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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, March 30, 2013

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon

Max the Meerkat

We’re very lucky today book buddies! We’re not just going to a baseball game, we’re going to two baseball games, on opposite sides of the world! Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon stars a young boy who loves baseball in America and Japan! In America, he heads to the stadium with his pop pop, where they eat hot dogs and sport giant foam hands. In Japan, he goes to the dome with his ji ji, where they eat soba noodles and blow giant horns. The book takes you through a typical ballgame in both countries, but you also get a look at the unique customs and landscapes that make the United States and Japan special. There is even a vocabulary list in both English and Japanese, with words like fastball (sokkyu) and pitcher (toushu). I loved the bright and colorful illustrations as well. I can’t wait to go to a game with my friends this spring!
This book is so good it has me singing! Take me out to the yakyu, take me out with the crowd! Buy me some edamame and soba noodles…

Here are some baseball biographies I love:
Ichiro Suzuki by David S. Leigh
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

More baseball picture books:
Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey
Roasted Peanuts by Tim Egan
Clorinda Plays Baseball! by Robert Kinerk

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell

Pippi the Parrot
Hello book buddies! Today we’re going to talk about The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell, Caldecott Honor illustrator of Me…Jane. Grouch, Grump and Gloom ‘n’ Doom were three mischievous, crabby, and just plain rotten little monsters living in a gloomy castle. They reveled in misery! Their favorite word was “NO!” One day they combined energies to create the biggest, meanest monster the world ever knew! But our three foul friends were in for an even BIGGER surprise:  their lumbering creation was…. well, really rather sweet! What kind of monster has a penchant for jelly doughnuts and watching the sun rise over the sea? How curious! Read this book and see three cantankerous little monsters transformed by one BIG monster’s boundless love of life.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Amazing Hamweenie by Patty Bowman

Pippi the Parrot
Hello dear readers! Spring is in the air, and with spring comes the feeling that anything is possible! The Amazing Hamweenie is a very funny story about a plump tabby cat who dreams of stardom! For now, however, he must endure the tortures of comfort and domesticity within his cozy city home. Read this book and see Hamweenie suffer lavish meals, plush pillows and the warm embrace of his family, all the while plotting his escape for the fame that surely awaits him!

I love this clever book! Each page brings new delight and big laughs. Like many felines, Hamweenie is ever the endearing narcissist. I love the old-world look of the illustrations; they reminded me of the work of one of my favorite artists, Edward Gorey.

Here are some more books whose characters have BIG dreams and BIG imaginations:

Olivia by Ian Falconer
Zephyr Takes Flight
by Steve Light
A Few Blocks
by Cybele Young

Here are some books featuring funny, inquisitive cats:

Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers by Sam Lloyd
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Cat Jumped In by Tess Weaver, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook by Deanna F. Cook

Owen the Owl
My two New Year’s resolutions were to learn how to cook, and to do more nice things for my book buddies. So when I found The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook by Deanna F. Cook at the library, I was elated!  My friends come from all over the world and have varied tastes not only in books but in all things, including FOOD! This book features recipes from just about every corner of the world. When Gregor the Giraffe celebrated his birthday, I whipped up some delicious Sweet Potato Cookies, a recipe from Zimbabwe. The cookies were a hit with my friends and they reminded Gregor of his home in Africa!

This book is great if you’re just learning to cook. The introduction defines many different cooking terms, tools and techniques using clear language and helpful illustrations. Each recipe has a difficulty rating so you know what to expect, and there are safety tips to help you avoid any cuts or burns! Peppered throughout the book are Fun Facts, Cultural Clues and Kids Can sections, giving you something to read while you wait for your water to boil! Did you know the world’s oldest cake, baked in 2200 BC, is on display at a food museum in Vevey, Switzerland? I didn’t, until I read this book!

The only problem with this book is there are no mouse recipes. Nonetheless, I give it a resounding hoot of approval.