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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans: Book Review

Author: David LaRochelle  Illustrator: Mark Fearing On the dust jacket: “Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.” Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever -EVER- maker her eat them.  But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble,… Read more »

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Candy Monster: Glowing Book Review!

Authors: Brian & Kristin Anderson Illustrator: Anna Merrill On the dust jacket: Sam loves candy. His level-headed parents want him to eat healthy. But when this stubborn seven-year-old candy connoisseur is allowed to eat ALL the candy he wants, no one is prepared for the outrageous, magical, body-transforming, candy adventure that comes next! Candy House… Read more »

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The Invisible Boy- Book Review

Author: Trudy Ludwig  Illustrator: Patrice Barton On the dust jacket: Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party… until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him… Read more »

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Book Review: Spots in a Box

Author/Illustrator: Helen Ward Best for kids: Who are unique! On the cover: A guinea fowl without any spots just wants to fit in, so he orders some spots. But will the spots in the boxes be the right spots for him? Candy House Review: Why has everyone not been writing ALL the books about guinea… Read more »

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Interview with Illustrator Anna Merrill

  Anna Merrill is currently illustrating the upcoming children’s book, Candy Monster. She has six children, two of which are adopted, three of which have cerebral palsy and one who is often called, “the little mother.” Anna is a teacher, advocate for awareness of rare childhood disorders , artist, coach and woman of great faith and talents. Candy… Read more »

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Book Review: The Octopuppy

Title: The Octopuppy Author/Illustrator: Martin McKenna Publisher: Scholastic Interest level: Ages 3 to 8 Best for kids: Who need an attitude adjustment From the dust jacket: Edgar wanted a dog. Instead, he got an octopus named Jarvis. Jarvis couldn’t do anything a dog could do. Can the Octopuppy be the perfect pet for Edgar? The… Read more »

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Book Review: The Almost Fearless Hamilton SquidLegger

Title: The Almost Fearless Hamilton SquidLegger Author/Illustrator: Timothy Basil Ering Publisher: Candlewick Press Interest level: Age 3 to 7 Best for kids: Who have trouble sleeping in their own bed, Who love monsters From the dust jacket: Hamilton Squidlegger is FEARLESS! Well, almost. By day, he can best all the frackensnappers, skelecragons, and bracklesneeds in… Read more »

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Book Review: Emily’s Blue Period

Title: Emily’s Blue Period Author/Illustrator: Cathleen Daly, Lisa Brown Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2014 Interest Level: Ages 6 and Up Best for kids: Children who are torn between two homes. From the dust jacket: Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily’s… Read more »