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The Circus Ship: Book Review

Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen Best for kids: who love animals and good books On the dust jacket: When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the circus animals must stagger to the shore of a small island. At first the townspeople view them with suspicion, but it’s not long before locals and… Read more »

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The Name Jar: Book Review

Author/Illustrator: Yangsook Choi Best for kids: who are learning about diversity, who ever thought about changing their own name On the dust jacket: Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead… Read more »

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Tadpole’s Promise: Book Review

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross On the cover: Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other’s tiny eyes… and fell in love. “I love everything about you,” said the caterpillar. “Promise you’ll never change.” And foolishly the tadpole promised… But we all know that tadpoles… 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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Sophie’s Squash- Book Review

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller  Illustrator: Anne Wilsdorf On the dust jacket: Sophie and Bernice. Bernice and Sophie. The two go everywhere together: to story time at the library, to visit friends at the farmers’ market, to practice somersaults in the garden. The only problem? Bernice is a squash. Candy House Review: For every granola-eating, recycling,… 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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One Special Day- Book Review

Author: Lola M. Schaefer Illustrator: Jessica Meserve On the dust jacket: Does having a new brother or sister make you into more than you already are? Spencer is about to find out. He’s as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as a tiger. But on one special day, everything… Read more »