The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague Teague, Mark. 2013. The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf. New York: Scholastic, Inc. ISBN 978-0439915014 Mark Teague’s fractured fairy tale version of The Three Little Pigs opens on a farmhouse scene, as the three pigs are told that their farmer owners will be moving to Florida. Upon leaving the farm, the first pig […]

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis In his book, Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie, J. Patrick Lewis takes readers on an incredible journey by taking fourteen famous poems and turning them into math teasers.  Many of the poems contain rhyme, and all of them contain beautifully rendered illustrations by Michael Slack that enhance the reader’s visual experience.  Children will discover goofy […]

Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull Like any traditional biography, Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer take their readers on a journey in their picture book biography, Lincoln Tells a Joke, as they present facts about the life of Abraham Lincoln.  Much like any other informational book would do, Lincoln Tells a Joke informs readers that Lincoln was born in a […]

Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon In his photo essay book, Animals Nobody Loves, Seymour Simon presents readers with facts and photographs depicting twenty animals that are often hated and feared.  Among others, these animals include the grizzly bear, the devil ray, the gila monster, the man-of-war, and the piranha.  In this book, Simon works to dispel bad reputations based […]

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery With whiskers like a cat and soft feathers that make it flightless, the kakapo may be considered the world’s strangest parrot.  Once ubiquitous, the kakapo has struggled for many years to remain present in this world. It has been hunted by indigenous groups, killed by predators introduced by humans, and struggled with the birth […]

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt tells the unforgettable story of an adolescent boy, Doug Swieteck, who grows up in the small town of Middletown.  In the beginning of the novel, it is obvious that Doug doesn’t have a lot of reasons to be happy.  Things on the home front are very dysfunctional.  […]