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Sunday, April 3, 2016

April is National Poetry Month...

... so check out some of our novels in verse and rhyming picture books. (Reviews from Horn Book, School Library Journal, and publishers)

You can't go wrong reading a book by Dr. Seuss - there are more than 40 of 'em on the shelves (though not all of them are in rhyme).

And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street is his first book, written more than 75 years ago. The character, Marco, watches a horse and wagon go by, then concocts an entire cast of characters that would make Mulberry Street the most interesting location in town. 

The Cat in the Hat
Or perhaps you'd like a story that reveals the sort of adventures one could have on a rainy "there's nothing to do" day. One thing about the Cat - there's never a boring moment when he's around. Just make sure the fish are safe and the laundry's hidden.

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont is so fun you might find yourself singing along. When Mama catches her son "paintin' pictures on the floor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/and the door," she sticks him in the tub and declares, "Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!" 

 Fresh from his bath, the child rescues his hidden supplies and says, "So I take some red/and I paint my-/HEAD!" The rhyme moves from neck down to feet as the boy adds gobs of color to different areas. Since the last word of each verse comes on the following page, readers get the satisfaction of completing the anticipated rhyme and seeing each newly painted body part with each page turn. Just when you think he's painted everything, he says, "But I'm such a nut,/gonna paint my...WHAT?!" Fortunately, he's out of supplies

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
All is peace and harmony in the dinosaur classroom, except for one member with a frustrating self-control issue. "Apatosaurus colors. Pteranodon inspects. Velociraptor glitters. Tyrannosaurus...WRECKS!" Tension builds as Tyrannosaurus interrupts, breaks, and disrupts, until the other students band together to exile the disruptive dino. Later a sad and lonely Tyrannosaurus gets an opportunity to redeem himself.   

Words with wings is a novel-in-verse by Nikki Grimes.
Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. 
Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook "thick with daydreams," Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.

Where I live is written by Eileen Spinelli. Diana, her main character, is precocious. She loves astronomy, poetry, and sleepovers with her best friend, Rose. 
She's content with the way things are: her sun poem won the school contest, she is painting her room midnight blue to go with her star charts, and a bird family has made a nest in a wreath on the front door of her house. She even enjoys her little sister, Twink, who can be pesky at times, gets itchy on long car rides, and manages to get covered in midnight blue paint. Then, Diana gets bad news: her dad has lost his job, and they're moving six hours away to live with Grandpa Joe. She must say goodbye to her old home and to her best friend.


Friday, March 11, 2016

A Bushel of Bunny Books

 It's spring - or at least spring is well on its way - and with Easter at the end of the month, kids might be thinking of bunnies. If they keep their eyes open, they might even see some of the local rabbits hopping through back yards and nibbling on dandelion leaves and other scrumptious greens.

If you can't find any rabbits in your back yard, then head down to the library and check out these photo-rich books about the life cycle of bunnies.

Bunny, by Angela Royston with photographer, Barrie Watts is part of the "see how they grow" series. The photographs and text depict the development of a rabbit from birth through six weeks of age.

The Little Rabbit, by Judy Dunn, with photos by Phoebe Dunn, is a story about a little girl and her pet rabbit and records their daily activities.

There are many fictional stories about rabbits, too.
 What if a rabbit grew and grew and grew until it was bigger than you? That's what Bill Peet wondered when he wrote Huge Harold. Poor Harold - he's hounded by hunters. What's a rabbit to do? If you know Bill Peet's books, you can bet Harold will come up with some creative way to escape the stewpot.

Lion vs. Rabbit, by Alex Latimer has the feeling of a modern day fable. Lion bullies all the other animals until finally they can't take it anymore. They post an ad, asking for help. One animal after another tries and fails to defeat Lion. Can no one stop him? Finally, a rabbit arrives. No one thinks that such a small animal will be brave enough or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?

For more spring reading, check out these books on Passover, Easter, and Patriot's Day.