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August 20, 2014

Review: The Mighty Lalouche

The Mighty LaloucheThe Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Olshan, Matthew, and Sophie Blackall. The Mighty Lalouche. New York: Schwartz & Wade, 2013. Print.

Olshan has imagined a Paris 150 years ago where a little post man could become a boxing sensation. Lalouche is a postman who gets sacked as they are replacing walking postmen with a few in electric cars. But he is nimble, quick and fast. He has the skills to succeed as a boxing sparring partner.
Sophie Blackhall is the illustrator and has drawn some wonderful illustrations that give the reader the proper feel of the time period. The illustrations are comical in their depictions of the boxers being tied up by Lalouche's speed. This is a good pick to have in libraries for children. Boys and girls will find this book entertaining. It was disappointing to find out Lalouche was not a real person.

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Henry's Map Review

Henry's MapHenry's Map by David Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elliot, David. Henry's Map. Philomel Books. 2013. New York.
This review is also posted on www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Henry's Map is about a pig with OCD living on a farm. He has a need for everything to be in its proper place. One day he decides to make a map of the farm. This way everything can be kept in its own place. As he goes from the chicken coop and cow's tree to the stable. The animals follow him. Suddenly they are not in their own place. With very appealing illustrations Henry's Map is a sweet story that is very good for children between 4-7. This is a good volume to have in every library for children.

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Mr. Wuffles! Review

Mr. Wuffles!Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wiesner, David. Mr. Wuffles! Clarion. Boston. 2013.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com
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Mr. Wuffles is the newest book from master illustrator David Weisner. It won the Caldecott Honor for being among the best illustrated books of the year. This book is a nearly wordless book. There are only words on a few pages, excluding some dialogue in both Alien and Ant. The story is told completely with pictures. Employing sequential art to tell the story in a comic book style. Mr. Wuffles is a very picky cat. He is not one to be drawn in by any old cat toy. It has to be special. He discovers an out of this world toy in this great picture book.
Children will like this book because it has lots of pictures, and teachers will like it because the art sequences offer writing prompts. Children can write about exactly what is going on in the book. Mr. Wuffles! should be in your collection if its not there already.


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August 19, 2014

Closed for the Season Review

Closed for the SeasonClosed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hahn, Mary Downing. Closed for the Season. Clarion. New York. 2009.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Closed for the Season is a mystery adventure from master author Mary Downing Hahn. In Closed for the Season we meet Logan, a preteen boy who has just moved to a new town. Before he can even exit the car, the neighbor kid (Arthur) is waiting for him and desperate to become friends. Arthur doesn't have many other friends. He is extremely smart. Before Logan can even walk into his new house, Arthur has told him about the old woman who was murdered in the house and how she supposedly stole money from the magic forest theme park.
Logan reluctantly begins to hang out with Arthur and the two begin to solve the mystery.
Mary Downing Hahn is an Edgar award winning author. Her books are well written and definitely should be in every collection. However, compared to some of her other books Closed for the Season was not quite as good. Fans of her books will still want to read it and give it a chance so it should be in every library.

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August 13, 2014

Review: The Super Duper Princess Heroes

The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All StartedThe Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started by Sanjay Nambiar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nambiar, Sanjay. The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It all Started. 2014.

This review is also published on Get Kids to Read. http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com
Grades PK-1
The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How it All Started by Sanjay Nambiar is a creative spin on the princess motif. Three girls find a bag that has a genie like fairy queen inside. She gives the three girls magic tiaras that give them magic powers. In order to keep their powers they must always be kind and use their power for good. Nambiar finds a very creative way to say "With great power, comes great responsibility," without completely ripping off this part of Marvel lore.
When a prince from the neighboring kingdom needs help, the princesses must come to his aid. They also must teach him an important lesson about the role of a princess, and how both princes and princesses can rescue one another if they need help. The messages are straight forward. This is a good choice to have loaded on tablets in children's library rooms.



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