. Illus. by author.
    New York:  HarperCollins,   1997. 0-06-026604-X hb. $14.95.   96-24505    K-Gr. 3      E

     Dorky. Weird.  Bumbling.  Clueless.   Any and all of these adjectives describe Detective Donut while his little sidekick, Mouse is quite the opposite. Clever.  Quick-witted.  Mild-mannered.  The two pair up for the wildest goose chase ever.   Professor Drake, a world famous archaeologist, has mysteriously disappeared and it is Detective Donut and Mouse's job to find him.  The full color illustrations hide numerous clues and include visual puns.  It is a title that is sure to engage the giggle button of any youngster who reads it.
    Patricia Fittante, Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Whatley, Bruce.  WAIT!  NO PAINT!  New York:  Harper, 2001.  32p.  0-06-028270-3;
    hb., $15.95.  00-61351   PreS-Gr. 3    E

    This version of "The Three Little Pigs" begins "Once upon a time...” but soon departs from the traditional story.  The house of straw is soggy with rain and falls down by itself and the pig escapes to the house of sticks where the two pigs slam the door on the nose of the wolf to make him howl.  The third little pig is reading "Hamlet" when the other two arrive.  Now all resemblance to the traditional story stops.  The illustrator runs out of red paint, causing the pigs to be pale and then he paints them green. !"  The illustrator's answer is surprising and humorous when the three pigs beseech the illustrator "WE DON'T WANT TO BE IN THIS STORY ANYMORE."  Readers need to be familiar with the original tale so that they can appreciate the fractured nature of this picture book.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Wheatley, Nadia.  LUKE'S WAY OF LOOKING.  Illus by Matt Ottley.  La Jolla, CA:
    Kane/Miller, 2001.  40p.  1-929132-18-2; hb., $15.95    K-3   E  or  FIC

    The boys in Mr. Barraclough's class are shown wearing shorts and shirt and tie so the setting is probably a private school.  All the boys saw things the same way except for Luke who got into trouble in art class because he used his imagination.  Mr. B went ballistic, screamed and tore up Luke's painting and was angry when Luke didn't answer the question "What's wrong with you, boy?"  One day Luke went to a museum and felt at home because whoever lived there saw things the same way he did and he "felt as if he had entered a whole new world."  This experience gave him the courage to paint a watermelon in art class exactly as he perceived it.  When Mr. B. saw it he "didn't know what to say.  So he said nothing."  The illustrations are in a variety of mediums, pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, texta, oil pastels, acrylic paint, and oil paint and complement the story line in the portrayal of the museum paintings and artifacts.
    It is easy to understand what motivated Luke to have the confidence to express himself through the watermelon but it is not as easy to understand what motivated the teacher to change his attitude unless he could see the confidence coming through in Luke’s picture.   This is a good book for a child who feels “left out”" because he/she sees the world "differently."  Intermediate and middle school media specialists should share this book with their art teachers.
    Mary Ann Paulin, Director; Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Wiesner, David.  THE THREE PIGS.  New York: Clarion, 2001.  40p.
    0-618-00701-6; hb., $16.00  00-057016   K-Gr. 3+    E

    Watercolor, gouache, colored inks, pencil, and colored pencil were used by the Caldecott winner of  TUESDAY (Clarion, 1991.)  This text supplies the familiar story for the first two pigs before they decide to leave the story for other adventures.  When they return to the story they offer a surprise to the wolf.  This is a very different book from Moser's THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Little, 2001) which is a more traditional telling.  The difference in Wiesner’s book is in both illustration and text or lack of text, lots of white space, a 3-D quality, asides by the pigs, balloon dialogue, and pigs peEking between illustrations.  This is a sophisticated version expanded from a traditional story that will appeal to older readers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
    *Editor’s note:  This is the 2002 Caldecott Medal Winner

Yee, Brenda Shannon. HIDE & SEEK.Illus. by Debbie Tilley. New York: Orchard
    Books, 2001. 32p.  0-531-30302-0; hb., $15.95   PreS-K   E

    Let the game begin! Yee creates a unique and original game of Hide-and-Seek that is filled with new twists and a fun ending.  While little mouse tries to escape danger while finding a safe hiding place from his human housemate, the reader will mentally cheer his endeavors.  The bold simple illustrations befit the big bold one-two-, or three-word narratives that is printed beneath.  Toddlers and pre-schoolers will repeatedly SEEK out this title.
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Ziefert, Harriet.  EGAD ALLIGATOR!  Illus by Todd McKie.  Boston: Loraine/Houghton,
    2002.  32p.  0-618-14171-5; hb., $16.00.    2001-004175    PreS-Gr. 3    E

    Little Gator’s brother wants to take a nap near the swamp but he isn’t tired so he goes exploring and says to his brother “See ya later, alligator!”  Little Gator tries to be friendly to people and later herons but they are afraid of him and say, “Egad Alligator!”  When he tries to eat a picnic, someone shoots arrows at him.  When he tries to join a softball game, they bop him on the head.  When he is scared by a python, Platypus decides to go home.  The ending does not make sense.   After these bad experiences, Little Gator asks his brother to go exploring with him.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 Zimmerman, Andrea and David Clemensha.  MY DOG TOBY.  Illus. True Kelley. San Diego:
     Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2000.  32p.  0-15-20214-4; hb., $15.00   98-35246    PreS-Gr. 3.  E

     Although this book is not packaged in an easy reader format, the vocabulary is easy enough for primary students to read themselves.  The story is told in the first person by a girl who  has a white and brown dog named Toby.  Tody has only one problem, he doesn't do tricks like her friends' dogs.  Her brother says Toby is dumb but eventually the girl gets Toby to sit.  Even though it doesn't seem like much of a story, there is something appealing bout this book.  Optional purchase.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Zion, Gene.  HARRY AND THE LADY NEXT DOOR.  Illus. by Margaret Bloy Graham.
     New York:  HarperFestival,   1999.  64p.  0-694-01306-4; hb., $12.95  98-42769
     PreS-Gr. 3    E

     This easy reader was originally published in 1960 and even though Harry has been the star of two movies as a real-life dog, the original Graham illustrations still have appeal.  Harry does not like the lady next door because she sings in a high loud voice.  When Harry hears cows mooing he decides their soft low voice is better than the lady next door's voice.  Even the big horn in the band has a softer voice than his neighbor.  Harry brings a frog to a singing contest in which the lady is a contestant, she wins because all the other contestants run away, now it means she can study music in a far-of country for a long time.  She goes on a boat and sings but the foghorn drowns out her voice.     Purchase if you need a fresh copy of this classic or want it in picture book format.  If you don't already have a copy, order it immediately
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Zullo, Germano.  MARTA AND THE BICYCLE.  Illus by Albertine.  La Jolla, CA:
    Kane/Miller, 2002.  30p.  1-929132-35-2; hb., $13.95    PreS-Gr. 3    E

    Originally published in Switzerland, this book is about Marta, a cow, who lived on Monsieur Gruyere’s farm   All the other cows loved the trains that went by but the engines were too noisy for Marta.  However, she was captivated by bicycles that went past during a race.  Marta searched for parts and created her own bicycle and painted it green.  Marta practiced and became part of the race the next year.  When Marta won the race and went home she was surprised to find that the other cows had taken to riding bicycles too.  Marta, who liked doing different things, knew then that she would have to find something else just as a balloon floated by.   This is a captivating book.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

 

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