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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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Book Review: Marilyn’s Monster

Author: Michelle Knudsen  Illustrator: Matt Phelan Best for kids: Who love monsters On the cover: Some of the kids in Marilyn’s class have monsters. Marilyn doesn’t have hers yet, but she can’t just go out and look for one. You’re monster finds you. That’s just the way it works. Marilyn tries to be patient. She… 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: Mostly Monsterly

Title: Mostly Monsterly Author/Illustrator: Tammi Sauer/Scott Magoon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Interest level: Age 4 to 8 Best for kids: Who love monsters From the dust jacket: Bernadette might seem like an ordinary monster, but sometimes she likes to do some very unmonsterlike things, like pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. When the time… 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 »