Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ask Me

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Ask Me
by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Suzy Lee
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

A loving story of a young girl and her father.

On a long walk, a young girl asks her father, “Ask me what I like.”  He does so, and she shares her likes, which range from dogs, to geese in the sky, to lightning bugs.  Then she asks him to ask her again, and he does.  And so they wander through the day, she requesting a new question and sharing what she finds interesting.  Their long walk ends with the father tucking her into bed with a goodnight kiss, making it a perfect bedtime book.

The bright and ‘moving’ illustrations by Suzy Lee, are as light and gentle as the conversation.  Ask Me is a true joy to read over and over to savor the beauty of a day.

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Marilyn’s Monster

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Marilyn’s Monster
by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2015

Everyone has a monster, except Marilyn.  Where is hers?  She dresses up and patiently waits each day, for a whole week.  But when a monster still doesn’t come, she wants to give up.  Her older brother, donned with his monster, teases her that it took one look at her and ran the other way.  Finally she can stand it no longer and sets out to find her monster.  She looks at the library, the park and calls out for her monster in a great open field…then hears a tiny voice, “Here.”  Find out what happened to Marilyn’s monster!

A delightful story that reframes monsters as playful friends, one every child will want.

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Soldier Dog

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by Sam Angus
Feiwel And Friends, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Stanley’s life is turned upside down when his mother passes and his father, so deep in his grief, is unavailable for his youngest son.  His brother, who does support him, is fighting in France in the Great War.  When the family’s prized greyhound gets loose and returns pregnant,

Stanley keeps the runt after his father tries to kill it.  It survives and becomes his best, and only, friend.  Eventually his father removes the pup.  Thinking his father drowned him, Stanley runs away and enlists in the Army, lying about his age.   Officers know Tom is young and encourage him to work with messenger dogs.  Finally sent to France, more officers protect him as they can, until one day, they have no choice, but to put his dog into action.

Written for kids, this compelling story of an English boy growing up in a war zone in 1918 is intense and moves swiftly and deeply into a reader’s heart.

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