Monthly Archives: February 2019

Sir Simon, Super Scarer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Simon, Super Scarer
by Cale Atkinson
Tundra Books, 2018

A determined, pragmatic ghost with a business card—what could be cuter?

Sir Simon, a young ghost, talks frankly with readers, introducing them to the practice of ghosting.  After sharing many places where he practicing his scare technique, he shares he’s just been promoted to his first haunted house!  But a haunted house requires doing more Ghost chores.  He explains the chores and the potential “scarees.”  But then a kid shows up.  Kids aren’t supposed to live in old, haunted houses, and this one is anything but quiet.  Then Sir Simon decides to train the kid to do Ghost chores.  The kid fails miserably.

Humorous illustrations appear on every page to tickle the alert reader’s funny bone in this unexpected friendship story.  Not limited to Halloween readings, this story holds its own year-round.

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Between the Lines, How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between the Lines, How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier
A Paula Wiseman Book, 2018

Born in segregated South Carolina, Ernie Barnes couldn’t wait until the rainy season, for he could paint pictures with a stick in the mud.  Not allowed into museums, he went to his mom’s place of work where he could look at books and art.  At six foot three, his high school football coach got him onto the team, where Ernie soon became captain.  His abilities earned him 26 college scholarships. He took the one he could learn art while playing football.  A beautifully told story of how Ernie became famous for his paintings of sports.  As a player, he included details non-players couldn’t know.  His first painting was called The Bench.  After his football career, his art career flourished.  An inspiring tale encouraging readers to never give up on their dreams and to be ready to work hard, in spite of roadblocks.

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What is Given from the Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Given from the Heart
Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2019

An old tale with a new twist. Re-written with a voice of a poor African-American, young boy, his father dies, his mother and him lose the farm and they move. The mother always tries to find the good in every situation. At church they are asked to help a family with a young girl who lost everything in a fire.  The boy wonders what he could possibly give a young girl, for they have nothing. He considered many things, but nothing seemed right, until, when he was reading his favorite, his only, book, he thought to make her a book. He presented the book, “From My Heart to Your Heart”, a story about her, to her personally.  She was overwhelmed and so pleased to have a book about herself.

Beautifully written, illustrated with loose colors of mixed media including art pens.  A touching story.

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Bully

Bully
by Jennifer Sattler
Sleeping Bear Press, 2018

This book does an amazing job of showing exactly what bullies get when they bully.

As each loveable, innocent creature comes by to enjoy the water lilies in the pond, Bully declares the lilies are his and sends them away.  Soon he is alone.  Enjoying the lilies all for himself, he makes a crown, eats them (getting a tummy ache) and sleeps on a new pile each night until there is only one lily left.  He declares it “Mine!” and sits on it.  About then, a little bee has an idea.  He shares his idea with all the creatures sent away.  They, too, want the lilies to return, and they return together to chase the bully away.

You’ll have to read the story to see exactly what the bully gets for being a bully.  A delightful read, simply told so even the very youngest readers will get the message and have fun laughing, too.

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