Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Potty Time...

Dinosaur vs. The Potty by Bob Shea

Dinosaur doesn't need to use the potty. Even when he's making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, having a three juice box lunch, and splashing in rain puddles. See? He's doing his victory dance. Wait . . . that's not a victory dance, that looks like a POTTY DANCE! Run, Dinosaur, run!

I am often the children's librarian in many libraries and so invariably I am asked to recommend "potty" training books. I always giggle and my first choice is.....

You guessed it...

Dinosaur vs. the Potty.

When parents see this book they immediately laugh and say, why wasn't this book available when I was a kid or when I was trying to potty train my older kids...

If a picture is worth a million words.. This book is a true winner.....

I laugh every time that I open this book!

So what make this book so special? Let's have a look...

First of all the bright red color of the dinosaur. His kid friendly, non threatening body is drawn so well. He seems to be your run of the mill friendly, bubbly, red dinosaur that likes to have fun and likes "water-based" activities and after partaking in them, he still doesn't have to go to the potty.

The colors throughout the book are BIG! BOLD!!!!!!! and EYE CATCHING.

The text is short and to the point...

The book begins with "ROAR! I'M A DINOSAUR!"

The dinosaur let's us know that he is BIG and BAD and the HDIC! "Head Dinosaur In Charge"

He then roar! roar! roar!
Dinosaur versus...

making lemonade! roar! roar! mix! squeeze! roar!

He gulps down the entire pitcher and still doesn't have to use the potty. This continues for several more activities and then ... well... you'll have to read the book to find out!!!!!!!!!

I loved this book! What a brilliantly creative book! The pictures and text and are fun and engaging! It will bring a smile to everyone's face from the very young to the "not so very young.!

I would highly recommend this gem of a book to everyone! I would love to see this in every home, school, day care, public, and private library.

Let us know what you think about this book! 

Has this helped with potty training your children? grand children? nieces? nephews?

Until the next time............

Happy Reading.............

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

There are several Thanksgiving books that were very popular in our Carnegie Libraries this year. I wanted to share a few of them with you.


Silly Thanksgiving Dinner by Lillian Hoban

It's Thanksgiving, and Silly Tilly Mole is planning to make Thanksgiving dinner for all her friends. But where did she put the invitations? What happened to her recipes? And why is her house so full of frog? 
There's a big surprise in store for silly Tilly...

Minnie Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree by Denys Cazet\

In Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree, the cows vow to protect Zeke and Zack, a couple of nervous turkeys.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson and Illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?


Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliott and Illustrated Lynne Munsinger

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Sam's class is excited for their Thanksgiving feast! Mary Ann is going to dress up like Squanto, an Winston's building a Popsickle-stick Mayflower.

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Children's Book a Day, Keeps the Scary Monster Away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This Week's New York Times Bestselling Picture Books 11/23/2014

 New York Times Bestselling Picture Books for the Week of 11/23/2014

Here is the list of New York Times bestselling book for the week of 11.23.2014.

Which ones have you read? What did you like or not like about the book?


THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES, by B. J. Novak. (Dial.) Silly songs and sound effects in a book without images. (Ages 4 to 8)

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel.) Colorful problems arise when Duncan's crayons revolt. (Ages 3 to 7)

WAITING IS NOT EASY!, by Mo Willems. (Hyperion.) Impatient Gerald has to wait for Piggie’s promised surprise. (Ages 2 to 7)

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, by Clement C. Moore. Various illustrators. (Various publishers.) Not a creature was stirring. (All ages)

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. (Chronicle.) As the sun sets, hard-working trucks get ready for bed. (Ages 4 to 8) 163

PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet. (Handprint/Chronicle.) A whimsical dance of color and motion, at the touch of a finger. (Ages 4 to 8)

THE ANIMALS' SANTA, by Jan Brett. (Putnam.) A spunky little rabbit wants to know who brings those presents. (Ages 3 to 5)

MIX IT UP!, by Hervé Tullet. (Handprint/Chronicle.) Primary colors splatter, mix together and transform at the touch of a finger. (Ages 4 to 8)

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!, by Mo Willems. (Hyperion.) A filthy bird is persuaded to bathe. (Ages 3 to 7)

ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET, by Oliver Jeffers. (Philomel.) Twenty-six brief stories, one for each letter. (Ages 3 to 7)


Until the next time...........

Happy reading....


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dessert Designer: Creations You Can Make and Eat! by Dana Meachen Rau

Dessert Designer: Creations You Can Make and Eat!
 by Dana Meachen Rau

Turn your boring desserts into fantastic works of food art. Learn to make cupcakes into bunnies or candies into shining stars. The best part of this book is learning its OK to play with your food!

I was the Children's Librarian at the Allegheny Library tonight and took this book to review it. One patron after the other picked it up and looked through it and shared it with others in the Children's room. They absolutely LOVED this book!

The parents commented on how creative this book was and how they couldn't believe some of the designs were actually made from candy. They loved the recipe for the Rolled-Up Roses where the ingredients were fruit leather and lollipop sticks. They talked about the Sweet Sushi, Treasure Chest, Pool Party ( one of the ingredients was blue gelatin), the Tie Dye T-shirt, Rockin Guitar, Sugar Burger, Fooled You PB & J, and other delicious desserts.

Just leafing through this book brings a smile to your face and a tingle in your tummy! This would be a great book for children who and supervising adults to create some really fun sweet treats that would turn any heads... Creating these desserts might bring any child a first prize in any cooking/baking contest.

The pictures are spectacular! The recipes are easy to follow.

This book is billed at "51 fun creations easy enough for kids."

Try it... you'll love it!!!!!!!!!!! Your tummy will love you!!!!!!!!!

I would recommend this delightful book for any home, school, or public library!

KUDOS to Capstone Publishers! You have done it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time............

Happy reading............................

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunday New York Times Children's Section November 10-16, 2014


There was a special children's section of the New York Times Book Review in the November 10, 2014.

To read the reviews click on the following link:



Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!