Friendship

All posts in the Friendship category

Karl Newsom Edwards

Published December 5, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I previously reviewed “Fly” by @karledwardsart about a year ago.  I had found in on Edelweiss and fell completely in love with it!  Now Karl is on a roll and has a few more picture books coming out.  His blog has information about Hugely Wugely (which I have NOT read yet…hint hint Karl) but I have read I Got A New Friend which is due out in May (so.far.away).  In this story a little girl and a puppy become new friends….they play together, they eat together, the get messy together…the illustrations are great and the text is sweet and will make a perfect storytime reading!

Bears and Rain and Skates…oh my!!

Published December 4, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Il Sung Na  who has written A Book Of Winter, A Teacup in the Storm and many others, has a new title coming out in March of 2017.  Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers  for advanced access to this new book, Bird, Balloon Bear.  Bird is new to the forest and wants to make a new friend.  He sees Bear and decides to approach when just at that moment Bear makes a friend in Balloon.  Bird feels left out and wants to join in.  When Balloon disappears (pops actually), Bird and Bear then become friends.

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Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by  Pam Paparone is a counting book told in rhyming text.  The little girl journeys outside and the counting goes from 1-10…..until it rains too much then she runs inside and the counting goes backwards.  A fun story I am looking forward to reading at storytime!

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Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar  and illustrated by Troy Cummings is a “fractured fairytale”…or in my words a fairytale twist…..Super great illustrations and fun text tell the story of Little Red who wants to take part in an ice skating competition but she doesn’t have a partner.  Her Granny makes all kinds of suggestions and then one day Little Red meets Wolf out on the ice.  Will he eat her?  Will he follow her back to Granny’s house?  Will they become friends?  This is a little wordy for me to read at a storytime but it is worthy of getting added to the the collection at school!

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You are Wanted…….

Published November 6, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Nevin

I think I have to credit Goodreads with finding this title.  I have been on a more realistic fiction path recently which has not been horrible…it’s just not my normal.  I think that I will try Niven’s All The Bright Places since I had success with this one!

I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started this book. I almost put it down because I thought I wasn’t going to be able to accept the negativity…but i kept going and i’m glad I did…the negativity plays an important role in this story of acceptance and love and friendship.
Libby is overweight and has been since her life started spiraling out of control after her mom passed away. She quit attending school and got so large that at one point she had been named America’s Fattest Teen. She lost weight, started high school and wondered if she would ever be able to fit in.
Jack Masselin seems to have it all together…a hot on-again-off-again girlfriend, good friends and swagger. But Jack is harboring a deep dark secret that threatens to ruin his entire life. When he decides to write Libby a letter and join the “Fat Girl Rodeo” both lives are changed forever.
A story about acceptance of yourself and others, of true friendship and finding love.

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Tad Hills….another great author/illustrator

Published October 2, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

I think that I first came across Tad Hills when I saw a Rocket book.  Then I was fortunate to see Tad tell a story at Wordstock (in Portland, OR) one year.  What a great experience. He is kind, talented and a great storyteller.

He has several books that he has published, but Rocket and Duck and Goose are my go tos:

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Duncan the Story Dragon

Published September 29, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Duncan loves to read, however being a dragon posses certain problems…like always burning up the books. So Duncan sets out to find someone to read to him. Everyone is scared of him and won’t help the poor dragon out. Until Mouse sees Duncan crying and they both figure out that they can be friends and read books together. Super fun, great illustrations from Amanda Driscoll.

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The Cookie Fiasco–Dan Santat

Published September 28, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

So, I have only read a couple Elephant and Piggie books. I can understand why kids love them. When The Thank You Book came out, I was sad for kids because there would be no new Elephant and Piggie. Well, that isn’t exactly true now. Piggie and Elephant want to share with us, the books they are reading. Book 1 of “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” is called The Cookie Fiasco by which is written by Dan Santat. Fantastic illustrations in this story of 4 friends with only 3 cookies to share…friendship, math, cookies…what more could you want in a fun new story!! This is a great read and those Elephant and Piggie readers will greatly enjoy this!

 

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We Are Growing by Laurie Keller

Published September 24, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

Elephant and Piggie want to share with you what they are reading….so out of that comes the “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series.  The first 2 books in the series are written by different authors so I imagine that others in the series will too (I have not researched that). In this title by Laurie Keller Walt and his friends all grow and discover things about themselves..the curliest, the tallest, the silliest…but Walt does not know what he is.  That is, until the lawn mower comes by and cuts them all back to the same size.  I think that kids who love the Elephant and Piggie series will love this new spin off.

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