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We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Reviews from Pippi the Parrot

Pippi the Parrot
If you are anything like me, you are always on the look-out for silly new picture books. Oh boy, oh boy do I have some good ones for you! I was pecking through the shelves at the library today and came across a couple books that made me squawk out loud! The first book caught my attention just because of the title, The Boy Who Cried Ninja. I don’t know about you, but I personally am a ninja fan, so I had to find out what this book was all about. This story is full of crazy antics (which I love), like cake-kicking ninjas, sunburned crocodiles breaking TV antennas, and monkeys throwing pencils at a sleeping grampa (which grampas totally hate). I don’t want to give away the rest of the story, so I won’t say much more, except . . . you HAVE to read this book!

The way I feel about ninjas is VERY different from the way I feel about dogs. I don’t care for the way dogs smell or how they slobber everywhere, and I don’t get why they are always chasing things! Normally I would Say DON’T bother reading books about dogs, but today I found an exception. The grumpy dogs on the cover of Say Hello to Zorro looked so funny I had to take a peek. This is the story of a dog with a very particular schedule that must learn to share his day, and his stuff, when a new dog moves in. The crazy faces that these dogs make are absolutely hilarious; you have to check it out!

I hope you enjoy these silly stories, they sure made me squawk!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Celebrate Dance Like A Chicken Day With Silly BOOKS!

Pippi the Parrot
Dance Like a Chicken Day is a great day to, you got it:  DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN! But, it’s also a wonderful day to be plain silly all day long! Need some help? Flap your way through the following list of silly books for kids, but be sure to start with:
One Little Chicken, by David Elliott
Silly Picture Books
PS. You don’t HAVE to be a chicken to dance like one; you should see Gregor get down. If you don’t know how to do the chicken dance, ask an adult. EVERYONE who has ever been to a wedding is sure to know this fun feathered two step.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review from Harold the Hedgehog!

Harold the Hedgehog
The art lover in me was super excited to discover, Who Stole Mona Lisa? by Ruthie Knapp, on the Library shelf. Based on actual events and narrated by the woman with the world’s most recognizable smile herself,  this book brings to life the story of the famous Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Mona Lisa. Through beautiful illustrations and brief text, this story presents facts about the painting’s “life” in the Louvre Museum, including her brief kidnapping, rescue and rightful reunion on the Louvre’s wall.
Did you know that the name of the woman who posed for the portrait was Lisa Gherardini and “Mona” means “my lady” in Italian? The English translation of the title is, MY LADY LISA. If you think that’s interesting, checkout this fun and informative art tale.
Leonardo da Vinci has always held a special place in my heart;  He was, after all, an animal lover. Legend goes, he would often purchase caged animals at the market, only to set them free! That’s my kind of artist. For books about this artisit, scultpter, inventor, architect, and engineer, visit our children’s art and biography sections.
You may also be interested in the Caldecott Award Winners; an award given to the most beautifully illustrated book of the year:
Caldecott Award Winner Books
And, here are more great picture books about art: