Thursday, March 23, 2017

Life On Mars by: Jon Agee

Once again, Jon Agee has written a great picture book that adults and children will enjoy.  Life on Mars will be a treasured book for many years to come.

A small astronaut decides he will explore Mars looking for life on the planet.  He sees most of the planet and even has a gift to give to anyone he might meet.  When he finds that he cannot find his rocket he begins to panic.  He gets help, that he doesn't realize, and when he returns to Earth he still wonders if there is life on Mars.

Surprise ending that your children and you will love.  Be ready to read this story many times.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Unwanteds Quests DRAGON CAPTIVES by: Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann continues the adventures of the land of Artime in her new series The Unwanteds Quests Dragon Captives.  Thisbe and Fifer, twin younger sisters of Alex, are now 12 and are looking for adventures of their own.  They have grown up in Artime hearing about their brother's adventures that have shaped the world in which they now live.  Alex has tried to keep them from learning too much magic because he sees such natural magical abilities in his sisters he is worried they have more power than they know what to do with.

When one young dragon returns to Artime stating that the other dragons are being held prisoners and used as slaves the girls want to help.  Alex, who has had life changing injuries, isn't sure that help is available.  Alex decides that the dragons need new bigger wings and he is able to make some but how to get to Dragon Island is the problem.  The twins, along with their friend Seth, set out one night to help the captured dragons.  They are able to fly to Dragon Island by riding on the back of the dragon and once they arrive at the island they are also captured.  They believe they have found friends but that isn't the case.  Now that they are captured can they ever help the dragons or even return back home.  Of course, Alex has discovered that the twins are gone and a rescue party is sent.  However, when the rescue party is also captured the situation really becomes serious.  Will anyone make it back to Artime?

I loved this story and I'm excited for the next book.  These characters feel like family to me and I look forward to more exciting adventures as the girls continue to grow and learn how to control and use their magic appropriately.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Night Gardener by: The Fan Brothers

The Fan Brothers have created a beautiful picture book with The Night Gardener.  William lives on Grimloch Lane and one day we wakes to find a wise owl on his lane.  Each day there is a new delight not only for William but for the entire street.  The final creation is amazing, be sure to check it out.  When William notices a stranger one night he follows the stranger to the park where they work together to create an even better park.  The season changes things in the park but all the people of Grimloch Lane are changed too.

I am sure you will enjoy this picture book, not only for the amazing pictures but also for the sweet story.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Sundown Kid A Southwestern Shabbat by: Barbara Bietz

Author Barbara Bietz does a wonderful job of telling the story of a Jewish family who move to a new town in her book The Sundown Kid A Southwestern Shabbat.

A young boy with his parents move out west, leaving behind their family and friends.  They are the only Jewish family in their new town and each week there is too much soup for just the three of them.  Momma feels lonely and the young son wants momma to be happy.  He finds a way to bring joy to his mom and to the entire town.  I also felt this joy!

The story of friendship and sharing is what this story is about and I enjoyed reading it and I hope you will too.

This book will be available January 2017.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pirasaurs! by: Josh Funk

Josh Funk has written a book that young children will love.  What could be better than dinosaurs as pirates!  When you read Pirasaurs you will be delighted at the adventurous dinosaurs.  One small dinosaur is new to the pirate crew and he is doing all he can to be the best dinopriate he can be.  This little guy teaches all the bigger dinosaurs an important lesson about friendship as they search for the spot marked with the "X".

I love pirates so any book with pirates is a winner with me.  I read this book to my students and grades K-3 loved it!  I know you will too.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dragon was Terrible by: Kelly DiPucchio

Who would take candy from baby unicorns, burn all the Kingdom's marshmallows, burp in church and spit on cupcakes?  Dragon would!  The king offers his brave knights a wonderful gift if they can tame Dragon and when they fail the gift is offered to anyone in the Kingdom.  Will anyone be able to tame this terrible dragon?  Author Kelly DiPucchio has a wonderful surprise ending in her newest book Dragon was Terrible.  You may think you know how this will end but I was delightfully surprised and I am sure you will be too.

Make time to read this story you will love the gift as much as I do.  When you have finished reading this book be sure to share it with a friend.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Good Night, Baddies by: Deborah Underwood

Have you ever wondered what witches, giants, trolls and wolves do at bedtime?  Author Deborah Underwood in her book Good Night, Baddies answers this question for you.  A story told in rhyme tells how the baddies are tired at the end of their day of scaring people, trying to blow down houses, and poisoned apples that Snow White didn't find.  They all visit and chat during dinner and after bedtime stories they sleep tight.

A delightful story that you and your children will love reading over and over again.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna