Friday, December 12, 2014

November Round-Up

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Goodnight Already! by Jory John, Illustrated by Benji Davies
HarperCollins, 2014
9780062286208
Bear is sleepy, incredibly sleepy. He could sleep for months! He's just about to settle into bed when his neighbor Duck knocks on the door. Duck is definitely not sleepy. Will Bear ever get to sleep? The humorous all dialogue text has a distinctive font for Bear and another for Duck, making this a fun preschool read aloud. The cartoonish illustrations are animated with exaggerated facial and body expressions that heighten the humor.


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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Roaring Brook Press, 2014
 9781596439481
 This vividly colored book invites the reader to imagine what it would be like to grow up like the painter Henri Matisse did. He grew up in a small, grey industrial town in France, but that didn't mean he wasn't surrounded by color. The simple "what if?" text combined with the relief printmaking and digital illustrations create a wonderful introduction and tribute to an important artist. An author's/illustrator's note at the end of the book include more information about Matisse, the inspirations for this book, and further reading suggestions. 

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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014
 9780802853851
 Beginning with his birth in 1779, this picture book biography looks at the life of Peter Mark Roget-better known as the man who created Roget's thesaurus. The mixed media illustrations incorporate Roget's notebooks and original thesaurus. Synonyms seem to sprout all over the pages and the endpapers are especially intriguing. The straight forward text provides just enough -- but not an overwhelming amount -- of detail for young readers. Excellent back matter includes, a timeline of important events, an author's and illustrator's notes, as well as a selected bibliography, further reading, and sources. This is a great title for elementary aged kids, who will want to start a few lists of their own after reading this book. 


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The World According to Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan, Illustrated by Matthew Myers 
Roaring Press Books, 2014
 9781596437999
 The dynamic duo of zebra and musk ox from "A is for Musk Ox" and "Musk Ox Counts" are back for their third installment. This time their hilarious, pun-tastic adventures take them globe-trotting to all seven continents. The painterly illustrations match the humor of the back-and-forth banter between the two friends. Facts about each continents climate, landmarks, animals, and geography are woven into the story. Fun for independent or group reading, especially for elementary aged kids who are learning about their continents.

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