Pied Piper Pics
The importance of family order has been proven. Who we become has its
origins in our birth order. This sweet, funny and oh so telling story will
ring true for the reader. As we follow Gladys, Hilda and Rose we will
relate to them as they live their days together. One favorite page for me
is when the two younger sisters are in bed and they watch big sister in her
own room staying up late at night, laughing and being important. Of course,
the younger sisters become tired of bossy big sister Gladys. The plan they
make is beyond anything you would expect and the silliness of it makes this
a fun story to share with your family.
Check the WRL catalog for Eating up Gladys.
This tale about a dragon, Ultimon, is a wonderful book for elementary-aged children who are interested in dragons or astronomy. GrandPré’s beautiful illustrations full of muted purples, greens, and blues steal the show in this bedtime book. Ultimon is so sad to be the last dragon on earth, but he is called into the sky and becomes the constellation Draco the Dragon, which can be found close to the North Star.
The entirety of the story flows with a rhythm meant to lull the reader to appreciate the stargazing suggested at the close. Burleigh writes, “Walk out, reader,/In the blackest night—/Gaze up where the stars/Are crisp and bright./Next to the polestar/That guides with its beams—/See! A dragon/Constellation gleams.”
Check the WRL catalog for Flight of the Last Dragon.
In his first book, author-illustrator K.G. Campbell’s main character, Lester, is faced with a compelling and relatable problem. Little red-headed Lester likes neatness and order, but when his family takes in his elderly Cousin Clara, his sense of style is overrun with ugly sweaters. Lester’s parents insist on him wearing Clara’s knitted creations to school, causing him humiliation reminiscent of Ralphie’s bunny suit in A Christmas Story. Campbell writes, “The next morning there was another sweater. This one covered bits it shouldn’t and didn’t cover bits it should. It was an irksome pink and dotted with oddly placed upside-down pockets. It was GHASTLY.”
Cousin Clara’s sweaters keep meeting mysterious and unfortunate accidents until she finally meets some more appreciative clients. Elementary-aged children and their parents will enjoy this book about having to be polite in the face of some “unique” gifts. The illustrations only add to the delight; however, this book is not recommended for anyone with coulrophobia (fear of clowns).
Check the WRL catalog for Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters.
Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes
Woodrow G. Washingtail’s parents dreamed that he would be president from day one. He grew up tall, strong, and smart. He got good grades all the way through college, and then he went back to his home town to start a family. Woodrow ran his own business and helped out in the community. He was a good family mouse, and everyone liked him. They told him to run for town council, then senator, and then governor. After he finished his terms, he began to campaign to be president. He debated and campaigned, and eventually he became the nominee for the Bull Mouse political party. Woodrow becomes President, and after the Inauguration Ball he says that he must go to bed. Woodrow must get up the next day because there are many promises to keep.
Woodrow for President is a good book to help introduce young people to how the US government works, and how elections work. The story of Woodrow is told in a rhyming, lighthearted way. This would be a good book to pull out and read to your class or your child right around Election Day. Other good reads would be the House Mouse, Senate Mouse and Woodrow, the White House Mouse by the same authors, which talk about more aspects of government.
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Bella likes to write poems. Bean likes to do everything else. Bella and Bean are two different mice with two very different personalities, but they are still best friends. Bean wants to walk down to the pond, but Bella does not have time to do that. She needs to write. Bean says that she is grumpy. Bella finally writes her poems and even writes one about Bean. She shows Bean that any group of words can make a beautiful poem. The illustrations are fun and the illustrator makes sure to use lots of letters and words in the pictures. This would be perfect for a future poet or writer.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich is very much like her character Bella. She is a poet and an author and she loves to think about words.
Check the WRL catalog for Bella and Bean.
Kevin has a problem. Whenever he goes to the playground, Sammy tells him that he cannot play there, because Sammy is the “King of the Playground.” Kevin goes home and tells his dad that Sammy said he would tie Kevin up. Dad asks what Kevin would do. Kevin says he kick and try away like a cat. Kevin keeps going back to the playground, but he is still afraid of Sammy. What will he do?
King of the Playground is a good read for young children who could be dealing with a bully, or for anyone who wants to learn that friends can come from unlikely places.
Check the WRL catalog for King of the Playground.
Angelina is a little mouse that just wants to be a ballerina. She dances as much as she can all day long. The only problem is things get a little chaotic when she is dancing. Angelina doesn’t clean her room or get ready for school, and she knocks things over or makes messes while she is dancing. One day, Angelina’s mother and father give her a ballet dress and shoes. Angelina is going to go to ballet lessons! Will she be a good dancer? Will she stop making messes and start listening to her mother? Your little ballerina will enjoy the antics of Angelina in this story and the rest of her books, such as Angelina and the Princess and Angelina’s Baby Sister.
Check the WRL catalog for Angelina Ballerina.
Having trouble convincing your little ones that too many sweets are a bad thing? Well, this book is for you!
Sweet Dream Pie begins with Pa Brindle begging his wife Ma Brindle to make her “sweet dream pie”. He finally convinces her, but she doesn’t approve. Ma Brindle rolls out the dough, as Willobee Street wakes up. Then she adds everything that she can find that is sweet. Gusts of wind carry powdered sugar away, and even a cocoa powder tornado begins! Ma and Pa Brindle put the pie in the oven and set it to “special”, and the whole street knows what comes next. They pile up in the yard to get slices. Ma Brindle warns against eating more than one piece, but they can’t help themselves. Later that night, all of the people who ate too much of the pie begin to dream bad dreams, and their dreams roll out into the street and terrorize the neighborhood. What will Ma Brindle do?
This is a good read to convince children to cut back on sweets before bedtime, or for anyone who wants to read about the residents of Willobee Street.
Check the WRL catalog for Sweet Dream Pie.