Book Review

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

"somethThis Book Just Ate My Dog! book cover. Features a girl dressed in blue dress, coat, and hat holding a leah that trails to the book's spine with no dog in sight ing very odd happened."

You know the crease in the middle of the book where the pages meet? Well, Bella's dog went in and didn't come back out. Help arrives in the form of a friendly boy, a police car, and a fire truck. They also promptly go missing. What's Bella to do by try to rescue her dog herself?

This simple picture book encourages independence, quick thinking, and is silly enough to entice plenty of giggles. A perfect short read-out-loud for those aging from 2 to 7 or anyone who is willing to be a little silly.

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Celeste, Kids World

Super Heroes: Colors, Shapes, and more! By DC Comics

Super heroes Colors, Shapes, and more! book cover: illustrations of batman, green lantern, and superman on the cover“Krypto is White. Catwoman’s cat is Black.”

Learning is always better with friends, so these Super Heroes are here to help. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few) are on the scene, and together you’ll learn about colors, shapes, and actions. Made of durable cardboard, this book is perfect for infants and toddlers to learn basics that every child will need. Parents can easily help children associate shapes and colors with characters they already know and love to make learning fun. Super!

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Naomi, Kids World

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Carl Bowen & Daniel Ferran

The stange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde book cover. A man's profile cut in half. One side shows a man in Victorian suit the other side shows a green muscular monster with a hat on."It happened some months ago, late at night in the Soho neighborhood."

Meet kindly Dr. Jekyll and horrific Mr. Hyde, two men who are so different...or are they? The answer is so bizarre, that readers need to see it to believe it.

Retold in a graphic novel format with lush Victorian illustrations, this edition is perfect for readers from grade 4th and up, as well as those with a taste for classic literature.

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Jennifer, Kid's World

My Little Pony Omnibus Volume 1 by Katie Cook and Heather Nuhfer

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Omnibus Volume 1: Six of the my little pony characters are on a dirt road, grass and trees on either side"Silly scary lady, friendship is stronger than fear will ever be!"

Welcome back to Ponyville, comic book style. Follow the new stories of Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle (Spike too!) as they fight against the forces of evil that threaten the land of Equestria once more. Using the magic of friendship the Mane Six battle against old and new foes alike, but when one of their own turns to the darkness can they still manage to save the day?

My Little Pony Omnibus is a graphic novel collection with a lot of text, and fans of the show will notice an overall darker tone. Grades 3-6 would be very comfortable reading this solo, but the younger ones will need help. Parents will have fun spotting the pop-culture references hiding in each issue. (Blues Brothers Ponies, I’m looking at you.)

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Naomi, Kids World

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo book cover: a bunny in white t-shirt and blue shorts is flying through the air among the clouds with a red cape trailing behind“With or without superpowers, I am still El Deafo --- and I am outraged!”

If you enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, you will also love El Deafo.  With a similar funny and sweet style, this graphic novel tells the story of Cece from age four through fifth grade.  Because the voice is so authentic, you will know right away that this is Bell’s personal growing-up story.  Cece loses her hearing when she is four years old.  Well-intentioned adults and friends constantly interfere with what Cece wants most of all --- to just be treated like everyone else.  She deals with school and relationships (and develops her strong sense of self) by transmuting her embarrassing hearing devices into superpowers, thus imagining herself a superhero.  Her memoir shows us that we all share this superpower --- coping in the life we get.

This graphic novel memoir is recommended for grades 3 – 6 and older.  Just a few weeks ago, it received a 2015 Newbery Honor Award.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book cover: a cartoon boy stands in center looking at large fingerprints, scribbles, and food stains all over the cover"Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?"

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on it.  Inside, the story begins with Louie skipping along into his unknown “perfect story” until a blob of jelly falls onto the page.  He sniffs, licks and gets upset about it and is further aggravated by a blob of peanut butter --- “the chunky kind!” --- and a series of other book-wrecking messes.  Despite these setbacks, Louie realizes that we are still reading his story and declares that it is worth telling, “messes and all”.

The art is quite clever here; the offending “pb and j” look so real, you’ll feel compelled to wipe it up.  Nothing really happens in the story except for the interruptions.  It’s just a silly, fun read.  Readers ages 3 to 63 will enjoy this light picture book, especially if it is read aloud by one for the other.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

There's a Mouse Hiding in This Book! by Benjamin Bird

There's a Mouse Hiding in the Book! book cover: head of a gray cat stares at a small brown mouse in corner of the book"We've cornered Jerry in his mousehole! ... Are you coming with me?"

Tom invites the reader on a wild chase through the pages of the book as he endeavors to catch that "pesky" rodent. This book's interactive dialouge encourages the reader to be active participant in the effort to nab the mouse.

Concept of a cat chasing a mouse is a universal one, therefore you do not have to be fans of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, or even know who they are, in order to enjoy this picture book. This short but highly amusing tale is perfect for those ages 2 to 9 years seeking funny stories with adult readers who do not mind acting a bit silly. Fans of interactive books such as Tap the Magic Tree by Matheson or Press Here by Tullet will also find this book worth reading.

Shake the book, blow on it, and see if you can't catch that mouse.

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Celeste, Kids World

Illustrated Norse Myths Retold by Alex Frith and Louie Stowell

Illustrated Norse Myths book cover: a small sea vessel is being attacked by a lrage green sea serpent"Before the world existed, there was only a place of fire, a place of ice and a great gap between them. There was no earth and no sky, no people or living creatures of any kind."

Giants, gods and dragons roam the world in this collection of Norse Myths that were told by the Vikings many, many years ago. Vibrant, powerful illustrations bring the stories of Thor, Loki and Asgard to life. Adventure, long journeys, epic battles and curses are woven throughout each of the myths in this book, just waiting for you to pick it up and come along for the ride!

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Bridget, Kids World

It's Potty Time by Tracey Corderoy

Its potty time! book cover: a brown bear wearing an orange striped t-shirt sits on a red toliet and a small stuffed blue rabbit sits on a smaller yellow toliet. Both have underwear down by their ankles"You're a big bear now and big bears use potties!"

Baby Bear is a little reluctant when Mommy Bear says it's time to learn how to use the potty. Maybe his new pair of train underwear with help him get over his fear?

For little ones who are ready to be potty trained, they will enjoy reading about Baby Bear using the potty and just might be ready to tackle it on their own!

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Bridget, Kids World

When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson

When Lunch Fights back book cover: close up image of a creature's face"In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator's attack and becoming its lunch."

Meet the Hagfish, the Hoopoe and other amazing creatures from around the world who have very special ways of defending themselves from predators. Loaded with full color photographs and scientific studies, Lunch Fights Back is a wonderful nonfiction addition to any animal lover's collection. An unexpected addition is the detailed list of books, websites and videos for more information about these fascinating animals. Perfect for fourth grade and up.

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Jennifer, Kids World

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