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Book Reviews

Cómo entrenar a tu dragón? ( How to Train Your Dragon)
Cressida Cowell and Amalia Bermejo
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Do you know how to train a dragon? Hiccup, a young Viking, is still figuring that out. In order to become a full member of his tribe on their island he needs to successfully train his new dragon, Toothless. Hiccup tries everything: he looks through the tribe’s guidebook and he talks to Toothless instead of shouting at him, as the guidebook says to, but nothing seems to be working. Will Hiccup successfully train Toothless and become a member of his tribe, or will he be exiled forever?

¿Sabes cómo entrenar a un dragón? Hipo, un vikingo joven, todavía descubre cómo hacer eso. Para ser un miembro de su tribu en su isla necesita entrenar a su dragón, Desdentado, con éxito. Hipo intenta todo: lee el guía de tribu y habla con Desdentado en vez de gritar a él, como el guía dice, pero nunca parece a funcionar. ¿Hipo entrenará a Desdentado con éxito y ser un miembro de su tribu, o será exiliado para siempre?

-Laura

Mother Bruce
Ryan T. Higgins
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Bruce is a grouchy bear who enjoys being by himself. Bruce loves eggs and spends his time looking for fresh eggs to use in his fancy recipes.  An adventure begins when what Bruce thinks are hard boiled eggs turn into real live goslings. Unfortunately for Bruce, the goslings assume that Bruce is their mother and refuse to leave his side.  In a series of hilarious actions, Bruce makes attempts to rid himself of the goslings. As one might suspect, the goslings refuse to leave, and Bruce gradually begins to accept his role as the gosling’s “Mom”.  Now instead of making gourmet meals, Bruce finds himself in the fast lane of parenthood where he has to quickly learn such things as how to transport and feed multiple goslings.  Find out how Bruce eventually discovers how to help the goslings find their way south.

The author engages the reader with his adorable illustrations that help us watch as Bruce transforms from a stern and irritable bear into a loving and helpful parent figure for the growing goslings. We also are able to watch as the goslings transform into young adults. Although this is a great read for the young reader, it also provides many subtle humorous references that the older reader (including adults) can enjoy.

-Juli

This book just ate my dog!
Richard Byrne
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This humorous, delightful and interactive 2017 Monarch Award Nominee is a must read, indeed! Bella is taking her dog on a walk through the pages of this book when people and her dog mysteriously disappear as the pages are turned. After these disappearances occur, the pages let out a BIG burp! A note appears and asks readers to kindly help out. Readers of all ages will enjoy this colorful picture book to help Bella with her puzzling dilemma!

We’re in the Wrong Book! and This Book is Out of Control! are two other suggested books by this author which you may like to check out as well.

A suggested read for ages 4 to 7 with a Lexile® # of 460 adult-directed text.

-Heidi

Shelter
Céline Claire
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A blizzard is coming! The animals of the forest begin preparing, gathering food and wood. But what will happen to the two bears stranded outside? Seeking shelter, they knock on the doors of all of the forest families, but are turned away. Only Little Fox helps by giving them a lantern by which they find a hilltop where they build a den out of snow. When the roof of the fox den begins to collapse, they retreat into the storm, where they run into the two bears. There, both families find that they have just enough to help each other brave the blizzard together. Shelter is a heart-warming tale of generosity that boasts beautiful, vintage-style artwork.

–  Christina

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
Miranda Paul
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This 2017 Monarch Award Nominee is a wonderful true story about Isatou Ceesay, a woman in Njau, Gambia who realized too many plastic bags were accumulating in and around her village. The bags were strangling plant gardens, bringing invading bugs and disease, and killing livestock among other unwanted issues. Something needed to be done, and she found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. Reading this inspiring story shows just how one person’s actions can make a difference in our big world. This book is a great cultural and educational read in addition to being a go-to resource when writing school reports about ecological awareness, recycling or inspiring women.

A suggested read for ages 5 to 9 and has a Lexile®# of 570 adult-directed text.

-Heidi

Snow and Rose
Emily Winfield Martin
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In this reimagining of the Grimm fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red,” two sisters live in a cottage in the woods with their mother following the disappearance of their father. Living on the edge of the forest that stole him, the girls find themselves constantly drawn to it. One day, they venture inside, unaware of the prophecy that has predicted this very moment. Will they ever find out what happened to their father? Or will they meet the same fate? Snow and Rose is full of danger, mystery, beauty, and enchanting characters. The illustrations are beautiful and the prose is written in a poetic, natural style that is easy to read. If you enjoy fairy tales and Disney films, you will love this book.

-Christina

Maya Lin: Thinking With her Hands
Susan Goldman Rubin
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Maya Lin is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which she did while she was still in college! She has since designed several more incredible memorials and buildings across the country. This book goes into detail about her life and projects, and how she got started as an artist. Did you know she originally wanted to be a veterinarian? As a lonely child with only animals for friends, she began designing and building her own imaginary worlds out of paper and clay. She would then move on to challenge herself as an artist, working with water, wood, glass, and many other mediums. Follow her journey from ambitious architecture student to National Medal of Arts recipient.

-Christina

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for something new for your child to read? Are you a teacher looking for something to read to your children The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend all sorts of genres and titles. Whether you’re looking for new authors similar to old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our staff is here to help. They organize fun programs like Toddler story and song time to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

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Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy TalesHeidi’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Books about animals that lose their hats, MysteriesJean’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Fantasy, Science FictionJulie’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Literary Fiction, Regional American HistoryNancy’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Christina
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Mysteries, Science FictionChristina’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Historical Non-Fiction and MysteriesJuli’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Historical Non-Fiction, Women’s LiteratureJawahir’s bookshelf on Goodreads