Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 13, 2011

Summer is almost here, and school is almost out in Union City! I hope your summer is a fun and relaxing  time filled with friends and family, and adventures new and old! Beaches, parks and pools are waiting — and lots and lots of great books to read and enjoy.

And don’t forget to pick up your game board for this year’s Alameda County Library Summer Reading Game for Kids,

Although you don’t have to read books from the Library to play the Library’s Summer Reading Game, the Library is a wonderful place to find all kinds of wonderful things to read and enjoy! Here are some examples:

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond

“Meet Charlie.

“He’s a ranch dog. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big fat paws. And he loves living in the country. That’s because he works like a dog…fixing fences, gardening, and helping his family out on the range.

“Yep, it’s all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he’s probably working right now…

Zzzzzzz….

“A ranch dog’s work is never done!”                             [JPB DRUMMOND]

My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer

“Sadie has wanted to go the zoo forever, but something always gets in the way. Not today! Today they are finally on their way, and nothing can stop them – not a broken arm or a lost dog or a surprise visit. Not even her dad’s observation: “Sadie, it’s raining.” Because when Sadie looks out her window, not only is it not raining on her side of the car, the sun is shining and people are watering their lawns and wearing sunglasses. Even when the road on Dad’s side starts looking more like a river, Sadie can barely see a raindrop fall on her side of the car. This warmhearted tale of a child’s optimism and a father’s loving patience is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone, no matter the weather.”                            [JPB FEIFFER]

Rrralph by Lois Ehlert

“Would you believe that Ralph the dog can talk? Yip, yip, yip–it’s true!

“The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as “roof,” “rough,” “bark,” and “wolf.”

A fun book with great illustrations!         [JPB EHLERT]

 

This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

“What comes after 1 + 1?

“Just about anything!

“In this fanciful collection, Amy Krouse Rosenthal puts together unexpected combinations that always add up to something special. Whether it’s “wishes + frosting = birthday” or “birds + buds = spring,” each equation is a small delight. This Plus That shows again and again that life’s total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.”                             [JPB ROSENTHAL]

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