Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW BY JENNY: The Trickster by L.G. Miles with Amy Miles

The Trickster
L.G. Miles with Amy Miles
Age Level: 7-11

A curse passed down through the ages. 
A soul trapped in limbo. 
A mystery to be solved. 
When three young friends decide to sneak out and spend the night in an abandoned house rumored to be the haunting place of the Trickster ghost, they will soon get more excitement than they bargained for...

This is a magnificent spooky story written by a 10 year old boy. While reading this story, it would have never crossed my mind that a 10 year old wrote it. I was completely reeled into the story from the very first page. The characters were phenomenal and the story-line sent chills running up and down my spine as the pages sucked me into this spectacular story. I felt as if I was living the story with the characters, it was so real. I really loved this story and I hope to see more from this amazing author. I highly recommend this read!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
by Caryn Yacowitz 

Blurb: You've never seen Hanukkah or the "I Know an Old Lady" story like this before . . . through hilarious takes on the world's greatest works of art!

A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy. But one dish goes a little wrong:

"I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel
A Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagel...
Perhaps it's fatal."

Indeed, Bubbe's first bite leads to an insatiable taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt -- even menorahs! But as the family tries to distract her from her gluttony, the items she devours grow ever larger. Will they be able to reconnect with her and bring her home for the last night of Chanukah -- or will her feasting in fact be fatal?
Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations here offer hilarious parodies of great works of art by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hopper, Rockwell, Matisse, Picasso, and other masters--adding a whole new layer of humor and culture to the familiar tune. You'll love this old lady, and want to visit her every Chanukah.

Monday, December 26, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: Kevin's Kwanzaa By Lisa Bullard

Kevin's Kwanzaa
By Lisa Bullard

Kevin's family is celebrating the seven days of Kwanzaa! They light candles and learn a special word each day. They talk about working together. On the sixth day, everyone dances at a big feast! Find out the different ways people celebrate this holiday.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving by M. Maitland DeLand

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving
by M. Maitland DeLand

Blurb: Baby Santa's back this year for another outing--this time to the Big Apple!
It's just a few days before Christmas Day when a letter arrives at the bustling North Pole. It's from the Bond family, and they have a question for Santa: How can they share the spirit of giving on their upcoming trip to New York City?
What a great idea! And just like that, Baby Santa is off, with the reindeer and a couple of elves in tow, to give the Bond family the answer--in person. He hosts them on a day of helping others in New York. Along the way, they find time for the amazing sights of Christmastime in the city!

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving is the latest installment in this delightful Christmas series.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

REVIEW BY MICAH: Biscuit's Hanukkah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit's Hanukkah
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Come along wit Biscuit as he makes a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. It's a great time for stories, songs, food and friends!

Great for ages 2 – 6!

Monday, December 19, 2016

REVIEW BY MICAH: Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas! by Tad Hills

Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas! 
by Tad Hills

Blurb: Celebrate Christmas with Duck & Goose in this large-format board book!

New York Times
 bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to celebrate Christmas in this sturdy, large-sized board book. Goose wants to make snow angels and go sledding—but Duck knows it's time for Christmas! Preschoolers won't be able to resist this latest board book featuring Duck & Goose, and loads of Christmas cheer. The large size makes this a perfect book for sharing during a storytime or lap time.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

FREEBIE: Waffles and Pancakes by Cindy Springsteen

Waffles And Pancakes 

A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas
Cindy Springsteen


Now, Waffles and Pancakes, along with their owners, are about to learn another lesson, A Lesson in The True Meaning of Christmas

Waffles and Pancakes are two hamsters from the same pet store that went to their new homes on the same day. They also happen to be the best of friends. In their first adventure, their owners became best friends, too. Together, the four learned the lesson of true friendship. In their second adventure, they learned how to handle bullies

When hurricane Sandy threatens to ruin Christmas, Danny, Griffin, Waffles and Pancakes gather their friends and try to find a way to help. Together, can they find a way to save Christmas? When Santa sees their act of kindness, what does he do to surprise them all? Find out when you read this heartwarming story of friendship and love.