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Dec 212012
 

Monkey of the MonthMonkey of the Month is written by Adam Kramer and illustrated by David Kramer. Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

This is a rhyming book about a boy that gets a present from the Monkey of the Month Club. Each month comes with a new monkey and a new adventure. Although we only get to see about 8 monkeys in all (I was a bit disappointed that the author could not give us all 12 months of monkeys) before the mother sends the monkeys away. But I guess it is surprising that his mother could put up with 8 months of monkeys!

There’s no moral to the story accept perhaps to adults to be careful what you gofts you give to kids on their birthdays. It might be best to check with Mom first.

Overall this book has a cute story with nicely done illustrations.

Book Description

Bored with mundane birthday gifts, a young boy unexpectedly receives a most peculiar gift on his birthday: a one year-membership to the “Monkey of the Month Club.” Though pleased it isn’t just a pair of socks, he is very confused by this odd gift, until, month-by-month, monkeys and their primate cousins start appearing at his door. As the year moves on, his house becomes full of chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, and more, who begin turning his house into their own private playground. While a house full of monkeys, all unique in their own way, sounds like a lot of fun, membership in the “Monkey of the Month Club” does have some drawbacks. Find out what happens in this exciting and humorous adventure accompanied by bright illustrations. Grades Pre-K-3.

Adam Kramer is thrilled to enter the field of children’s books. When he’s not writing, he might be found catching a baseball game with his wife Lena. Stemming from his love of cartooning, David Kramer’s whimsical, animated characters reflect his love of storytelling and a creative imagination.

Dec 172012
 

CarrotCarrot is written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Kristin Blackwood. Published by VanitaBooks LLC.

Dreams are okay, but sometimes reality is even better. Learn to accept what you have in your life through the eyes of an orange tabby cat named Carrot.

Cute kitty adventure illustrations are teamed up with a rhyming text that is sometimes well above a child’s reach (but I guess that is what parents are for — to explain those big words like caviar, champagne and cotillion).

Book Description

A playful and rhythmic page-turner, Carrot the Cat learns that to like who you are is right where it’s at. Carrot is a delightful story about a common house cat who finds that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.

Dec 132012
 

A Tale of Two MommiesA Tale of Two Mommies is written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Mike Blanc. Published by Vanita Books.

This little book teaches kids it’s okay to have two mommies that love you. You get the same support and love from your parents no matter who they are.

All net profits for this book will be donated to charitable organisations.

Book Description: A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.

True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”
A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.

This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

Dec 112012
 

Song for Papa CrowSong for Papa Crow is written and illustrated by Marit Menzin. Published by Schiffer Publishing.

This is a nicely illustrated story of self acceptance. Little crow wants to fit in and be liked but none of the song birds like his singing. After meeting a mockingbird that gave him a magic seed little crow could sing like any bird that he wanted. His father kept telling him to just be himself and to call whenever he wanted his father to come. So when little crow tried to all his father all his father heard were the calls of song birds. He did not know his son needed help.

Book Description

Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. Maybe the Amazing Mockingbird can teach him to sing songs with the finches, flycatchers, and cardinals – and help him make some friends. But Little Crow should be careful what he wishes for… Using Mockingbird’s tip, Little Crow quickly becomes the most popular bird on the block. But, in a moment of danger, he learns that singing someone else’s song can have terrible consequences and that his own voice – and his father’s love – is of the greatest value. Paired with colorful collage illustrations, this inspirational story is complemented by fun facts about North American birds and their sounds. . Grades Pre-K to 2. Marit Menzin’s award-winning collages have been seen in galleries and magazines. She has loved art since childhood, and this, her first picture book, combines her love of nature and art. Marit lives with her family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Dec 102012
 

Squirrel RescueSquirrel Rescue is written by Jennifer Keats Curtis and illustrated by Laura Jaques. Published by Schiffer Publishing.

This is a fun little story of two boys that find and rescue a baby squirrel that has fallen out of its nest while the boys were outside playing a game.

Not only does this book show kindness to animals, but it teaches kids and adults how to responsibly treat wild animals.

Above all respect wild animals (they are wild after all).

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A portion of the book sales will be donated to squirrels and more fore wild animal rehabilitation.

Book Description

A baby squirrel that has fallen out of his nest suddenly interrupts a spring game of catch. Knowing what to do, the two boys demonstrate how to handle the furry mammal properly and what to do when they find the squirrel’s sibling. Placing them safely in a box, the two boys retreat to the house so as not to scare the mother away while she recovers her babies. Once again, Jennifer Keats Curtis combines an exciting animal encounter with an ordinary childhood event to create a fascinating, realistic story about wildlife rescue. Laura Jacques’ extraordinary illustrations perfectly capture the thrill and excitement of the boys and the animals. Grades K to 4.

About the Authors

Jennifer Keats Curtis is the author of several well-known children’s books, including Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale; Osprey Adventure; Turtles in My Sandbox; and Baby Owl’s Rescue. Award-winning illustrator Laura Jacques’ wildlife books for children include: For the Birds; The Life of Roger Tory Peterson; Baby Owl’s Rescue; and Whistling Wings.

Dec 052012
 

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Mar 222010
 

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Aug 212008
 

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Jun 252008
 

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Jun 182008
 

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