Friday, December 09, 2016

Crow, Kristyn. HELLO, HIPPO! GOODBYE, BIRD!

Crow, Kristyn.  HELLO, HIPPO! GOODBYE, BIRD!
New York : Knopf, 2016
IL K-3, RL 0.9
ISBN
055350990X
Have you ever met someone who is a bit annoying?  Maybe the other person wants to be friends but you just think they are annoying.  That's what happens here.  Bird wants to be Hippo's friend but Hippo just wants to be left alone.  No matter how hard he tries, Hippo wants nothing to do with Bird.  Can anything bring these two together?

Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/C4Nrx3BAi0Zu6

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cronin, Doreen. BLOOM

Cronin, Doreen.  BLOOM
New York : 
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 
1442406208
Bloom is a fairy who once lived in a great kingdom.  But she was messy and she left muddy footprints all over the kingdom and was always being criticized for being so messy.  She had enough so she left.  Now, the kingdom is falling apart. It is being held together by duct tape and peasants.  The king decides he needs to find the fairy who used to take care of the kingdom.  When the king fails, the queen tries to find her.  But she too fails.  So they send an ordinary girl to find the magic.  But what can an ordinary girl do to help?


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/r1S7qv-h

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Cirrone, Dorian. THE FIRST LAST DAY

Cirrone, Dorian.
THE FIRST LAST DAY
New York : Aladdin, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
ISBN 1481458132



Haleigh Adams is on vacation and loving it.  Her family has rented a cottage on *the Jersey Shore and they will be moving to a new home in the fall.  She has made a new friend, Kevin, and hopes to keep in touch.  Kevin's grandmother owns a cottage and Kevin spends the summer with her.  On the day before they are all about to leave, a tragedy strikes.  Haleigh wishes this never happened.  When she wakes up the next day, she finds that none of it did happen.  She is reliving this day over.  She hopes to find a way to avoid the tragedy but is that even possible.  She finds that she is reliving the day over and over and over again.  What is going on here?

podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/7NKzG7P8H1m9n

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Carbone, Courtney. DARCY SWIPES LEFT

Carbone, Courtney.  DARCY SWIPES LEFT
New York : Random House, 2016
IL YA
ISBN 
1101940522
One of my favorite classics is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  It is a romantic love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  Have you read it? Well, not like this you haven't.  Imagine the story told entirely in text messages and emojis.  How will that change the story?  Or will it?  And don't worry if you are not all that fluent with text.  There is a glossary at the back! 

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/bzsxJrZMsWxXC

Monday, December 05, 2016

Callaghan, Cindy. LOST IN IRELAND

Callaghan, Cindy. LOST IN IRELAND
New York : Aladdin, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.3
ISBN
1481462075

Are you superstitious?  What do you do if you get a chain letter?  Do you forward it to friends so you don't have bad luck?  Or do you ignore it?  Well, Meghan McGlinchey is a very superstitious girl.   When she gets a chain letter from someone in Ireland, she sends it on but not in the way it is meant to be.  Now she is worried.  And then she has a series of bad moments that she is sure are because of the chain letter.  As it turns out, her family is going to Ireland on vacation so she is determined to find the sender of the chain letter and try to break he unlucky streak.

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/8DGNVC4b4wZGl

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Geist, Christina. BUDDY'S BEDTIME BATTERY

Geist, Christina. BUDDY'S BEDTIME BATTERY
New York : Random House, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN
0553513397


Dressed in his robot pjs, Buddy declares he is not a boy.  He is a robot..  But it is bedtime for robots.  He needs to power down to get ready for the snuggle pod.  Come along with Ro-Buddy as he powers down each part of his body to get ready for bed.


Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/5zRMB7LyGvaUV

Saturday, December 03, 2016

George, Kallie. THE LOST GIFT : A CHRISTMAS STORY

George, Kallie.  THE LOST GIFT : A CHRISTMAS STORY
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.1
ISBN 
055352481X

It's Christmas eve in the forest and the animals are looking at the sky.  They can't believe when they see Santa flying by.  How exciting.  But wait.  Something has fallen off Santa's sleigh.  It is a present for the new baby.  The animals decide that they must find this baby and deliver the gift.  But how will that be possible?

Podcasts: https://spark.adobe.com/video/nAuWz7adfViZT