Archive for September, 2008

Bravery Soup

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
written and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Feffler
Carlin is a raccoon who is scared of everything. To help him get over his fear, Big Bear makes a big batch of bravery soup. He’s just missing one ingredient, and he asks Carlin to fetch it for him. As Carlin faces his fears to bring back the missing ingredient, he discovers that the missing component is already within himself. Recommended for ages 4-8.

A Father’s Song

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Lucy Corvino
A father takes his young son to the park, and they spend the whole day playing, laughing, chasing, swimming, and simply enjoying their time together. The cheery paintings and rhyming text make you feel like you’ve been invited to witness a few special childhood memories between a father and son. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Edward Koren
Thelonius Monster accidentally swallows a fly and it tastes so good, he decides to make a monster-sized fly pie. This is a hilarious take-off from the “I Knew an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly” song. But the plot evolves so uniquely, it stands completely on its own. The comically grotesque illustrations fit perfectly with the storyline. Recommended for ages 5-9.

Big Rain Coming

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
When Old Stephen predicts a big rain coming, everyone is hopeful that it will bring some relief from a dry, dusty summer in the Australian Outback. Rain might be coming, but how long will they have to wait? Bancroft’s unique artistry lends a feeling of joyful anticipation in the rhythm and flow of life in the Outback. Recommended for ages 5-9.

Sergio Makes a Splash!

Friday, September 5th, 2008
written and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Sergio the penguin loves the water –he loves drinking it, playing in it, bathing in it, and splashing around in it. Just don’t ask him to swim in it. But when his class takes a field trip to the ocean, he decides to face up to his fears and take the plunge. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Spring Story (Brambly Hedge series)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
written and illustrated by Jill Barklem
Enter the thoroughly charming world of Brambly Hedge, a merry community of mice nestled in the bushes and trees of a hedgerow where friendship and solidarity prevail. Barklem’s intricate watercolor paintings will delight the eyes of both old and young, and her stories are brimming with quaint idealism.

In Spring Story, little Wilford Toadflax gets the surprise of his life when the whole town throws him a surprise picnic for his birthday. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Also in this series:

Summer Story (Brambly Hedge)

Autumn Story (Brambly Hedge)

Winter Story (Brambly Hedge)

Sea Story (Brambly Hedge)

The High Hills (Brambly Hedge)

The Secret Staircase (Brambly Hedge)

Poppy’s Babies (Brambly Hedge)

Pancakes for Breakfast

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
When an old woman decides she wants pancakes for breakfast, nothing is going to stand in her way! Page by page, DePaola skillfully tells the story entirely with pictures. Readers and pre-readers alike will enjoy this refreshingly simple tale. Recommended for ages 1-6.

The End of the Beginning

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Avi, illustrated by Tricia Tusa
The End of the Beginning
Avon the snail loves to read adventure stories. Unhappy with his own life, he sets off down his branch in search of thrilling adventure and finds plenty with the help of his new friend, Edward the ant. Brimming with witty and insightful dialog, the story is a joy to read for both old and young. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Hurry and the Monarch

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Antoine O Flatharta, illustrated by Meilo So
Hurry and the Monarch
Hurry is a tortoise living in a garden in north Texas. One day, he meets a monarch butterfly migrating south to Mexico. The author intelligently juxtaposes the lives of these two very different creatures against each other to create a story of wonder and renewal. The shimmering watercolors add brilliance and life to the pages. Recommended for ages 4-8.