Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson

When Madlyn and Rollo arrive at Clawstone Castle they find two very old relatives, a very rundown castle and some very cool white cows. In order to save the castle and the cows, they find some scary but friendly ghosts to entertain the tourists. Add some screaming banshees, a doctor turned mad scientist and a greedy businessman and you end up with a great read for kids in grades 4 and up or younger if you read it to them.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg

The classic tale, Beauty and the Beast is brought to life again with a touch of humor, two abysmal sisters, and enchantment all around. This retelling is great for reading alone, even better for reading aloud. You will find it shelved with the chapter books, as it is lengthier than a picture book edition.
Ages 6 and up.
My Little Car by Gary Soto, illustrated by Pam Paparone

When Teresa receives a little car for her birthday, it’s admired by the whole neighborhood. But somehow she still manages to be irresponsible and leave it out in the rain. When her now bedraggled auto nonetheless saves her from a fierce dog, she decides to try and fix it. Her abuelito shows up just in time to lend a hand and it turns out old cars clean up just as nicely as old grandpas. An adorable story with multiple lessons that go down painlessly! Recommended for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar

Abecedaries can be really stale and, of course, predictable--but not this one! Kontis offers us a fresh look at the ABCs when the Z refuses to play along. Sick and tired of being last, Z inspires all the letters to shake up the status quo and go in the order they want. Kolar’s deceptively simple illustrations give each letter (and a number of inanimate objects) real personality. You’ll relate if the first letter of your last name has always determined whether you’re last, first or stuck in the middle! Recommended for Kindergarten through 4th grade.

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