Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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December 24, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
A Sweet Friendship

‘Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?’ by Shel Silverstein is an adorable tale about a child and a rhinoceros, and how they come together to do funny, sweet things. The boy in the book loves his new pet and wants to make his relationship with the rhinoceros special, so they spend...

December 24, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Interesting and Unique Facts

‘Weird But True! New York City,’ from National Geographic Kids, paints an interesting, wild, thoroughly engaging picture of the Big Apple. From facts such as how the New York Public Library has a collection of 40,000 historical restaurant menus to how frozen custard was invented at Coney Island in 1919,...

December 24, 2021
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Solving Problems

‘Donkey Hodie Helps an Elephant,’ a Level One Ready-to-Read book, showcases the adorable new series of ‘Donkey Hodie’ available on PBS Kids. A Fred Rogers Production, ‘Donkey Hodie’ is a sweet and friendship-filled tale. The book includes easy sight words, a simple plot and dialogue between characters, and familiar topics...

December 24, 2021
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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5.0
The Peanuts Gang

‘Snoopy on the Job,’ a Level Two Ready-to-Read book, is yet another cute tale from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz, creator of the original Peanuts cartoons. Based on ‘The Snoopy Show’ episode of the same name, the book tells the story of Lucy’s yard sale and how Snoopy and...

December 15, 2021
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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5.0
Kids Fiction
Grandparents and Tradition

‘A Song of Frutas’ by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios, is a sweet tale of a granddaughter and her grandfather as they sell fruit on the streets of Cuba. The illustrations are vibrant and exude the beauty of the location and the relationship between a granddaughter and her abuelo...

December 15, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
So Many Awesome Facts!

‘Listified!’ by Andrew Pettie, illustrated by Andres Lozano, is a fascinating addition to the Britannica Books. There are 300 lists in the book to engage anyone with interest in almost anything. Some pages detail odd jobs, such as teddy bear surgeons, dog food tasters, and professional sleepers, while other pages...

December 15, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Color Your Friends!

‘The Official Friends The Television Series Coloring Book’ is an adorable addition to the library of anyone who loves coloring, let alone the show the book details. From quotes such as “They don’t know that we know they know we know” and “A moo point” to images that showcase each...

December 15, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Staying True to Oneself

‘Aaron Slater, Illustrator,’ by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, tells the story of a young boy who sees images more than he knows how to write about them. His dyslexia keeps him from doing quite as well as he wants in school with his reading, and when his second...

December 14, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Very Enjoyable and Thought-Provoking

‘Recipe for Disaster’ by Aimee Lucido is a heartwarming, deliciously enjoyable book about the beauty and trouble that come with family, food, and religion, to name but a few themes. When Hannah goes to Shira’s Bat Mitzvah, she intends to be happy for her best friend. Everything goes wrong, though,...

December 14, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Truth, Growth, and Kindness

‘One True Loves’ by Elise Bryant weaves together a multitude of themes that become one beautiful story. While Lenore is graduating from high school, she doesn’t quite know what she wants to do with her life. She’s been accepted to college and is planning to travel to New York City...

November 29, 2021
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Tradition and Family

‘The First Blade of Sweetgrass’ by Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey, illustrations by Nancy Baker, tells the story of Musqon and her grandmother as they pick grass for basket making. Musqon must learn how to properly tell the various grasses apart, and her grandmother gives her tips and tricks to...

November 24, 2021
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4.0
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4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Kids Fiction
Togetherness and Kindness

‘No Dinosaurs Allowed’ by Deborah Hunt, illustrated by Ashleigh Heyns, is a nice story about togetherness, kindness, and learning more about others. While lots of people are initially afraid of Teddy, a dinosaur, his friend Bobby, a little boy, is always there for him. They go places together, and Bobby...

November 24, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Young Adult Indie
Under the Stars

‘Chasing the Stars’ by Melanie Hooyenga is a great sequel to ‘Chasing the Sun,’ the first in this series. Naomi is trying to get her bearings as she wraps her head around graduating from high school and getting a great offer for her podcast that has been doing really well,...

November 10, 2021
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5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
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5.0
Engaging with Books and Libraries

‘Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpre Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories’ by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Magaly Morales, tells Pura’s story, and it is a beautiful one. After she moves to Harlem from Puerto Rico, she gets a job at the library, and she loves cuentos, or books, very much....

November 10, 2021
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5.0
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5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Food, Senses, and Tasty Dishes

‘Feast Your Eyes on Food’ by Laura Gladwin, illustrated by Zoe Barker, is an encyclopedia that contains more than 1,000 delicious food items. The book starts out mentioning the five senses, and how tasting new flavors stimulates our other senses as well—touch, smell, sight, and hearing. There are short blurbs...

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