Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy by Doug Savage

Title: Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy
Author: Doug Savage
Geared Towards: 4th grade and up




The forest is full of danger . . .  but help is here. Meet Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, improbable pals who use their powers—laser vision and an unrelenting sense of optimism—to fight the forces of evil. Join the dynamic duo as they battle aliens, a mutant fish-bear, a cyborg porcupine, and a mechanical squirrel, learning along the way that looking on the bright side might be just as powerful as shooting a laser. 



Graphic novels are HUGE at my media center.  We cannot keep them on the shelf.  So when I was offered this book for review I wanted to check it out.  I do think it's one that kids will enjoy.  I mean really what kid wouldn't like a story with a moose that can shoot lasers out of his eyes?! But what is fun about it is that he isn't the best aim and some funny things happen because of it.  What I found interesting about this book is that it's several shorter stories in one book.  That is not something I've seen before in a graphic novel.  I think kids would like that as well because some need shorter pieces and like to read a story beginning to end in one setting.  

Media Thoughts:  Yes I'd put this in the media center.  One thing to note is that even though it looks like it could be for younger kids I think it's more for like 3rd and up.  


Like graphic novels

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Library List


I thought I'd start sharing with you the books a saw checked out this week.  
These are books real K-5 students are reading.

Many checked it out. This one was super popular.  Two reasons I think.  First it's a graphic novel and they are popular.  
Plus I book-talked it!


A new one kids found.  I hadn't seen this checked out before.

I'll keep you posted on what books I see this upcoming week! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Birthday Celebration: Wishapick by M.M. Allen +GIVEAWAY #WishapickBookBirthday

Today I'm excited to share a wonderful sounding book and a chance to win some great prizes! I teamed up with The Children’s Book Review to celebrate the book birthday of:


Wishapick:Tickety Boo and the Black Trunkby M. M. Allen



BOOK SYNOPSIS

Highly praised classic fairy tale, Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, a children’s book for all ages, written by acclaimed author MM Allen; and a CD of Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack composed by the talented Deborah Wynne.

Darkness-utter blackness. Was this why his mother had refused to let Jack unlock his father’s old trunk? It had been two years since his dad had died, and all Jack could think about was examining whatever treasures were stored inside the beloved trunk. But when he finally lifted the lid, he didn’t just fall in –he fell through it into a pit of rattlesnakes. Trying to recall his mother’s stories about the Breathe of All Good Things –anything to help him out of his dangerous predicament-Jack wished he had paid attention rather than mock the tales as childish myths… and that he’d waited to enter the trunk with his sister, Lilly. They could have at least faced this together. Jack quickly learns two things; the villagers in Wishapick think Jack is the only one who can bring light back to Wishapick –and accomplishing this feat is the only way he can return home.



Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2bYcSRN).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About M. M. Allen

M. M. Allen, author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball, is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher and university lecturer. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses and non-profits. MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, tending to her rose garden, and caring for her West Highland terrier, Pip.




About Deborah Wynne

Composer and lyricist Deborah Wynne created a companion CD of songs to accompany Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk. Wynne’s primary talents lie in choral singing, stage musicals, and composing. Her musical projects include the 2013 album Strands of Gold and 2007 musical Moment of Truth. She is an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and their two shelties, Sparkle and Gracie.


Learn More About Wishapick 

Wishapick Soundtrack: Be sure to check out the companion music CD, Wishapick, for purchase or download from DeborahWynne.com



Book Club Questions: Get to the heart of Wishapick by downloading this set of book club questions: Wishapick by M. M. Allen: Book Club Questions


OFFICIAL LINKS
#WishapickBookBirthday







One (1) Winner Receives The Grand Prize:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack
  • A Fitbit Alta
Four (4) Winners Receive:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack

Giveaway begins September 23, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 23, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.


Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only.
Prizes and samples provided by M.M. Allen and Deborah Wynne


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For this post and giveaway I worked with: The Children’s Book Review, M.M. Allen, and Deborah Wynne

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog Tour: The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty +GIVEAWAY!

Title: The Storybook Knight
Authors: Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
Gear towards: Pre-K to 1st Grade
Copy Obtained: Publisher in exchange for honest review


Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…




What a super cute book! Little Leo is sent out to fight a dragon but it's really not his thing! He much more enjoys reading a good book (a knight after my own heart).  As we goes along he encounters different beasts and ends up battling them all with the power of stories! I love that it shows him staying true to who he is and showing how that can be wonderful! And I love that his family sees it too in the end! A great little message for kids to hear. 

Media Thoughts:  For sure I would add! Plus I'm planning on reading it to my 2nd graders to talk about finding a book that fits you.  And - there is a website where kids can pledge to be kind and caring (see below!).  I can see a ton to do with this book!



Like to read
Feel like they don't belong
Like stories with knights


Author Links:

Thomas Docherty: www.thomasdocherty.co.uk
Twitter: @TDIllustration
Helen Docherty: www.helendocherty.com
Twitter: @docherty_helen

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blog Tour: Max at Night by Ed Vere +GIVEAWAY!

Title: Max at Night
Authors: Ed Vere
Gear towards: Pre-K to 1st Grade
Copy Obtained: Publisher in exchange for honest review

This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It's way past Max's bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight... Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can't find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that's not as easy as Max had hoped... Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.



Sweet, sweet book! I adored this book!  Max is so cute as he climbs higher and higher intent on wishing the moon goodnight! I loved it. And then when the moon tells him he could hear him from home, Max's reaction was just precious.  This is a wonderful bedtime story.  It's calm, positive and has enough little laughs to make it fun to read.  I also love the illustrations.  They are soft - perfect for a bedtime story - simple but yet help convey Max's emotions clearly.  I love his big eyes.  They remind me of my animals! 

Media Thoughts:  I would for sure add this to my "everybody books" collection.  I can see kids liking it a lot especially when Max finally finds the moon (I personally loved when he climbs the dog!).  I plan on using it with my kindergartners and having them have Max climb something to find the moon.



Like to read
Fans of Goodnight Moon


Author Links:

Twitter: @ed_vere

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