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EARLY GRAPHIC READERS: Sir Ladybug & Sir Ladybug and the Queen Bee by Corey R. Tabor

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SIR LADYBUG by Corey R. Tabor Balzer + Bray, 2022 ISBN: 978-0-06-306906-0 Source: purchased Ages 6-9 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by goodreads.com & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK The debut of a clever and humorous young graphic novel series about the adventures of a valiant ladybug and his friends, from Geisel Award–winning author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Ladies and gentlebugs, presenting the duke of the dandelion patch, champion of truth and justice, the one, the only—Sir Ladybug! Sir Ladybug never shies away from a quest, even when he’d rather be playing a video game or baking a cake. So when a caterpillar needs rescuing from a “monster” (a hungry chickadee), Sir Ladybug and his trusty friends—his herald, a roly-poly named Pell, and his squire, a snail named Sterling—hatch the perfect (delicious) plan. From Geisel Award–winning author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor, comes a fresh and funny young graphic novel series sure to delight reader

ELEMENTARY NONFICTION: Cute as an Axolotl & Big as a Giant Snail by Jess Keating & David DeGrand

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CUTE AS AN AXOLOTL: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals by Jess Keating, with illustrations by David DeGrand Alfred A Knopf, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-5247-6447-0 Source: purchased Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by Goodreads.com & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK The Internet pretty much runs on cute animal photos, but "cute" is so much more than clickbait kittens and insta-pups. Cute is for feathery-gilled axolotl (pronounced: ax-uh-LOT-ul), shy pygmy hippos, poisonous blue dragons, and armored pangolins. All of these animals are cute, but they've also adapted remarkable ways to survive in their unique environments. REVIEW Cute as an Axolotl  presents readers with information about 17 adorable wild animals.  As the book description points out 'cute' is highly popular especially cats and dogs.  This addition to Keating's The World of Weird Animals shares some adorable lesser known animals with young read

TWO HOT DOGS and their friends: Food characters trend grows in popularity!

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As a reader of children's literature, I like to pay attention to current trends.  Not only does it help me know what's popular, but it helps me select books for my school library.  One trend I've noticed recently is the growing number of books that have characters that are food.  It's not an entirely new trend, since titles like Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller and Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border and Josh Funk's Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have been around for awhile.  But I've noticed that such characters have become quite plentiful with new series such as Pizza and Taco by Stephan Shaskan and Jarrett Lerner's The Hunger Heros .  The books I'm highlighting today fall into this burgeoning category.  In fact, both books have hot dogs as main characters.  But these books, while similar in subject matter, are quite different in tone and style. FRANK AND BEAN: FOOD TRUCK FIASCO Frank and Bean #2 by Jamie Michalak, illustrated by Bob Ko

EARLY READER GRAPHICS: Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too! & Sprinkles and Swirls: A Cool Day at the Pool

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GERALDINE PU AND HER CAT HAT, TOO! written and illustrated by Maggie P. Chang Ready to Read Graphics Level 3 Simon Spotlight, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5344-8471-9 Source: publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 6-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by Goodreads.com & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK Spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu gets ready for picture day in this second book in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series! Geraldine Pu loves her cat hat, Mao Maotz. If only she felt the same way about her own hair! Then she finds out that picture day is happening at school, and there’s a strict no hats rule. Will Geraldine learn to love her hair and her unique style? Ready-to-Read Graphics books give readers the perfect introduction to the graphic novel format with easy-to-follow panels, speech bubbles with accessible vocabulary, and sequential storytelling that is spot-on for beginning readers. There’s even a how-to guide for reading graphic novels a

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Old Wood Boat & Lily Leads the Way

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OLD WOOD BOAT by Nikki McClure Candlewick Press, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-1658-5 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by Goodreads.com & publisher.  ABOUT THE BOOK Old wood boat remembers the wind. Dilapidated and parted from the sea, she remembers and waits as her mast cracks and blackberry vines creep across her deck. But one day, a family tows her home. Scraped, scrubbed, sanded, and varnished, she is made beautiful and seaworthy again. After libations have been poured out, the family casts off, and old wood boat embarks on adventure once more. In this love letter to sailing, heralded artist Nikki McClure tells the story of a restored boat in timeless and reverent prose that perfectly accompanies her stunning cut-paper illustrations. At once delicate and bold, each page is masterful, rendered from a single sheet of black paper with precision and care that is sure to enthrall readers from coast to coast. Ra

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: I'll Go and Come Back & Somewhere

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I'LL GO AND COME BACK by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Sara Palacios Candlewick Press, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5362-0717-0 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by Goodreads.com & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK A tender, beautifully illustrated story about a girl in America and her grandmother in India, whose love stretches between languages and cultures—and across the world. When Jyoti visits her grandmother halfway around the world, she is overwhelmed by the differences between India and home. At first she feels lonely and out of place, but soon, despite a language barrier, she and Sita Pati are able to understand each other. They form a bond—looking at books together, making designs with colored sand, shopping at the market, playing games, eating chapatis, and sipping warm milk with saffron to bring sweet dreams. When it’s time to part, Jyoti doesn’t want to leave, but then she remembers that in Tamil, people d

GRAPHIC NOVEL: CatNinja--Wanted by Matthew Cody & Chad Thomas

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WANTED CatNinja #3 : Wanted by Matthew Cody & Chad Thomas Epic Creations (Andrews McMeel Publishing), 2022 ISBN: 978-1-5248-7510-7 Source: publisher for review (Thanks) Ages 6-10 All opinions expressed are solely my own. Book cover & summary provided by Goodreads.com & publisher. ABOUT THE BOOK In Book 3 of the hugely popular Cat Ninja series, small-time crooks, sidekicks, and the wannabe supervillains who made our heroes who they are all get a chance to tell their stories––and their stories are hilarious! Cat Ninja: Wanted features Metro City's favorites and newcomers in tales that include a nearly cat-astrophic case of stolen identity, the not-so-villainous adventures of Master Hamster, and Adonis's first mission as one of the good guys. Enjoy six stand-alone stories, plus a five-part Cat Ninja special miniseries! The stories in Cat Ninja: Wanted teach readers that: People (and villains!) can change Everyone deserves a second chance You don't need superpowers