Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Salley Mavor. 2010. September 2010. Houghton Mifflin. 72 pages.

I loved this one! I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. Salley Mavor's artwork--her needlework or embroidery--just amazed me. Each and every page of this one wowed me. (You can look inside this book at Amazon.)

The book is a collection of nursery rhymes. You'll find familiar favorites alongside lesser known rhymes. What makes this collection special--really special--is the artwork. It excited me! I just love reading and rereading this one!
I eat my peas with honey.
I've done it all my life.
They do taste kind of funny.
But it keeps them on the knife (47)
Little Miss Muffett
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a great spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffett away. (28)
This would be a great book for parents (and grandparents) to share with the children in their lives!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Chicken Big

Chicken Big. Keith Graves. 2010. Chronicle Books. 40 pages.

On a teeny little farm, in an itty bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big humongous egg.

As strange as Chicken Big is, it's not the weirdest book I've read this year. That's not to say I loved liked it. It's silly. And it's (meant to be) funny. It features a big chicken (no surprise!) and the three hens and a rooster that make up his family. The hens are referred to as the small chicken, the smaller chicken, and the smallest chicken. The smallest chicken is by far the silliest, most obnoxious of the bunch.

For example, she's the one who's convinced the chicken is no chicken, but instead an elephant, a squirrel, an umbrella, a sweater, etc.

It does have a twist ending...

Chicken Big is the perfect example of the kind of picture book I'm fine with reading once or twice.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's A Book

It's A Book. Lane Smith. 2010. August 2010. Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages.

What do you have there?
It's a book.
How do you scroll down?
I don't. I turn the page. It's a book.
Do you blog with it?
No, it's a book.
So a monkey and a jackass are having a discussion about a book the monkey is reading. The jackass is a bit clueless as to what a book is, what it does, what it's for, etc. And so the monkey is having to explain it over, and over, and over again. Will this donkey ever get it?

The publisher's synopsis says this is a "delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age." And that description sums it up well.

I liked it. I thought it was cute. I'm not sure it's for everyone. But for the right audience, it works.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Amazing Baby Clap and Sing

Amazing Baby: Clap and Sing. Emma Dodd. 2007. Silver Dolphin. 12 pages.

Rhyme time, baby, sing with me...
Clap your hands--one, two, three!
This board book features a collection of songs for young children. The CD features fifteen songs--almost a full forty minutes of music. The board book features the lyrics for all the songs on the album.

Rhyme Time, Baby, Sing With Me
Hey Diddle, Diddle
Round and Round the Garden
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
One, Two, Three, Four, Five
Baa Baa Black Sheep
I Had A Little Nut Tree
Mary Had a Little Lamb
The Grand Old Duke Of York
Little Miss Muffet
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Bobby Shafto
Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Some will probably be familiar to you. But just because you recognize the lyrics, doesn't mean that you'll recognize the song--the melody. Because these arrangements are different to say the least.

I'd describe the album as unexpected. Songs you expect to be fast are slower--much slower. (I have never heard a slower version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. And Hey Diddle, Diddle, I expected to be a bit faster. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I sing it that way I suppose.) Some songs have quite a soulful/jazzy feel. (Especially Mary Had A Little Lamb and The Itsy Bitsy Spider). And others sound rap-inspired. Some seem to defy all description. (What can I say about their version of Old MacDonald Had A Farm?! Or Little Miss Muffet?!)

You may not like every song on the album. (I'd be surprised if you did.) But you'll probably enjoy some of the songs at least.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Princess Baby on the Go

Princess Baby On the Go. Karen Katz. 2010. August 2010. Random House. 14 pages.

"Princess Baby, are you ready to go do your sleepover at Grandma's?"
Not yet, I need to find something important.
Is it in my closet?
No, but here's my velvet bathrobe!
Is it under the table?
No, but here are my sparkly slippers!
Princess Baby is back, and this time she is packing for an overnight trip to Grandma's house. What does a baby need? What does a princess baby need? Lift the flaps and see which things are a must! Can you guess what is most important to this princess baby?

I liked this one! It was very fun, very cute. I do like Karen Katz. I enjoy her board books very much. While I don't love this one as much as Where is Baby's Mommy? Where is Baby's Bellybutton?, Toes, Ears, and Nose!, Where is Baby's Beach Ball? and What Does Baby Say? I did still enjoy it.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Friday, August 20, 2010

One Smart Cookie

One Smart Cookie: Bite Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond. By Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Jane Dyer & Brooke Dyer. 2010. HarperCollins. 40 pages.

This is the FOURTH cookie book. Other titles in the series include: Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons, and Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons On Love. I did enjoy the first two books in the series. I loved the idea of cookies being the true universal language. I loved seeing the creative definitions of value terms. But I'm not one who sees the necessity of having a cookie book for each and every occasion. (A real cookie, mind you, I could see that as a necessity.) How many different ways can you define words? Sure the words defined aren't exactly the same in each and every cookie book. But. There is enough overlap that I've lost some of my enthusiasm. (I do like this one more than Sugar Cookies).

This cookie book celebrates the start of school.

Prompt means, when it is time to make cookies, we are here and ready on the dot!

Organized means when everything is in its proper place, it's so much easier to make the cookies.

Unorganized means, I put everything away quickly and without thinking last time and now I can't find what I need to make cookies.

Prepared means looking at the cookie recipe ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need.
I still think these books are more for adults than children.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time to Sleep Sheep the Sheep!

Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! Mo Willems. 2010. HarperCollins. 32 pages.

Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep is part of Mo Willems' Cat the Cat series of beginner readers. (I've reviewed Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! and What's Your Sound Hound the Hound?) In this adventure, Cat the Cat is saying goodnight to all her friends. But. There is someone she can't say goodnight to. Can you guess who?
Time to sleep, Sheep the Sheep! Okay!
Time to sleep, Pig the Pig! Sure thing!
Time to sleep, Giraffe the Giraffe! No, problem!
Time to sleep, Crab the Crab! Sounds good!
It's a fun picture book! I just LOVE Mo Willems!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Larry and Rita

Brand New Readers: Larry and Rita. Jamie Michalak. Illustrated by Jill Newton. 2007. Candlewick Press. 48 pages.

Larry and Rita is one of many titles in Candlewick's Brand New Readers series. It contains four stories: Rita at the Fair, Rita Blows Bubbles, Larry and the Crab, and Larry and Rita Dance. The books are simple and predictable. But they're also enjoyable stories. I like the small twists at the end of each story.

From Larry and Rita Dance:

Larry dances.
Cha, cha, cha.
Rita dances.
Cha, cha, cha.
Larry and Rita dance together.
Cha, cha, cha...
Can you predict what might happen next?! I enjoyed these books. I liked both Larry and Rita.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Termite Tales

Brand New Readers: Termite Tales. Kathy Caple. 2009. Candlewick Press. 48 pages.

Termite Tales is one of many books in Candlewick's Brand New Readers series. It contains four stories starring Termite. Three of the four stories also star Termite's friend Ostrich. The stories included are Termite Helps, Termite Taps, Termite Measures, and Termite in the Canoe.

From Termite Helps:
Ostrich writes with a pencil.
Termite sharpens the pencil.
Ostrich writes with a pencil.
Termite sharpens the pencil.
Ostrich writes and writes.
Termite sharpens and sharpens...
Can you predict what happens next? I enjoyed this book. Yes, the stories are simple and predictable. But they are so much better than the early texts I remember learning to read with! Each story has a slight twist to it that adds some humor!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Monday, August 16, 2010

Otter Everywhere

Otter Everywhere: Brand New Readers. By Christine Webster. Illustrated by Tim Nihoff. 2007. Candlewick Press. 48 pages.

Otter Everywhere is part of Candlewick's Brand New Readers series. It contains four stories starring Otter. These include: Otter's Picnic, Otter Makes Bubbles, Otter Goes Swimming, Otter's Apples. Each story is simple and predictable. Though the books use only a few words, Webster does still manage to tell an interesting story. Often each story has a slight twist.

From Otter's Picnic:
Otter has a banana.
Otter has an apple.
Otter has cheese.
Ants take the banana.
Ants take the apple...
Can you predict what will happen next? My favorite stories are Otter's Picnic and Otter's Apples.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Numbers Book

The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Numbers Book. Robert Crowther. 2010. August 2010. (1999) Candlewick. 12 pages.

Most counting books only count from one to ten, or one to five. (Though sometimes they count forwards and backwards.) This one boasts to count from one to a hundred. (Though after 20, the book counts by tens: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100). Then there is the title boasting that is the "most amazing" hide-and-seek number books.

I can't say that I find this counting book amazing. But I did like it well enough.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book

The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book. Robert Crowther. 1999/2010. August 2010. Candlewick. 12 pages.

I wouldn't necessarily say this alphabet book is the most amazing alphabet book I've read. I've read a few alphabet books that focus on animals. And I've read a few novelty alphabet books that use flaps, tabs, and pop-ups. This one is no better, no worse.
My favorite letters: K, M, O, T.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Piggy Pie Po

Piggy Pie Po. Audrey & Don Wood. 2010. September 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.
Piggy Pie Po likes to dance
when he wears his party pants.
If he wears his rubber fins,
Piggy Pie Po swims and swims.
When he wears his yellow coat...
Piggy Pie Po is a picture book containing three stories starring Piggy Pie Po. In the first story, readers learn about some of the things Piggy Pie Po does. (Or more accurately, what clothes he wears when doing certain things...) In the second story, we learn how smart and clever Piggy Pie Po is. But even though he can count backwards ten to one and read every book upon his shelf...Piggy Pie Po can't do everything. In the third story, Piggy Pie Po goes to a friend's house for dinner--finding the friend absent--Piggy Pie Po eats the magnificent feast himself. With some predictable results!

I enjoyed the second and third stories best. While Piggy Pie Po isn't as memorable as some of the Woods' previous books, I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. Mo Willems. 2006. Hyperion. 40 pages.

Oh, good, it's you. Listen, it's getting late and I need to brush my teeth. Can you do me a favor? Don't let the pigeon stay up late! Thanks.

This is the fourth Pigeon book I've read. The others include The Pigeon Wants A Puppy, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. While I don't love Willems' Pigeon books as much as his Elephant and Piggie series, it still has something great to offer--humor!

The Pigeon is great at making excuses. And arguing. He's clever like that. As you probably guessed, in this book, Pigeon has dozens of reasons why he is not going to bed just yet. He's NOT TIRED, not even a little bit. And it's just not fair that he can't stay up longer! My favorite part? When Pigeon says:
Hey, hey! Ho, ho! This here Pigeon just won't go!
I would definitely recommend this series!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Curious George Storybook Collection

Curious George Storybook Collection. 2010. September 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 197 pages.

The eight stories in the Curious George Storybook Collection are adaptations of episodes of the television show. Included in this compilation:
  • Curious George: The Donut Delivery (Adapted by Monica Perez, Teleplay by Joe Fallon, 2006)
  • Curious George: Snowy Day (Adapted by Rotem Moscovich, Teleplay by Lazar Saric, 2007)
  • Curious George: The Surprise Gift (Adapted by Erica Zappy, Teleplay by Raye Lankford, 2008)
  • Curious George: The Boat Show (Adapted by Kate O'Sullivan, Teleplay by Raye Lankford, 2008)
  • Curious George: Builds a Home (Adapted by Monica Perez, Teleplay by Joe Fallon, 2006)
  • Curious Geoge: Lost and Found (Adapted by Erica Zappy, Teleplay by Joe Fallon, 2008)
  • Curious George: Plays Mini Golf (Adapted by Marcy Goldberg Sacks, Teleplay by Craig Miller, 2008)
  • Curious George: Tadpole Trouble (Adapted by Mark London Williams, Teleplay by Bruce Akiyama, 2007)
If you enjoy the TV show, then you'll probably enjoy reading this storybook collection. Each book has extension activities. For example, you can learn to make a paper boat in Curious George The Boat Show or a paper snowflake in Curious George Snowy Day.

My favorite story is The Donut Delivery! Here is how that story begins,
"George is always a good monkey--when he's asleep. But no monkey wants to sleep through Saturday. This was a Saturday that cried out for something special..."
© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition. Margret and H.A. Rey. 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 432 pages.

This anthology contains these original stories:
  • Curious George, (1941)
  • Curious George Takes a Job, (1947)
  • Curious George Rides a Bike, (1952)
  • Curious George Gets A Medal, (1957)
  • Curious George Flies A Kite, (1958)
  • Curious George Learns the Alphabet, (1963)
  • Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966)
It also contains an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus, a publisher's perspective on Curious George, a retrospective essay, and a photographic album of Margret and H.A. Rey.

My thoughts on Curious George (1941):
This is George.
He lived in Africa.
He was a good little monkey
and always very curious.
One day George saw a man.
He had on a large yellow straw hat.
The man saw George too.
"What a nice little monkey," he thought.
"I would like to take him home with me."
The first adventure has George being taken from his happy jungle home by the man in the yellow hat. We're told that George--after the ocean voyage--will live in the zoo. My question is why is the man in the yellow hat so intent on taking George with him if he's just going to be put into the zoo?! Is that the man in the yellow hat's job? To find animals in his travels and place them into zoos? It would make more sense if he wanted George as a pet. George does end up in the zoo. Eventually. But it's a busy couple of days first! He smokes a pipe, phones the fire department, spends time in prison, escapes from prison, and goes on quite an exciting balloon ride.

My thoughts on Curious George Takes A Job (1947)
This is George. He lived in the Zoo. He was a good little monkey and always very curious. He wanted to find out what was going on outside the Zoo. One day, when the keeper was not paying attention, George got hold of the key for the cage. When the keeper discovered what had happened, it was too late--George was gone!
I'm curious how much time has passed (for George) in between books. Has he been in the Zoo long before he makes his escape? (That's something I never thought of as a child!) This second book chronicles George's adventures in the city. Curious George does several "jobs" throughout the book including spending time as a dishwasher in an Italian restaurant, a window washer, a painter (though this one leads him to trouble), and an actor. Poor George also breaks his leg and gets sick from smelling ether. He does reunite with the man in the yellow hat towards the end of the book...

My thoughts on Curious George Rides a Bike (1952)
This is George. He lived with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. He was a good little monkey and always very curious. This morning George was curious the moment he woke up because he knew it was a special day...
What makes that day so special? It's the third anniversary of when George and the man in the yellow hat met. George is given a bike and the promise of a show--an animal show. But first George must have his own adventures. Including "helping" someone out on their paper route. But by the end of the day George ends up being in the show. But that reward didn't come easily. George has to get into and out of several messes first...

My thoughts on Curious George Gets a Medal (1957)
This is George. He lived with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. He was a good little monkey -- and always very curious. George was alone this morning, looking at a picture book, when the doorbell rang. It was the mailman. "Here is a letter for you," he said. "Put it on your friend's desk. He'll read it to you when he comes home." George was curious. It was not often that somebody wrote him.
Most of George's messes are the result of him being left on his own. If the man in the yellow hat really wanted George to behave, to be a good little monkey, then perhaps he'd spend more time with him...or hire a monkey-sitter. Maybe the man in the yellow hat gets satisfaction out of scolding George and forgiving him?! What messes does George get into in Curious George Gets a Medal? Well, he makes a mess of the rug--a watery sudsy mess--and breaks a museum exhibit--a dinosaur. But all is well in the end because there is a professor that wants George to be the first space monkey. He doesn't really go into space--into orbit--he parachutes out of a rocket. But still the public seems thrilled with George's cleverness.

My thoughts on Curious George Flies a Kite (1958)
This is George.
He lives in the house of the man with the yellow hat.
George is a little monkey, and all monkeys are curious.
But no monkey is as curious as George.
That is why his name is Curious George.
I do like Curious George. But this is a very long adventure! In short, Curious George plays with bunnies, goes fishing, flies a kite, and gets a new pet. Of course, he gets into trouble--letting the bunnies out of their home, almost drowning, being flown away by the wind which leads to a dramatic helicopter rescue. Is every day like this for George?! Perhaps he should be Fearless George?!

My thoughts on Curious George learns the Alphabet (1963)
This is George. He lived with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. He was a good little monkey, but he was always curious.
This morning George was looking at some of his friend's books. They were full of little black marks and dots and lines, and George was curious: what could one do with them?
This book is so boring. I'm glad that George wants to learn his letters, wants to learn to read. But this one is not that thrilling to read. It is slightly redeemed by George changing the man in the yellow hat's order for doughnuts. Instead of "one" George writes "ten". So that added some adventure.

My thoughts on Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966)
This is George. He lived with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. He was a good little monkey, but he was always curious. Today George was curious about the big box on the man's desk. What could be in it? George could not resist. He simply HAD to open it.
This isn't George's first trip to the hospital. He's had a broken leg--from an on-the-job mishap. And we're not exactly told if this is his second trip to the hospital. The monkey has been curious for years now, so perhaps he's a regular?! In this case, George is in the hospital because of a poor decision. He thought it would be a good idea to eat a puzzle piece. It wasn't. (The puzzle they're piecing together--is a picture of George and the man in the yellow hat.) But George does make some new friends--children who are in the hospital. And he is quite an entertaining monkey. And this is when he isn't feeling his best. The book concludes with George being released from the hospital, and they've sent along the puzzle piece--that they've retrieved from George--so they are able to finish the puzzle after all. I think that is strange. I don't know that I'd want the puzzle piece back. How about you?

Do you have a favorite Curious George adventure? Which of these have you read?

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Time for Bed

Time for Bed. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Jane Dyer. 1993/2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 28 pages.
It's time for bed, little mouse, little mouse,
Darkness is falling all over the house.
It's time for bed, little goose, little goose,
The stars are out and on the loose.
It's time for bed, little cat, little cat,
So snuggle in tight, that's right, like that.
Time for Bed is bedtime book. I like the rhythm of this one. The sweet and gentle rhymes. Each spread features a different animal. I wasn't so found of the snake. But, for the most part, I liked this one.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Friday, August 6, 2010

Five Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks. Beth Harwood. Illustrated by Emma Dodd. 2008. Amazing Baby. 10 pages.
Five little ducks went out one day,
over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said,
Quack, quack, quack!
But only four little ducks came back.
Four little ducks went out one day,
over the hill and far away...
I enjoyed this board book. It's predictable. It's repetitive. It's fun. It makes a great read aloud. If your little one loves ducks--loves hearing the quack, quack, quack--then I would definitely recommend this one!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Thursday, August 5, 2010

In Too Deep (39 Clues #6)

In Too Deep (The 39 Clues #6) Jude Watson. 2009. Scholastic. 206 pages.

The sound of rushing water filled Amy Cahill's ears. If she kept her eyes closed, she could imagine she was standing under a beautiful tropical waterfall. Unfortunately, she was hiding in an airport bathroom.

The first five in the series are: The Maze of Bones, One False Note, The Sword Thief, Beyond the Grave, and The Black Circle.

The mystery continues to unfold as this brother-sister team (Amy and Dan) search the world for the remaining clues. In Too Deep brings us to Australia. We're introduced to several new characters--Isabel Kabra and Uncle Shep--and mysteries--how is Amelia Earhart connected to their clues?

But the search for clues isn't all that is occupying their minds. No, Amy is starting to have flashbacks, have memories, of the fire that killed her parents. And she's not sharing these with her brother, Dan. Can Amy's memory help them know who to trust now?

In Too Deep isn't my favorite of the series. But. I'm still happy to continue on with the series.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Count My Kisses, Little One

Count My Kisses, Little One. Ruthie May. Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie. 2010. August 2010. Scholastic. 24 pages.
1 One kiss for baby on baby's nose
2 Two kisses for baby tickling toes
3 Three kisses for baby on teddy's knee
4 Four kisses for baby giggling with glee
Count My Kisses is a counting book for babies. It's very pink, very sweet, very girly. Is it a little too adorable? You'll have to judge for yourself. I liked the very soft, very sweet illustrations. The pinks, the blues, the greens. There is something very soothing, very pleasant about it.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Baby's Book Tower

Baby's Book Tower. By Leslie Patricelli. 2010. August 2010. Candlewick. 96 pages.

The book contains four board books (book blocks) by Leslie Patricelli:Yummy Yucky, Baby Happy Baby Sad, No No Yes Yes, Quiet Loud.

I love, love, love Leslie Patricelli's board books. She is such a great writer and great illustrator! And these four books are among her best. They're simple. They're fun. They're true-to-life.

Aren't the illustrations fun? I just love them!

From Yummy Yucky:
Spaghetti is yummy.
Worms are yucky.
Blueberries are yummy.
Blue crayons are yucky.
From Quiet Loud:
Whispering is quiet.
Screaming is loud.
Crayons are quiet.
Pots and pans are loud.
No No Yes Yes and Baby Happy Baby Sad rely on the illustrations to tell the story. For example, in Baby Happy Baby Sad, we learn that baby is happy when he's hugging the cat and sad when the cat runs away. Or my favorite, the baby is happy to be naked and sad to be bundled up in a snowsuit. And in No No Yes Yes, readers learn that baby drawing on the wall gets a No No while baby drawing on a piece of paper gets a Yes Yes.

Other book towers include The Very Best Mother Goose Book Tower and Maisy's Book Tower.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Too Pickley!

Too Pickley! By Jean Reidy. Illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. 2010. July 2010. Bloomsbury. 32 pages.
I am hungry!
Too wrinkly,
Too squishy,
Too fruity,
Too fishy!
Meet a little boy who is a very picky eater. He finds fault with everything placed before him. Will he find a meal that is just right? Read and see for yourself in Jean Reidy's Too Pickley!

I liked this one. I didn't love it like I loved Jean Reidy's Too Purpley. But. I did like it.

I think the illustrations were great.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dog Loves Books

Dog Loves Books. Louise Yates. 2010. July 2010. Random House. 32 pages.
Dog loved books.
He loved the smell of them,
and he loved the feel of them.
He loved everything about them...
Dog loved books so much
that he decided to open his own bookstore.
Dog is a dog that loves to read. He loves books. He wants to share this love of reading with everyone. At first, Dog is disappointed that his new bookstore has no customers. NO real customers at least. (A man asking for directions does not count!) But Dog isn't one to feel discouraged for long. He'll just do what he loves best--read a good book or two or three. When the time comes when a real customer finds his store, Dog knows just what to do. He knows the perfect books to recommend!

It's a cute book. A simple book. I liked it.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers