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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Recommended for: PreK – 2nd grade

Annabelle finds a stash of magic yarn, and begins to turn her dreary town into a colorful and warm place, one knitted garment at a time.  What will happen when the evil archduke wants to take the yarn from her?  The black, grey and pastel illustrations by Jon Klassen add a lot of humor and heart to this story, which has a bit of mystery and a lot of wonder woven into it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee
Recommended for: K and up

Mr. Putney has some unusual pets.  Who wakes him up in the morning?  His alarmadillo.  What pet annoys him by making too much noise?  His clangaroo.  The illustrations in this picture book for all ages are hysterical; Mr. Putney’s expressionless mustached face contrasts with the oddball animals and purely bizarre situations.  Kids will love figuring out how the book works and using the visual clues before the page turns to guess what the next animal will be.  Highly recommended for a fun and interactive storytime with older readers.

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Nini Lost and Found

Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel
Recommended for: PreK-K

One day the back door is left open, and Nini, a well-loved house cat, wanders outside. Nini enjoys exploring the wondrous world outdoors until night falls, and threatening creatures emerge. However, Nini is brave and makes her way safely back home again, into the loving arms of her family.
This gentle adventure is gorgeously illustrated with lush and colorful full-page spreads. This is a wonderful book for sharing 1 on 1 or reading to a group.

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Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 1

A friendly blue truck, with some help from his barnyard friends, pushes a yellow dump truck out of a mud puddle.  Vehicle and animal sound effects, rhyming text, and big bold images make this tale of friendship and cooperation a great read-aloud.

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Chicken said, “Cluck!”

Chicken said, “Cluck!” by Judyann Grant
Recommended for: PreK – 1st grade, beginning readers

Earl and Pearl decide to grow pumpkins. Chicken just annoys them by clucking and scratching at the dirt. When grasshoppers come to the garden and start to eat their pumpkins, Earl and Pearl learn how helpful Chicken can be.
This is a fun story, filled with great words to read aloud, like “shoo!” “cluck” and “jump.” Colorful and amusing illustrations fill every page. A nice large font and a limited vocabulary make this a wonderful book for beginning readers.

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Go to Sleep, Gecko!

Go to Sleep, Gecko! by Margaret Read MacDonald
Recommended for: PreK-1

This Balinese folktale is a great one to share at bedtime. Gecko complains to Elephant, who is head of the village, that he can’t sleep because of the fireflies. Thus a fun cumulative tale begins in which Gecko learns that all things are connected and “some things you just have to put up with.” A fun story with a nice lesson (and kids love laughing about the buffalo poop, too.)

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Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime

Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Recommended for: PreK-K

In this hysterical picture book, a red, ferocious dinosaur meets many battles with things like a pile of leaves, a big slide, and a plate of spaghetti. With each battle, the dinosaur attacks with many loud roars, and always comes out the winner. Until bedtime, when our tired dinosaur is finally defeated. The dinosaur clearly represents an active toddler, and this book would be great fun to read out loud to a group of them.

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Good Enough to Eat

Good Enough to Eat by Brock Cole
Recommended for: K-2

This new picture book reads like a folk tale from the past.  The heroine of the story is a poor, homeless girl who the townspeople see as a bother. But they underestimate her, and she ends up saving the town from an ogre and tricking the mean townspeople out of their gold.  A great tale for storytimes; it is fun to act out the scary ogre and listeners enjoy rooting for the resourceful heroine.

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Fortunately

by Remy Charlip
Recommended for: PreK-2

Our hero, Ned, gets an invitation to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party is hundreds of miles away. Fortunately, a friend lends him a plane. Thus, the adventure begins. This picture book is minimal: few words, simple pictures, fast plot. But it keeps kids engaged, guessing what will happen next: gasping when things go badly, and laughing when things get silly (and they often do). Some of the images/ideas might be a bit scary for very young children (a plane explodes, Ned falls from the sky), but the fantastical plot will reassure most readers that there is nothing to worry about. Great for an engaging read-a-loud.

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Scarecrow’s Hat

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown
Recommended for: PreK-1

Chicken likes the look of Scarecrow’s hat for a nest, but in order to get it, he needs to barter with the other animals he finds. This sweet tale builds upon itself and leads to a satisfying conclusion; every animal gets what it wants, and in the end, Chicken has a nice new nest. Big, beautiful illustrations are perfect for sharing at storytime.

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