We will be having our Tale Waggers program in April and hope all of you will join us to read to the dogs! Bring a favorite book or pick one of ours to share with some furry, loving friends from Love on a Leash. Parents, this is a perfect way for your reluctant readers to practice their reading. Registration for the program begins Monday, April 1 and if you want to sign up please click HERE. Here are some reviews on dog and cat books that I think you will enjoy. I can’t wait to go home and read to my tail wagger Ruby, she loves to be read to.
Bill Peet The Whingdingdilly 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Rachel Age 5
The book was sad. The dog wanted to be a show horse that everyone could love. So he ran away and the witch turned him into a Whingdingdilly. He ended up in a circus and very sad….. But the witch changed him back into a dog, and then he ran back home and was very happy. I liked this story alot even though the dog was sad, he was glad at the end.
Touch and Feel Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Keegan & parent Age 1
We love this book because it has spots you can touch. The puppies and kittens are so cute. They make me laugh. I love the puppies and kittens because they are just pictures and they cannot lick me!
Peg Kehret Runaway Twin 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ben Age 10
The scariest part of the book was when Sunny and her dog Snickers got caught in a tornado. I think my friends should read this book because it proves that if you put your mind to something, you can always get it done. I would like to meet Charley because he seemed to be so nice and treats animals well. I recommend this book for people who like happy endings and adventure.
Erin Hunter Dark River 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Claire Age 11
This book is about 3 young apprentices in training to become Thunderclan warriors. Step into the paws of Jaypaw, Hollypaw and Lionpaw and experience the thrill of hunting, fighting and mysteries.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Chance Age 9
The book was about a kid named Marty. One day when Marty was on a walk he found a dog when he passed Shiloh school. He named the dog Shiloh. When his dad found out, he knew he would have to return him to Judd but after Shiloh was attacked he saved up enough money to buy Shiloh. The end.
Cynthia Rylant The Old Woman Who Named Things 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Isabella Age 7
The old woman named a stray dog Lucky. She named everything! I really liked this book and wonder what she would have named many things? I would like to meet Lucky!
Sandra Boynton Snuggle Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Allison Age 6
I love this book because my mom reads it to me because she loves me. It takes a lot of people loving each other. The animals in the book are sooo cute, I love this book and my mom.
Nick Bruel Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Quinn Age 9
Bad Kitty hates taking baths! The owner hates how Bad Kitty cleans herself. So the owner gives Bad Kitty a real bath. Bad Kitty was trying to hide. I liked Bad Kitty and really liked this story!
Jane O’Connor Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jackie Age 9
I like this book because there is a happy part where Nancy gets a dog and I think that part was happy. My friends should read this book because it’s happy and I think that they would like it. I would like to meet Nancy because she sounds like FUN!!!
Eric Litwin Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jenna Age 6
I like the book “Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes”. I like all the colors in the book. It is an easy book to read. I like when Pete the Cat sings, it is funny.
Frances E. Ruffin Police Dogs 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Justyn Age 10
I think this book is great. It ‘s great for kids who are interested in the K9 unit. It gave me a whole new view of K9 units. I think my favorite part was a night time chase.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to see you at the Tale Waggers program. Be sure to check out our new Library Catalog with the new YOUR ACCOUNT. LOVE IT!
Posted in Uncategorized March 29, 2013
A missing father. A lost home. A dangerous and moving mystery from the New York Times bestselling and acclaimed author of “Chasing Vermeer.”
Tuesday, March 19 7:00 pm
At the Spencer Road Branch Library
Register for this program HERE
Books will be available for purchase from Main Street Books.
I am so excited to get to meet Blue Balliett at the Spencer Road Library. I read ”Chasing Vermeer” when it first came out and totally loved the story and the characters and have read all 3 of Blue Balliett’s wonderfully artful mysteries. I am waiting for “Hold Fast” and listening to “Danger Box” right now. I hope all of you can join us to meet an award winning author at the Spencer Road Branch Library.
Here are more great reviews from our summer readers.
Jake Maddox Board Rebel 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Caleb Age 9
The scariest part was when Tanner went on the rails with his skateboard. They should read it if they like skateboarding. I would want to meet one of the characters, Tanner. He was an awesome skateboarder.
Ryder Windham Star Wars Galactic Crisis! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Matthew Age 8
The funniest part of this book is how crazy the creatures look! The saddest part was when Qui-gon Jinn died battling with Darth Maul. I’d recommend this book because it’s an exciting adventure story. If I wanted to meet a character it would be Yoda. I would ask him how he got so much energy and was also very old.
Caroline Arnold Baby Whale Rescue: The True Story of J.J. 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kyle Age 8
A gray whale named J.J. is found in California on the coastline migrating to Alaska. J.J. was about 1 week old. He was 1,670 pounds on the first day at Seaworld. He was released when she was 18,000 pounds and was 30 feet and 1 year old. He was released on March 31, 1998. It was hard but they did it!
Mary Pope Osborne Afternoon on the Amazon 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kaitlyn Age 10
The book “Afternoon on the Amazon” was a good book. The book got frightening when Jack & Annie were in the boat on the Amazon and they were trying to go to the side to get out of the boat, but Jack grabbed on to a vine and it wasn’t really a vine, it was a SNAKE! I think my friends should read this book because it gives information about the Amazon in a fun way of learning. If I could meet a character it would be Annie, she’s funny and one of the main characters.
Jim Davis Garfield Beefs Up 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Anna Age 9 1/2
My favorite part in this book is …..ALL OF IT! Because the whole entire thing was funny and I like funny books. I really suggest people to read this book.
Barbara Park Junie B., First Grader (at last!) 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Skylar Age 9
Junie B. starts first grade and doesn’t like it that much. She has a tattle-tale sitting next to her, and gets purple glasses!! She makes new friends and likes first grade after all!!! She also makes a new Best friend, Herb!
Louis Sachar There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Maggie Age 8
I really like this book. the saddest part is when the counselor left. Because she helped him make friends and his life easier. I think you should read it. It teaches you a lesson. It is also a very good book. I would like to meet the counselor because she is so nice. I hope you like it too!
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Hayden Age 7
The funniest part of the book was when a man could be four types of people at once. He could be a midget, a giant, a fat man and a thin man. My friends should read this book because it is weird. This book is also fun.
K.A. Nuzum The Leanin’ Dog 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alyssa Age 10
I think the saddest part was when the bear came in the cabin and ruined everything on Christmas. I would like to meet Dessa Dean. I think you should read this book if you like interesting books.
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Mikey Age 7
Amelia Bedelia is a great book because she is crazy. She makes me laugh because she misunderstands everything. The funniest part is when she dresses the chicken she actually dressed up the chicken. I think all kids would laugh at this book.
Margie Palatini Piggie Pie 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Megan Age 6
I think it’s funny how the pigs dressed up like other animals to keep the witch from knowing that they are pigs. The dress up like the farmer too. At the end the witch and the wolf want to eat each other for lunch.
Pam Calvert Princess Peepers 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cole & parent Age 4
We liked when the character tried not to wear her glasses. We would recommend this book! The art and colors were amazing. Cole’s favorite part was when she danced out of the window. Great Book!
Reviewed by Kate & parent Age 2 1/2
Kate enjoyed this book because of the many glasses Princess Peepers had. She loved the art work and it helped her understand the story. We would recommend this book. Great Story! The illustrations were amazing and fun!
Posted in Uncategorized February 26, 2013
Here’s some great news to help celebrate our lovely month.
We will be having Lisa McMann, author of “The Trap Door“ at the Kathryn Linnemann Library on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm in an after hours celebration of the release of Book number 3 in the bestselling Infinity Ring series.
Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States, but there’s big trouble waiting for them!
The year is 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust . . . while Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy.
Each book comes packaged with a full-color, two-sided, collectible Hystorian’s Guide, a player’s strategy guide to the online adventure.
Follow the map, study the Guide, and save history!
IMPORTANT: In order to get in the book signing line, customers must purchase a copy of any Infinity Ring book.
Sign up for this program HERE!
Join us now for books that our summer readers LOVED! and that I’m sure you will love also!
Johan Olander A Field Guide to Monsters 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Collin Age 4
SCARY! Grandma wouldn’t read this after dark. I liked the corner cat. It looks funny. Grandma liked the Patootie. I loved all the drawing especially the toilet snake, Grandma says it’s pretend.
Greg Trine Revenge of the McNasty Brothers 5 Star Review
Reviewed by George Age 8
I love the book “The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers”. I think my brother should read the book. I think the funniest part in the story was Melvin can’t fly in one try. I would like to meet Melvin because he has his own TV. I think my friend should read the book because his weakness is bologna. That is why I love the book about Melvin Beederman!
L. Rifkin The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Merek Age 9
The 5 stars would go to “The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb” because it is scary. I would read this to my brother because he loves cats. I would like to meet Romeo.
Patricia Polacco For the Love of Autumn 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abigail
Autumn was a cat who ran away on a stormy night. A mountain lion attacked her but she was rescued by Mr. Notion. She had to have stitches on her tail and then she got better.
Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alaric Age 5
My son loved to shout back at the book where it called for a response. Mo Willem’s books read like a Sesame Street sketch – fun characters, lots of expression. The pigeon in the series turns up in many of Mo Willem’s other books. They are loved by adults and kids.
Anna Dewdney Llama Llama Mad at Mama 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ezra & parent Age 2
Ezra likes all the rhyming words and colorful pictures. He loves figuring out what the Mama Llama is doing in all the pictures. Ezra has the story memorized and enjoys filling in words for Mommy when she stops reading. We love Llama Llama!
Ron Roy The Absent Author 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lelia Age 6
This is a book about kidnapping! This is a great mystery! There are lots of suspects! The saddest part was when the kids found out Wallace was kidnapped. My friends should read this book because it is very fun and very mysterious. I love this book and this series. I would like to meet Ruth Rose!
Mary Pope Osborne Dinosaurs Before Dark 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emily Age 10
The funniest part was when a Pterandon peered through the window of the tree house. I think my friends should read this book because it’s a great book. I would like to meet Annie. I enjoyed this book and I love the whole series!
Victoria Kann Purplicious 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Avery Age 5
I liked this book because I like the color pink and purple too. Everyone teased her because she liked those colors and that wasn’t very nice. I liked it when she met a new friend that liked pink too. This book reminds me of me and my friend Ashley. We both love pink and purple!
Kevin Henkes Owen 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cale Age 6
Owen the mouse had a yellow blanket called “Fuzzy”. He carried it everyday and he loved it. His Mom and Dad tried to stop Owen from carrying his blanket. They thought he was too old for it. His Mom made his blanket into handkerchiefs that he could carry anywhere.
Johanna Hurwitz Fourth Grade Fuss 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Grace Age 10
The saddest part of this book was when Julio was not feeling good during the test. He had to go to the hospital. I think my friends should read it because it is an interesting book. I would like to meet Julio, he is the main character. I loved this book!
Mem Fox Time for Bed 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Shelby & parent Age 1
This is one of my mom’s favorite books, she reads it to me every night before bed. I get to turn all of the pages as the animals and their parents get ready for bed. My mom and me love this book. It’s a Classic!
Andrew Gutelle Baseball’s Best : Five True Stories 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ryan Age 10
The funniest part is the one handed catch. My friends should read this because it is about baseball! I would love to meet Babe Ruth so he could sign a baseball! I love Baseball!
Have a fabulously Lovely February and enjoy Lisa McCann and all of the recommended titles.
Posted in Uncategorized January 30, 2013
Hi all, hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season and that you are relaxing with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate right now. When going out shopping be sure to pick up books for everyone. If you are looking for just the right book check out our Recommended Reading page with lots of great links to help you find the right book. I love the website Kids Read since many of the reviews are from children themselves and they really have some wonderful books on there right now. If you are thinking of buying a book for boys check out Read Kiddo Read and Books for Boys, they really know what guys like and girls, too. Maybe you’ll see the right title here to help you find just the right book to give to your friends or for you to give to your parent to read to you. Have a wonderful holiday and happy reading.
Tedd Arnold I Spy Fly Guy! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Dane Age 7
It is funny because Fly Guy hides in a trash can. My friends should read this book because it will make them laugh. I would like to meet Fly Guy!
Daisy Meadows Amber the Orange Fairy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Haley Age 10
The scariest part is that when the goblins capture Amber and put her in a shell and she can’t get out. My friends should read this book because it is a good book and the series are fun to read. If I could meet one of the characters I would like to meet Amber because she is a fairy and I want to be a fairy. I give this book a 5 because it has a lot of action in it.
Mike Reiss The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sophie Age 3
We really enjoyed this book because it’s telling about a good thing – sharing. How from grumpy you can become happy. Other people (in this book, his sister) can change your mood and your enthusiasm. Simple words change people’s lives – please and thank you – these are words that kids should be aware of!! Very good pictures, colorful and easy to read to children.
Eric Carle From Head to Toe 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Zachary Age 5
The book was about kids being able to do things as wild animals can do. It was fun acting out the different poses. I liked the chose of the animals in the book. My favorite was the cat and the buffalo. I want a friend to read this book because it is fun!
Greg Farshtey Legends of Bara Magna 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Philip Age 8
The scariest part was when Malum almost killed Vastus. I liked it when Skrall beat the ice creatures. I would like to meet Gresh. The book was awesome!
Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby, Age 8 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Elizabeth Age 10
Ramona is a loving little girl although her parents make her do many things. One of the things is be nice to little Willa Jean. I would love to meet Ramona and Beezus (Ramona’s sister) because they work very well together. My friends should read this book because it is funny. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is a funfilling, pretty good book.
Laura Numeroff If You Give a Pig a Party 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Hannah Age 2 1/2
This is a fun book to read. Our favorite parts are the pillow fight and when the animals ride the bumper cars. Moose has a funny face when riding on the bumper cars – we always laugh. Hannah says, “I like the balloons the best. And the carnival.”
Ron Roy The Talking T. Rex 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alena Age 8
The funniest part was when the kids got locked inside a fake T. Rex. It’s really good, and it’s funny! I would love to meet one of the characters! I would like to meet Ruth Rose!
Kathryn Lasky The Capture 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Bella Age 8
Kathryn Lasky has really outdone herself this time! The first book in a series of sixteen, The Capture is a big hit! Two good friends Soren and Gylfie are captured by St. Aggies patrols and taken to St. Aggies, which claims to be an orphanage nestled in Canyonland. Together, the two discover that the Leaders of St. Aggies are trying to moon walk them, keeping an owl in full moonlight, which soon makes them crazy. So to avoid being moonwalked, the two were fed by the legends of a great tree far away call The Gahoole tree. Soon, the St. Aggie’s patrols notice Soren and Gylfie are living off the legends and the two are guilty and at the talons of death. But then Soren and Gylfie meet Grimble, a brave and generous owl. She explains to them that the only way out is to fly, something the two have never done before. So Grimble trains Gylfie and Soren to fly. In the middle of practicing, a pit guardian spots Grimble, Soren and Gylfie and cries, “Get them before they can escape!” Will Soren and Gylfie be able to fly away in order to not be captured! Find out in The Capture.
Mary Pope Osborn Ghost Town At Sundown 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Grace Age 9
This is one of my favorite Magic Tree House books. At first it was a little scary, but in the end it was not so freaky. I really like to try to solve the riddle before Jack and Annie do. Finally, I just love to read!
Kathyrn Reiss The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Amber Age 8
The funniest part was when they found the necklace in the doll. The saddest part was when PoPo had to leave her friend Mie Meng. The scariest part was when the girls lost their dolls. I would like to meet Julie because she is a very good thinker during a mystery.
Jude Watson The 39 Clues: In Too Deep 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Braden Age 8
The funniest part of the book was when Eisenhower Holt was dunked under the wave. My friends should read this book because it has very funny characters like Dan. I would like to meet Dan because he is funny. I would also like to meet Kurt because he would play chess with me.
Sean Kenney Cool Cars and Trucks 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Amar Age 7
It looked like fun to make cool cars and trucks. I would want other boys to read this book.
Erica Silverman Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa – Horse in the House 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Anne Age 6
Cocoa’s favorite things in the house were Cowgirl Kate and the refrigerator. He found a fruit bowl in the dining room and ate some. Cowgirl Kate put him back in the barn. I would like to meet Cocoa because I love horses. Cocoa is a silly horse.
Posted in Uncategorized December 19, 2012
Another holiday season is here again and I hope you all find time to read to your children or have them read to you. Be sure to check out some fun music CDs from the library and keep your spirits up by singing with your children in the car. Maybe you can try some of our wonderful ebooks or audiobooks if you are planning on being on the road this holiday season. Click here to see all of your options! Here are some wonderful recommended reading from our intrepid summer readers. I’m sure you will find a fun book to try in December.
Berenstain, Stan & Jan Old Hat, New Hat 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alyssa Age 3
I like the hats. I think they are cool. Brother Bear tries on some weird hats. He turns out to keep his old hat.
Sharon Creech Hate that Cat 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Caitlyn Age 10
I think the funniest part of this book was when Jack tries to stop saying mean things about cats. The author was clever when she said “I’m going to stop saying
MEAN things about cats. She crossed out MEAN, that’s what made me laugh. It was the best book ever. I would so encourage people to read Hate that Cat.
VanDraanen, Wendelin Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Claire Age 8
I like Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy because it’s a funny mystery story. If I could meet any character it would be Holly. I think the best part in this book is when Sammy meets Holly. If I could I would read every Sammy Keyes book in the world!!
Felicity Brown Nike’s Great Race 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sarah Age 9
It had no sad part in it! I love Bella Sara!!!:) It was that I also LOVE HORSES!!!! Especially winged ones!!!
Theo LeSieg I Wish I That I Had Duck Feet 5 Star Review
This book is so funny, I love it! I have lots of imagination. The boy wished so many things like duck feet, horns, whale spout, long tail and an elephant trunk. But at last he just wished to be himself. Good short story for every kid.
Matt Christopher Goalkeeper in Charge 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ryan Age 9
This book was about a girl that was shy and she played soccer. Her coach asked her if she wanted to play goalie, so she tried it. She became a great keeper, but there was a mean girl named Cindy and Cindy’s mom wanted her to be the star. Cindy became nice and became friends with the shy girl and her friends.
Sarah Masters Buckey Curse of Ravenscourt 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emily Age 9
Samantha is excited about her family’s stay at a fancy new apartment hotel. Until she learns there’s a curse on the hotel’s owner! As soon as she arrives, one thing after another goes wrong. Is it the curse or something else?
Marissa Moss Amelia’s Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments
5 Star Review Reviewed by Mikayla Age 10
I like this book because Amelia goes on a field trip with Cleo. Amelia does not want to go to camp with Cleo. Carly (Amelia’s friend) helps Amelia get through camp. It turns out to be a fun field trip. You should read this book because it’s interesting and cool.
Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Gabrielle Age 10
One of the scariest parts of this story is when Despereaux is being led into the dungeon by Botticelli, a rat, and they saw mouse skeletons. My friends should read this book because it’s about love and is a very adventurous book. I would like to meet Desperaux because he’s a very loyal mouse. I hope you will or have read this book.
Thanks for sharing our reviews, Happy Holidays and have tons of fun reading!
Posted in Uncategorized November 27, 2012
November is almost here and I’m thinking about all of the things I’m thankful for this fall. I’m thankful for my friends, family, animals and of course good books. If you want to come and read a good book to a great listener this November, read to a dog in this special program offered by members of Love on a Leash. Bring your own book or choose one of ours, and read to an attentive, adorable dog who loves stories. Children will read for 10 minutes. Reading to dogs is a very positive and non-threatening way to build reading skills and confidence in reading. To sign up for this program please Click Here!
Maybe you can find just the right book to read to the dogs from our pick of past summer reading readers.
Mary Pope Osborne Ghost Town at Sundown 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cora Age 8
In this book Jack and Annie go to a western place. When they are there a piano starts to play by itself. Along the way they meet some cowboys. At the end they figure out that a ghost is playing the piano and then they go back home.
Susan Meddaugh Martha Speaks 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Christopher & parent Age 4
Christopher loves dogs! He would love for his friends to read it because it is so funny. Martha was giving flowers as a gift.
Janet Stevens The Great Fuzz Frenzy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ella Age 4
This book was really funny. I liked watching the prairie dogs dress up in the green fuzz. Big Bark was the funniest character. I liked when the orange ball showed up at the end.
Mary Elise Monsell Underwear! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Dawson & parent Age 5
Dawson really enjoyed looking at all the different kinds of funny underwear. He laughed the whole way through the story.
Gail Carson Levine For Biddle’s Sake 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma Age 10
This book is about a girl named Cabbage because she loved cabbage so much. She wouldn’t eat anything else so her dad had to steal the cabbage from the fairy Ethelinda’s garden. When he finally got caught his punishment was that the fairy Ethelinda got to keep his daughter, Cabbage. The fairy Ethelinda was known to turn people into toads, and one day she accidentally turned Cabbage into a toad. This was a fun story.
Janell Cannon Stellaluna 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lauren & parent Age 3
We love the book Stellaluna because the pictures are alot of fun and the story is about a bat that pretends to be a bird. Our favorite part was when the mother bird returned and Stellaluna and the bird babies were all hanging upside down outside the nest. We recommend this book to everyone.
Shana Corey First Graders from Mars 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jacob Age 6
This book was very interesting. 1st graders in this book are from Mars. They all looked silly. I learned that it is okay for aliens and people to look different. My favorite part is when the brother throws food into his mouth!
Melanie Gerth Ten Little Ladybugs 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Griffin and parent Age 1
Griffin loves the rhyming of the story, especially with the sounds of the animals we make. He is fascinated by the ladybugs and counting them down until they are all home. He smiles everytime and actually “reads” this book on his own.
Jackie Urbanovic Duck at the Door 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Matthew Age 5
In the beginning Max the duck comes to the door and knocks. It’s winter time. While he’s there he learns to turn the tv on and make soup. Then he watches the tv again. Then he leaves. His friends look out the window for him. They miss him. Then he comes back with 60 ducks.
Matt Novak Mouse TV 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sam Age 7
I liked this story because the author surprised me when the mice carried the football with one mouse on top. Also I liked the illustrations. It is like a comic book. I liked the picture where the cat thought the bomb was a mouse!
Lisa Schroeder It’s Raining Cupcakes 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kaitlyn Age 8
Isabel, her mom, dad, grandma and Sophie decide to open up a cupcake shop in place of a laundry, Bleach-o-rama. Right before the shop opens, her mom decided to sell it. Isabel had entered a cooking contest. She entered S’mores cupcakes. The finalist got flown in to New York City and got 1000.00 dollars, so just then the phone rang! It was the people from the baking contest! They said, Isabel was a finalist! Isabel told her Mom and that gave her Mom the courage to open up the shop. So after they came back from New York City they opened up the shop. A man came with a basket of laundry. He asked “where are the washers!” So Isabel’s mom took his clothes and gave him a glass of milk and a cupcake. While she went to wash is clothes, he said” Wow, what great service! I’m going to tell all of my friends!” Everyone else said “NO” and burst out laughing.
Hope you find something fun to read and be sure to sign up for Tale Waggers!
Posted in Uncategorized October 17, 2012
Hope everyone is back in school and are reaping your rewards for all of your summer reading this year. We had record number of readers and finishers and had many readers read over 100 hours so they had Star Reader signs in their front yards. Congratulations to everyone, we have the best readers anywhere in St. Charles County. Here are new reviews for those that are looking for a fun read, have a great day and enjoy the wonderful fall weather we are having now.
Kiki Thorpe Bear’s Shape Book 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Adam & parent Age 2
Adam liked the bear and the shapes. He liked the book and would recommend this book to other 2 year olds. Adam enjoyed seeing the bear because we’ve seen him in other books, so it made it enjoyable for him to read his book.
R. L. Stine The Haunted Mask 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Dominic Age 10
I liked this book because it was a creepy suspenseful book and I like books like that. The story surprised me at the end! If you like scary books, this is a good one!
Lynn Cullen Nelly in the Wilderness 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma Age 11
This is probably the saddest, funniest book I read. I would recommend this book because it is about animals and the early time. I would like to meet a character because they are all from back with the pioneers and indians.
Lisa Shulman The Moon Might be Milk 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lexi Age 6
The cat thought the moon might be milk. The hen said the moon might be an egg. The butterfly might think it is sugar. I liked the book because everybody thought the moon was something different.
Ron Roy The Talking T. Rex 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abby Age 9
This book is about a case of the missing money for a dinosaur museum. My friends should read this book because it started out mysterious and then ended with a good ending. I would like to meet Dink because he was the smartest person in the book and he figured out all the problems. This was the Best Book Ever!
Mercer Mayer Helping Mom 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Tallon Age 3
Little Critter helped his mommy and big messes which were really funny. The pictures were super silly and made us laugh. It was so funny when he gave the kitty potato chips for dinner. Little Critter is a crazy guy and we love him!
Lucy Floyd Rabbit and Turtle Go To School 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Conner Age 6
I liked it because they were racing. The turtle won the race because the rabbit got a snack. I liked the pictures of the rabbit and turtle. It was funny when the rabbit lost because rabbits are faster than turtles.
Teddy Slater N – O Spells No! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Nathan Age 3
Nathan loves this book “because it’s funny”. It is a silly story of a girl named Katie who only likes to say NO! The book teaches both opposites and show kids how silly they can look when they choose to be stubborn. Nathan wanted to read Katie’s story again and again.
Judy Schachner Skippyjon Jones 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Connor & parent Age 6
Connor likes Skippyjon Jones because even though he is a cat, he thinks he is a chihuahua. It is a hysterical tale of a small kitty with a huge imagination and captivates my kid’s attention. They love shouting things they’ve heard in the book like “Holy Guacamole!” It’s a great family read-along.
Alice Alfonsi Star Wars: Anakin’s Race for Freedom 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Aidan Age 5
I liked this book because I love Star Wars. My favorite part was when Anakin’s Pod raced higher than any other Pod, and then his Pod went forward and swung around Sububba’s Pod. He beat Sububba!! The pictures are cool and there is action!
Alex Moran Sam and Jack 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Nicholas Age 6
This was such a good book. I liked it because the mouse thought the cat was mean, but really it was his friend Jack. It was really funny and I think other kids would like this book too.
Ben Mikaelsen Touching Spirit Bear 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Connor Age 9
I like this book because it is funny. In the beginning Cole gets banished on an Alaskan island. 2 days later he is brought back to Alaska after being mauled by a bear. Then he goes back out and helps his friend heal by bringing him out to the island to stay.
Thanks for reading our reviews, be sure to visit us at the library and please ask if you need any help finding a good read.
Posted in Uncategorized September 27, 2012
Bring your friends! This is really exciting! If you like 39 Clues, you will love the Infinity Ring books. Best selling author James Dashner (Maze Runner) will be at the library to talk about A Mutiny in Time on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm at the Spencer Road Library, the first book in the Infinity Ring series which is about history gone wrong and time travel. The Infinity Ring books will incorporate a 3-D online game where YOU can be a character in history & go back in time to correct the “great breaks” in history that threaten all humankind. Each book will have a unique “Hystorian’s Guide” that includes code to unlock special online game features. There will be 7 Infinity Ring books all written by different authors including: Lisa McCann, Jennifer Nielsen, Matt de la Pena, Matthew Kirby and Carrie Ryan. Families are welcome to this fun program, books will be sold by Main Street Books and autographed by the author. To sign up for this program click here!
Here are some of our fun reviews by our stalwart summer readers:
Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Ticket Trouble
5 Star Review Reviewed by Olivea Age 9
The funniest part of the book is basically all of it! My friend should read this book because she likes mysteries! Yes, I would like to meet Nancy Drew because I always look up to her! I love this book. I even want to become my own super sleuth;)
Erin Hunter Into the Wild 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Christina Age 10
I like the book Into the Wild by Erin Hunter because it is filled with adventure. This book is about a housecat who ends up going to the forest by his house because he’s following a mouse and he meets some wild warrior cats. The housecat named Rusty joins the clan the warriors are in and receives his apprentice name. Rusty finds out what it means to become a warrior and be loyal to his clan.
Lisa Ernst Sylvia Jean, Scout Supreme 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lydia Age 4
I like that Sylvia Jean was in costumes. She was going to make her neighbor better. She was nice.
L. Frank Baum The Patchwork Girl of Oz 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Carly Age 8
I like this book because it’s different from the Wizard of Oz. It has different characters like Ojo the woozy, the patchwork girl and the Shaggy man. The thing I didn’t like was Ojo put in jail. One of the characters I would like to meet is Ojo because I think he would make a good friend.
Jean-Luc Fromental Oops! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cathy Age 8
I like this book because there is a lot of action in this book. Many things happen because someone dropped a bar of soap. I would recommend it because it is really silly. An alien finds the soap and gives it back to the person that lost it.
Lucy Cousins Maisy Drives the Bus 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ethan Age 5
We liked this book because we like Maisy. The pictures are big & colorful, and the words are easy to understand. Ethan likes this book because Maisy rides on a bus.
Watty Piper The Little Engine That Could 5 Star Review
Reviewed by James Age 5
There is a happy train that gets broken. All the toys try to get another train to help, but they don’t want to. Then a little blue engine tries to help pull the train over the mountain and does because he keeps saying “I think I can”. We like this book because it tells us to try to do things even if we haven’t done them before.
Marie Hodge Are You Sleepy Yet, Petey? 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Toby & parent Age 3
It is time for Petey to go to bed. The boy gives him several tries to go to bed. The boy shows him how to close his eyes. The boy falls asleep in Petey’s bed.
Reviewed by Ben Age 7
This boy says ” Are you sleepy yet?” to his dog. The boy says “Do you want to take your blankie to sleep”. It takes place in his house at night. The boy lays with his dog until he goes to sleep. The boy falls asleep too.
Nick Bruel Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Holly Age 10
This book is about a cat who is not the best cat in the world, he’s the worst. Bad Kitty doesn’t want a bath but his owner is making him, so he hides. When his owner catches him in the bathroom his owner has written a letter to his family giving Bad Kitty’s things away. He gets him in the bathtub. After his bath Bad Kitty gets to watch the dog take a bath.
Janet Shaw Kaya’s Escape 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Maggie Age 10
This book has all of the emotions, happy, sad, scared and it also has trust. When Kaya and Speaking Rain, Kaya’s blind sister, get kidnapped to work as slaves for the people that took her. When Kaya meets Two Hawks, a boy from the Salish tribe, who was also taken as a captive, they come up with a plan to escape, but Speaking Rain says she wouldn’t go because she wouldn’t be able to find her way. When Kaya and Two Hawks escape, Kaya’s father finds them in the woods. The story is full of mystery and excitement.
Hope Vestergaard Potty Animals: what to know when you gotta go!
5 Star Review Reviewed by Caleb & parent Age 3 1/2
Potty Animals has funny pictures. It rhymes and has important information for using the bathroom. It features real life situations that kids experience. I would recommend this book to any preschool or young school age child.
I’ll see you at the James Dashner program, be sure to bring your book to have it signed.
Posted in Uncategorized August 29, 2012
Read St. Louis is a community wide reading intiative where you can meet authors who change our lives. Meet the authors and illustrator: Deborah Hopkins and John Hendrix at the Spencer Road Branch Library on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 pm. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the Titanic, grow up in Victorian England, be a slave who escapes to freedom, or travel to Oregon in the mid 19th century? Deborah Hopkinson makes history come alive one story at a time. She is an award-winning author of historical fiction books for young readers including A Boy Called Dickens , illustrated by St. Louis illustrator John Hendrix, and Titanic: voices from the disaster. Bring the whole family to learn more about the Titanic, listen to stories, and be prepared to sing! Hopkinson has written more than 30 picturebooks, chapter books, easy readers and nonfiction books for children of all ages. She excels at getting kids excited about history and reading. This is an event your family won’t want to miss! Be sure to sign up HERE!
Hope you enjoy the reviews from our past summer readers, hope you are finishing all of your current summer reading sheets and claiming all of the wonderful prizes. Here’s more wonderful reviews.
John A. Rowe I Want a Hug 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alexis Age 6
I liked the book because porcupine wanted a hug, but no one would hug him because of his spikes. Crocodile was sad because he wanted a kiss, but no one would kiss him – they were scared of his sharp teeth. They found each other and hugged and kissed!
M.P. Robertson The Dragon Snatcher 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Garrett Age 5
I like dragons. There was a chase and then the baby hatched. All the Dragons were flying around. There is also a wizard that’s trying to destroy all the eggs. This is my favorite book!
Joan Heilbroner Robert the Rose Horse 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Maggie Age 5
I loved this book because it was funny. Robert sneezeda lot! He was allergic to roses. Robert helped to catch the bank robbers by sneezing. At the end he was not allergic anymore. I loved Robert!
R. L. Stine Goosebumps: Revenge of the Living Dummy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Nate 5 Star Review
I love “Goosebumps” because it always left you wondering what will happen next in the book. My book was scary when the dummy came alive. I liked my book and would recommend it to everyone.
Kathryn Lasky Wolves of the Beyond – Lone Wolf 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kyra Age 10
This book is about how a baby wolf had a splayed paw and how he survived. He survived by staying on a piece of ice as a raft and stayed afloat, till a bear saved him when he clung to her leg. Whe she found whatever it was, was still alive, she took the baby wolf as her own.
Barbara Parks Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Boss of Lunch 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Anna Age 7
Junie B. Jones: Boss of Lunch is funny because of what she writes in her journal. My friends should read this book because it is funny and exciting. I would like to meet Junie B. Jones.
Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Wedding Day Disaster 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Harper Age 8
The scariest part was when I thought Nancy was going to get in trouble. It was a good mystery because it had cake in it and Bess was funny. If I wanted to meet one of the characters it would be Nancy because she solves mystery well.
Ilene Cooper Look At Lucy! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sarah Age 8
The saddest thing about this book was Bobby and Lucy didn’t win. My friends should read this book because it is funny, sad and just plain cool. I’d like to meet Lucy because she’s funny, cute and awesome!
Janet Stevens And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Leilani Age 8
This was the best book ever! This book was cool! I loved this book! I like the part when they found the dish and the spoon.
Laurence Yep Angelfish 5 Star Review
Reviewed by David Age 10
The saddest part of Angelfish is when you find out Mr. Cao’s toes were cut off by children in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I think my friends should read this book. It shows what happens when the one thing you love leaves you. I would like to meet Robin, because she makes mistakes and fixes them.
Hope to see you at the program and enjoy some of the recommended books before you go back to school.
Posted in Uncategorized July 31, 2012
Looks like the hot weather is coming if not already here so now is the perfect time to relax by the pool or in the air conditioning and read! If you get tired of doing that be sure to check out all of the fun special performers (click here) that will be at your library this summer or meet us at MidRivers Mall for MidRivers Family Fun Nights at the Mall on Friday July 13th at 5:00 pm for Dinosaur Dreams at the Mall.
If this isn’t enough to help you get through a hot July, try some of the recommended books from our past summer readers…they are sure to keep you entertained.
Mary Amato Naked Mole-Rat Letters 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sarah Age 9
My favorite part of the book was when Frankie’s dad took her door off of the hinges. She didn’t want to talk to her dad about things so she shut and locked her door. When she wouldn’t let him in he took drastic measures.
Thomas Rockwell How To Eat Fried Worms 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Julie Age 10
I like this book because they say a lot of ways of how to eat fried worms. I also like this book because the printing isn’t too small. It also gives recipes on how to actually eat them. This was a really good book.
Jon Scieszka Melvin Might? 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ian Age 6
Melvin was scared at first but he helped Rita when she got stuck. I liked this book alot. I think my friends would like to read it.
Eric Carle Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Drew Age 7
I like how the pages fold out. I like the author. I like when the dad climbs the ladder to get the moon. The pictures are good.
William Kotzwinkle Walter the Farting Dog 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emily Age 3
This book was funny. I liked this book because burglars came in and Walter scared them away with a fart.
Ian Falconer Olivia 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cayden Age 8 1/2
This is about a 5 or 6 year old pig, her name is Olivia. I would love to meet Olivia because she reminds me of me and this is why. She doesn’t like taking naps and I don’t either. Another thing we have in common is that we both have little brothers that like to copy us. This is why my friends should read this book because it makes me laugh and it would make them laugh too. My favorite part was when she had to take a nap but was not tired and started doing aerobatics. That was the funniest part.
Kimberly Willis Holt Piper Reed Navy Brat 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kim Age 10
I really like this book because it’s about a girl about my age and it is kind of funny how she acts. I think people should read this book if you want to read a different type of book that has humor, and by the way it is a great read aloud. Maybe you should just try it and see how hard it is to put it down. It’s also a great family book. If you are looking for a book that has the Navy and dogs maybe take a look. This book was great for me to enjoy and I hope you enjoy it to.
Dan Gutman Mrs. Roopy is Loopy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alyssa Age 10
The funniest part is when Mrs. Roopy dresses up like George Washington. My friends should read it because it is funny. Yes, I would would want to meet A.J. It was sad when Mrs. Roopy got hurt.
Sandra Boynton Barnyard Dance 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Colin & parent Age 2
Colin loves this book! He likes to stomp his feet and clap his hands along with the story, and he LOVES all of the animals! It is a fun book and a bedtime favorite!
Margaret & H.A. Rey Curious George and the Dump Truck 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Drew & parent Age 2
We liked to make the funny sound George heard outside his window. We also liked the part when George climbed into the dump truck. George got really muddy and we think he should have had to take a bath. We love dump trucks and Curious George, so this book was a 5 star choice for us!
Jessica Burkhart Triple Fault – Canterwood Crest 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Taylor Age 10
My friends would like to read this book because it’s adventurous, curious and you never want to stop because you want to know what happens. I would like to meet Sasha Silver because she is the main character and is interesting. The funniest part was when Jasmine put molasses on Sasha. The saddest part was wehn Jack got hurt because Callie thought she had done it. The scariest part was when Heather dumped soda on Jasmine.
Steve Jenkins Biggest, Strongest, Fastest 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Brayden Age 5
I like this book because it has all kinds of animals and I like animals. I would recommend this book to my nana and papa. This book was fun to read because you learn a lot of facts about animals, like how tall they are, how strong they are and how big they are.
Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Marks of Secret 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Johnny Age 10
The saddest part of the book was when the rats tried to suffocate all the mice and Gregor and his friends could do nothing. I would like to meet Thalia the Bat because she was very nice, even though she died. I would recommend it to people who like adventure.
Laura Numeroff If You Give a Moose a Muffin 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Amelia Age 7
The book was fun to read because the Moose was always wanting to do something. I liked when the Moose painted the backdrop for the puppet show and his antlers stuck out. The Moose would be who I would want to meet because he makes me laugh. I like how it ends with him wanting another muffin.
Madonna Mr. Peabody’s Apples 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kelsey Age 10
Mr. Peabody’s Apples was a good book, the funniest part was when Mr. Peabody asked someone to cut a pillow open and let all the feather fly out and then have to pick it all up. My friends should read this because you can learn a lesson while being entertained. I would like to meet Mr. Peabody because he could tell me more and because he was nice.
Kate DiCamillo Magician’s Elephant 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Joanna Age 8
I really liked this book because it had animals, magic and other interesting things. The characters dreamed of what would happen so you know what would happen next. Everyone should read this because it is so good! Kate DiCamillo writes good things like this and The Tale of Desperaux.
I hope you find a fun read, I’ve read the Gregor series by Suzanne Collins and loved them. Enjoy and have a wonderful 4th of July.
Posted in Uncategorized June 28, 2012