Doug’s Dung (Once Upon a Garden) – Picture Book Review

By Jo Rooks
Published on: March 21, 2020

Dung Beetles! After reading this, I had a little bit of fun looking up on the Internet fun facts about this cute little beetle.

Doug’s Dung is a story about finding what you love and are good at and accepting those who are different.

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Don’t Check Out This Book – Book Review

By: Kate Klise
Illustrated By: M. Sarah Klise
Published On: March 10, 2020

To say the town of Appleton, Illinois is a bit unique would be an understatement. It’s not because their elementary school has no librarian, although that is a bit different. Instead, it’s that their school has no books. They used to have books, but they were all thrown out due to mold. Now, the “When All Else Fails Grant” has given them the money to hire a new librarian and luckily for them she brings her own books. However, she puts a green dot on some of the books, which causes quite a stir in the town.

Like the town of Appleton, Don’t Check Out This Book is also unique. Told in the form of memos, texts, emails, local newspaper articles, and letters we read the story of the new world Ms. Danjerous, the librarian, brings to the town contrasted against the old-fashioned ideas of the School Board President – Ivana Beprawpa. The story is also full of fun word-plays, such as the character’s names, which correlates to who they are in the story. One example, Cy Durr, is the owner of the apple orchard.

Young readers will probably be very intrigued by the format and layout of the story. I know I would have at that age. Overall, the story a very quick read and I suspect young readers will really feel a sense of accomplishment as they read through each email and letter quickly. The green dot book collection was also an interesting idea – books that are too scary or weird that kids can read without having to check it out of the library.

Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

Description:

From the creators of the award-winning Three-Ring Rascals and 43 Old Cemetery Road series!

Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:

  • Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
  • Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
  • Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous’s controversial “green dot” collection.
  • The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop.

Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton’s fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town’s juiciest scandal. Don’t miss this seedy saga!

Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! – Picture Book Review

By Caroline Adderson
Illustrated by Alice Carter
Published on: March 15, 2020

Who knew making a sandwich could be such a great adventure? But, when you’re with your best friend nothing is as it seems. When Pierre and Paul decide to climb the Himalayas they realize they have gotten hungry. Good thing explorers always come prepared. Good thing one of them also has a refrigerator nearby to help them build a sandwich. A giant sandwich.

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Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom – Picture Book Review

By: Heather Tekavec
Illustrated By: Susan Batori
Published On: March 3, 2020

Cute! Cute! Cute! Do you want your kids to learn some animal facts, but need to disguise it in a way that they don’t know they are learning? If so, then this is book for you.

In Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom, Detective X is investigating thirteen animals with mild to moderate bad behavior. As the book begins Detective X introduces us to each suspect, what they are wanted for, their criminal behavior, top secret information, and known aliases. For example, the first suspect is an anglerfish (Ms. Jagged Jaws). She is known for luring her dinner to her (the actual description is much longer and more creative). She has several aliases (monkfish, her latin name….) and is known to prowl the deep, dark part of the ocean. She is known to live for 24 years and her gang is called “School.”

Gang fact from the book: A group of cuckoos is called an “Asylum of Cuckoos.’

Each animal has their own set of illustrations, which includes their arrest photo and a ‘photo’ of them caught in the act of their bad behavior.

Overall, a fun book that kids and adults will enjoy and a good way to learn a few new things that you may not have known before.

Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to provide an honest review.

The Secret of the White Stone Gate – Book Review

Black Hollow Lane #2
By: Julia Nobel
Published on: March 3, 2020

In The Secret of White Stone Gate, loyalties and friendships are tested as the Order of the Black Hollow Lane blackmail, threaten, and do whatever else they can think up with the goal of convincing Emmy to give them what they want – her father.

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