Reviews written by Becky Laney

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Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 27, 2010
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5.0
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Friend of the Week

This is the fourth Clementine book. Others in the series include Clementine (2006), The Talented Clementine (2007), and Clementine's Letter (2008). There is so much to love about Clementine. I hardly know where to begin. Well, that's not exactly true. If you are not familiar with...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 24, 2010
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0

Don't Leave Me!

I love Gerald and Piggie. I do. I find Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series to be one of the best, one of the funniest series ever. In I Am Going, Gerald, the Elephant, becomes distraught when he learns that Piggie, his best friend, is going. Where is she going?...

Kids Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 21, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0

Take a Farmer

There is so much to appreciate about Elisha Cooper's Farm. It's a very detailed picture book--an informational picture book--about the ins and outs of farm life. Readers get a glimpse of what a farm looks like--up, close, and personal--throughout the year, through all the seasons. What do I mean about...

Kids Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 17, 2010
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5.0
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5.0
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Sunday is for God

I really enjoyed this one. A sweet story focused on faith and family. A story about making God and family a priority in our lives. Our narrator is a young boy with a big heart. He may not love getting dressed up, wearing clothes that make him uncomfortable, but he...

Kids Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 11, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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Tippity Tippity

I liked this one. It was fun. It was playful. It was rhythmic in a good way instead of an annoying way. Tippity! Tippity! Little black feet! Who is dancing that tippity...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 08, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0

Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don't)

The star of this one is a little girl who does NOT like to read books. She does not quite understand what makes Miss Brooks--her librarian--so head-over-heels in love with books. Why does she get so excited? Excited enough to dress up in costumes for reading time? Why does she...

Young Adult Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   March 27, 2010
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5.0
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5.0
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Tiger Moon

Safia is the eighth wife of Ahmed Mudhi, an extremely wealthy merchant. Because he's been sick, he hasn't discovered that his new-wife "Safia" does not live up to her name, "Virtue." Safia knows that when he finds out that she is not a virgin, that it will mean death for...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   March 21, 2010
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5.0
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5.0
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Bad News for Outlaws

ave you ever heard of Bass Reeves? I know I hadn't before picking up Vaunda Micheaux Nelson's Bad News For Outlaws. But I found this picture book biography to be more than just informative, more than just interesting. I found it to be compelling in an almost magical way. The...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   March 18, 2010
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0

In the Jungle

A Million Shades of Gray is about a Vietnamese village torn apart by war. It's been a few years since the Americans have left, but war is still raging. And Y'Tin's village faces great danger from the North Vietnamese forces that are heading their way. Y'Tin's Ama...

Young Adult Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   November 25, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Crossing Stones

Loved, loved, loved this verse novel by Helen Frost. It's historical fiction following the lives of two families. The Jorgensens and The Normans. The year is 1917 (and 1918). We've got many narrators (both male and female), many stories. Emma and Frank Norman. Ollie and Muriel Jorgensen. Frank loves Muriel....

Kids Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   November 10, 2009
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3.0
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3.0
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0.0

Callie's Rules

What did I like about this one? The Jane-Eyre loving heroine Calliope Jones. She's slightly stubborn. Not in a completely inappropriate way. But just enough of her own spirit to make things interesting. (For example, her stubbornly refusing to read Lorna Doone because it was boring, and instead rereading Jane...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   August 31, 2009
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0

Where's My Ring?

If you loved Sally Lloyd-Jones' How To Be A Baby by Me, The Big Sister, then you'll most likely appreciate this latest book. It stars the same adorable children. This one is a perfect choice for the little girls in your life who love to play make...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   August 13, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Meet Binky

I loved, loved, loved this one. It's about a cat, Binky, who has just received his certification. He has become an official "space cat." I'd tell you more about what that means. But it is super-top-secret information. And I don't want to be scratched and hissed...

Becky LaneyBecky Laney   August 11, 2009
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3.0
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3.0
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100% Pure Fake

Thomas, Lyn. 2009. 100% Pure Fake: Gross Out Your Friends and Family With 25 Great Special Effects. Kids Can Press. Available in August 2009. This book--in a way--is the literary equivalent to a noisy, obnoxious toy. The kind of toy that kids love to play with--at least...

Kids Fiction
Becky LaneyBecky Laney   July 07, 2009
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3.0
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3.0
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0.0

How Crazy is Crazy?

This is Bonnie. This is me. We were standing silently. She said, "I don't mean to stare. Mister, you've got Crazy hair." A love of all things Gaiman sure helps when reading Crazy Hair. That and a love of all-things-silly. In Crazy Hair we meet a...

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