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The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim

The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim Illustrated by Kim Smith

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In Strictville, fun is forbidden, play is prohibited, and cuteness is downright criminal.   So when hundreds of puppies show up, the town is in turmoil.  How can they get rid of all these adorable animals?  When their solutions fail, all the townspeople run and lock themselves safely in the houses except for little Teddy.   Teddy wonders “How could these cute puppies be scary?”  With one simple gesture, Teddy teaches the townspeople that fun, play, and cuteness make Strictville a happier place to live.

Being a proud dog mom, I loved turning each page to see piles and piles of puppies. I am amazed that each puppy is unique in its own way!  Kim Smith has included so many details in every illustration; therefore, rereading is required! No doubt children will fall in love with this picture book and want it to be read aloud over and over.  Adults need not worry for Alastair Heim has included plenty of humor to keep all ages entertained!

Special thanks to Alastair Heim for a copy of The Great Puppy Invasion through a Twitter giveaway.

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/23/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Our Reads for the Week

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Escape from Aleppo by Naheed Hanshat Senzai

In 2010, Nadia is overjoyed to be starring in a local commercial, loves watching her favorite singers on Arab Idol, and is meticulous about her polished nails. But on the day of her twelfth birthday party, Nadia’s world changes due to the start of Arab Spring,  a wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings that take place in the Middle East and North Africa.

Flash forward to 2013.  In the middle of the night, Nadia is awoken by her older cousin Razan and told they are leaving their home in Syria.  As her family is leaving their apartment building, Nadia hears the sound of helicopters. The force of an explosion sends Nadia tumbling down steps causing her to hit her forehead against a Jeep bumper.  Fortunately, Nadia is able to crawl under the Jeep for safety but due to the ongoing bombing, her family cannot locate her and must make the painful decision to leave Nadia behind.

Once Nadia regains consciousness, she is faced with the realization that she is alone.  A mix of trepidation and determination, Nadia begins her journey to find her family.  Not long into her journey, Nadia meets Ammo Mazen, a former bookbinder who offers to help Nadia locate her family.  Unsure of whether to trust him, Nadia makes the bold decision to accept the old man’s offer and becomes his travel companion.

Escape from Aleppo is Nadia’s story of courage, resolve, and faith to be safely reunited with her family. Like her teacher Ms. Darwish once told her, Nadia learns that she can accomplish great things if she puts her mind to it.

Special thanks to Naheed Hasnat Senzai for providing our #bookexcursion group with an advance reader copy of this amazing novel which is a window for me to better understand the traumatic experiences of Syrian families like Nadia’s who were forced to leave their homes in order to survive.  Pre-order now, for Escape from Aleppo will be released in January 2018.

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Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos Illustrated by T.L. McBeth

Once upon a time, there were three dinosaurs. A stegosaurus, another stegosaurus and a stegothesaurus!  While the first two brothers use simple words like big to describe a mountain, their brother Stegothesaurus uses robust words like gargantuan, gigantic, and Goliath.  The three brothers’  tranquil day comes to a halt when an allosaurus suddenly startles them.  Because Stegothesaurus was thinking of rich vocabulary like frightening and formidable to describe their predator, he was unable to escape with his brothers.   Stegothesaurus though soon learns that she isn’t an allosaurus, but rather an allothesaurus.  But wait, how did she learn all these so many rich and powerful words?  Read to find out!

Stegothesaurus is truly a teacher’s dream picture book. T.L. McBeth’s endearing and adorable drawings of the dinosaur brothers warmly show their range of emotions.   Not only will students love the story, but also I cannot think of a better way to teach the power of using synonyms in our oral and written language. What I love about Bridget Heos’ creative story is that Stegothesaurus uses multiple synonyms to describe things so teachers can also introduces shades of meaning.  Which word is stronger?  Gargantuan, gigantic or Goliath?

Special thanks to Christian Trimmer of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers for sending my #bookexcursion group an advance reader’s copy.  Stegothesaurus has a release date of June 2018.  Plan for Stegothesaurus Book 2 in Summer 2019.

The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim Illustrated by Kim Smith

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In Strictville, fun is forbidden, play is prohibited, and cuteness is downright criminal.   So when hundreds of puppies show up, the town is in turmoil.  How can they get rid of all these adorable animals?  When their solutions fail, all the townspeople run and lock themselves safely in the houses except for little Teddy.   Teddy wonders “How could these cute puppies be scary?”  With one simple gesture, Teddy teaches the townspeople that fun, play, and cuteness make Strictville a happier place to live.

Being a proud dog mom, I loved turning each page to see piles and piles of puppies. I am amazed that each puppy is unique in its own way!  Kim Smith has included so many details in every illustration; therefore, rereading is required! No doubt children will fall in love with this picture book and want it to be read aloud over and over.  Adults need not worry for Alastair Heim has included plenty of humor to keep all ages entertained!

Special thanks to Alastair Heim for a copy of The Great Puppy Invasion through a Twitter giveaway.

Charlie & Mouse and Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder Illustrated by Emily Hughes.

I am always on the lookout for books for my transitional readers.  So happy to find another great series to support my students who are just beginning to read chapter books!

In the first book Charlie & Mouse, the brothers have a close relationship. Charlie and Mouse are excited about going to neighborhood party,  moving rocks to make money, and extending the evening bedtime ritual with a banana (and apparently popsicles tomorrow).

In the second book, Charlie & Mouse and Grumpy, are overjoyed to have their grandfather, Grumpy, visiting them.  In the first story, Medium, Mouse states that he is not getting big, but rather getting medium.  I love Mouse’s perspective because medium means “you can read some books, but people can read books to you.”  And of course, medium means you can have 3 hot dogs.

Reading Charlie and Mouse is reminiscent of reading Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series-short chapters with a humorous twist.  I can’t express how much I love Emily Hughes’ realistic illustrations of Charlie, Mouse, and especially their parents waking up in the morning with bed hair and in need of coffee.  In addition, the love between Grumpy and his grandchildren is evident with Hughes’ illustrations and Snyder’s dialogue.

Charlie and Mouse reminds us of the importance of having simple, everyday adventures with your sibling. Hope there are more stories to come.

Etta, Bella, and I thank you for visiting Beagles and Books.  Happy Reading!

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/16/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Beagles and Books proudly welcomes our newest reviewer!  Meet Bella, a 6-8 year old rescue beagle from South Carolina.

Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals

Although this book was written for human babies, Welcome is a book that has provided our family with both comfort and humor as we welcome Bella as the newest Mossa.

We are so lucky that Bella is here with us and promise to share stories (true, made up, and silly) with her.  Things will not always be perfect Bells but we promise you a warm bed, good food, walks inside and outside the yard, and of course, lots of snuggles and belly rubs.  We know we will learn from Bella but undoubtedly the most important lesson she will teach us is to remember to STOP and BE.  In conclusion,  please know Bella- you are loved, right here, right now, and always!

Please visit Beagles and Books next week for more reviews.  Special thanks to Etta for sharing the spotlight with her new sister.

Have a great week!  Happy Reading!

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

Happy Book Birthday Lindsay Currie!

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Prepare to be spooked!  Tessa moves from sunny and sandy Florida to rainy and cold Chicago.  She is not happy about starting over at a new school and desperately misses her best friend Rachel. Not long after her family moves into their new home, Tessa notices strange things happening.  Could her house really be haunted?  With the help of new friends, Tessa begins to uncover a mystery involving a young girl who died many, many years ago.   Highly recommend this #mglit book for its seamlessly blending of suspense, humor, and most importantly the power of friendship.  The book trailer can be viewed here.

Thank you to the author, Lindsay Currie, the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children’s and NetGalley, for providing me with an advance reading copy of Peculiar Incident on Shady Street.

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/9/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Here are Etta’s and my reads this week-


The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens

With her dad’s remarriage to Julie, new stepsister Sally,  and her writer mom away covering the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, it is completely natural for 12 year old Bea to feel a little lost  When her grandmother Pidge moves from Boston to a retirement community in California, Bea agrees to stay with her and help Pidge get settled.  In her worry journal, Bea admits her fears about leaving home.  What if her dad and Julie enjoy her being gone?  In contrast, Bea though writes in her adventure journal that “every adventure has to start somewhere.”

Little does Bea know the adventure that is in store for her.  Soon after she is dropped off, Pidge tells Bea of her plan to reunite with her missing sister, “Meelie” who just happens to be the famous aviator Amelia Earhart.   At first, Bea seems skeptical but then Pidge shares Meelie’s letters with her.  Bea had so many questions the first being was she up for this adventure?  What if she is the the only Earhart who isn’t brave?  And the most important question of all, what if this adventure changes her life?

Rebecca Behrens writes a touching and heartwarming story chronicling Bea and Pidge’s journey to not only find “Meelie” but also find themselves.  Through her relationship with her grandmother and their experiences together,  Bea learns she is not lost, but part of an amazing family and has more courage than she ever realized.  I can truly identify with Bea because I still have to keep my worry in check, but thankfully I know taking risks has helped shaped me into the person I am today.

A special thanks to Rebecca Behrens for providing #bookexcursion group with an advance review copy of The Last Grand Adventure.  Pre-order your copy now, for its  release date is March 20, 2018.


Bunny Built by Michael Slack

LaRue is an industrious bunny who has every tool and machine imaginable but he is completely out of carrots.  What is a bunny to do? LaRue goes on a mission to find carrots and asks his friends for help.  LaRue strikes gold when he meets his friend Ivy the squirrel.  It seems her rock is actually a carrot seed.  LaRue tenderly cares for the seed and it grows to an enormous size.  What should LaRue do with the carrot?  All the animals have different ideas, but LaRue comes up with an idea that will benefit everyone.

Not only is Bunny Built about friendship and sharing but also about resourcefulness.  I look forward to sharing this sweet story with primary teachers and their students.  I am most excited about reading more of Michael Slack’s picture books in his Animal Rescue series which teaches students lessons on such values as perseverance, bravery, and kindness.

Special thanks to Michael Slack for providing our #bookexcursion group with an advance reader’s edition of Bunny Built.  It will be released in April 2018.

Twinderella: A Fractioned Fairy Tale by Corey Rosen Schwartz Illustrated by Deborah Marcero

I thought I knew the whole story of Cinderella but apparently I only knew half of it!  It seems that Cinderella had a twin sister named Tinderella.  The two sisters live with their evil stepmother and mean stepsisters and split all the chores exactly down the middle.

Just like in the original fairy tale, Prince Charming holds a ball to find his bride.  With the help of their fairy godmom, the twins attend the party but have to share all the accessories-bracelets, bows, and trinkets.  Once at the ball, Prince Charming does a double take and dances with each sister half the night!

At midnight, Cinderella and Tinderella rush out of the ball and leave a shoe.  Once Prince Charming finds the twins, he is confused.  How can he choose?  Fortunately, Tinderella offers a solution and with the help of their fairy godmom everyone can have their happily ever after!

I absolutely love the author’s unique take on the traditional Cinderella’s story!  And what a better way to introduce fractions and division than through a fractured fairy tale!  In our second grade curriculum, students are exposed to multiple versions of Cinderella and cannot wait to share this humorous and creative adaption with them.

Special thanks to Corey Rosen Schwartz for providing our #bookexcursion group with a copy of Twinderella, which was released in September 2017.

Etta and I thank you for visiting Beagles and Books!  Have a fabulous week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/2/17

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Here are Etta’s and my reads this week-


Fenway & Hattie Up to New Tricks by Victoria Coe

Global Read Aloud launches today so perfect timing to read the latest adventure of Fenway and Hattie!

In the third book in the series, Fenway has definitely adjusted to his new suburban home. Told from his point of view, Fenway shares his excitement playing with Hattie in the Dog Park (backyard) and hanging out with his canine neighbors, Goldie and Patches.  But Fenway does not like the chipmunk that is invading his territory and spreading its horrible odor everywhere!

While enjoying a game of keep away, Fenway spies that menacing chipmunk and in his quest to catch the chipmunk, Fenway gets stung on his paw by bees. Ouch! The story continues with Fenway’s account of visiting the vet (aka Spicy Breath and Table of Panic) and enduring the Cone of Doom. Hattie is supposed to his best buddy but she keeps giving him baths and applying yucky cream on his paw. Being a dog is tough!

Etta can emphasize with Fenway. She has had first hand experience with the Cone of Doom.  She did not like it either Fenway!

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Each time I read Fenway & Hattie, I know that I am blessed to have Etta in my life. Having the unconditional love of a dog is a precious gift. Thank you Victoria for that beautiful reminder.  I hope Fenway will be sharing more of his adventures with Hattie!

Special thanks to Victoria for providing our #bookexcursion group with an advance  copy of Fenway & Hattie Up to New Tricks, which will be released on January 2, 2018.


Ride On Will Cody by Caroline Starr Rose Illustrated by Joe Lillington

Participating in #classroombookaday, I am constantly hunting for picture books to share with students from a variety of genres; therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review Caroline Starr Rose’s new historical fiction picture book Ride On Will Cody.

Written in lyrical verse, Caroline Starr Rose beautifully tells the legend of young Will Cody who later gained notoriety as folk hero and Wild West showman, Buffalo Bill.  Her precise choice of words perfectly captures the extreme weather conditions and harsh terrain that Pony Express riders faced on their daily routes.  Joe Lillington’s illustrations support the text by dramatically depicting the riders’ arduous journey.

At the end of the book, the author shares historical research about the Pony Express and Will Cody.  As a teacher, I appreciate that students can read facts and gain a better knowledge of America’s westward expansion.

Special thanks to Caroline Starr Rose for providing our #bookexcursion group with a copy of Ride On Will Cody, which was released on October 1, 2017.


Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini  Illustrated by Monique Felix

It is a good day to be a chicken or is it? All she wants to do is take a nap but Chicken keeps getting interrupted.  On my first read, I immediately knew children will fall in love with this picture book.  Chicken Wants a Nap is a story meant to be read aloud and its concise text and repeated phrases allows children to join in the reading. The warm illustrations bring the text to life and vividly show not only the mood, but also Chicken’s emotions as she searches for a comfortable place to nap.  After reading the last page, I guarantee children will say “Read it again!”

Special thanks to Tracy Marchini for sending a copy of her debut picture book to our #bookexcursion group. It was released in August 2017.


Piper Green and the Family Tree by Ellen Potter Illustrated by Qin Leng

Piper Green (proper noun):

  1. Lives on Peek a Boo Island in Maine and has an older brother named Erik and little brother named Leo.
  2. Rides a lobster boat to her school which is on Mink Island
  3. Delights young readers with her spunk and boldness

It’s the first day of school but there is an empty chair at the breakfast table.  Piper’s brother, Erik now lives on the mainland because there is no high school on Mink Island.  To ease her sadness, Piper decides to wear Erik’s monkey earmuffs. Unfortunately, everyone else does not approve of her accessory including her new teacher Ms. Arabella.

Unwillingly to take off the earmuffs, Piper decides to skip school to avoid Ms. Arabella and hides out in a tree.  Little does Piper know that it is the Fairy Tree. Her neighbor Mrs. Pennypocket tells her about the tree’s history and the way the tree works-you take a treasure and you leave a treasure. Read this charming story to find out what treasures Piper gets and what she leaves in return.

So excited to meet Piper and can’t wait to share her with my transitional readers. Children will enjoy Piper’s plucky disposition. Currently, there are five books in the series.

Etta and I thank you so much for reading!  Have a great week!