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Book Reviews

Good Night, Firefly
Gabriel Alborozo
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4 Stars

Nina is afraid of falling asleep in the dark and depends on her night-light to help her chase the scary shadows away. When the electricity goes off one night, Nina cleverly uses a firefly’s light as a replacement for her night light. Nina is excited to have discovered such a great solution, until she notices the firefly’s light becoming dimmer and dimmer. Find out how Nina stumbles on the perfect solution to make everyone happy.

-Juli K.

The Goat
Anne Fleming
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5 Stars

Kid and her parents have just moved to an upscale New York City apartment while her mother performs in a Broadway play. But this isn’t an ordinary apartment building. It is home to not only a strange cast of unusual human characters, but also a secret goat that lives on the roof! Get a glimpse into their fascinating lives in this charming and funny novel that boasts a strong cinematic quality. Its feel-good tone and quirky animal-driven plot would be great for fans of Kate DiCamillo.

-Christina

Hide!
Steve Henry
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4 Stars

Mike, an elephant, and Pat, a goldfish, are two friends who unexpectedly fall into a harrowing adventure when Pat decides to leave the safety of his fish bowl to meet some new sea creature friends.

Discover how both Pat and Mike need each other’s help to get out of perilous situations. This action packed-story with simple text and expressive characters is sure to engage the beginning reader.

-Juli K

Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
Roseanne Greenfield Thong
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4.5 Stars

Have fun learning about shapes in this lyrical, interactive story. Travel through a Hispanic-American neighborhood, discovering all of the squares, circles, and stars that are found in everyday objects from food to flowers! The colorful folk-art style is fun to look at and gives a bit of cultural background. The dual English-Spanish text is great for language learners looking to pick up new vocabulary. Thong even includes an English glossary, and in some cases provides cultural information alongside the translations. Another great book from Thong and Parra is Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors, which boasts a similar style and format.

-Christina

It Starts with a Seed
Laura Knowles
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5 Stars

This exceptionally illustrated children’s book describes the life cycle of a sycamore tree. Through delightful poetic verse, the reader will be captivated as a tiny seedling matures into a home and shelter for many endearing forest creatures. With an enviable effortlessness, the author submerges us into nature’s brilliance while also educating us about the hard science behind it all. Each remarkably vivid full-page illustration demands to be framed and significantly enhances the overall experience. Although there are many books that focus on the journey from seed to mature tree, this book adds an unprecedented measure of exquisiteness and marvel.

-Juli K.

Duck Gets a Job
Sonny Ross
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5 Stars

Duck learns a very important lesson about staying true to yourself and following your dreams in Duck Gets a Job. Following in his friends’ footsteps, Duck gets an important job in the city working with spreadsheets, but he has no passion for office work. In fact, he finds it so boring that he decides to quit the very first day! See what Duck’s next move is in this witty tale. Fans of Giovanna Zoboli’s Professional Crocodile will love the bright and bold illustrations along with the clever premise of animals joining the corporate world.

-Christina

The Kids Yoga Book of Feelings
Mary Humphrey
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5 Stars

This book cleverly uses a variety of kid-friendly concepts to introduce the healthy benefits of yoga and emotional expression. Every pose is characterized by either an animal or a familiar object and then skillfully interconnected to the feeling it expresses. Each pose also is accompanied by an affirmation which marks and reinforces the intention of your pose. For instance the mountain pose explores the feeling of connection and asks us to express the affirmation, “I feel connected to both the earth and the sky.” This nicely considered guide to yoga will demonstrate a fun way to learn yoga skills as well as gain the many accompanying benefits of relaxation, stability, calmness, and harmony. If you are looking for a non-competitive and easily accessible way to bring fitness and harmony into your life, I highly recommend this book.

-Juli K.

Never Too Young: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference
Aileen Weintraub
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5 Stars

Who said that kids can’t change the world? Get to know 50 amazing people who accomplished incredible things before they turned 18. Each page of Never Too Young features a mini-biography of a different young activist, entrepreneur, artist, or innovator along with a vibrantly illustrated portrait. This inspiring and comprehensive book strikes a great balance between modern and historical, famous and lesser known figures, as well as individuals across the gender spectrum. It would make a wonderful addition to any collection, and has a similar format and style as Ann Shen’s Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World.

-Christina

Penguin and Pinecone
Salina Yoon
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5 Stars

This is a touching and tender story describing the most genuine of friendships. With his selfless nature and kind heart, Penguin takes us on a journey to find the true meaning of friendship. The unlikely pairing of a Penguin and a pinecone stretches our imagination and provides a fun and unique backdrop to the story. The lively and action-filled illustrations tell a delightful tale with only a few words. If you are looking for a feel-good story that appeals to the whole family, you might appreciate this pick-and be happy to know that this title is also part of a larger series of picture books featuring this loveable and endearing Penguin.

-Juli K.

Fred Stays with Me!
Nancy Coffelt
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4 Stars

Fred Stays with Me is a sweet, feel-good book about a little girl, whose parents are divorced, and her mischievous dog, Fred, who goes back and forth between houses with her. The writing is simple and child-like, the characters relatable, and the illustrations muted, warm, and absolutely charming. This story provides a wonderfully normalized, matter-of-fact view of life with two families, as well as a great example of conflict resolution.

-Julie P.

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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