Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

Once upon a time a children's book comes along that is so creatively written that adults love it as much or more than children... Here it is......

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and 
Pictures by Oliver Jeffers



Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.



What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons an found a stack of letters with his name on them.

"Hey, Duncan, It's me, Red Crayon... 

Dear Duncan, All right, Listen...

Dear Duncan, I'm tired of being called ...

Duncan, Gray Crayon here....

Dear Duncan, You color with me, but why?

Hi, Duncan, I hate being used to draw the outline of things...

Dear Duncan, As green crayon, I am writing for two reasons...

Dear Duncan, Yellow crayon here...

Dear Duncan, I see yellow crayon already talked ...

Dear Duncan, It has been great being your FAVORITE color this PAST year...

Duncan, OKay, LISTEN HERE, KID...

HEY, DUNCAN, It's me PEACH CRAYON...

Well, poor Duncan just wanted to color ...

You will have to read this incredibly funny story to learn the entire story and how he solved the "crayon quitting dilemma::))"

This book is so funny and well written that I have recommended it to countless library patrons, parents, grandparents, children, teachers, educators, and friends. I have purchased and given away so many copies of this book that I can't remember how many I have purchased.

Every time I pick up book, I have to read it cover to cover and laugh and the entire time!

My family loves this book and we always read it at family gatherings !

What a treat!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers! 

Can't wait until your next collaboration...



HAPPY READING....

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME....

A CHILDREN'S BOOK A DAY, KEEPS THE SCARY MONSTER AWAY!!!!!!!

The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More by Kara McGuire

The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More


 by Kara McGuire



Wouldn’t it be great if money grew on trees? But since it doesn’t, everyone has to learn how to earn and manage money in order to live and it’s never too early to start. This book offers today’s teens the best and most up-to-date tips on how to make money, how to spend it, how to invest and save it, and how to protect it. Learn how to land that first job, figure out your paycheck, and negotiate a raise. 




KUDOS to Capstone Young Readers Publishers for such a timely, well-written, and engaging book.

I am the Teen Librarian tonight at one of our Carnegie Libraries and was handed this new book to look at by the library staff.

I leafed through this and thought about the plethora of students and friends who would benefit from this great read.

I have taught students over the years the importance of making their own money through starting businesses such as landscaping, jewelry making, snow removal, hair braiding and other endeavors. I taught my students how to design advertising for their businesses using Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher also.

The text, pictures, paragraphs, subject area, and total package would hold the interest for any teen.

I enjoyed how the Table of Contents is unique and eye catching for teens. The Table of Contents is divided into EARNING, SAVING, SPENDING, AND PROTECTING!

There is a GLOSSARY, SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY & SOURCE NOTES, INDEX, AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

Under the EARNING section is: "LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY; JOBS AND CAREER  PLANNING; BEING YOUR OWN BOSS; and WAGES AND TAXES"

Under the SAVING section is:"MAKE IT A HABIT; SAVVY SAVING; TAKING IT TO THE BANK; and INVESTING BASICS"

Under SPENDING is: WHAT SHOULD I BUY; SPENDING SMART; BRILLIANT BORROWING; and PAYING FOR COLLEGE"

Under PROTECTING IS: "PROTECTING YOURSELF; THE BASIC: RISK AND INSURANCE; PROTECTING YOUR STUFF; and PROTECTING YOURSELF"


There is such a wealth of information in this book. For example, there is information on what "not to wear" to a teen job interview. 

The part on Being Your Own Boss was music to my ears. I loved the "WOULDN'T IT BE  COOL IF..."

McGuire includes questions that teens should ask themselves before they go too far with being your own boss idea:
  • How do I like to spend my time?
  • How much time do I have?
  • What  are my strongest skills?
  • What  do others say I am good at?
  • Can any of this translate into a moneymaking opportunity?

I have taught students over the years the importance of making their own money through starting businesses such as landscaping, jewelry making, snow removal, hair braiding and other endeavors. I taught my students how to design advertising for their businesses using Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher also.

Wages and Taxes was a great section also. I  thought of the many students who don't realize that they will have pay taxes on any monies they have earned.

Investing Basics... You are never to young to start... This is a great resource to get teens thinking about and engaging in investing! 

Spending / budgeting... it's all important. There is even a sample budget for teens to use to get started.

Advice for college and ways to pay for college.

Insurance information is covered in this great resource also.

I would recommend this book for every teen and child entering middle school or younger. This is a great resource! Parents will find this book invaluable as they teach their children about MONEY...   MONEY... MONEY!!!!!!!!

This book should be in every home, school, and public library!

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

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

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich



Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World 



by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich


When Knut was born, the first polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo in more than thirty years, he was no bigger than a snowball and unable to care for himself. His mother, a rescued East German circus bear, didn't know how to take care of Knut and rejected him. Knut would have died if it weren't for Thomas Dorflein, a zookeeper who nurtured Knut, feeding him, sleeping with him, and giving him the love and attention Knut needed to thrive. But Thomas wasn't the only one who adopted Knut. The adorable little polar bear captured the world's attention, and now Knut is loved around the globe.


This is a wonderful story about how one zoo keeper fell in love with a small polar bear cub and through his actions and love was determined that the little cub would survive against incredible odds.

This well written and illustrated book is a sheer pleasure to read. The pictures are incredibly beautiful.

This is the type of story that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to for all public, home, and school libraries. It is a must read for anyone who loves animals and loves the planet.

With his cute waddle and playful spirit, it was hard not to love Knut. He received as many as two hundred letters each week. People of all ages sent poems and other words of friendship. Children who were too young to write drew pictures for Knut. Everyone wanted Knut to know how happy he made them feel."

Check this out! You won't be disappointed!


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

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

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

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
as old to Jon Scieszka and Illustrated by Lane Smit


 

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. That person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold ... and a bad reputation. It ends in the Big House: the Pig Pen.




This hilariously funny take on the Three Little Pigs story will have you laughing your head off!

I couldn't put this creatively written book down. 

I knew we were going to be in for a treat when I read these words: "I'm the wolf. Alexander T. Wolf. You can call me Al. I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong."

Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this book.

This books makes for a great story time! It should be in every public, home and school library. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and sharing it with others!

Happy reading....

Until the next time....

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Have You Read Any of These Laura Numeroff Books

Let's See How Many Laura Numeroff books you have read ...




Yesterday I was the Children's Librarian in the Children's room at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. I had the most delightful time.

There was a mother who came into the library requesting books by Laura Numeroff. I found several for her that I am listing below.



Let us know if you have read any of these books and if there are others that we should include in the list.

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If You Give a Moose A Muffin - By Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Felicia Bond





 If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. When he's eaten all your muffins, he'll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix. 




What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best (flip side book)- by Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger





Aunts can do lots of things, like take you on rides at the amusement park, tell silly jokes, and help you pick out new shoes at the mall. There are so many things that aunts do, but what do they do best?



 


Uncles can do lots of things, like win prizes for you at the amusement park, play the piano with you, and help you draw. There are so many things that uncles can do, but what do they do best?




If You Give a Dog a Donut - By Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Felicia Bond




If you give a dog a donut, he’ll ask for some apple juice to go with it.
When you give him the juice, he’ll drink it all up.
Then, before you can say “Woof” . . . Dog is off on a backyard adventure!




What Mommies Do Best / What Daddies Do Best - Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Flip this book for two books in one)





Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best?




Daddies can do lots of things, like bake a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best? Read the lovely story and find out.





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When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by McPhail 

 

When you can't fall asleep,
they try counting sheep!

But what do you do if the sheep are asleep?

Count deer in the forest
Instead of the sheet.
Together all nuzzled,
They don't make a peep!

Count cows in the meadow
Instead of the sheep.
But under the moonlight,
They've fallen asleep! 



What happens when a small child who can't fall asleep counts sheep and other animals and finds that they are all asleep... You will have to read this beautifully illustrated tale that is so warm and fuzzy that you won't be able to put it down. This is great for any story time... This will be a great addition to any home, school, public, library!


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

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

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

I DIDN'T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE .... by David Cali and Benjamin Chaud

I DIDN'T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE .... 
by David Cali and Benjamin Chaud






How often have we come up with excuses for not having our homework? This book takes excuses to the next level...

In this well written story, you will learn how one little boy told his teacher lots of excuses for not having his homework.

Oh, to be that creative!!!!!!!!!!!!



 
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"So, why didn't you do your homework?"

"I didn't do my homework because ..."

"An airplane full of monkeys landed in our yard."

"A rebellious robot destroyed our house.

"Elvis hid all of my pencils."

"I was abducted by a UFO."

"Just when I started to do my homework, we were attacked by Vikings."

"Giant lizards invaded my neighborhood."

"Some cough medicine that my doctor prescribed had a strange effect on me."

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The excuses go on an on until...

Read the story to discover how this tale ends.

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I enjoyed reading this book. I laughed at his excuses for not having his homework and wondered why I hadn't been that clever when I was his age... 

The colors, content, text, and pictures were light, happy and fun. 

I would recommend this book for school age children who have ever been tasked with completing and handing in homework. However, I must caution all teachers to be on the look out for any of the excuses used in this book...

This would be a great addition to any home, school, or public library.

It was most definitely a fun read!
 


 Until the next time...

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

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



Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds and Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Here Comes Destructosaurus!  
by Aaron Reynolds and Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

 

I saw this book listed on the New York Times Bestseller list a couple of weeks ago wanted to read it. I was not disappointed. 





GET READY FOR THE BIGGEST DISASTER THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN!

WATCH the unstoppable destructive force of a raging temper tantrum!

TREMBLE at the enormous mess and disrespectful roaring!

DESPAIR as no amount of scolding can stem the heedless rampage!

SOMEONE is heading for a time-out mister!


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With an eye catching description like this, you have to read the book!


This book reminds me of a Godzilla book for kids. The colors are bright and engaging! The oversize text is perfect for Destructosaurus! 

He's like any other child who has a temper tantrum... Except for he is quite huge!

I enjoyed how the text was big and bold! 

As Destructosaurus becomes angry, the colors take on a distinct red-tone... as he becomes angrier and angrier, the colors are a raging reddish-orange... representing the boiling point.

When his mother says "DON'T YOU TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME, DESTRUCTOSAURUS," you hear every mother chastising her child for bad behavior... 

Later in the story, we learn the reason why he was so angry and causing so much destruction...


Destructosaurus was looking for his................... {You will have to read this wonderfully written and illustrated story to learn what he was searching for....}


I highly recommend this delightfully well written creative book! I absolultey loved this book. It brought a smile to my face. 

This will be a great addition to any home, school, and public library. This book should be every where there are little ones with temper tantrums!


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

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

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