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Reading contracts all day long. Not bad, but not quite as fun as reading about hobbits.

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Cara Hoffman, Olga Demidova
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Bernard Pepperlin book
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Bernard Pepperlin
Written by Cara Hoffman & illustrated by Olga Demidova
I was disappointed by this book. The premise started out fun, pulling a minor character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the story wasn't clever enough to measure up. There was nothing particularly witty or clever about the plot, the efforts at humorous, nonsensical lyrics were dull. Attempts to keep things quirky and surprising a la Lewis Carroll fell flat, especially in the meeting with "Allie" and the climactic battle with the weasels.
Nov 10, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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Toaff's Way book
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Toaff's Way
Written by Cynthia Voigt
Toaff’s Way is a delightful book that follows a young squirrel forced out of his nest and away from his littermates by a storm. Young readers who love animals will be particularly enthralled by this book, which smartly and seamlessly ingrains facts about squirrels into the story. Voigt shows great finesse in adding these details, like what kind of foods a squirrel will eat when it is very hungry, in a way that enhances a reader’s understanding of the perils Toaff encounters as he works his way around a familiar farmhouse, finding safety in a new tree every few months. Readers will endure moments of peril, including as Toaff is nearly captured by a bird and as he watches a squirrel less skilled at jumping plummet to the earth. Most of the animals survive these scares, but Toaff does witness the reality of death when he discovers a dangerous highway where he can see roadkill from high up in his tree. Toaff also endures some bullying from other squirrels and animals who insist they are right about different things. For example, one of his littermates criticizes, “How stupid are you?” And another animal calls others “dumbhead.”
Nov 18, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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Ribsy book
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Ribsy
Written by Beverly Cleary & illustrated by Tracy Dockray
Ribsy was a very fun book to read, and it works perfectly fine as a standalone book—that is, you don’t have to read other Beverly Cleary books first, though it might be even more delightful if you have so that you can appreciate a few small passages, like when the stranger girl Ramona comes up and annoys Ribsy. A familiar Homeward Bound-esque story about a lost dog struggling to find home again, Ribsy is entertaining and manages to feel original. Each mini adventure along Ribsy’s trek back to Klickitat Street is exciting and kids will love getting inside a dog’s brain as Ribsy tries to understand a cast of lovable characters. Parents should discuss with their reader the way that Ribsy’s boy Henry and some of the other boys at a school infrequently show harmful bias when in a couple instances it’s expressed that the boys think girls are dumb. For example, “[a]ll the boys laughed. They were sure they would be good at drilling holes,” in response to a woman’s struggle to drill holes into a critter’s cage; and “Beezus, who, for a girl, was very sensible.” Considering Ramona expresses her own untoward views about boys at times in Cleary’s other books, these instances in Ribsy felt more like outdated attempts at playfulness, but still important to discuss.
Nov 9, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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