Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog!

 

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog!
by Hilde Lysiak
Scholastic, 2017

In the first of the series, we follow the adventures of Hilde as she is told of seemingly unrelated actions happening in her neighborhood.  Stolen eggs.  Smashed cupcakes.  Broken plates.  Are they related? Why would anyone do these things? Are there suspects?  Readers follow each clue as it’s discovered and think through the clues to help solve the mystery.  Will Hilde figure out the mystery, and will she get the story out on time?  A riveting read!

Author Hilde Lysiak, a real-life reporter since she was seven, turns her reporting adventures into early reader chapter books. In real life, local reporters, police and other professionals don’t take her seriously, but her neighbors, who watch her meticulously follow through on clues, do!

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A Cat is Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cat is Better
by Linda Joy Singleton, illustrated by Jorge Martin
Little Bee Books, 2017

Readers meet ‘confident’ cat at the pet store when a young boy picks him up.  Cat knows he is the most perfect pet and gives the boy permission to take him home.  But wait!  The boy is getting a dog, too?!  The cat knows this is a big mistake.  Readers will laugh as the cat points out all his attributes and all the dog’s foibles, while insisting he is the perfect pet.  But lo, readers will also see the side of the cat that makes mistakes and concessions.  A well balanced, tongue-in-cheek funny story asserting cats are better than dogs.

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Shorty and Clem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorty and Clem
by Michael Slack
Harper, 2017

While Clem is away, a package arrives.  Shorty is super curious.  He imagines all the things it could be.  He imagines it is for him, until he sees it’s for Clem.  Still, he imagines it’s a race car and ‘drives’ the package, he imagines it’s a trampoline and jumps on the package.  So excited, he eventually imagines he hears monkeys inside the package and unable to hold himself back, tears open the package, and there are monkeys inside!  But then he feels remorseful that he opened his friends package.

Young readers will love this suspense and will relate to Shorty’s inability to contain himself when wondering about the unexpected package.

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Bulldozer Helps Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulldozer Helps Out
by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

Another Little Bulldozer book, this one with a heart-warming twist at the end.

Little Bulldozer watches the big equipment vehicles work at the construction site.  He finally gets up his courage and tells the big vehicles that he can help.  They all agree he’s too little, not rough and tough enough.  But then they remember a small job he can do and Little Bulldozer proudly goes to his new job site.  He nudges away at a pile.  At the end of work, the big equipment vehicles look his way and saw that Little Bulldozer hadn’t done a single thing they’d asked!  You’ll have to read this one to find out why, and why the big equipment vehicles were proud of Little Bulldozer.  Lots of construction site action and a lot of love and caring shared among the vehicles.

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My Pictures After the Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pictures After the Storm
by Eric Veille
Gecko Press, 2017

An interactive board book full of surprises.  Author/illustrator Eric Veille shows a page including six pictures and an opposite page showing the same six pictures after an imaginary storm, where the umbrella blew away, the ice cream cone spilled and the slide fell to the ground.  Young readers get to explore changes made to each picture. One set shows pictures of food items for lunch and pictures after lunch, where we see crumbs from bread, an apple core, and untouched boiled spinach.  Great book to help develop a young one’s thinking skills.

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Lion Lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Lessons
by Jon Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

A young boy enters a school to earn his Lion Diploma.  He is told there are seven lessons.  He does not impress the school master with Lesson one, Looking Fierce.  Nor Lesson two, Roaring.  He’s not very good at hiding, sprinting nor pouncing. Until…he spots a very large dog chasing a very small kitten and his lion powers come forth.  A fun way to imagine taking on new powers with clear, expressive and clever illustrations. Young readers love imitating the lion.

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Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear and Hare, Where’s Bear?
by Emily Gravett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014

Bear and Hare play hide and seek, but bear isn’t so good at the hiding part, and Hare is great at the finding part.  So Hare hides.  But bear isn’t so good at the seeking part either and, looking for Hare, he crawls under a blanket.  Readers can see it’s the same blanket under which Hare is hiding.  Neither Bear nor Hare knows the other is also under the same blanket.  Humor the youngest can shout out warning the characters.  Find out how Bear and Hare finally find each other.  This book has thick, heavy pages great to feel and hold up to a young one’s turning.  The extra bonus to Bear & Hare is that Hare counts to ten three times, introducing the youngest to numbers and counting.

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Who What Where?

Who What Where?
by Olivier Tallec
Chronicle Books, 2016

This interactive book is made for young detectives!

Each two-page set asks a question, like “Who left a jacket at home?”  On the second page, 4-5 choices are offered and the reader must play detective, examining the clues, to figure out the answer to the question. Whether the clue is the height of the character, the color of clothes or the fact that they are now wearing a bandage on their head, the readers have to use their thinking power to figure it out.  The clues aren’t always obvious either!  Don’t worry, the answers are provided on the last page, just to be sure you have it right.

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If You Were the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Were the Moon
Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Millbrook Press, 2017

A quiet bedtime story that introduces all the things the moon does, like “Tease the Earth: peek-a-boo!” (no moon to full moon) and “Challenge the ocean to a tug-of-war.” (gravity) Each page explains how the moon ‘plays peek-a-boo and ‘tug-of-war’.  Personifying the moon, children will see the moon as their friend.  Adults will likely learn a little about the moon, too.

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There, There

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There, There
by Tim Beiser, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2017

As half the work of a picture book is the illustrations, this book’s textured, rich acrylic pictures, kept me turning the pages, again and again.  I was not familiar with Bill Slavin‘s books, but I’m reading them now.  A Canadian artist, he’s won numerous awards.

The text, written in well-done rhyme also pulled me in.  The story features a whiney rabbit who complains of just about everything, and a patient bear who accepts his friend’s quirks up to a point.  Tired of all his complaining, he marches his friend out and show’s him an earthworm who spends all his time in dirt, has no arms or legs and gets happy when he mistakes his own rear end for a friend!  Fortunately, rabbit gets it, and suddenly the day turns warm.  But the worm, tossed into the dirt was insulted!  The story ends on a humorous note in perfect rhyme.

A fresh story with a good lesson.

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