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The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas

Mon, 2014-04-28 01:01

What happens when the Easter bunny takes on an assistant that just happens to be a skunk? A whole lot of fun and lots of giggles that’s what!

Jan Thomas has done it again with this comical new story that is perfect for the Easter holiday but stands on its own anytime of the year for a good laugh.

The Easter bunny enlists the help of a skunk in a “how to” demonstration on making beautiful Easter eggs. The only problem, Skunk is way too excited and, well, things get rather smelly when the Easter bunny tries to explain the process of making the eggs. What can the Easter bunny do? How will he ever explain each step involved in making Easter eggs if his assistant keeps interrupting him with his ‘excitement?” Get a copy and find out.

The illustrations are presented in bright pastel colors. The characters with their amusing expressions aid the story through to its hilarious conclusion.

Bonus: Though the story itself tells how to make Easter eggs, there is an additional set of instructions that are easier to follow at the end of the book. You and your child can enjoy an afternoon of fun making your own beautiful eggs.

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Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London, illus. by Michael Rex

Fri, 2014-04-25 01:01

This book is a great cure for restless toddlers who can’t sit through another story. Wiggle Waggle will have them wiggling like a duck, clomping like an elephant, snuffling like a pig, bumbling like a bear and even galumphing like a camel. No sitting required!
The illustrations are colorful and huge—and the text is simple and fun, so this works one-on-one or with a large group. There’s lots of variety in the movements required, and the animals range from cat to kangaroo. This will even work with babies, because parents can bounce, wiggle or bumble their baby to imitate each animal.

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Don’t Squish the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker, illus. by Bob Staake

Wed, 2014-04-23 01:05

Kids enjoy funny words, and they like to yell. That makes this book an instant hit because every couple of pages, the kids get to holler, “Don’t squish the sasquatch!”
The storyline is simple. A claustrophobic sasquatch (he’s green and very leggy), takes a bus ride, after warning the conductor, Mr. Blobule, that he does not like to get squished. As the bus makes its rounds, an odd assortment of characters boards the bus one by one, until things get really crowded.
The kids get to holler the refrain each time a new passenger boards. And the passengers are a strange bunch—each one a combo of two creature types, such as Mr. Octo-Rhino or Miss Loch-Ness-Monster-Space Alien. The illustrations are slightly on the small side, but I’ve used this book with two kindergarten classes in the room, and everybody enjoyed the pictures.
This one works with a monster theme, or it’s a great way to jazz up a transportation story time.

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Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce, Illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw

Mon, 2014-04-21 01:01

This is my favorite spring story for little ones! Fran’s Flower tells a simple, but engaging tale about a little girl’s first experience growing things.

Initially, it doesn’t go well. Fran finds a flowerpot filled with soil and a tiny bud peeking out. She takes it home and tells it, “Grow flower.” But nothing happens.

The flower must be hungry, she decides. So she feeds it a slice of pizza. The next day she tries a piece of cheeseburger, and the day after that she stuffs the pot with two chocolate chip cookies and a large spoonful of strawberry ice cream. Naturally, children find this hilarious.

Fran gets frustrated with the tiny plant and tosses it outside. Mother Nature takes over from there, and a few weeks later, Fran gets a delightful surprise.

This is a wonderful book for a springtime or gardening story time, and it is a natural lead-in to a discussion of how flowers grow. Beardshaw’s large, colorful illustrations are ideal for sharing with a group. WRL owns this under the title listed above, but the book also appears to have been released under the title Grow, Flower, Grow.

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What! cried Granny: An almost bedtime story by Kate Lum, illus. by Adrian Johnson

Fri, 2014-04-18 01:01

Patrick is having his first ever sleep-over at his Granny’s house and as bedtime gets closer, he turns on the stalling tactics. “I don’t have a bed,” or a pillow, or a blanket or a teddy bear he cries. His Granny is at the ready and works almost the entire night chopping trees, plucking chickens and shearing sheep to correct all of these bedtime obstacles. Is she going to be able to beat the sunrise so Patrick will actually get some sleep?

Kids are going to love hearing Granny yell “what?” every time Patrick thinks of a new problem that gets in the way of going to sleep and the story will ring true to adults who are oh so familiar with kids like Patrick.

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Cornelius P. Mud, Are you ready for bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Wed, 2014-04-16 01:01

This is a great book that demonstrates the importance of reading the illustrations as well as the text. “Yes” Cornelius tells his mom, “I’ve put away my toys.” Only by reading the pictures will you notice he’s put them away in the refrigerator! Fed your fish? “Yes,” but look closely and you’ll notice he’s fed that fish a chocolate chip cookie.

As Cornelius gets ready for bed, the reader will continue to laugh at all of his silly antics. The big colorful illustrations are delightful and you’ll be left with no doubts that “bedtime at Cornelius’s house is no ordinary event!”

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Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori

Mon, 2014-04-14 01:01

“Flora can’t sleep.”
“No blanket she says.”

Flora has lost her blanket and no one is going to sleep until it’s been found. Every parent will be able to identify with the bunny family as they search the house from top to bottom, inside and out for that special bedtime comfort item. As the bunny family searches, see if your listeners can predict the ending. Will they find the blanket? Where has it been? Will Flora have to sleep without it?

This book’s simple text and charming illustrations are sure to make it a family bedtime favorite.

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The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illus. by Thomas Docherty

Fri, 2014-04-11 01:01

A beautifully, richly illustrated story with rhyming text. This book makes a great read aloud – ideal for older pre-schoolers, K, and first grade. It contains a positive message about the love of books. It begins in the woods of Burrow Down where every creature is wondering about the mystery of the disappearing bedtime stories. The storybooks just disappear – even the smallest squirrel has a book taken! Is there a bedtime story thief? Eliza Brown, a brave little rabbit, is determined to catch this pest.

“She planned one night to lie in wait and use a pile of books as bait”

She is successful and the small flying creature she captures red handed is a snatchabook – he admits to being wrong too.

“Can’t you see I’ve got no-one to read to me!

Eliza realizes that the snatchabook just needs someone to read to him – “then he might behave alright!”
He agrees to make amends and return all the stolen bedtime stories. He can now join in happily, listening on someone’s bed to bedtime stories every night like the rest of the residents of Burrow Down.

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A Dog’s Life by Caroline Sherman, illus. by Donald Wu

Wed, 2014-04-09 01:01

This is a funny, simple story about a dog’s life from the dog’s perspective. Large format digital illustrations make this suitable for group readings for pre-schoolers, a quick, funny reading to older kids, or inclusion in a dog-themed story time. The text is basic, short, and could be used for children learning to read. The story is about a loveable family dog – (mongrel, of course) and how busy his doggy life is!

“I wash dishes. Slurp! Slurp!”
“I inspect the trash for anything I can recycle. Munch! Munch!”
“I keep the humans warm since they don’t have any fur”

He doesn’t know how his family would manage without him! He epitomizes the dog that thinks he is, well, human!

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