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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pippi Reviews Two Silly Holiday Books

Pippi the Parrot

When the snow starts to fall, I love to cozy up in my nest with some silly holiday books. Nothing warms me up inside and out like a good laugh. 

I found Eight Wild Nights at the library just in time for Hanukkah. See hijinks unfold as the house fills with wacky family and friends in this rhyming story of Hanukkah. The family gathers for latkes (with ice cream), blackjack (instead of spinning the dreidel) and the lighting of candles (out of order, of course). Will anything go right? It may not be a picture-perfect Hanukkah, but the family is happy simply being together. This book is sure to have you chuckling all eight nights. 

Keep the laughter coming with How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?, a new book from the How Do Dinosaurs? series. The dinosaurs’ Christmas spirit is bubbling up and almost boiling over! They’re trying their best to help out around the house, but it’s oh-so-tempting to peek at presents, tip over the tree, and creep into the kitchen for some cookies. This book will have even the staunchest Scrooge in stitches! I loved the big, colorful illustrations.

I hope these two books tickle your funny bone. Happy holidays! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

From Bird Poop to Wind: How Seeds Get Around by Ellen Lawrence

Owen the Owl

Do you know how seeds find new places to grow? This book explains how birds like me, humans like you, and all sorts of animals in-between help spread seeds! Seeds also get help from wind and moving water. Wow! My favorite thing about this book was it taught me about plants and what they need to grow – I even learned some new science words. I loved the crisp photographs of nature.  

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

Harold the Hedgehog
This book tells the story of Henri Rousseau, a self-taught French artist with a wild imagination! Many critics tried to convince Rousseau that his work was laughable, foolish, and just plain bad. Luckily, he never believed them! Rousseau went on to paint vibrant jungles with all kinds of creatures: monkeys, lemurs, lions, snakes… all our favorite pals! I loved this book for its beautiful pictures of far-off lands, and the tender tale it told. 

Illustrations by Amanda Hall. 

Check our catalog for this book!