Monthly Archives: November 2017

Philomena’s New Glasses











Philomena’s New Glasses
By Brenna Maloney
Viking, 2017

A perfect book for siblings.

Philomena had poor eyesight and got new glasses.  But as soon as she did, her sister got some too.  Then her other sister thought that maybe she, too, should have glasses.  Then Philomena bought a handbag to store her glasses.  Her second sister got one and used it for snacks.  The third sister got one, too, just to be the same.  Eventually, they realize that ‘not everyone needs the same things” and unnecessary things disappear…until…

Author/artist Brenna Maloney uses her own pet guinea pigs for this bemusing tale of three sisters.

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm










Old MacDonald Had a Farm
by Gris Grimly
Orchard Books, 2017

Every child knows the song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this book has a GREAT BIG surprise ending!  Author/artist Gris Grimly, raised on a farm and now lives in a city, decided to share his family’s version of this song with young readers.  His illustrations are fun, action-filled, and include several surprises and sub-stories to delight the visually alert readers, including a ‘heart’ patch on the farmer’s overalls. A great family story.

Back matter includes a brief history of the song—an early version sung during WWI—its music, as well as old-timey pictures of Gris Grimly’s farming family.

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